News 21 Sep 2017

Beaton still searching for MX2 seat in 2018 world championship

Tasmanian remaining in Europe until 2018 plans are finalised.

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Australian international Jed Beaton has revealed he’s still searching for a full-time seat in the 2018 MX2 World Championship, just days after he claimed third in his fourth ever grand prix.

Beaton, who made four guest appearances with the factory Honda HRC MX2 outfit alongside contesting the EMX250 championship with Carglass Honda, said he was notified the Friday prior to the French finale that he would no longer have a position for next season, which he says only added fuel to fire.

The Tasmanian-native displayed plenty of promise in both EMX250 and MX2 this, with his podium last Sunday a clear indicator of his abilities. Beaton said he’ll remain in Europe until he can sign a deal, then he’ll make plans to return home for the off-season.

“I got informed on the Friday night before the weekend that I don’t have a place there anymore,” Beaton told in an interview. “It was sort of a shit feeling, but it added fuel to the fire and I showed how much I wanted to be in that class next year and showed what I’m capable of.

“Hopefully I can find something in the next couple of weeks, I definitely want to be racing in the MX2 class next year. I’m not sure when I’ll be home yet because I’ve still got to plan what’s going to happen next year and try sort something out. Once I get something sorted, I’ll probably make a plan and go from there.”

The 2016 Australian MX2 champion is thankful the opportunity to line-up with the factory Honda outfit, especially aboard its all-new 2018 model in his final two outings. Beaton believes his experiences this season have been the best of his career, and will likely be the best for years to come.

“It was a privilege to go out there and ride that for them,” he added. “I was pretty stoked on how it all fell into place. I guess, I feel like it all happened for a reason. It was such a cool year, and to be able to do that, fill-in and ride for a factory team was awesome. It’s probably been the best experiences of my career, and will probably be one of the best for a long time. I’m very grateful for the opportunity I got.”