News 26 May 2024

Webster credited MX1 overall victory in Maitland ProMX draw

Beaton and Crawford complete the podium in New South Wales.

Image: Foremost Media.

Victory at the fourth round of the 2024 Penrite ProMX Championship has allowed Kyle Webster (Honda Racing) to retain his one-point series lead over Jed Beaton (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy), the duo finishing equal on points at Maitland today.

Moto one winner Nathan Crawford (KTM Racing Team) was quick out of the gates to secure the holeshot in race two, although Kyle Webster (Honda Racing) wasted no time positioning himself in the lead.

Jed Beaton (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) set his sights on Webster, forcing a pass on Crawford on lap two, while Kirk Gibbs (GasGas Racing Team) also passed the KTM rider on the same lap.

Crawford, who had a loose shroud causing him grief throughout moments of the race, dropped outside of the top five at one point before surging back into podium contention.

Webster was unstoppable as he stormed to a commanding 5.101s win over Beaton, as Crawford impressively crossed the line in P3. Gibbs was fourth ahead of Luke Clout (Empire Kawasaki), while the top 10 was locked out by Todd Waters (Raceline Husqvarna Racing), Bailey Malkiewicz (Yamaha), Zach Watson (Husqvarna), Brett Metcalfe (Penrite GO24), and Matt Moss (GasGas).

Race three was set up to be a thriller, and it delivered with a holeshot by Beaton and Webster in tow. Gibbs made the pass for the lead immediately while Webster slotted himself into second.

The red plate holder was lucky to escape a moment on lap two that almost saw him go down – he recovered, passing Gibbs – as did Beaton – within the next lap. Yamaha-mounted Beaton led Webster for a large portion of the outing, the duo pushing the limits in what were challenging conditions.

Webster made the move stick with 10 minutes to go and managed to build a small advantage to hold off Beaton to the chequered flag. Crawford got by Gibbs to secure third, as Clout rounded out the top five. Sixth through to 10th was completed by Waters, Metcalfe, Watson, Luke Zielinski (Husqvarna), and Joel Evans (Yamaha).

Webster’s race three win credited him the overall victory on count-back after levelling on points with Beaton, allowing him to retain his one-point championship lead ahead over the former MXGP regular. Race one winner Crawford was third overall, just one point shy of the duo ahead of him.

Round five of the ProMX championship is scheduled for 23 June at Murray Bridge in South Australia.

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