Ben Watson took his first ever podium in a moto on the rain affected track in Agueda, Portugal. Unfortunately, the Briton just missed the overall podium by… 0,172 second. Vsevolod Brylyakov confirmed his good form from last week with a sixth place. Jago Geerts suffered a sprained ankle, but managed to take some important championship points.
The GP of Portugal, on a physically very demanding track after the rainfall of the last two weeks, didn’t start so well for Kemea Yamaha. Jago Geerts twisted his ankle in free practice on Saturday and was in doubt for Sunday. But the 17-year-old Belgian fought off the pain and finished 18th overall (19+14).
Deep, long and gnarly ruts: it didn’t seem to bother Ben Watson. He managed to guide his YZ250F from outside of the top 10 up into fifth place. His second moto was even better. After a nice battle with his teammate Brylyakov, the Briton kept on charging and passed world champion Pauls Jonass en Jed Beaton for third place. Watson was unleashed and chased Thomas Kjer Olsen till the end, but missed the second place (and an overall podium) by a hair (0,172 seconds). The third time this year that a Kemea Yamaha rider finished just outside the top three overall.
Finally, Vsevolod Brylyakov showed that his fourth place in Italy last week wasn’t a fluke. The Russian started well in the first race, but had to settle for eight after goggle issues. Just like last week Brylyakov saved the best for last. His second moto was impressive with a fifth place.