Motocross

Lawrence and Beaton in form at Belgian qualifying

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Australian Hunter Lawrence carded a top ten finish with 6th while compatriot Jed Beaton finished 15th in qualifying for the Fiat Professional MXGP of Belgium at Lommel.

Riding a very consistent moto was Suzuki MXGP's Lawrence who didn‰Ûªt have too much company on his way to a sixth-place finish.

‰ÛÏI struggled in timed practice to get a good lap in as after about three laps we got one year‰Ûªs worth of rain in the space of five minutes," Lawrence explained.

"I think at one stage I was the only rider on the track but I needed to try and get a good lap posted. In the end I got 17th gate pick for the qualifying race which ended up going well. I got a top-10 start and made some passes and tried to keep my head screwed on in the tough conditions. I did a bit of enduro riding, rather than race the track and it seemed to work as I brought it home in sixth place.‰Û
Jed Beaton
After putting in some work this week, HRC's Jed Beaton had a strong start out the gate, managing to keep with the pack. With a track that is already a challenge, the start made his life easier by avoiding having to work his way through the group. The Aussie had a consistent race, pushing for places through the sodden Belgium sands. After a small mistake which threw his rhythm mid race, Jed came in 15th.

"Qualifying today was actually pretty good," Beaton said. "The biggest thing was that I actually managed to get off the gate with everyone else today! I know I lost my rhythm in the middle of the race and lost a few sports.

"The track was pretty difficult with a lot of water around and deep ruts so it was pretty hard to ride. There was some corners that was fully underwater which made it hard to move across the track to the other lines as it was just slop! Hopefully tomorrow will be a little bit drier and it will change the tracing conditions and make it better to ride in."

Main Photo: Hunter Lawrence


MX2 Qualifying Race Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 24:45.636
2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:02.585
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:03.752
4. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:17.394
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:19.601
6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), +0:29.695
7. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:58.146
8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:59.568
9. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +1:00.944
10. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), +1:09.624.
15. Jed Beaton (AUS, HON)

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