Jed Beaton achieved his career best result today as he finished fourth on the 2018 CRF250RW in the qualifying race at the MXGP of Montbeliard

The track had been in prime condition earlier on in the day but by the time the MX2 qualifying race began, a heavy downpour of rain had made conditions slick and unforgiving. Beaton was one of the riders that initially got caught out by the change in conditions and his good start ended up with him sliding off in the first corner. Quickly digging himself out of the mud, he made an incredible comeback from 30th to 11th in one lap. By the second lap Beaton was fighting for a top 6 position. Throwing himself over the jumps, managing the slippery downhill sections and keeping his riding smooth throughout, enabled him to achieve a fourth-place finish.

Feeling at home on the CRF250RW and at ease with the muddy track conditions, Beaton will be looking for the same result in tomorrow’s race. The first MX2 race begins tomorrow at 13h15 local time.

Jed Beaton 14

Qualifying today was ok, I actually got off to a much better start today but then crashed in the first corner. I just ran in too hot and tucked the front and I was dead last! I tried to get up as quick as I could and to get into it, not let them get too far away. I ended up coming back to fourth overall which is my best result to date. I feel really good and comfortable out there so I am looking forward to tomorrow.

Roger Harvey

HRC Advisor - MXGP

Jed started really well down the start straight and then unfortunately he lost it in the first corner. He picked the bike up in last place but then he really showed us his potential and the potential of the 2018 CRF250RW Honda. He is riding it here this weekend as we are gathering information on the bike. He cut through the field so well it was unbelievable, there was one downhill section where he was particularly fast. He kept pushing and made few mistakes in the poor conditions here. It is a fantastic result for the team, the bike and of course Jed. Tomorrow he will want to avoid the same handicap he had yesterday at the start and I hope that we don’t get too much rain although this doesn’t seem to be too much of an issue for the Aussie.

MX2 2017
Qualifying Round 19   France

Qualifying

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 25:37.327
2 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +24.073
3 Bogers Brian 5 NDL Team HRC - MXGP Honda +53.782
4 Beaton Jed 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:05.076
5 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM +1:14.108
6 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:16.127
7 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:19.374
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:19.976
9 Lieber Julien 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:30.481
10 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM +1:38.397
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +1:50.123
12 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:56.733
13 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna - 1 lap
14 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA KTM Rocket Junior's KTM +3.919
15 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA Team HRC - MX2 Honda +6.243
16 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +21.286
17 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +24.520
18 Gole Anton 297 SWE iFly JK Racing Yamaha +27.685
19 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +38.824
20 Klingsheim Magne 67 NOR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:02.389
Location Information

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