Storm Eunice left a trail of devastation across Britain last weekend. Still at Matterley Basin, postponing the start of the FIM World Championship by a week. The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team returns to Winchester and is aiming for a hat-trick, following wins by Jago Geerts at Matterley Basin in 2020 and Maxime Renaux in 2021.
After Eunice – Britain’s worst storm in decades – Infront Moto Racing and the UK organizer had no choice but to postpone last Saturday’s Grand Prix. The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team riders immediately returned to continental Europe to further prepare for the fresh start of the FIM World Championship.
A world championship where the ambitions of the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team are once again at their highest. Logical after 2021, where the team has achieved enormous success: world title with Maxime Renaux, silver medal with Jago Geerts, world constructors’ title and nine GP victories. It is almost impossible to repeat such an exceptional year, but the main objective remains the same: to win the world title again.
Maxime Renaux has moved to MXGP, meaning the team will start 2022 with two riders: Jago Geerts and Thibault Benistant. All eyes are now on Geerts. The 21-year-old Belgian is one of the most successful riders in the current MX2 class. He has already won ten Grands Prix and finished on the box in the lightest class in the last three years: third in 2019, second in 2020 and second in 2021. In his fifth season for Yamaha, Geerts has only one goal. in mind: to become world champion.
The Belgian will not be accompanied by teammate Benistant at Matterley Basin. The 19-year-old Frenchman is still recovering from knee surgery in November and is still waiting for the green light from his doctors. Benistant will be replaced by Andrea Bonacorsi this weekend. The 18-year-old Italian – 2020 125cc European champion – normally competes for the Hutten Metaal Yamaha team in EMX250, but now has the chance to make his MX2 debut.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team has many fond memories of Matterley Basin. In 2020, Jago Geerts won the British GP, the first of his career. And last season, Maxime Renaux was Matterley’s best. I wonder if we can do a hat-trick this weekend…
After two difficult seasons of restrictions – due to the COVID-19 pandemic – the FIM Motocross World Championship returns to a two-day format. The riders will again have six sessions, including a qualifying race on Saturday, to improve their settings.
#93 Jago Geerts
Second in the MX2 2021
“Last week I returned to Belgium immediately after the postponement of the GP. It wasn’t too bad for me, as I was battling a small injury. With this extra week, the problem has now completely disappeared. It was a bit difficult with the bad weather in Belgium last week, so I couldn’t train as much. No worries. After intense winter preparation, I feel completely ready for the start of the World Championship My objective is clear this year: after a third and two second places, I finally want to win the world title in 2022.”
#35 Andrea Bonacorsi
Fourth in EMX250 2021
“The postponement of the Grand Prix last weekend did not affect my training program much. However, the weather in the Netherlands, where my team is based, was very bad. That’s why I went to France for two days to ride a bike. I feel like I’m ready. I’m really looking forward to making my MX2 debut, something I’ve always dreamed of since I was a kid. Now it’s a dream come true. At Matterley Basin, one of my favorite circuits. My goal? Above all, gain a lot of experience.
Photo: taken by Bavo