Interview with MXGP rider Jago Geerts!

Before the first gate drops, we quickly ask five questions to our riders. Today, it's Jago Geerts' turn. We interviewed him before the first race in Argentina. After a very successful career in MX2 (four times silver medal, one time bronze and 24 GP wins), the Belgian takes his first steps in the MXGP in 2024 season.

Although he was unfortunate at his first MXGP race, we wish him a quick recovery and even greater comeback as soon as possible.

5 questions for Jago Geerts

Your debut in the MXGP is coming up. Does that cause some stress?

"No, not at all. I'm looking forward to it. Argentina is one of the most beautiful Grand Prix events of the season. The track is situated in the middle of the woods, surrounded by some beautiful lakes. A very peaceful environment. I've also performed very well there in the last two years (second in 2022, winner in 2023). So, I'm quite comfortable with the track. The first GP is always special. Finally, the preparation is over. Finally, we start the real work. Besides, this will be my debut in the MXGP. Quite special indeed."

How did the transition from the 250 to the 450 moto bike go?

"Quite well. I've ridden a 450 twice in the Motocross of Nations, but those bikes can't be compared to my current Yamaha. It was just a matter of finding the right setup during the winter. I think we've made significant progress in that regard. I'm not naturally an aggressive rider. So, the 450 should suit me better than the 250. The 450 has a lot more power, so you don't need to ride as aggressively."

Are you satisfied with your preparation?

"It turned out quite well overall. Although, I started a bit later due to a nasty flu. I could only start training full-on in January. So, the build-up - both physically and on the bike - had to progress quite rapidly. The preseason races may not have been great in terms of results, but I was satisfied with the riding itself. And most important: my physical tests were excellent. They were better than at the same time last year."

You're moving up to the MXGP in 2024. The entire KEMEA team of Hans Corvers has also made the transition.

"And I'm very happy about that. This will be my seventh season with Hans. I feel good in his team. Why change then? Some riders need to breathe a different air every three/four years. Not me. I'm loyal. Even in regular life, I have a small, close-knit group around me."

With what ambition do you start your first season in the MXGP?

"It feels a bit like starting from scratch. It's a new step in my career. I won't put unnecessary pressure on myself. Who knows, maybe that will work in my favor. Can I immediately compete for the world title? Well, I hope so, of course, but it would be quick. When I see how fast Gajser was in the preparation races. Wow. Then I prefer to remain humble."