Beaton gets career best qualifying result in France
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.
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.