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Jed Beaton takes podium and career best result in France

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Australian MX2 rider Jed Beaton took an incredible third place overall overnight at the final MXGP of the season in Villars Sous Ecot, France.

With track conditions similar to that of yesterdays qualify race, the first race was a spectacle, with only the top six riders making it round the track. Beaton was one of those riders after an excellent start meant he quickly got into fourth place and out of trouble. The Aussie tussled his Honda through the mud, staying smooth and controlled in the treacherous conditions. His consistency was rewarded as he took third place, gapping fourth by 20 seconds.

In the second race, another good start got him into the top five and he sat just inside this for the majority of the race. Then; on the last lap, Beaton passed Seewer for fourth which was enough for him to take third overall, his best result in his racing career to date.
With a 4-3 result young Aussie Jed Beaton made his first MX2 podium whilst filling in at HRC.
"My Saturday went pretty good, I had a good qualifying race which meant I had a good gate pick and that helped a lot," Beaton said.

"My starts this weekend were a lot better too. I was a bit lucky with Seewer crashing on the last lap of the second race as that enabled me to get third overall. I wasn‰Ûªt originally going to race in MX2 this weekend but thankfully Carglass Honda released me and allowed me to take up the opportunity and I am really grateful for that.

"To get third overall in my fourth ever MX2 race is a really awesome feeling, it was awesome to see the team so pumped about it and they have been so good at setting the bike up for me as I only raced it for the first time in Assen last weekend.
Beaton made the best of the shocking conditions.
Roger Harvey, HRC General Manager - MXGP, was impressed with Beaton's result.

"It has been a very pleasing day for us today in what were extremely difficult conditions," Harvey said. "It was the same for every rider but in order to survive you need to remain consistent and Jed did just that. He had only been put on the CRF250RW last week in Assen for the first time, we essentially just threw him on it but he has just gelled with it.

"The podium result today is proof of that and a great way to end the season for everyone. We couldn‰Ûªt have asked more of him, it was a great effort. Thank you to everybody, the team, the HRC technicians from Japan and of course Jed himself. Extra special thanks have to go to Carglass Honda for releasing him to us this weekend."

Main Photo: Jed Beaton and the HRC team celebrate a great weekend.
Jed Beaton on the podium
MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), 36:11.422
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:08.614
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, Honda), +0:20.237
4. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), +0:53.472
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +2:11.199
6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +2:16.250
7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s)
8. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s)
9. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Yamaha), -2 lap(s)
10. Magne Klingsheim (NOR, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s).

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), 34:29.429
2. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:06.026
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:31.358
4. Jed Beaton (AUS, Honda), +0:32.182
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:36.050
6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:46.028
7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:48.764
8. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +1:04.132
9. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:10.619
10. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +1:14.259.

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 47 points
2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 43 Points
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, HON), 38 Points
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 38 Points
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 36 Points
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 23 Points
7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 21 Points
8. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 21 Points
9. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 20 Points
10. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, YAM), 20 Points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 771 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 732 Points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 579 Points
4. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 532 Points
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 504 Points
6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 490 Points
7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 460 Points
8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 407 Points
9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 395 Points
10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 309 Points

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