News 19 Nov 2021

MXGP future secured by Beaton in F&H Kawasaki reunion

Deal done to transition into MXGP category ahead of 2022 campaign.

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Australian international Jed Beaton has secured a contract to transfer to the MXGP category for the 2022 season, reunited with the F&H Kawasaki Racing Team.

Beaton spent his rookie season in the MX2 World Championship with F&H in 2018, standing on the podium with P3 in Portugal before being injured.

A three-year stint at Rockstar Energy Husqvarna has seen him finish inside the top-five for the past two seasons, capturing a further six podiums including a moto win at Mantova last year. Now aged out of MX2, he will be on-board a KX450 in 2022.

“I am really excited to sign again with F&H Kawasaki Racing Team,” Beaton commented. “We have achieved great things together in the past and I feel like we can now do the same in the MXGP class. It’s a big step for both myself and the team, but we are both excited and ready for it.”

The decision marks the F&H Kawasaki Racing Team’s first step in the premier class, opting to move up with Beaton following a successful stint together three years earlier.

“We are very much looking forward to our renewed collaboration with Jed as he has always been part of our family,” explained F&H team manager Nathalie Fase. “The fact that Jed returns to us says something about our mutual trust and the bond we have with each other.

“In 2018 we achieved our first MX2 podium with him and we hope to take on this exciting challenge together in the MXGP class. We are confident that it will once again be a great collaboration with each other – we all can’t wait to get started!”

Kawasaki Motors Europe racing manger Steve Guttridge added: “Adding Jed to the MXGP line-up on our KX450 inside the F&H Kawasaki Racing Team is an exciting prospect!

“The team continue to gain big experience and learn quickly each season and, so for KME to add more green back into the MXGP start line, inside a top team and with talented rider combination, was the way forward for the 2022 season.”