Geerts completes first double in MX2 to close in on points-lead.
Red Bull KTM’s Antonio Cairoli stood back atop the MXGP World Championship podium on Wednesday in the GP of Riga, as Jago Geerts claimed a spectacular double in MX2.
Cairoli controlled the opening moto to win ahead of Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Kawasaki) and Jeffrey Herlings (Red Bull KTM), who recovered from an opening lap fall.
The second outing – drama-packed much like the first – saw a late error of Herlings that also caused Cairoli to go down allow pole-setter Arminas Jasikonis (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), placing him fourth overall.
Second in the moto was Jeremy Seewer (Monster Energy Yamaha) ahead of Herlings and Cairoli once they remounted, handing Cairoli his first overall in over a year from Seewer and Herlings.
Australia’s Mitch Evans showed signs of improvement with a better start in moto two, going 26-15 for 19th overall. Team HRC teammate Tim Gajser exited moto one after two crashes, but was fifth in the second affair.
The MX2 round belonged to Monster Energy Yamaha’s Jago Geerts as he went 1-1, leading F&H Kawasaki Racing teammates Roan Van de Moosdijk and teammate Mathys Boisrame.
Of the Australians, Jed Beaton (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) was sixth, Bailey Maliewicz (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) 19th and his teammate Nathan Crawford a non-scorer in both motos.