News 17 Aug 2020

Opening moto error costly for Beaton in final Kegums outing

Crash on the first lap ends podium hopes after qualifying second.

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A fall in the early stages of moto one at the MXGP of Kegums sapped the energy of Jed Beaton when the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider had to charge through the pack to salvage points.

MX2 title-hopeful Beaton has endured a frustrating few rounds in Latvia on return to racing, but climbed to 11th in the opening encounter and improved to sixth in moto two for P7 overall.

“Today was another tough one,” the Australian recalled after qualifying in second place. “At the end of qualifying I had a pretty decent crash, but I was okay. It just set me back a bit as I’d just qualified in second place.

“I was ready for the races though and I had a decent start and then just washed the front-end out on the opening lap, which set me back. I managed to get up to 11th but I was a little bit spent after that one due to the heat and having to ride as hard as I could all race.

“The second moto was a little bit better, but it was a struggle after being a little tired from putting all my effort into race one. We’ll put this week behind us and regroup ahead of the next GP and come out swinging at that one.”

After delivery 9-6-7 across the trio of grands prix at Kegums through the past week, Beaton currently sits fifth in the MX2 World Championship standings following five rounds.