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2nd Rd. Valkenswaard NED 2020
Jed Beaton of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing came close to the podium again at round two of the world championship MX2 in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands. Jed got off to a great start in the opening 250cc race. Running as high as second in the early stages of the moto, the FC 250 mounted rider found himself in a battle for position with championship leader Jago Geerts, with the two riders exchanging places multiple times during the opening laps of the race. Beaton then made a small mistake, running off the side of the heavily-rutted circuit and was relegated down the field. The Australian regrouped and put in a late-race charge to record a sixth-place finish.
Race two was much more fruitful for Beaton. Managing to take avoiding action in turn one when Jago Geerts crashed ahead of him, the 22-year-old then methodically moved his way forwards, staying smooth and light on his FC 250 to progress into second place by the midway stage of the moto. Despite some vision issues, Jed maintained his pace to record his second runner-up moto finish of the season, claiming his second-consecutive fourth-place overall result in as many GPs. Jed now sits third in the MX2 series standings ahead of round three in Argentina, in two weeks’ time.
The opening MX2 race was a tough one for Thomas Kjer Olsen. A victim of a first-turn crash, a race-long battle from the back of the field saw Kjer Olsen fight to the end of the 17-lap moto in 11th place.
The second moto was an improvement for TKO. A mid-pack start as rain continued to fall saw the Dane in 14th at the end of lap one. Using his experience he was able to charge through the field to record a sixth-place finish and earn seventh overall in the MX2 class.
Kay de Wolf made his FIM Motocross European Championship debut in the EMX250 class for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing at Valkenswaard. The 15-year-old powered his FC 250 to 4-11 results to claim eighth overall at the opening event of the nine-round series.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will next be in FIM Motocross World Championship action on March 22, at the MXGP of Patagonia Argentina.
Jed Beaton: “It’s been another good GP for me but like at Matterley I’m a little disappointed not to be on the podium. But that’s on me as I made a mistake in the first moto. Overall, my riding’s good, I just have to keep it on two wheels to get it on the podium. The sand is so soft and heavy here at Valkenswaard that a small mistake can quickly become a big mistake, but it’s been good to show that my speed in the sand is good. I gated really well and felt good in the first race and went from third to second in a couple of corners and started to chase Vialle. I then made a small mistake and ran off track slightly, hitting a sign and tipping over. I dropped some places, but I was pleased enough to finish with a decent result. In the second race there was a crash right in front of me, but I still got a decent start. I really focused on not making any mistakes and although it was tough with vision near the end of the race, I got a great second place result, which was a positive way to end the GP.”
Thomas Kjer Olsen: “It’s been a tough GP for me, but seventh overall isn’t too bad. I got a rough start in both races and after my crash in qualifying yesterday I felt a little banged up today. From starting on the outside, I knew I had to be careful going into the first corner. I got a good jump, but everyone just pushed wide, pushed into me, and I was left with nowhere to go and crashed. That first race was pretty hard, but I was happy to get back to 11th. I tried to be extra careful at the start in the second race, but again there was nowhere to go, and I was pretty much last at the start. I was riding well and happy to get sixth in the second moto. The first two GPs haven’t been easy, but my speed has been good. Now I have some time to ride more ahead of the next GP, it will allow me to sharpen things up and get in some good training motos ahead of going to Argentina.”
Overall Grand Prix MX2 Valkenswaard:
1 Tom Vialle 47 Pnt
2 Maxime Renaux 40 Pnt
3 Jago Geerts 39 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 37 Pnt
5 Ben Watson 34 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 25 Pnt
World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 87 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 82 Pnt
3 Jed Beaton 74 Pnt
4 Maxime Renaux 61 Pnt
5 Rene Hofer 53 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 51 Pnt
2nd Rd. Valkenswaard NED 2020
By Juan Pablo Acevedo
1st Rd. Matterley Basin GBR 2020
By Juan Pablo Acevedo
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing made a notable start to their MX2 world championship campaign at Matterley Basin in Great Britain this weekend. Jed Beaton was in the running for a podium finish for a long time, till a small mistake near the end of the second race dropped him to fourth overall. Thomas Kjer Olsen contained the damage from a troubled first heat by riding strongly in the second, yielding him seventh overall.
