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Jed Beaton drops the Monkey off his back to claim first podium of 2020

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Jed Beaton drops the Monkey off his back to claim first podium of 2020
Jed Beaton and his team: Photo: @jpacevedo
Jed Beaton has secured his best result of the 2020 season to date with a strong third place overall MX2 class finish at round eight of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Putting a number of frustrating GPs behind him, the Australian scored a fourth-place finish in the opening moto at the MXGP of Emilia Romagna before backing it up with an impressive third in moto two.

It was a positive start for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider, who was finally able to avoid the opening-moto demons that have repeatedly plagued him during 2020 to secure a fighting fourth-place finish in race one. Successfully staying away from the opening lap chaos, a charge through the field after a top-10 start saw him reach fourth place on lap 11. Closing in on teammate Thomas Kjer Olsen as the race wound down, Jed was unable to find a way through and finished fourth.

Beaton then bettered his race one result with a strong third-place finish in race two, confirming his place on the overall podium. After getting pinched off in the opening corner, a determined push from 12th to fourth during the first half of the opening lap put him in a good position for a solid race finish. Moving into third early in the moto, Jed rode a smart race to clinch his maiden overall podium result, his first top-three since 2018.
Jed Beaton drops the Monkey off his back to claim first podium of 2020
Jed Beaton: Photo: @jpacevedo
‰ÛÏIt feels great. It‰Ûªs been a long time coming and it‰Ûªs great to finally get the monkey off my back and have a great first moto," Beaton enthused. "My starts weren‰Ûªt the best today but I made it work, especially in the second moto. I‰Ûªm really happy to finally get onto the podium this season for myself and the team. It‰Ûªs extra special because it‰Ûªs my first podium result for Husqvarna. I‰Ûªve had a few second-place finishes, but the first moto has let me down so it‰Ûªs great to turn it around and get on the podium with two good results. My riding was good today. My bike was great so thanks to the team and we‰Ûªll build on this ahead of Mantova.‰Û
Jed Beaton drops the Monkey off his back to claim first podium of 2020
Jed Beaton: Photo: @jpacevedo
MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:27.462
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:02.931
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:03.502
4. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:04.197
5. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:18.609
6. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:24.212
7. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:25.370
8. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:25.968
9. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:43.405
10. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:49.825.

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 34:15.955
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:07.101
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:11.101
4. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:14.561
5. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:16.380
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:17.711
7. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:40.395
8. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:49.522
9. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:54.656
10. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:55.671.

MX2 - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 47 Points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 47 Points
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 38 Points
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 35 Points
5. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 33 Points
6. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 30 Points
7. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 26 Points
8. Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 26 Points
9. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 23 Points
10. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 21 Points

MX2 - World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 354 Points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 333 Points
3. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 259 Points
4. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 247 Points
5. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 210 Points
6. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 191 Points
7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 188 Points
8. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 182 Points
9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 162 Points
10. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 156 Points

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