Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton has earned a strong fifth-place overall MX2 class result after claiming a pair of sixth-place moto finishes at the MXGP of Italy.
Riding two calculated races at what was the first of three visits to the hardpack Faenza circuit, Jed Beaton moved up to fourth place in the MX2 World Championship standings.
It was a tough opening MX2 moto for Beaton at the MXGP of Italy, round six of the MX2 World Championship. An unavoidable fallen rider caused the Tasmanian to crash on the opening lap. Undeterred, he went on to set competitive lap times while carving his way forwards through the field. Using the power of his FC 250 machine, he was able to make multiple passes on Faenza’s long uphill sections. Never giving up, he was rewarded with a sixth-place finish.
A strong start in race two set Beaton up for an improved result with the 22-year-old moving up into sixth place on the third lap. On the move, he quickly found his way onto the rear fender of Roan Van De Moosdijk but was unable to find a way through on the tight Italian circuit. Claiming another sixth-place finish, Jed finished fifth overall and moves up to fourth in the MX2 World Championship.
“It was a good day all in all. It could have been better but in the first moto Mattia Guadagnini crashed right in front of me on the opening lap and I had nowhere to go, so to come back to sixth from that was pretty decent really,” said Jed Beaton. “Race two, I had a better start and just wanted to make it through the opening lap before going to work. I moved into sixth place on lap three and then caught up to Roan but just couldn’t get by and settled into his pace. It was a little frustrating, but I didn’t want to force the issue with the next round in a few days’ time. Overall, good points on the board and I’m looking forward to Wednesday.”