News 30 Jan 2024

Beaton 'shaking the cobwebs out' with NZMX stint

P2 overall in Yamaha reunion for ProMX MX1 runner-up.

Image: Phil Smith.

A P2 finish for CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team regular Jed Beaton at the Woodville GP marked his first proper shakedown on the YZ450F, opening his stint of races across the Tasman with Altherm JCR Yamaha that will see him contest the 2024 New Zealand Motocross Championship.

Beaton scored second in all three of the motos behind top Kiwi Hamish Harwood (CML KTM Racing), who claimed all three race wins on his way to the overall victory.

“It was good to race Woodville on the weekend, it’s been a long time between races since I didn’t do supercross in Australia,” Beaton told MotoOnline. “I had roughly a three-month break before getting on the Yamaha, but I felt pretty comfortable basically straightaway, which has been really good.

“I came over to New Zealand do a few races and their championship, I just wanted to shake the cobwebs out and try get some gate drops in before the ProMX series starts back at home.

“Woodville went pretty good on the weekend. Like I said, it’s been a while between gate drops, so I suffered pretty bad from arm pump and it was a little bit uncomfortable. I felt quite good by the time we got to the last moto, so I was pretty happy with that.

“The track was quite difficult, we had a fair bit of rain throughout the day, so it made the track fairly one lined and slick which meant that starts were important. I just didn’t really execute the starts how I wouldve liked.

“I was pretty much just in there battling behind Hamish in the last two races just following him around. i felt like I had good pace to try and pass and get out to a gap, but unfortunately there just wasn’t many passing options and I didn’t want to risk too much in my first race of the year, plus while I’m still getting used to the Yamaha.

“I’m pretty happy with where we’re at on the Yamaha, I’m feeling comfortable quite quickly, the transition has been smooth, so there’s a lot of positives to take from the weekend and I’m looking foirward to working with Josh [Coppins] now and trying to improve the bike even more.”

Beaton will now set his sights on the opening round of the 2024 NZMX championship at Rotorua on Saturday, 3 February, where he’ll contest the MX1 series with Josh Coppins’ Altherm JCR Yamaha team.