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First Ever Moto Podium for Watson


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.

Weltin breaks the spell, bad luck for De Waal

Monday, March 19, 2018 — In the cold and wet sand of Valkenswaard Marshal Weltin (Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda) marked his first world championship points of the season. The young American finished 18th in the second moto and 20th overall. His team mate Micha Boy De Waal dislocated his collarbone in time practice and sat out both motos.

Valkenswaard was the first race that Weltin came back to for a second year while Dutchman De Waal knows the track only too well. However the iconic Dutch classic on the GP calendar was an enterily different prospect from wat anyone is used to. Temperatures below 0° C, wind and snow shaped the track into a completely new challenge.

Home rider De Waal was 16th in time practice and upbeat for his first GP weekend of the season. Unfortunately he hit another rider in time practice and went down. Impacting his shoulder “MBDW” suffered an Anterior Clavicle dislocation. Marshal struggled with the enduro-esque soil and unusual conditions. In the qualifying races the Michigan native had to settle for 26th.

After the bitterly cold first day things slightly improved for race day. With modifications to the handguards to overcome the cold Marshal felt a bit more comfortable on the bike as well. Weltin sufffered a terible start in the opening moto though. From way down the field he managed to bounce back but wasn’t able to score any points. The second moto saw a better result for the Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda rider. Again Marshal got underway poor. However he fought himself to 25th and went on to come home 18th behind Jed Beaton.

The MX2 World Championship heads to the new Red Sands facility near Valencia in Spain next weekend, for the third round of the series.

Marshal Weltin: “This is a race that’ll never forget with the blizzard and track conditions! For some reason I feel that my hands are more sensitive to the cold than others. On Saturday my hands completely locked up and I can’t use anything, I just went on a four finger deadlock on the bike. That makes it hard to focus on your riding! Overall we could’ve done more this weekend although the second moto was actually a little better. We need to improve both my starts and qualifying. Qualifying is something that I’ve struggled with last year as well. Once I’ve started to figure that out things started to improve. So hopefully we can make that happen again.”

Micha Boy De Waal: “Things were going well in time practice until I came together with another rider. Luckily there was no fracture but we’ll have to see with the doctor what’s the best course of action now. Surgery is an option, but normally we’re going to let it heal up naturally. That would mean I’m out around three to four weeks. It’s a pity because I felt really good and the bike was working well but that’s racing.”

MX2 Race 1
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 35:38.265; 2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:09.342; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:16.508; 4. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.579; 5. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:25.932; 6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:42.179; 7. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:49.290; 8. Jed Beaton (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:53.611; 9. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:58.452; 10. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:00.167; 11. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Husqvarna), +1:01.566; 12. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Yamaha), +1:07.493; 13. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), +1:08.774; 14. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:13.609; 15. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, Honda), +1:24.471; 16. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:44.843; 17. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Kawasaki), +1:46.270; 18. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, Husqvarna), +1:46.530; 19. Alvin Östlund (SWE, Yamaha), +2:03.155; 20. Sander Agard-Michelsen (NOR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 21. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), -1 lap(s); 22. Marshal Weltin (USA, Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda), -1 lap(s); 23. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, KTM), -1 lap(s); 24. Richard Sikyna (SVK, KTM), -1 lap(s); 25. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 26. Nicola Bertuzzi (ITA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 27. Alexis Verhaeghe (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 28. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 29. David Herbreteau (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 30. Enzo Toriani (FRA, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 31. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KTM), -2 lap(s); 32. Kim Savaste (FIN, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s); 33. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), -2 lap(s); 34. Bas Vaessen (NED, Honda), -9 lap(s); 35. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), -11 lap(s)

MX2 Race 2
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 35:35.397; 2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:00.381; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:37.477; 4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:39.263; 5. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:46.360; 6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:47.057; 7. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:51.600; 8. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:05.208; 9. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +1:08.867; 10. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +1:10.665; 11. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, Honda), +1:17.524; 12. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Yamaha), +1:19.818; 13. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +1:36.765; 14. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, Husqvarna), +1:50.898; 15. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Kawasaki), +1:58.989; 16. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 17. Jed Beaton (AUS, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 18. Marshal Weltin (USA, Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda), -1 lap(s); 19. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 20. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), -1 lap(s); 21. David Herbreteau (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 22. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, KTM), -1 lap(s); 23. Kim Savaste (FIN, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 24. Sander Agard-Michelsen (NOR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 25. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 26. Richard Sikyna (SVK, KTM), -1 lap(s); 27. Nicola Bertuzzi (ITA, KTM), -2 lap(s); 28. Alexis Verhaeghe (FRA, KTM), -2 lap(s); 29. Enzo Toriani (FRA, Husqvarna), -2 lap(s); 30. Alvin Östlund (SWE, Yamaha), -3 lap(s); 31. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KTM), -4 lap(s); 32. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), -7 lap(s); 33. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Yamaha), -10 lap(s); 34. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Husqvarna), -14 lap(s)

