News 2 Nov 2018

Beaton signs two-year factory Husqvarna MX2 deal

Talented Australian cements future in the MX2 World Championship.

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It’s been revealed Australian Jed Beaton has signed a two-year deal with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in the MX2 World Championship, joining regular Thomas Kjer Olsen next season.

Beaton displayed incredible form throughout the opening half of the 2018 championship before a horrific crash at Matterley Basin resulted in two broken legs, ultimately ruling him out of the season.

“It’s a great honour for me to join the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna MX2 team,” said Beaton. “Growing up in Australia, it’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be able to race the Motocross World Championship.

“As a member of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna MX2 team I believe I am in the best possible position to fight for the ultimate goal of becoming world champion. The team never cease to impress me with their professionalism and I am really looking forward to starting the new chapter of my career with them.”

The 2016 Australian MX2 champion earned his first world championship podium in 2017 as a replacement rider at Honda HRC, while he was able to step onto the box at the MXGP of Portugal earlier this year.

“Despite his young age Jed has proven he’s strong both physically and mentally and we believe this is a great asset going into the long and demanding 20-round-long MX2 World Championship,” commented Diego Clement, head of motorsport at Husqvarna Motorcycles.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team manager Jacky Martens added: “As a team, we’re always setting the bar high and with Jed joining TKO in our Rockstar Energy Husqvarna MX2 team I believe we have two very strong riders who can battle for the 2019 MX2 World Championship.”

Beaton won his Australian championship in 2016 before embarking on a European career last year, firstly within the EMX series before stepping up to MX2 in the fill-in role at HRC. This year he rode for the F&H Kawasaki team, again in the quarter-litre division.