Race Report Lacapelle Marival

Last weekend the Kemea Yamaha Team travelled to France to compete in the international race in Lacapelle Marival. It was the final race/test, before the start of the world championship in Neuquen, Argentina (March 4th). Both Ben watson and Jago Geerts finished inside the top 10 in the MX2. Watson was the best Kemea-rider on the sixth place (6+8 in heats), the 17-year-old Geerts took the ninth spot (10+9 in heats). Vsevolod Brylyakov, who still lacks race rhythm after a severe shoulder injury, finished just outside the top 10, on the eleventh place (13+12 in heats).

The Kemea-riders saved the best for last, with strong performances in the Superfinal, in which they had to compete against the best MXGP-riders. Watson placed his YZ250F in ninth place. That made him the third best MX2-rider in the Superfinal. Geerts finished 12th, Brylyakov 13th (respectively fourth and fifth fastest MX2-riders).

Ben Watson
#919 Ben Watson

 

#193 Jago Geerts

 

#18 Vsevolod Brylyakov

 

RESULTS LACAPELLE MARIVAL

First heat MX2
1. Pauls Jonass; 2. Hunter Lawrence; 3. Jed Beaton;…Kemea-riders: 6. Ben Watson; 10. Jago Geerts; 13. Vsevolod Brylyakov.

Second heat MX2
1. Hunter Lawrence; 2. Thomas Kjer Olsen; 3. Jed Beaton;… Kemea-riders: 8. Ben Watson; 9. Jago Geerts; 12. Vsevolod Brylyakov.

Overall MX2
1. Hunter Lawrence 47; 2. Pauls Jonass 40; 3. Jed Beaton 40;… Kemea-riders: 6. Ben Watson 28; 9. Jago Geerts 23; 11. Vsevolod Brylyakov 17.

Superfinal (MXGP+MX2)
1. Jeffrey Herlings; 2. Max Anstie; 3. Clement Desalle;… Kemea-riders: 9. Ben Watson; 12. Jago Geerts; 13. Vsevolod Brylyakov.

 

Marnicq Bervoets

Team Manager
“I was especially happy with the performance of my riders in the Superfinal. Watson, for example, was fighting all the time with Kjer Olsen, a candidate for the World Championship podium this year. Geerts was also pretty strong against the powerfull 450-bikes. And also Brylyakov found his best level at the end of the day. It was a pitty that their performances were less good in the MX2-heats earlier in the day. But we must remember the positive elements. We must continue to build on that.”

Revo Husqvarna

REVO Husqvarna UK unveiled its new three-man MX2 team at the Hawkstone International on Sunday before putting on a show of force.

Racing against some of the fastest riders on the planet including reigning world MX2 champion Pauls Jonass, the trio of
Martin Barr, Mel Pocock and Dylan Woodcock clearly meant business in the deep and unforgiving Shropshire sand.

Martin in particular shone on his team debut, starting strongly and resisting pressure from behind in the opening moto to chase home Jonass in second.

Another good start in race two saw the Irishman lead before a crash dropped him down the field and forced him to dig deep to come back to ninth to secure fifth overall.

His third good start of the day put Martin near the front in the Superfinal but he elected to play it safe to come home a strong sixth in MX2.

Although not quite on his team-mate’s pace, Mel also turned in a pair of professional performances, running 8-7 for eighth overall before pulling out of the Superfinal.

In his first major international event, Dylan qualified in an impressive 14th on a stock bike but a crash in the opening moto left him down the field.

Showing great resolve, he fought hard in the second race to finish a respectable 26th.

Mark Yates (Team Principal)
“I’m very pleased with the entire team effort leading up to Hawkstone. The boys have been working hard and we’ve been busy testing in preparation for this weekend.

“Martin was on a different level today and took it to the factory boys. After qualifying third behind Jonass his first moto was unbelievable.

“A great start in moto two saw him hold a good second place until a small mishap put him down. Typically, he got straight back up and didn’t stop fighting until the chequered flag.

“He was clearly upset about throwing away a potential podium but it was still a very positive performance and he knows he has the speed to play up front!

“Mel had a decent first moto with a strong battle to come home eighth and in moto two rode smoother with some better line choices.

