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Jed Beaton finishes in the top ten at 2021 MXGP opening round

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Jed Beaton finished the opening round fo the 2021 FIM Motocross MX2 World Championship in Russia in 7th place. Photo:
Juan Pablo Acevedo

Jed Beaton arrived at round one of the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship in Russia with high expectations following his fourth-place finish in last year’s championship.

The Australian was on the pace from the moment he took to the Orlyonok circuit, posting the third-fastest time in the timed qualification session to ensure a favorable gate pick for the point-scoring races.

In race one, opening lap chaos ensued with Beaton shuffled back a few positions after a strong start. Following a hard charge through the field, he claimed a well-earned seventh in the opening moto. The second race started with Jed again inside the top-10 until a heavy fall on lap three demoted him to 17th. Fortunate to escape injury, the 23-year-old muscled his way forwards to claim 11th in the moto, good enough for seventh overall and vital, hard-fought championship points.

“The day started really good with third in qualifying. From there it wasn’t my greatest day, at least it wasn’t where I wanted to be anyway,” Beaton said. “It’s the first of 19 rounds so there’s still a long way to go and many races so it’s not over by any means. The class is so stacked that it was hard to make passes today but we’ll move forward from here. I’ll be working on my starts during the next couple of weeks and I’ll be back for more at Matterley Basin in two weeks’ time.”

Jed Beaton prepares for the opening round of the 2021 FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship. Photo:
Juan Pablo Acevedo

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 34:27.923
2 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:10.522
3 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:15.355
4 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:22.308
5 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:24.551
6 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:25.902
7 Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:29.624
8 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +0:30.971
9 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), +0:31.437
10 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:39.948.

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 34:43.963
2 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.569
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:06.603
4 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:17.573
5 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:30.552
6 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:32.471
7 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:34.932
8 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:43.259
9 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:44.689
10 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), +0:47.047

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 50 points
2 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 42 points
3 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 40 points
4 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 36 points
5 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 34 points
6 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 27 points
7 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 24 points
8 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 23 points
9 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 22 points
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 22 points

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