The final MX2 action of the year was highly exciting as Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialle and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Watson shared a race win each in the category.
Watson had the perfect end to his MX2 career with a second overall win of the 2020 season, and his career so far. Watson finished the first race third, behind Vialle and Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori’s Maxime Renaux, after some close battles with the pair and his teammate Jago Geerts. In the second race, the Brit got another good start and wasted no time to get into the lead, to then dominate every lap after that. He did however come under immense pressure from Geerts, before the Belgian crashed out of the race. A 3rd and a race win was enough to hand Watson the round victory.
In MX2, it was Watson who took the final overall victory of the 2020 season, with this year’s MX2 Champion, Vialle, finishing second overall and Renaux taking to the third step of the podium. And what a year it has been for Vialle who has secured his first world title in the category, with Geerts finishing as vice world champion in 2020 and Renaux securing a medal scoring position in the standings, for third overall this season.
Ben Watson: “It’s been another incredible day. I mean, the last six GP’s especially, I have been feeling good on the bike like all season, but sometimes that was not reflected in my results and I’m really happy for myself but also for the team and Yamaha, because every time they support one hundred per cent. Everything was laid out on the table for me to produce these results and sometimes they weren’t there and now as I’m leaving MX2, it’s really nice to play it back with some victories. For myself, it’s been really incredible and I’m really happy to find this step now in MX2 and go into this break, take some good rest with a really good feeling. And I’m definitely really excited to get started on the new bike now”.
Also competing at the final MXGP event of the year was the EMX Open which saw British riders Dan Thornhill and John Adamson both competing. Both riders once again rode well with Thornhill taking two 6th places for 5th overall, while Adamson claimed third in the opening race but unfortunately crashed out of the final race and finished 11th overall.
In the EMX2T class newly crowned champion Brad Anderson claimed two second place finishes for second overall at the final round and was awarded his Gold Medal as Championship winner. Also in the class Charlie Putnum, Aaron Ongley and Aidan Williams all scored points to claim 18th, 19th and 22nd overall respectively.