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 41 LAT Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas +24.073
3 Bogers Brian 189 NDL Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna +53.782
4 Beaton Jed 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:05.076
5 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL JWR Honda Racing Honda +1:14.108
6 Covington Thomas 64 USA Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:16.127
7 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL Riley Racing Yamaha +1:19.374
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:19.976
9 Lieber Julien 33 BEL JM Honda Racing Honda +1:30.481
10 Rubini Stephen 161 FRA Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:38.397
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER JM Honda Racing Honda +1:50.123
12 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas +1:56.733
13 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Team Diga-Procross KTM - 1 lap
14 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +3.919
15 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +6.243
16 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha +21.286
17 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki +24.520
18 Gole Anton 297 SWE JWR Honda Racing Honda +27.685
19 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM +38.824
20 Klingsheim Magne 67 NOR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:02.389
Location Information

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