Maggiora MXGP: Geerts grabs overall result in Italy

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Jago Geerts took the MX2 overall victory at round seven of the FIM Motocross World Championships in Italy, extending his championship lead.

As the gate fell for the first MX2 race, the first Fox Holeshot of the weekend went to Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing’s Mattia Guadagnini who immediately crashed into turn three and also stopped Red Bull’s Tom Vialle KTM Factory Racing on his trail and put Yamaha Factory Racing’s Monster Energy Jago Geerts in the lead!

Geerts then ran Kay Karssemakers of Hitachi KTM Fueled by Milwaukee, Stephen Rubini of Ship to Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz as well as Hitachi KTM Fueled by Milwaukee’s Isak Gifting.

Nestaan ​​Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Kay de Wolf also started well with Diga Procross KTM Racing’s Liam Everts racing well into the top ten.

Rubini then moved up to second as Guadagnini crashed out again. The Italian did not finish the rest of the race.

Everts then passed de Wolf to move into fifth place, as Gifting passed Karssemakers. The Dutchman then crashed which allowed Everts to move into fourth. By then Vialle was in seventh and catching up to de Wolf and the pair fought hard afterwards.

While leading the pack, Rubini looked impressive and was the fastest rider on the track for a while. The Frenchman consistently improved his lap times by closing the gap to Geerts. That’s when the stragglers started to play their part, as Rubini got some help which allowed Geerts to pull away.

Halfway through the race, Everts found himself in de Wolf’s crosshairs, which meant he couldn’t afford any mistakes or a moment of relaxation. Eventually, on lap 12, de Wolf managed to pass Everts, but crashed just two laps after the one that returned fourth to Everts. At that point, Vialle also picked up the pace as he closed in on Everts.

In the end, Geerts won race one with Rubini crossing the line in second ahead of Gifting, while Everts held Vialle at bay to secure fourth.

In race two, the Fox Holeshot went to Karssemakers who edged out Vialle, Geerts, de Wolf and Simon Längenfelder of Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing. de Wolf dropped to seventh as Längenfelder struggled, as did Adamo and Guadagnini.

Geerts and Längenfelder then passed Karssemakers, as Längenfelder set the fastest lap of the race and looked to close the gap between himself and the Belgian in front of him.

Adamo was next in line after Kay Karssemakers’ Milwaukee-powered Hitachi KTM, but pushed too hard and crashed. The Italian left in 11and but then slipped to 16and by the end of the race.

Big Van World MTX Kawasaki’s Mikkel Haarup, F&H Kawasaki Racing’s Rubini and Kevin Horgmo were locked in a close battle for seventh place as they closed in on Guadagnini and Wolf just ahead. Karssemakers was still ahead, with de Wolf pushing to get out but a mistake dropped him to fifth, with Rubini and Haarup looming in his shadow.

Eventually, de Wolf was able to place fourth, as Karssemakers found himself pushed by Rubini. As the Frenchman concentrated on the KTM rider in front of him, Haarup was able to seize his own opportunity to get away, catching Rubini by surprise, as did Horgmo who also passed him soon after.

Back with the leaders, Geerts remains close to Vialle who remains the driver in the lead. In the closing laps, the Belgian really stepped up his game applying pressure on his championship rival, although that wasn’t enough to scare off Vialle who ended up winning the race. Geerts was second, Längenfelder third, de Wolf was fourth ahead of Haarup.

A 1-2 result from Geerts, compared to Vialle’s 5-1, gave Geerts the overall victory, with Vialle second in the box ahead of Rubini who celebrated his first-ever World Championship podium.

As things stand, Geerts leads the MX2 championship with a 6-point advantage over Vialle. Längenfelder is third, five points ahead of Wolf and Haarup who are tied on points in fourth and fifth.

Jago Geerts: “Yeah, it was a very good day for me. First race, I had a good start and I felt good. Didn’t make too many mistakes. And then the second moto, in the first 15 minutes I struggled a bit with the track, but after I found some good lines and at the end I had a fight with Tom but I finished second. I’m really happy with today and I’m looking forward to the next race in Sardinia”.

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