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Images from round two of MXGP 2022

MXGP of Lombardia: Mantova

Mar 072022

Dirt shredding against the picture postcard city of Mantova. It’s a unique mix of speed and style that is only delivered at the MXGP of Lombardia. Better still, the latest visit of motocross power to the Monatova forms the second round of the highly anticipated 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship.

For Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2's Jago Geerts, Mantova is a sweet reminder of past success. Geerts is one of the most successful riders on the soft soil of the Lombardia track, and is currently enjoying an epic streak of four victories at the circuit.

Sunday's outing was one of his most dominant in recent memory, as he won everything that there was to win, and led thirty-nine of the forty-eight laps. Additionally, he was the fastest in two of the three timed sessions. Unstoppable is a term that does not quite cover his form in the MX2 division.

"I am so happy about this weekend," Geerts told us. "I felt good on the track the whole weekend – I just had a great feeling all day. It was a really positive experience! I took the red plate too, which was a nice bonus. I just need to keep working and try to keep it going like this. I like the track at the next round in Argentina, so we will try to do this again."

Whilst Geerts focusses on MX2 glory, especially now that he has grabbed control of the championship lead, he will have one eye on mirroring the success of his former teammate in the not-so-distant future. Maxime Renaux vacated the YZ250F that Geerts pilots to take on an even bigger challenge in the premier class with the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP squad. Incredibly, he is already taking the world by storm in just his second outing aboard the YZ450F. Renaux fought to second overall at the same Mantova event.


Racing with an experienced champion who has countless Grand Prix victories to his name, Renaux gave as good as he got and stayed in the fight for gold until the end of the day. 

Posting the fastest lap in moto one en route to third served as a reminder of what he is capable of – he came out firing in the final race of the day to further drive that point home. Taking second place in the moto and overall classification was another brilliant step forward in his young career. Now, the top step awaits.