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Jed Beaton On The Pace For Altherm JCR Yamaha Debut

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A technical muddy track was no hold-up for Australian Altherm JCR Yamaha rider Jed Beaton, who finished a close runner-up in all three MX1 races. Photo: Phil Smith (CLMintie Pix).

Jed Beaton impressed in his debut with the Altherm JCR Yamaha team and despite not having any race mileage in four months, he was on the pace in the 61st annual New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville claiming second overall.

Team Manager Josh Coppins was pleased with Beaton’s opening hit out.

“Jed arrived in New Zealand on Friday and had his first race with Yamaha for some time on Sunday. He’s been with another brand in Australia and although he’s now on the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team, he hasn’t raced since August when the Australian Motocross Championship finished,” Coppins explained.

“I expected him to be a little bit rusty but he wasn’t, he was straight up to speed. He rode really well and I feel like he’s got more potential. For our first race meeting together, I believe we are in a pretty good place.”

Beaton presented a Trans-Tasman challenge, as the MX1 motos became a two-rider battle between him and Kiwi former national championship winner and former Woodville victor Hamish Harwood.

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Altherm JCR Yamaha’s MX1 rider, Australian Jed Beaton (#B) finished second at the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville on his Yamaha YZ450.  Photo: Phil Smith (CLMintie Pix).

After starting in the runner-up spot in all three motos, Beaton stayed hot on Harwood’s tail but ultimately surrendered the trio of race wins to his Kiwi rival. The margin was minimal in each race with under three seconds separating the pair on each outing.

“The first one I got to the lead early but unfortunately got arm pump and faded. Then in the last two motos, I started second and it was really hard to pass, so I just stayed there,” Beaton said.

Beaton will begin his campaign to reel in the national MX1 title this weekend when the four-round championship starts in Rotorua.

“My goals for the season here are to try to get the MX1 championship in New Zealand. We’d like to win some races and have fun while we are over here and build towards our series back home,” Beaton added.

After aiming to make the Altherm JCR Yamaha New Zealand exchange across The Ditch work for some time now, Beaton was excited to join the team this summer.

“I’ve wanted to do it for a long time so to finally make it happen is really cool,” he says.

With a short turn-around to the first round of the national motocross championships, the Altherm JCR Yamaha team will hone its riders’ preparation this week, so they are ready to lead the charge for their respective championships this weekend in Rotorua.

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