News 22 Apr 2022

Shoulder sidelines Beaton ahead of Latvian MXGP weekend

Premier class rookie to return once back at optimal fitness.

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F&H Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP newcomer Jed Beaton has been sidelined ahead of this weekend’s Latvian round of the world championship in order to accelerate recovery from a shoulder injury recently sustained.

The Australian damaged his left shoulder in a crash during the second round of the series at Mantova in Italy after a stunning entry to the premier world series with sixth place at the opening round.

Beaton has displayed grit and determination despite discomfort and lack of strength in the shoulder through the intervening rounds of the series to maintain a top 12 ranking, but with no significant improvement in sight while he continues to burden the shoulder, rider and team have taken the mutual decision to sit out this weekend’s GP at Kegums.

“It’s frustrating that I’m sitting out this weekend, but the team and myself have made the mutual decision to get things checked further and come back when we can achieve the results we are looking for,” he explained. “It’s obviously a tough pill to swallow, but I’m looking forward to coming back as strong as at the opening GP when I do return.”

Beaton could also miss further rounds of the series if necessary to ensure a full recovery before resuming racing – to be taken in collaboration with the best medical advice.