Thomas Kjer Olsen Bags Another MX2 Podium At Spanish GP

Thomas Kjer Olsen of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing collected his fourth podium in a row at the Grand Prix MX2 of Spain. Olsen was third overall with second – and seventh in the heats respectively. Jed Beaton also had a strong outing with third and tenth in the races for sixth overall.

The new track at Arroyomolinos was tricky during qualifying. The recently-watered track combined with high speed would punish any mistake severely. The two teammates did well during qualifying, with Beaton finishing fifth and Olsen sixth.

Both riders got away with the leading group in race one. Beaton was in second place initially with Olsen right behind him, and together they kept the pressure on the race leader. Beaton moved into the lead halfway through the race, but lost this again soon thereafter. Olsen was intent on going for the win, and passed his teammate late in the race. He managed to close in on the race leader, but could not launch an attack, eventually finishing second, just ahead of Beaton.

Both riders had more work to do in the second race after indifferent starts. Olsen battled to get into his groove, but in the second half of the race moved closer to the battle for fifth. He tried to pass the two riders ahead of him, but he wasn’t able to make a pass stick, and he finished seventh. Beaton crashed heavily after colliding with another rider at the start. He pushed for all his worth to work his way through the field, and eventually finished tenth. He was ill after the race, and actually threw op. This is an indication of the severity of the crash that he was involved in.

Olsen was third overall and Beaton sixth. Beaton is still third in the world standings with Olsen closing in on the riders ahead of him from his fifth place. The GP circus moves to Lommel in Belgium next for a triple header Grand Prix.

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Spain:
1 Tom Vialle 47 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 41 Pnt
3 Thomas Kjer Olsen 36 Pnt
4 Roan van de Moosdijk 33 Pnt
5 Maxime Renaux 31 Pnt
6 Jed Beaton 31 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 525 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 473 Pnt
3 Jed Beaton 379 Pnt
4 Maxime Renaux 372 Pnt
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 347 Pnt

Photocredits – Bavo