“Dylan struggled in his first international but we knew it would be a steep learning curve and he will only get better from here.

“For the team it was a great start to 2018 and something we will take to our first British and European races. I cannot thank the boys and our helpers enough for all the hard work and commitment to put these weekends together!”

Martin Barr – 5th MX2

“It was really good to get back to the race paddock for the Hawkstone International and the day started off well with third in qualification which gave me a good gate position.

“Race one I made a good start and quickly moved into second behind the current world champion – we both set a good pace and pulled away from the rest of the field! I was feeling really comfortable for my first race of the year and was very happy to finish second in such a strong field.

“I made another great start in race two and got into the lead for brief time. I went back to third but it was still very close until I tucked the front and went down.

“I’m happy with my pace and looking forward to the season.”

Mel Pocock – 8th MX2
“Hawkstone went well for me – it was a very fast field of GP boys and I battled well with some quality riders.

“The track was deep and hard going and the bikes held up faultlessly so credit to the team for being so well prepared for the first race of the season.

“We have a new truck and race set-up for REVO Husqvarna and it was nice to have the crew working well and getting used to the new surroundings.

“We have a few weeks to the first British chmpionship round to get some more riding and training in – I’m excited for the new season and can’t wait to get going.

“A big thanks to Mark and Sam Yates – they’ve done us proud once again.”

Dylan Woodcock – MX2

“My day started off really well with 14th fastest in qualifying so that was good. I was happy with that to start the season off against all the GP riders that were there.

“For the first race I was fired up and ready to go and got a good start around the top 10 but I jumped a bit too deep into one of the bombholes and went over the bars. I got back on and raced all the way to the end and was happy with my pace.

“In the second race I damaged my radiator but overall I’m happy – my speed is there, I just need to try to keep out of trouble next time and stay upright.

“I’ve learned a lot from the event and our main championship starts in four weeks so I’m really looking forward to that.”

Bad Luck in Opening Race Riola Sardo

The Kemea Yamaha Team wasn’t really lucky in the European opening race in Riola Sardo, Italy. During the time training, however, the Kemea riders were all in the top 10 (Ben Watson on three, Vsevolod Brylyakov on six and Jago Geerts on eight). But in the MX2-race things went wrong. The Kemea-riders suffered crashes (Brylyakov), arm pump (Geerts) and a technical problem (Watson).

Ben Watson was on his way to a decent result in the MX2 race. Three laps from the end the Brit was still riding in fourth position. But he had to go to the side due to a technical problem. Double bad luck, because of that he was not allowed to race the Elite-race in which the best MX1 and MX2-riders competed against each other.

The Kemea Team remains in Sardinia for a few days of training/testing and for the official photoshoot. Next weekend, the Kemea-boys will travel to Great Britain for the international race in Hawkstone Park.

Results

MX2-race

1. Lawrence Hunter

2. Pauls Jonass +11.322

3. Calvin Vlaanderen Calvin +17.282

14. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam), +1:46.946

20. VSEVOLOD BRYLYAKOV (Rus/Yam) +1 lap

BEN WATSON (GBr/Yam) DNF

Elite-race (MX1+MX2)

1. Antonio Cairoli

2. Max Anstie +3.181

3. Romain Febvre +22.318

14. VSEVOLOD BRYLYAKOV (Rus/Yam) +1 lap

JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) DNF

BEN WATSON (GBr/Yam) DNS (niet geplaatst voor elite-race)

Marnicq Bervoets

Team Manager
“Ben Watson was riding pretty strong in the MX2-race. Unfortunately he was stopped by a technical problem (clutch). we are still testing parts and then something can go wrong. It’s better to have a DNF now than during the Grand Prix-season. It was positive that Ben was able to compete in the front all the time. Vsevolod Brylyakov was not yet able to do that. Not a surprise, as it was only his first race since May last year. He is still lacking race-rhythm. He was also a bit nervous, as he crashed two times in the MX2-race. The youngest of the team, Jago Geerts, started strong in the MX2. He battled for seventh place for a long time, but then suffered from arm pump and was forced to slow down. Conclusion: there were certainly some postive signs, but clearly there still has a lot of work to be done.”