Jed Beaton took a 17th place finish today in the qualifying race at the MXGP of the Netherlands after getting caught out in the tricky track conditions.

The bad weather had left the track sodden, creating deep ruts in the sand that swallowed the bikes. Beaton initially got off to a good start and was running in 12th place for the early part of the race. Unfortunately during a push for 11th place, he crashed and fell back to 24th place. Digging himself out of the sand, he remounted his CRF250RW and pushed back to a 17th place finish.

There is more bad weather expected overnight which could create a new set of challenges in tomorrow’s race. The first MX2 race starts at 13h15 local time.

Jed Beaton 14

Qualifying wasn’t so bad, I got off to a good start for once but fell off in the second lap and dropped back to 24th. I ended up coming back to 17th, fell again but didn’t lose any positions this time. I can take a lot of positives from this, I put in some good laps which. I put in a good start and had some good laps compared to practice and timed practice today so I hope I can do the same tomorrow.

Roger Harvey

HRC Advisor - MXGP

Before we talk about qualifying, we need to mention Michele Cervellin who; as many people will know, crashed on the finish jump last week in the USA. During training this week, he was suffering from groin strain. He got checked out by the medical team here at Assen and they advised that he should not ride as there was a risk of making it considerably worse. So, we have had to withdraw him from the race this weekend. Here as a stand in rider this weekend, we have Jed Beaton again, He got himself a reasonable start in the MX2 qualifying and ran in 12th place for the early laps of the race. He made a mistake, dropping to 24rh place which was easy to do as the track was wet and rutted. The strong effort he put in at the end got him to 17th. It could have been a lot better for him had he stayed on, but we have to be thankful he wasn’t injured and it was good to see him moving forward in the pack.

MX2 2017
Qualifying Round 18   Netherlands

Qualifying

Wet
Humidity
38%
Air Temp
16°C
Track Cond
Soft/Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 25:22.519
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +3.320
3 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +6.858
4 Lieber Julien 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +10.478
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +12.819
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA Team HRC - MX2 Honda +25.660
7 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM +26.215
8 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +32.771
9 Bogers Brian 5 NDL Team HRC - MXGP Honda +33.524
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +35.641
11 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +40.426
12 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +43.579
13 Gole Anton 297 SWE iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:01.469
14 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:15.909
15 van Berkel Lars 107 NDL HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +1:21.975
16 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda +1:25.692
17 Beaton Jed 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:33.266
18 Klingsheim Magne 67 NOR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:36.703
19 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:37.999
20 De Jong Rene 130 BEL Wildcard Rider KTM +1:40.145
Location Information

Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps