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Lawrence and Beaton share mixed fortunes at Assen MXGP

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Australian MX2 duo of Hunter Lawrence and Jed Beaton shared mixed results at the penultimate round of the 2017 World Motocross championship at Assen last night for the Dutch MXGP.

Suzuki World MX2's Hunter Lawrence struggled all weekend but the youngster showed his Aussie fighting spirt to grind-out two top-10 moto results to follow up from his second overall at the previous round in America.

Any hopes Lawrence had of backing-up his USGP results went out the window when he tested some settings on the sighting lap of the first moto, only to have a nasty crash.

‰ÛÏWe were struggling all weekend. I really didn‰Ûªt feel good at all, I had no rhythm or balance," Lawrence lamented. "It was just a tough GP. It wasn‰Ûªt helped when I had a crash on the sighting lap of moto one, as I hit my head and bent my bars and obviously I didn‰Ûªt have long to recover before the gate dropped. I went out and raced, of course, but I was struggling and came home in 10th behind Julien Lieber.

‰ÛÏI went to the medical unit after that race and got some work done and felt a bit better for race two. I got an ok start and made some passes and moved all the way up to sixth place, which was definitely good on such a difficult weekend. I‰Ûªve never ridden here before, it‰Ûªs crazy here, different even than Lommel. I‰Ûªve really never ridden anything like it so to get eighth is pretty good overall.‰Û
Jed Beaton on his way to a pair of 14th's at Assen
Compatriot Jed Beaton had a much better day personally after a tough qualifying on his HRC CRF250RW as he managed to master the difficult sand track.

After getting caught out yesterday in qualifying with just how rough the circuit was, Beaton refocused overnight and came back stronger on race day. Although he didn‰Ûªt get good starts in either of the races, his ‰Û÷never give up attitude‰Ûª and ability to avoid any crashes meant he was to finish 14th place in both races, showing that consistency was key.

"Today was not too bad, I was consistent," Beaton said. "I took away two 14th place finishes. It was much better than my GP at Lommel. My starts were not as good today so I was a bit disappointed about that and I made mistakes in both races but I was glad I managed to stay on for both of the races- I did all my crashing yesterday! I was pretty happy overall and think this is certainly something to improve on and learn from."

The last round of the 2017 MXGP series heads to Pays de Montb̩liard next weekend, where both Lawrence Beaton will complete their debut seasons.

Main Photo: Hunter Lawrence.

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 710 points
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 627 Points
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 571 Points
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 544 Points
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 485 Points
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 479 Points
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 423 Points
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 416 Points
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 398 Points
10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 396 Points

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 34:39.137
2. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:00.907
3. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:13.155
4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:16.555
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:18.834
6. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:29.481
7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:31.122
8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:34.664
9. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:38.676
10. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), +0:39.750.
14. Jed Beaton (AUS, Honda), +1:15.174

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 34:37.805
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:01.328
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:16.610
4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:18.595
5. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:18.789
6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), +0:23.095
7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:34.000
8. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:34.754
9. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:34.941
10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:41.962.
14. Jed Beaton (AUS, Honda), +59.439.

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 47 points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 39 Points
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 38 Points
4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 36 Points
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 33 Points
6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 30 Points
7. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 28 Points
8. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 26 Points
9. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 25 Points
10. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 24 p.

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 735 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 694 Points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 556 Points
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 504 Points
5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 485 Points
6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 475 Points
7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 439 Points
8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 386 Points
9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 352 Points
10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 309 Points

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