RENAUX RACES TO SECOND OVERALL & RETAINS MX2 CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AS BENISTANT CELEBRATES FIRST-EVER MX2 PODIUM FINISH
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team celebrated a historic final race at the Czech Grand Prix in Loket, with all three riders finishing inside the top-three. The teams’ youngest rider, Thibault Benistant, claimed his second-ever MX2 race victory ahead of teammates Maxime Renaux and Jago Geerts. As a result, the 18-year-old was able to celebrate a maiden MX2 podium finish. Renaux held off a hard-charging Geerts to finish second in Race 2 for second overall, while Geerts finished third in the race for sixth overall.
The Czech Grand Prix got off to a sensational start for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team, with Geerts and Renaux topping the timesheets. Geerts notched the fastest lap, edging Roan van de Moosdijk and Renaux by just over half a second. Benistant qualified ninth.
Carrying the coveted red plate as the series leader, for the first time in his career, Renaux put in an astonishing charge from outside of the top-20 to finish fifth in Race 1. Throughout the race, the Frenchman made a series of remarkable passes, including moves made on his teammates Geerts and Benistant.
Despite his rookie status, Benistant is one of the fastest riders in MX2 this year. The Frenchman has led 32 of the 114 laps raced this year and continued to impress as he blasted from 15th to ninth in race one. After a mediocre start, Geerts was unable to reach his full potential as he battled a severe case of arm-pump. The Belgian did his best to salvage as many points as possible and ended up finishing 12th.
In contrast to the opening race, all three riders rocketed out of the gate for the final heat to make up the top-five on the exit of turn two. Benistant was awarded the holeshot as Renaux moved quickly to pass Rene Hofer for second position.
Inch perfect from start to finish, Benistant set the fastest lap of the race on his way to another emphatic race victory. It was his second race win this season, and as he is a rookie, it was also the second of his career. Continuing to focus on the bigger picture, Renaux recovered from a small tip over to finish second position as Geerts made a late-race dash up into third.
After a historic end to the Czech Grand Prix, which saw the full Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 line-up lockout the podium positions in the final MX2 race, the team looks forward to its home Grand Prix which will take place next weekend, August 1st, in Lommel, Belgium.
Renaux continues to lead the MX2 World Championship by 3-points as Geerts moves into the top-five. Benistant's first podium finish sees the youngster leap up into seventh in the championship classification, while Geerts rounds out the top-five.