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Jed Beaton Takes ProMX Championship Lead With Round Two Win

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Beaton tied on points with Nathan Crawford but he 2-1 result gave him the round win on account of his better second moto finish.

Jed Beaton has jumped to the championship lead in the premier MX1 division after a scintillating performance at round two of the ProMX Championship, conducted on the weekend at Horsham, Vic.

The CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team racer started the day off in good fashion with the fastest lap in the top 10 Superpole challenge which allowed him the first pick of the gate when the 40-rider field lined up for their two, thirty-minute races later that afternoon. With a right-hand first turn, giving riders limited use of the rear brake, a good starting position and a good start is always important at Horsham.

Beaton was inside the top five and surrounded by all the heavy hitters in the MX1 class. The pace was on early with mistakes being made in the chaos. Beaton kept a cool head and maintained his position inside the top five but moved forward when riders fell around him.

He found himself in second place and right on the rear tyre of race leader, Nathan Crawford. The pair separated themselves from the pack and a battle of wills began. Beaton would inch closer, Crawford would steady. Beaton would mount another challenge, Crawford would respond and, in the end, try as he might, Beaton couldn’t find a way passed and was forced to settle for second place.

In race two, the goal was to get to the lead early and that’s what he did. Capitalising on a mistake from teammate, Dean Ferris, Beaton snatched the lead on lap four and never let it go. He slowly but surely built a comfortable buffer between him and his rivals to take an eight-second victory and with it both the round overall win and the MX1 championship lead.

Photo of Australian motocross rider Jed Beaton
Jed Beaton goes into round three of the ProMX at Gillman, SA with the championship lead.

“The weekend went pretty well it was good to get a round win and rebound strongly from the opening round at Wonthaggi,” Beaton reflected. “The first race, I was just a little too cautious and didn’t make things happen when I had the chance, but hats off to Nathan as he raced well. But in race two, I wanted to get to the front and use my pace to get away much earlier and not after to battle in the last few laps, so it was good to be able to get that done as well.

“I was in a similar situation at Wonthaggi in race two and then fell, but I wasn’t going to let that happen this time and I stayed focus and strong right until the end.

“The team were pumped when I came off the track and it was awesome to see everyone smiling and happy. The bike was great all day and I had a lot of friends and family here to cheer me on,” Beaton concluded.

Round three of the ProMX Championships heads across to South Australia, where the Gilman circuit, just twenty minutes from the city, sees Australia’s best line up and do it all again.

Photo of Australian motocross rider Jed Beaton
Jed Beaton celebrates his round win and taking over the MX1 Championship lead.

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