Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing ended the Italian GP triple header in strong fashion. With a fourth and a third in the heats respectively, Jed Beaton claimed his first podium finish of the season. Thomas Kjer Olsen finished just behind him with third and sixth in the heats.
This weekend marked the last of three races to be concluded at Faenza. Both Jed and Thomas were ultra motivated to finish off the triple header with a flourish. Jed started off well by posting the second fastest qualifying time, just missing pole position. Thomas secured the ninth gate for himself.
Thomas had a good start in race one, and quickly worked himself into the top three. He put pressure on the two leaders initially, but lost a bit of ground later on. Towards the end of the race, he managed to build up the pressure again, but eventually was kept to third. Jed Beaton joined this fight for second position in the closing stages of the race, and eventually finished fourth.
Beaton had a good start in the second race, holding third position. He had a good rhythm in hand, which enabled him to advance to second. He lost a spot late in the race, but his third was good for third overall, and he opted not to take any further risks. By crossing the line in third, he secured his first GP podium finish for the season. Thomas battled initially, but regrouped, and advanced from seventh to sixth. He was harassing the fifth-placed rider when the flag fell, and his efforts yielded him fourth overall for the day.
Team manager Rasmus Jorgensen was understandably happy with the result. “We ended the triple header with a podium finish for Jed and fourth for Thomas. This was a successful conclusion to a busy week. Jed has been knocking on the door all year long and he truly deserves this podium spot. We are already looking forward to the next triple header at Mantova.”
Jed is currently fourth in the world standings, just 12 points adrift of third. Thomas has climbed to seventh in the world standings, three points behind sixth.
The world championship series continues at Mantova with another triple header starting in two weeks’ time.
Overall Grand Prix MX2 Faenza:
1 Tom Vialle 47 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 47 Pnt
3 Jed Beaton 38 Pnt
4 Thomas Kjer Olsen 35 Pnt
5 Roan van de Moosdijk 33 Pnt
World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 354 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 333 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 259 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 247 Pnt
5 Roan van de Moosdijk 210 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 188 Pnt