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2018 #mylid: A Dog’s life for Watson

Jun 022018

Matterley Basin and the 2018 British Grand Prix marks a ‘first’ for Kemea Yamaha’s Ben Watson. The soon-to-be 21 year old travels to the Winchester venue and 2017 Motocross of Nations stage this weekend as his country’s best hope for home silverware.

The Belgium-based Englishman is arguably the brightest breakthrough talent of the MXGP scene this season. The former EMX starlet is excelling in the confines of the Kemea set-up and his first term as a factory-back racer. A first podium has already been bagged and, under the tutelage of former world champion Jacky Vimond, that blue #919 has been a regular sight at the front of the MX2 pack in each moto.

So, England expects. While Watson will run special Union Jack colours to make his eye-catching progress even more prominent, his Airoh lid is usually noticeable for the black-blue shades and the presence of a special logo.

“Basically the colours of this year’s helmet is set to match those of my riding kit,” the Brit explains. “To a certain extent I was able to choose how it was laid out but then we don't have too much space. We received our designs for the riding kit from Moose and then worked on the final spec of the helmet to sync it all. If I was being picky then I might go for a brighter blue than we have.”

 

“I like quite a clear and simple design,” BW adds. “It is more about the lines than any drawings.”

 

One factor of Watson’s headwear ‘get-up’ is the personal involvement. “My brother does all of the design work for me,” he says “and for the logo on the back I asked him to do a copy of the face of my dog: Spocket. I used to spend every day with him and moving from the UK to Belgium at the end of last year meant it was hard to leave him behind!”

 

Watson will be the one with the bone come Sunday afternoon and in front of the wide, green banks packed with fans craving more success for the Yamaha man.

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