British hero is taken down in opening MX2 moto
Ben Watson (Monster Energy Yamaha) headed into the MXGP of Trentino full of confidence after taking his debut GP overall victory just seven days earlier but the event didn’t go as planned for the Brit.
Running near the front of the first race, Watson was taken down when another rider jumped across him and he was forced to charge back from 20th to 10th at the flag.
He stayed upright in race two but a bad start saw him playing catch-up and he carved his way up to sixth at the flag for eighth overall to maintain his sixth position in the championship.
“On paper today was not good – especially after the last GP – but in terms of my riding I was really happy with how it went,” he said. “First race I had a good start and then on the second lap I had a big crash with another rider that was completely out of my hands. I had to come from really far back to finish 10th which was not so bad.
“In the second race I got held up big time in the second corner. I came from really far back to sixth which is really good on this track where it is really hard to pass, there is not much line choice. Overall, I was happy with the riding, just a little bit disappointed with the result.”