Jed Beaton struck trouble with a broken wheel at the 13th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in the Czech Republic but his speed is on the way back and feels his is on his way back to full fitness.
Beaton looked strong in the first ten minutes of the opening moto as he moved forward decisively from outside the points-scoring positions to sixteenth before broken spokes, the result of contact with another bike, in the front wheel forced him out of the race.
Determined to erase the disappointment he made several spectacular passes in moto 2 to advance from tenth to seventh within two laps and maintained that position, within sight of the top-six, for half the moto before succumbing to chasers in the closing stages to finish the moto tenth and thirteenth for the round. He remains seventeenth in the championship standings.
“The first race was just a problem when the wheel was broken; I’d been making passes and was battling for fifteenth-sixteenth so the feeling was already good and the second moto was the best I’ve had for some time,” Beaton explained. “I know I can do it; I just needed that one race for the confidence. It could have been even better if the race fitness had been there but it’s been a tough year coming back from the injury and the last three laps I was pretty done from the heat. But it’s a step in the right direction and I’m looking forward to keeping it up. Lommel’s always tough but it’s the same for everyone, I’ve done a lot of riding in the sand and I’m starting to come back to fitness.”
Beaton will be back for the 14th round of this championship at Lommel in Belgium next weekend for what will be one of the toughest tests in motocross.