Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 has solidified their roster for the 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship, with three young riders that will contest the long international tour on matching YZ250F motorcycles. The news comes at a critical time, as many in the European-based series are scrambling to find support for next year.
The first rider confirmed to the team was Jago Geerts, which was announced in August. The Belgian teenager has an EMX125 championship to his credit and has inked a two-year contract that will take effect in 2018, his rookie season in the MX2 division.
The second rider to be confirmed was Vsevolod Brylyakov, which was announced in early October. The twenty-two-year-old Russian rider holds a one year contract with the team and due to the MX2 class age restrictions, 2018 will be his final chance at the title. Brylyakov missed much of the last seasons due to multiple injuries but is expected to be a contender.
The third and final rider confirmed was Ben Watson, which was announced in early November. The twenty-year-old British rider had a stellar season in 2017, as he claimed the MX2 title in the British Championship and rode well in the MX2 division of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship.