Rene Baeten of Herlentals, Belgium won the second-ever Federation Internationale de Motocyclsime 500cc Motocross World Championship in 1957. Since then, in 63 years, 48 titles have been claimed by Belgian riders across a multitude of classes. Based on that alone it could be argued that the nation of 11 million people is one of the greatest in the history of professional motocross.
Imaging the roar from the paddock and the grandstands then when 19 year-old Jago Geerts - from Balen, Belgium - won the MXGP of Great Britain, at Matterley Basin – Winchester. A week later over in sandy Holland, it was again Geerts racing to the podium - with third at the MXGP of The Netherlands. A dream start to the season. Almost.
Now, like the rest of us, Geerts is at home, in lockdown, and wondering what to do with himself. With a little help from Jago’s manager Stefan Geukens, we rang up the 19 year-old Belgian to see what he has going on.