PR-Kemea Yamaha started the world championship MX2 with a bang. All three riders finished inside the top 10 in Argentina, where the first Grand Prix took place.

Ben Watson excelled on the dark volcanic earth in Patagonia with a fourth place (4+4 in heats), a personal best. Vsevolod Brylyakov finished nicely in sixth position (9+9) and youngster Jago Geerts took a ninth place (12+10). “Three Kemea riders in the top 10: honestly, I didn’t expect that”, said team owner Hans Corvers. “This is a good basis on which we can build.”

On Saturday, Ben Watson impressed with a third place in the qualifying race, his first personal best of the weekend. Geerts and Brylyakov, who crashed in the beginning of the race, finished in thirteenth and seventeenth place.

Watson, who broke his foot at the same venue two years ago, clearly felt very comfortable on the fast, but relentless track in Patagonia this time. The 20-year-old Brit took a blistering start in the first heat (third), but dropped to fifth place. Halfway through the race #919 was able to move up one more spot to finish in fourth place, again a personal best. Brylyakov worked his way up to a group that battled for places five to ten, finishing in ninth position. Geerts only got the right rhythm at the end of the heat and could move up to twelfth place.

Watson proved in the second heat that his fourth place, earlier in the day, was not a fluke. He started as fifth, but made some small mistakes and fell back a few places. The Brit did not panic, continued his search for good lines and overtook Geerts, Covington, Pootjes and Lawrence to finish in fourth position in the second heat and also overall. His third personal best of the weekend. Brylyakov had a similar race as in the first heat, finishing in ninth position again. Geerts rode a fantastic first corner that promptly brought him to fifth place. The 17-year-old Belgian stayed in seventh place for a long time, but dropped to tenth after a small crash at the end of the race.

Brylyakov Pic: Bavo

#18 Vsevolod Brylyakov
6th place overall

“It was a great feeling to be back at the Grand Prix, the first time since April last year. I’m quite happy with my sixth place in Argentina, because I’ve come a long way. Five months ago I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to ride again after that horrible shoulder injury. I was struggling a lot on Saturday, but I reacted well on Sunday with two solid races. I know that I am not yet at the top of my abilities, I know I’m still lacking race rhythm. There is only one way improve: to keep on working hard.”

#193 Jago Geerts
9th place overall

“I’m pretty satisfied with my results in the first Grand Prix. However, it took me a while to find the good lines and rhythm in the first heat. My reaction at the gate was poor in the second race, but I could pass a lot of guys in the first corner. I was riding in seventh position for a long time, but I made a small mistake in the end that made me fall and lose some places. That’s a pity, but I know I have the speed to fight with the guys in the top 10. That’s positive. I’m already looking forward to the GP in Valkenswaard in two weeks time.”

#919 Ben Watson
4th place overall

“A personal best in the qualifying race, in both heats and overall. What a weekend! What a feeling. Yes, I surprised myself with that fourth place. This feels pretty emotional. I especially want to thank everyone at Kemea Yamaha. Everything is perfectly organized in the team. I’ve never been so well-prepared, which makes me more confident. Not only in myself, but also in everything and everyone around me. On the one hand, it is a pity that I miss the podium at one point. On the other hand, I can’t be disappointed or angry. This result is a massive boost, a big step in my career.”

Marnicq Bervoets
Team manager

“It couldn’t have started better for us. Honestly, I did not expect this because we started this world championship with a completely new line up. The three riders proved that we have made the right choices during the winter. Watson was outstanding, the whole weekend. You can see that he’s riding with confidence. And a confident Ben, is capable of putting up great results. Geerts has also shown his talent, especially in his second heat. Unfortunately, he made one small mistake, otherwise he would have finished seventh. Brylaykov raced his first GP in ten months. Our Russian was very solid in both heats. Most important: he’s making progress week after week.”

Words: Kemea Yamaha Pics: Bavo


First heat
1. Pauls Jonass (Lat/KTM)
2. Hunter Lawrence (Aus/Hon) 0:01.993
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den/Hus) 0:12.509
4. BEN WATSON (GBr/Yam) 0:21.540
5. Henry Jacobi (Ger/Hus) 0:39.686
9. VSEVOLOD BRYLYAKOV (Rus/Yam) 0:44.951
12. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) 1:03.29

Second heat
1. Pauls Jonass (Lat/KTM)
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den/Hus) 0:05.260
3. Darian Sanayei (USA/Kaw) 0:10.726
4. BEN WATSON (GBr/YAm) 0:13.864
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA/Hon) 0:13.993
9. VSEVOLOD BRYLYAKOV (Rus/Yam) 0:40.040
10. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) 0:41.654

1. Pauls Jonass (Lat/KTM) 50
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den/Hus) 42
3. Hunter Lawrence (Aus/Hon) 37
4. BEN WATSON (GBr/Yam) 36
5. Jed Beaton (Aus/Kaw) 27
9. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) 20


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