News 2 Mar 2020

Patience key for Beaton after falling shy of Matterley Basin podium

Factory Husqvarna rider scores runner-up result in the opening race.

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton admits he needs to be more patient moving forward in the MX2 World Championship after a moto two error ultimately cost him a podium finish in what was still a strong opening performance at Matterley Basin.

The Tasmanian was in fine form at the British venue, storming to runner-up honours in the opening encounter to set himself up for a respectable overall result.

Beaton, who missed much of the 2019 season with a number of injuries, washed his front-end while in podium contention during race two, rebounding to salvage sixth for fourth overall, missing out on the box by just three points.

“It was a good weekend for me,” Beaton stated. “Fourth overall is a great result for the first grand prix, although I’m a little disappointed to miss the podium because of a small crash in the second race.

“In the first moto I had a good start, found some nice lines and came from eighth to second, which was great. I felt good and, yeah, it was good to get that result in the books. Second moto, it took a while to settle into a rhythm and then I just washed the front wheel out in a corner, losing a few places and I finished the race in sixth.

“For the upcoming rounds I just need to be a little more patient. Overall, it’s been a great day and there are plenty of positives to take into round two next weekend.”

Beaton was the top of a list of Australians in the MX2 category, as compatriots Nathan Crawford (Team Honda 114 Motorsports), Wilson Todd (DRT Kawasaki) and Bailey Malkiewicz (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) were 14th, 17th and 32nd.

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