News 26 Jun 2019

Beaton inspired by rise in form at German MXGP

Australian MX2 World Championship contender sixth overall at round 10.

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A strong showing at the MXGP of Germany has inspired Australian Jed Beaton, his sixth overall placing indicating a rise in form.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider was on the back foot in the opening half of the series after suffering a back injury just a week prior to season-opener, forcing the Tasmanian to race himself back into shape throughout the following rounds.

Continuing to find his feet, the former Australian MX2 champion lodged a respectable 6-5 scorecard at the challenging Teutschenthal circuit, promoting himself to 11th in the standings despite missing two rounds.

“I’m really happy with the way things have gone this weekend,” Beaton commented. “To get sixth overall is another very important step forwards. I felt like both races were pretty similar really, just with a fall in the first moto that cost me some places.

“I didn’t get the best of jumps from the start in either race, but I held a tight line around the first turn and made up some places. That put me around 10th and I just pushed hard from there. Falling in the first race cost me some places but overall I was pleased with my riding.

“Fifth in the second race was good – it’s been a while since I’ve been racing with the guys near the front so it’s just good to be back racing there. It’s a really positive way to the end the GP. To be hitting some good form mid-way through the season is great. I’m looking forward to the overseas races now, and hope I can build on today’s results.”

The MX2 World Championship resumes on 7 July at Palembang in Indonesia.

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