DPH Motorsport‰Ûªs Jed Beaton impressed thousands of spectators at Coolum, racing to a career first Motul MX2 Championship at Round 10 of the Motul MX Nationals on the Sunshine Coast.
The action on track did not disappoint today, with the Motul MX2 competitors taking part in two huge final races of the year before the 2016 champion was crowned.
With the Motul MX2 Championship still wide open heading in to this weekend‰Ûªs racing, when bikes headed to the line for moto one this morning, the tensions were high, and when gates dropped it was Davey Motorsport‰Ûªs Jayden Rykers who secured the first MXStore holeshot, but after only a few turns DPH Motorsport‰Ûªs Beaton had made his way in to the lead position.
With one lap in the books Beaton was out in front but only by the smallest margin. Hot on his tail was Serco Yamaha‰Ûªs Wilson Todd, followed by Rykers, and Beaton‰Ûªs closest competitor Caleb Ward. But it was Ward who was determined to get to the front, and by the time riders headed in to lap two, the KTM rider had made the pass on Rykers for third position where he began to eye off Todd‰Ûªs rear wheel.
With Beaton, Todd and Ward all going at it for the top spot, after four laps it was anyone‰Ûªs guess as to who would be able to persevere for the 30 minutes, and with a championship up for grabs, Beaton and Ward were determined to leave nothing on the track.
By the time riders reached lap seven, there had been little change to positions, with Beaton continuing to hold off Serco Yamaha‰Ûªs Todd, followed by Ward in third. Rykers looked comfortable in fourth place followed by privateer Geran Stapleton in fifth who only made his come back to racing after injury this weekend.
Unfortunately for Todd, his charge forward was cut short after going down on lap eight, allowing Ward to inherit second position, while Todd re-joined the race in fourth.
In the closing stages of moto one, Serco Yamaha‰Ûªs Wade Hunter suffered his second big crash in as many weeks, taking a huge tumble down the start straight, seeing him lose his impressive fifth place position and registering a DNF.
With only a single lap remaining, Ward made one final attempt at passing Beaton for the lead, but the KTM rider ran out of time, and when the chequered flag flew, Beaton crossed the line with the race one victory and the Motul MX2 Championship lead. Ward wrapped up race one in second position, followed by Rykers in third. Serco Yamaha‰Ûªs Todd held on to finish in fourth, followed by CRF Honda Racing‰Ûªs Kyle Webster in fifth.
Hamish Harwood, Stapleton, Dylan Wills, Dean Porter and Ricky Latimer all wrapped up race one inside the top ten.