MX2 Valkenswaard overall
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 50 points; 2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 40 p.; 4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 30 p.; 6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, HON), 30 p.; 7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 26 p.; 8. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 25 p.; 9. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 24 p.; 10. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 18 p.; 11. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, YAM), 18 p.; 12. Jed Beaton (AUS, KAW), 17 p.; 13. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, HON), 16 p.; 14. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 12 p.; 15. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 11 p.; 16. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, HUS), 10 p.; 17. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, KAW), 10 p.; 18. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HUS), 10 p.; 19. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 8 p.; 20. Marshal Weltin (USA, Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda), 3 p.; 21. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 2 p.; 22. Alvin Östlund (SWE, YAM), 2 p.; 23. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 1 p.; 24. Sander Agard-Michelsen (NOR, YAM), 1 p.; 25. David Herbreteau (FRA, KTM), 0 p.; 26. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, KTM), 0 p.; 27. Kim Savaste (FIN, KAW), 0 p.; 28. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), 0 p.; 29. Richard Sikyna (SVK, KTM), 0 p.; 30. Nicola Bertuzzi (ITA, KTM), 0 p.; 31. Alexis Verhaeghe (FRA, KTM), 0 p.; 32. Enzo Toriani (FRA, HUS), 0 p.; 33. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KTM), 0 p.; 34. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, YAM), 0 p.; 35. Bas Vaessen (NED, HON), 0

MX2 championship standings after 2 rounds
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 100 points; 2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 82 p.; 3. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, HON), 67 p.; 4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 63 p.; 5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 61 p.; 6. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 51 p.; 7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 46 p.; 8. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 44 p.; 9. Jed Beaton (AUS, KAW), 44 p.; 10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, YAM), 42 p.; 11. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, HON), 35 p.; 12. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 33 p.; 13. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 31 p.; 14. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 29 p.; 15. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, HUS), 29 p.; 16. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 26 p.; 17. Bas Vaessen (NED, HON), 15 p.; 18. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 13 p.; 19. Alvin Östlund (SWE, YAM), 12 p.; 20. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 12 p.; 21. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 12 p.; 22. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HUS), 11 p.; 23. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 11 p.; 24. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, KAW), 10 p.; 25. Marshal Weltin (USA, Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda), 3 p.; 26. Sander Agard-Michelsen (NOR, YAM), 1 p.; 27. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KTM), 1 p

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Round One of the Irish Championship

MX1 Riders: YAMAHA YZF450
Robert Hamilton #3
Moto Results
4th – 5TH – 5TH
Overall Position 5th
Rider Comment : “It was good to get back behind a start gate, I felt a little rusty at the start of the day, by the third race I was relaxed and felt good on my YZF450 , the track was rough , and my suspension soaked up everything the track had to offer. It may take a few more meetings before I am back to full race pace, I am confident in my set up, and looking forward to the season ahead.

Sean Devlin #164
Moto Results
8th – 4th -3rd
Overall Position 4th
Rider Comment : Dropped the bike twice in both Moto One , and two .We made a few adjustments for Moto three, no crashes that time out, and brought her home for 3rd in the race. On words and up words, plenty of racing to be done , and we are playing the long game!

Sean raced through the field in the final moto of the day, to take third place at the flag, just missing out on 3rd Overall by one point!

MX2 Riders: YAMAHA YZF250

David Robson #21
Moto Results
2nd – 1st -DNS
Overall Position 5th
Rider Comment : “This was my first race in with the big boys, good day overall, speed was good, just unlucky, first race crash gave me a lot of work to do, then I tweaked my foot on a post and pulled my hip flexor on the second lap, I was in a lot of pain, so I had to sit out the final moto of the day”

#21 David Robson fights in an airborne fight for the holeshot with James Mackrel, both riders crashed in the following corner, David remounted to come through the field to finish 2nd in his class

Aaron Gardiner #34
Moto Results
15TH – 12TH – 10TH
Overall Position13th
Rider Comment : “Decent enough start to the season, I cashed pretty hard while running 9th in the first Moto, got back on for 15th , bad starts hampered my progress in the next two looking forward to the next round”

Aaron Gardiner, braved a first race crash to score good points on the day.

Jordan Martin #74

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Management Comment

All home safe, and that is what was most in my mind on Saturday morning, although the Cookstown Club worked a miracle on the track to allow the event to take place, pretty much every rider fell off at least once.

In the MX2 Class, both David and Aaron battled through the extreme conditions, and mixed it up against the best riders in the country, Aaron had a pretty heavy crash in race one, and whilst he was somewhat detuned after his crash, the gritty youngster still managed to score valuable points in the remaining two moto’s.

David caught his foot on a post and twisted his hip during the second moto, he raced on and won his class, although he was in a lot of pain after the race, causing him to sit out the final moto of the day.

Earlier in the day, David showed both speed and determination, as a collision with another rider in the first moto saw David remount in last place, he remounted and battled through the pack to finish 2nd in his class


Robert and Sean rode well, coming away from round one with both riders in the top five in the points table was pretty much the game plan.

It was Robert’s first race back after a year off due to injury, and we know the ex-multi Champion will be fighting at the sharp end before long.

For sure Sean is fitter than this time last year, he loves the big Yamaha, and already has the speed to fight for podium results.

It’s going to be an interesting season