Live Motocross caught up with Jago Geerts who currently sits second in the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship heading into the final six rounds.
This weekend (October 17th & 18th) sees the Monster Energy MXGP of Flanders take place at Lommel. The circuit which is described as the toughest mx track.
Geerts had a positive weekend in Spain at the Arroyomolinos circuit last weekend, we caught up with him to see how the MXGP of Spain and looking ahead to his home GP.
Live Motocross: Firstly, we have to say well done on finishing second overall for the MXGP of Spain after some fantastic racing. You currently sit 2nd in the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship heading into Lommel this weekend. How does it feel?
Jago Geerts: “I’m second in the championship right now. Its feels a little bit bittersweet. Second is not bad but I showed that I have the speed to fight for the title. But some crashes and mistakes made me lose some points. I’m still not out of the title chase and will do everything to close the points gap.“
Live Motocross: Qualifying was a bit of a tough one for you with finishing the session in 8th with a time of 1:55.536. What are your thoughts on qualifying?
Jago Geerts: “Timepractice was never my strong point. I almost never have the fastest time so I don’t care to much about the time practice. Most of the races the time practice is not that important because the first 10 gate picks are all good.”
Live Motocross: Opening moto, you were fourth during the opening lap and looked like you were on the gas for a top three finish. Conrad Mewse got the pass into fourth during the race resulting in you ending the moto in 5th. How was the moto for you?
Jago Geerts: “The first moto I had a pretty good start and I felt good in fourth place. I was ready to try to fight for the first 3 places but then I had a small tip over. I started again in 5th but I couldn’t make a pass and stayed there until the finish.”
Live Motocross: Second moto, well what can we say there was some very close battles between yourself and Jorge Prado throughout but on the final lap his bike stalled and he couldn’t get it started, which meant you could get past and take the win for the final moto in Spain. How did you feel about the final race?
Jago Geerts: “My speed was good the second moto and I was chasing tom Vialle the whole race. It was difficult to make passes because there was only on good line. So I just tried to put pressure on Tom and in the end he made a small mistake and I could pass him and win the moto. So it was a good one for me.”
Live Motocross: MXGP now heads to Belgium this weekend for the first of the triple headers at Lommel which is a very popular circuit. What are your thoughts ahead of this weekend and what are your plans for the round?
Jago Geerts: “Lommel is my home GP so for sure i’m excited for the 3 rounds there. It’s one of the toughest tracks in the world so next week will for sure be really physically demanding. My goal is to take as many points as possible and have fun on track.”
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