News 28 Jul 2016

Beaton reveals potential grand prix start in Switzerland

Australian MX2 ace setting sights on Swiss MXGP appearance.

Image: MXN.

Image: MXN.

DPH Motorsport rider, Jed Beaton, has confirmed he will make his way to Europe next week with hopes of contesting round 15 of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship in Switzerland.

After the MX2 title contender’s original mid-season break plans fell through, Beaton now plans to use the shorter three week break in the Motul MX Nationals schedule to take a look at the MXGP scene with help from former national MX1 champion, Josh Coppins.

“We originally planned to go over to Europe in the five week break, but everything fell through and didn’t go to plan,” Beaton told “We’re definitely going this time and hopefully we’ll get to race.

“It just all came together this time with us having a break here, and Josh said he can get a bike sorted for me, so we’ll just pay our own way to get over there and I’m really keen to do it.

“I just want to get my name out there because I want to go overseas and race in the future, so the younger I can get over there, the better, it’ll make it easier for me to adapt.”

At this point in time it’s uncertain if Beaton will be allowed to enter either the EMX250 or MX2 categories on such short notice, if not, the plan will be to soak up as much as possible before return for the final two Australian rounds.

“Josh has contacted Giuseppe Luongo (Youthstream president) and we’re waiting to hear back from him currently,” he explained. “If we don’t get to race, we’ll still get to go to the practice tracks and things like that and see everything.

“I just want to see what it’s all like, it’s basically the reason I’m going and to race is just a bonus. I really want to race though, so hopefully I do get the opportunity.”

If given the opportunity to race in either category, the Tasmanian plans to take the event seriously with hopes of a future in the MXGP series.

“I want to go there and do well, I’m not going there to just ride around,” he added. “I want to do the best I can do so I can see where my ability is, I want to try and learn as much as possible and see where I’m at. If I’m pretty close to their speed, hopefully I can race over there next year – I guess we’ll see what happens.”

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