Since the Belgian GP there’s been a dip in form for Jago Geerts but he reminded us of his talents in Turkey. The Belgian actually got two good starts which has been pretty rare this year. One thing he’s needed to improve on are his starts and especially at the MXoN – if he wants to win the MX2 class!
In Turkey the Belgian talent ended up second overall and gained points on Tom Vialle for third in the championship heading into the final round at China. Geerts now has ten points over Vialle so it’s looking good for him to secure that third spot in the series.
EMX250 champion, Roan van de Moosdijk stepped up to race his second MX2 World Championship round of the year and it’s a weekend he’ll remember for a very long time. If you doubted the speed at the front of the EMX250 class then more fool you!
The Dutch talent went 5-3 to secure third overall and his first MX2 World Championship podium. Even though he’ll be a rookie in 2020 he’s already showed he won’t be far away from the front. With another strong winter behind him then anything is possible. The KNMV have a very difficult decision to make for the MX2 rider at this years MXoN but van de Moosdijk might have just edged ahead of Vlaanderen after Turkey.
Last week Maxime Renaux got the news he’d be representing France at the Motocross Des Nations in Assen and it really give him a big boost. In Turkey that was the most aggressive we’ve saw Renaux all year as he wasn’t secured to battle right at the front.
Just like in Indonesia, Renaux missed out on the podium as he was tied on points with van de Moosdijk but he had the better moto. Renaux’s riding was really good though and if it wasn’t for a couple of small crashes he’d have most likely been on the box.
Stepping up from the EMX250 series, Alberto Forato had no real pressure in Turkey as he just used it to prepare for 2020. The Italian didn’t get good starts, something we’ll probably see a lot next year due to how big the guy is.
The Italian has no problem coming up through the pack, something he’s had to do a lot in the past! A 9-8 scorecard was enough to secure eighth overall – a solid weekend and he clearly showed he has the pace for MX2.
It’s hard not to be impressed with young Italian talent, Mattia Guadagnini who just clinched the EMX125 title a few weeks ago. Guadagnini has only spent a few weeks on the four stroke but you really wouldn’t think it with his riding.
The Maddii Husqvarna rider ended up tenth overall on his MX2 debut and the field was deep too! Even though he’s signed to contest the EMX250 series next year he was so good in Turkey that the team might have to re-evaluate that decision and put him MX2 straight away!
One rider that’s pretty under rated has to be JG Gunnex KTM rider, Richard Sikyna who especially excels on the hard pack tracks. He clearly gelled well with the Turkish track and was running inside the top fifteen all weekend.
10-13 in the moto’s meant he ended up twelfth overall which is pretty impressive. If Sikyna can have a strong winter heading into 2020 he’s capable of surprising results next year – he has the speed.
Article: Andy McKinstry