The MXGP of Kegums saw the third and final Grand Prix races of the Latvian triple-header in 2020, which once again treated us to some amazing action from start to finish.
The Latvian trio of races welcomed back the FIM Motocross World Championship after a long five month wait, and with the races concluded here in Kegums, that also concludes MXGP’s time in the Baltic country for the 2020 season.
Jago Geerts of Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing sealed a back-to-back victory, leaving Kegums with two big trophies to take home back to Belgium.
In MX2 race one, it was Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Watson who pulled the FOX Holeshot in the race and was closely followed by Tom Vialle of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Mathys Boisrame from F&H Kawasaki Racing and Maxime Renaux of SM MC Migliori - J1 Racing.
Jago Geerts from Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing and F&H Kawasaki Racing’s Roan Van de Moosdijk were also not far behind the top three on the opening lap.
Renaux then went down out of third and was dropping down the order, meanwhile Geerts started to close in on Van de Moosdijk, and then went after his team-mate who was in second.
Mikkel Haarup from F&H Kawasaki Racing had another tough race as we saw him go down in the early stages out of eighth and was showing down in 30th.
Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee rider Conrad Mewse was also having a superb rider in fifth place, which he retained until the chequered flag dropped on lap 17.
On lap 4, Geerts moved past Watson for 2nd, while Vialle continued to lead the race with a 5 second gap over P2.
The second Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milawaukee rider Bas Vaessen was also having a tough riding, as he crashed out of 18th, which was unfortunate for him as he was already struggling with a painful back.
Though back at the front it was Vialle who was leading the race, with Geerts slowly closing in on the KTM rider, with Watson also managing to keep a steady gap on Van de Moosdijk who was behind him in 4th place.
2 laps to go and Geerts put on a charge for the race win, though as he edged closer to Vialle, backmarkers started to play a part, with the factory Yamaha rider eventually going down after colliding with one, though fortunately still managed to stay in second which is exactly where he finished the race, with Watson in third.
The 2nd MX2 race saw another Monster Energy Yamaha Factory machine in front but this time it was Jago Geerts. Mewse had another strong start, followed by Simon Laegenfelder of Diga Procross GasGas Factory Juniors and Vialle right there as well.
Geerts then continue to lead Mewse with Vialle catching up to #426 and applying the pressure for second place. Vialle then moved into second and set his sights on the race leader.
Meanwhile Watson was down in 7th, ahead of Renaux and Moosdijk, with those three guys going at it, trying to pass for P7.
As Vialle pushed to catch Geerts, he made a mistake and almost lost it, though he managed to hold on. Van de Moosdijk then tried to close in on Renaux for 5th and that’s when the battle between those two began.
Though Renaux caught second wind and started to close to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton. Both riders then caught on to Mewse, with the Brit having to fight hard to keep them behind him. Eventually Renaux managed to move into 3rd as Nathan Crawford of Honda 114 Motorsports was seen walking back to the pits and was out of race 2.
As Van de Moosdijk was able to get a good drive on the wave section, passing Renaux for 3rd place, Beaton also lost a position to Watson who moved up into 6th position.
3 laps to go and Vialle’s pitboard read “close the gap” as he pushed for the second race win, though in the end he didn’t manage to do it and it was Geerts who crossed the line first.
Vialle was second, with Van de Moosdijk third, followed by Renaux and Watson who finished in the top 5.
Overall it was Jago Geerts who took a back-to-back win in Latvia, with Tom Vialle managing a second overall and Roan Van de Moosdijk third! In the championship standings Vialle is still the series leader with 217 points, with Geerts a further 8 points back and Van de Moosdijk there as well on 153 points.
Unfortunately, today we didn’t see Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen due to his shoulder injury, which puts his championship contention in danger.
Jago Geerts: “It was a good day for me. It the first race I didn’t have the best start, but then I was able to make a lot of passes, after 10 minutes I think I was in second and then in the end I was coming closer to Tom but on the last lap I wanted to try to make one last move, but then the crashed with a lapper. Still second. Then in the second race got the holeshot and just rode a really good pace all race and I could win so I was really happy with that. It’s my third GP win so it was a good day”.
Tom Vialle: “It was much better than the other day. In the practice I was already feeling pretty good and in the first race I led all the race and I was really happy to win it. The second one was also really close to Jago. Then 3 laps before the finish I lost a little bit of time with one lapper and afterwards it was really difficult but no, I’m actually really happy I did not lose any points today so it’s really good for the championship”.
Roan Van de Moosdijk: “Latvia has been great for me. Three podiums in a row. Today was tough though, two bad starts but the first race I didn’t managed to get in a rhythm so I stayed there fourth. In the second race I started outside the top 10, maybe even top 15, and I was really happy about my riding so I just want to keep it like this, get this momentum going and looking forward to the next race”.
MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification: 1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 35:38.327; 2. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:24.000; 3. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:26.607; 4. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:46.884; 5. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:54.222; 6. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:01.541; 7. Alberto Forato (ITA, Husqvarna), +1:09.778; 8. Alvin Östlund (SWE, Honda), +1:16.546; 9. Nathan Crawford (AUS, Honda), +1:18.402; 10. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +1:18.946.
MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification: 1. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:50.720; 2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:17.633; 3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:28.173; 4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:30.025; 5. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:31.000; 6. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:41.847; 7. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:56.591; 8. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +1:02.988; 9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:35.063; 10. Alvin Östlund (SWE, Honda), +1:38.768.
MX2 – Overall Top 10 Classification: 1. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 47 points; 2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 47 p.; 3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 38 p.; 4. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 36 p.; 5. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 33 p.; 6. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 30 p.; 7. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 25 p.; 8. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 24 p.; 9. Alvin Östlund (SWE, HON), 24 p.; 10. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 18 p.
MX2 – Championship Top 10 Classification: 1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 217 points; 2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 209 p.; 3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 153 p.; 4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 149 p.; 5. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 148 p.; 6. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 128 p.; 7. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 127 p.; 8. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 101 p.; 9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 95 p.; 10. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 92 p.
MX2 Manufacturers: 1. Yamaha, 230 points; 2. KTM, 220 p.; 3. Kawasaki, 187 p.; 4. Husqvarna, 161 p.; 5. Honda, 101 p.; 6. GASGAS, 67 p.
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