Top Three Finish For Jed Beaton At Grand Prix Of Garda Trentino

Jed Beaton of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing scored a top three finish during the final round of the MX2 world championship series at Arco di Trento in Italy. Beaton raced to second in the final heat, and actually came close to claiming victory in the race. He finished seventh in the first race after a mediocre start, which yielded him fourth overall. Thomas Kjer Olsen had a difficult outing, racing to 13th and sixth in the races respectively.

The track was modified somewhat for the third round of the Italian triple header. Some enthusiastic track watering led to some ruts forming. Beaton qualified third, and Olsen just behind in fourth spot.

Olsen had a setback in race one, crashing just off the start. He had to make his way forward from last, and managed to do so at a high tempo. He was perhaps a bit too enthusiastic, crashing once more and stalling his bike on another occasion, which kept him down to 13th spot. Beaton launched into 8th spot and immediately set about working his ways forward. Passing was difficult on the track, and it took him a while to move to seventh, which is as far as his up march went.

Beaton had a better start in the second race, quickly slotting into third. He kept the leading duo in sight, and when the second-placed rider crashed, he pounced, moving into second. He passed the line a mere 0.8 seconds behind the race winner. Olsen held seventh spot initially, moved into sixth, but dropped two spots again after a mistake. He recovered well to reclaim sixth spot.

Rasmus Jorgensen, teammanager, commented: “In the first race, Thomas crashed off the start and Jed did not get an ideal launch. The start is important here, because passing is difficult. Jed was very strong in the second race, and missed the victory by less than a second. Thomas could not really find his rhythm today and suffered from too many errors. We finished fourth and sixth in the world championship standings, which is a strong performance for our team. We would like to thank our partners, supporters and fans for all their invaluable support during the year. It was a strange year, but I am proud of what we have achieved.”

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Garda Trentino:
1 Ben Watson 45 Pnt
2 Tom Vialle 41 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 40 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 36 Pnt
5 Isak Gifting 35 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 23 Pnt

Final World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 759 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 679 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 581 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 564 Pnt
5 Ben Watson 551 Pnt
6 Thomas Kjer Olsen 540 Pnt

Podium Finish For Jed Beaton At MX2 GP Of Arco Di Trento

Jed Beaton of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing came very close to overall victory during the penultimate round of the MX2 world championships at Arco di Trento in Italy. Beaton was third overall with second and fourth in the motos respectively, but only two points short of overall victory. Thomas Kjer Olsen suffered crashes in both heats, but recovered to sixth and eighth respectively.

The track at Arco di Trento was barely changed from Sunday’s GP, which meant that the riders were on familiar ground. Olsen used is track knowledge to claim pole position, and Beaton featured strongly with the fourth qualifying.

Beaton started best in the opening heat, slotting into tenth spot early on. He immediately went on the attack, and within the space of a lap, he was in second position. By then, the race leader had cleared off, and the pace was just to high for Beaton to launch an attack. He concentrated on holding second, which he managed to do. Olsen had a middling start and crashed early on. He built up a good rhythm, and contained the damage by racing to sixth.

Olsen had a better start in race two and pushed through to third. Another crash dropped him far back, though, and again he had to play catch up. He gave it his all, and got to eighth, giving him seventh overall for the day. Beaton had a chance to go for the overall win. He rode strongly in fourth place, but third was needed to secure victory. He just did not get to making the pass, which turned a potential overall victory into a still creditable third place.

Jed is currently fourth in the world standings, 13 points behind third. Olsen is currently in fifth place, a further 11 points behind. The teammates will be going all out to improve on their positions at the final GP of the season at the same track on Sunday.

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Arco di Trento:
1 Jago Geerts 41 Pnt
2 Ben Watson 40 Pnt
3 Jed Beaton 40 Pnt
4 Maxime Renaux 36 Pnt
5 Thibault Benistant 34 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 28 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 718 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 661 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 541 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 528 Pnt
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 517 Pnt

Runner–up finish for Thomas Kjer Olsen at MXGP round 16

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen has claimed a runner-up finish in the MX2 class at the MXGP of Trentino, round 16 of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Charging to victory in race one at the picturesque Italian circuit, a solid fourth-place finish in moto two saw TKO secure second overall. MX2 teammate Jed Beaton also had a strong showing in Italy, claiming fourth overall following 3-9 results.

Following three rounds at the deep sand track of Lommel, Belgium, round 16 of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Italy saw a much firmer riding surface. The Pietramurata circuit provided a drastic change from the previous Grand Prix, which clearly suited the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team’s MX2 riders.

Kjer Olsen was immediately comfortable on the Italian soil, claiming pole position and taking to the line first for both races at the MXGP of Trentino. A strong start in race one saw him hold down third until early race leader Jago Geerts stalled his machine, gifting TKO an easy pass into second. With new race leader Tom Vialle in sight, TKO mounted an attack for the lead aboard his FC 250, making the crucial pass with five laps remaining. Never looking back, Thomas went on to claim his second moto win of the season.

Another positive start in race two saw Kjer Olsen placed third early in the moto before a small crash relegated him to fifth. Regrouping quickly and moving forwards into fourth, he was then faced with a sizable gap to the leading riders. Despite his best efforts, the 23-year-old made no further progress and raced to a solid fourth-place finish, claiming second overall having tied on points with the GP winner. Another podium result for the Dane sees him advance to fourth in the MX2 World Championship standings with two rounds to go.

Following a strong start in race one, Jed Beaton showed impressive pace as he went from sixth to third in just a handful of laps, recording the fastest lap of the race as he carved his way through the leading riders. Continuing his charge, he began to make a challenge for second before back markers frustratingly held the Australian up. Denied a potential runner-up finish, Beaton held strong to claim a solid third place in moto one.

Coming together with another rider in the first turn resulted in a poor start for Beaton in race two. Progressing to 10th by the end of lap two, he then advanced to eighth by the halfway stage of the race. Unfortunate to lose a position in the closing stages of the moto, Jed’s ninth-place finish rewarded him with an impressive fourth overall.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing return to the Pietramurata circuit on November 4 for the penultimate round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the MXGP of Pietramurata.

Thomas Kjer Olsen: “It feels great to be back on the podium and win another moto. The team did a great job with bike set-up today. Coming from Lommel to here, as soon as I went out for practice I felt super-comfortable on my bike and qualified fastest. I was stoked to get the win in the first moto. I felt good and had some really good lines so when I moved into second I knew I could do it. Race two was frustrating, only because I had a small crash while in good position to win the overall. I’m really motivated to finish the season strong. I’m confident and my bike is awesome so the next two rounds should be really good.”

Jed Beaton: “It’s been a decent day for me. Overall, I feel really good on the bike, it was just a shame that I clipped someone at the start of race two. I felt great in race one, really comfortable and was on the pace, but third was the best that I could do in that one. I was looking forward to another good result in race two but it wasn’t to be. Two more rounds here though and I’m ready to get in the battle again.”

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Arco di Trento:
1 Jago Geerts 43 Pnt
2 Thomas Kjer Olsen 43 Pnt
3 Tom Vialle 42 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 32 Pnt
5 Maxime Renaux 29 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 693 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 620 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 505 Pnt
4 Thomas Kjer Olsen 489 Pnt
5 Jed Beaton 488 Pnt