A muddy and difficult track greeted the riders on qualifying day. This prompted a change in the qualifying procedure, with a single timed training session deciding the gate picks. Both riders had some troubles during this session. Thomas crashed hard during the qualifying, and could only post a fast lap on the very last outing, which got him seventh, one ahead of Jed.
Much better conditions welcomed the riders on Sunday. It was still cold, but sunny. Jed had a good start in race one, and was just outside the top five. Once he found his rhythm he made up a few positions, and finished in a very strong second position. Thomas battled to find his rhythm after a bad start, and did his best to improve to 11th.
In the second race it was Olsen who held the better cards off the start. He quickly slotted into third place, and held it for the majority of the heat. Unfortunately a few errors near the end cost him two positions, and he finished fifth. Jed had sight on an overall podium finish for a long time, but he, too, fell victim to some late race trouble, finishing sixth.
Jed was fourth overall for the day and Thomas seventh. This is also their current world championship standings. Next weekend the team will be in action at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands.
Overall Grand Prix MX2 Great Britain:
1 Jago Geerts 43 Pnt
2 Tom Vialle 40 Pnt
3 Mikkel Haarup 40 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 37 Pnt
5 Rene Hofer 35 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 26 Pnt
Bringing their pre-season racing schedule to a positive close, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton and Kay de Wolf have both successfully completed their final warm-up race ahead of the start of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. Competing in the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival event in France, Beaton secured the overall runner-up position aboard his FC 250 in the MX2 class.
With the recent Hawkstone International largely an exercise in survival due to the hugely challenging weather and track conditions in England last weekend, the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival delivered near-perfect track conditions and close racing across all classes.
Securing Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s best result in the MX2 class, Jed Beaton enjoyed two positive outings to claim a deserved overall runner-up result at the Lacapelle Marival international race. Placing comfortably inside the top 10 off the start in each of the two MX2 motos, Jed spent much of the opening race in fourth before moving ahead of Jago Geerts with two laps to go.
Race two saw Jed start well, completing the first lap in fourth. Taking some time to find his rhythm around the French track, the Australian settled into a strong pace during the second half of the moto to finish just four seconds behind eventual overall winner Tom Vialle. In the combined 450/250 Super Finale, Jed placed 12th, the third-highest MX2 class rider.
With Thomas Kjer Olsen not racing the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival event, youngster Kay de Wolf completed Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s 250cc line-up in France. Enduring a tough opening moto, in which he both crashed and also damaged his rear brake pedal, he nevertheless battled on to a 16th place finish. Finishing 11th in the second race and qualifying for the end-of-event Super Finale, Kay gained valuable experience ahead of his first full season aboard an FC 250 machine.
Jed Beaton: “Yeah, I’m pretty pleased with the way today went. It’s really nice to get to race a pre-season event that’s not super wet and is in good condition and has good grip. The two motos went well enough for me. In the first race I didn’t get the best of starts, I think I was down in fifth or sixth before getting up to third. I stayed there for quite a few laps, before the top two guys got into the lappers. It got pretty intense there for a while and I was able to close up a lot. Third was a good result. I took a little while to get into a rhythm in the second race although I was in second for most of the time. I felt like I rode a lot better in the second half and to finish second overall is positive ahead of the first GP in a couple of weeks.”
Kay de Wolf: “I really enjoyed today. Last weekend was tough for everyone with the conditions, so it was good to be able to really race. The first race was difficult – I damaged my rear brake and then crashed and pushed my front brake lever down. It was really hard racing like that, but I got 16th and finished the moto. Race two was much better and my riding was good. Also, making it into the super final was good. The small amount of time between the second MX2 race and super final made that a tough race but overall I’m pleased with my speed and the way I made passes.”
Overall international race Lacapelle Marival:
1 Tom Vialle 50 Pnt
2 Jed Beaton 42 Pnt
3 Rene Hofer 38 Pnt
4 Jago Geerts 36 Pnt
5 Nathan Crawford 34 Pnt
12 Kay de Wolf 15 Pnt
Photocredits: Pascal Haudiquert
Masters MX Int. Lacapelle Marival 2020
By Pascal Haudiquert
Thomas Kjer Olsen got a hand injury during the pre season. Today his team posted positive news over his injury because he will be back on the bike next week, which means that he has more than a week to find some rhythm back before the opening of the world championship in Matterley Basin, Great Britain.