Mantova 3 sees Geerts rebound with overall MX2 round victory.
Defending MXGP world champion Tim Gajser claimed his first grand prix overall of the 2020 season to increase his points-lead, as Jago Geerts rebounded for the MX2 win at Mantova 3.
Team HRC’s Gajser won the opening moto ahead of a fast-closing Glenn Coldenhoff (Standing Construct GasGas), with Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM) third.
The second moto saw Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM) – who was fifth in moto one – win ahead of Gajser, which was enough for the Honda rider to clinch the overall, and with Jeremy Seewer (Monster Energy Yamaha) third.
Overall it was Gajer who won the MXGP of Europe from Cairoli and Coldenhoff, while in the standings, Gajser now holds a 11-point advantage over Cairoli following 11 rounds.
In MX2, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Geerts bounced back from a couple of difficult rounds to go 2-1 for the overall, trading positions with series leader Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM) after he went 1-2.
Completing the overall podium with a pair of fourths was Thomas Kjer Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), edging moto podium finishers Ben Watson (Monster Energy Yamaha) and Conrad Mewse (Hitachi KTM) for position.
Vialle has a 46-point lead over Geerts in the MX2 World Championship standings entering next Sunday’s MXGP of Spain, which will take place at intu Xanadu – Arroyomolinos.
Of the Australians, Mitch Evans (Team HRC) starred in MXGP with fifth overall via a 4-8 scorecard, while in MX2 Jed Beaton (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) went 5-5 for sixth overall and Bailey Malkiewicz (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) was 11th.