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Jed Beaton maintains third in MX2 World championship despite trying day in Latvia

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Jed Beaton finished 15th and 6th for ninth overall and as a result still holds third in the MX2 Championshp. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo
Jed Beaton endured a frustrating opening race at the MXGP of Latvia as the FIM Motocross World Championship got back underway following the halt to the season as a result of Covid-19.

The Australian‰Ûªs great start and strong early position of sixth in the opening moto was quickly unravelled just a few corners into the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto when a small tip-over demoted him to 31st place. A race-long charge saw Beaton carve his way through the field to record a 15th place finish.

Beaton was looking for redemption in moto two. After battling with Maxime Renaux during the early stages of the race, the Australian made the pass into sixth place at the halfway point of the race and inched away as the laps wound down. With a sizable gap ahead of him to reach fifth position, the 22-year-old maintained his position to the finish.

With a 15th and 6th Beaton was credited with 9th overall for the round and currently sits in third place in the MX2 World Championship, 17 points adrift of Jago Geerts in second.

‰ÛÏQualifying went really well and I‰Ûªm happy with my speed," Beaton said. "I had a good start in race one and caught the edge of a rut entering a corner early on and fell. I was then dead last and coming through the pack pretty well, I got up to 18th and then someone just ran me off the track. So, the work I did was for nothing and then I had to start over. I used up a little too much energy in that one, basically battling the whole race.

"In the second moto, I didn‰Ûªt get the best of starts and ran eighth for a little while. I then pushed hard to get up to sixth but by then fifth was just too far ahead to close in on. I‰Ûªm looking forward to Wednesday, it‰Ûªll be a new race and I‰Ûªm going in with an open mind so hopefully I can stay out of trouble and get some decent results.‰Û
Jed Beaton (14) back in the thick of it as the 2020 MXGP season resumes at the GP of Latvia. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo
MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Classification Top 10:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 35:20.720
2. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:06.879
3. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:13.493
4. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:19.006
5. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:21.761
6. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:24.001
7. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:37.867
8. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Honda), +0:38.066
9. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:39.837
10. Alberto Forato (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:44.055.

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Classification Top 10:
1. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:16.839
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:04.270
3. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:07.537
4. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:10.503
5. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:12.790
6. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:33.495
7. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:37.681
8. Nathan Crawford (AUS, Honda), +0:44.907
9. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:49.347
10. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:55.007.

MX2 - GP Classification Top 10:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 47 Points
2. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 40 Points
3. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 38 Points
4. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 34 Points
5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 31 Points
6. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 30 Points
7. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 25 Points
8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 22 Points
9. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 21 Points
10. Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 21 Points

MX2 - Championship ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 134 points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 112 Points
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 95 Points
4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 86 Points
5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 79 Points
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 73 Points
7. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 71 Points
8. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 70 Points
9. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 69 Points
10. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 64 Points

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