News 11 Sep 2017

Beaton’s Honda HRC MX2 guest ride extended for MXGP finale

Factory Honda fill-in rider lodges consistent finishes at Assen.

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Former Australian MX2 champion Jed Beaton will make one more appearance with the factory Honda HRC MX2 outfit at the MX2 World Championship finale after an impressive 13th overall finish at last weekend’s penultimate round in The Netherlands.

Beaton was initially slated to contest just three rounds in place of the injured Chihiro Notsuka, however with team regular Michele Cervellin also out injured, the squad has hung onto the Tasmanian-native for another week.

It will ultimately mean Beaton’s European Motocross Championship campaign with the Carglass Honda team has ultimately come to an end, as the EMX250 finals will also be hosted alongside this weekend’s grand prix.

Beaton lodged a pair of 14th place finishes at Assen after an enduring qualification heat on Saturday, which left the Aussie favourite pleased at the conclusion of the round after making a last-minute switch to the 2018 CRF250RW.

“Today was not too bad, I was consistent,” said Beaton. “I took away two 14th place finishes. It was much better than my GP at Lommel. My starts were not as good today, so I was a bit disappointed about that.

“I made mistakes in both races but I was glad I managed to stay on for both of the races- I did all my crashing yesterday. I was pretty happy overall and think this is certainly something to improve on and learn from.”

Honda HRC’s general manager Roger Harvey praised Beaton for his efforts, and stated he’s looking forward to having the youthful talent on-board at the 19th round.

“Jed Beaton was our solo rider this weekend and it is safe to say he rode solidly all weekend,” said Harvey. “Jed has this really good ‘never give up attitude’ and gives everything until the last lap. We look forward to seeing him race with us again next weekend for the final round.”

The final round of the MX2 World Championship will be hosted by Villars sous Ecot in France, which will see the MX2 title decided after Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) wrapped up the premier class championship over the weekend.