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Jed Beaton ready for 2020 MXGP season after strong showing at final warmup race

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Jed Beaton at the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival. Photo: Pascal Haudiquert
Bringing his pre-season racing schedule to a positive close, Australian Jed Beaton, has successfully completed his final warm-up race ahead of the start of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship.

With the recent Hawkstone International largely an exercise in survival due to the hugely challenging weather and track conditions in England last weekend, the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival delivered near-perfect track conditions and close racing across all classes.

Competing in the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival event in France, Beaton secured the overall runner-up position in the MX2 class enjoying two positive outings to claim a deserved overall runner-up result. Placing comfortably inside the top 10 off the start in each of the two MX2 motos, Jed spent much of the opening race in fourth before moving ahead of Jago Geerts with two laps to go.
Jed Beaton at the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival. Photo: Pascal Haudiquert
Race two saw Jed start well, completing the first lap in fourth. Taking some time to find his rhythm around the French track, he then settled into a strong pace during the second half of the moto to finish just four seconds behind eventual overall winner Tom Vialle. In the combined 450/250 Super Finale, Jed placed 12th, the third-highest MX2 class rider.
Jed Beaton at the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival. Photo: Pascal Haudiquert
‰ÛÏYeah, I‰Ûªm pretty pleased with the way today went," Beaton said. "It‰Ûªs really nice to get to race a pre-season event that's not super wet and is in good condition and has good grip. The two motos went well enough for me. In the first race I didn‰Ûªt get the best of starts, I think I was down in fifth or sixth before getting up to third. I stayed there for quite a few laps, before the top two guys got into the lappers. It got pretty intense there for a while and I was able to close up a lot. Third was a good result. I took a little while to get into a rhythm in the second race although I was in second for most of the time. I felt like I rode a lot better in the second half and to finish second overall is positive ahead of the first GP in a couple of weeks.‰Û
Jed Beaton at the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival. Photo: Pascal Haudiquert

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