Thomas Kjer Olsen places second overall at Dutch International

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing have enjoyed a successful day at the Dutch International, held at the Motorsportpark Gelderland Midden venue. In the team’s first competitive motocross race since the MXGP of the Netherlands back in March, Thomas Kjer Olsen raced to a well-earned second-place overall finish in the MX2 division, while teammate Jed Beaton also enjoyed a top-three result, placing third in moto one.

Fully recovered from his pre-season hand injury, Thomas Kjer Olsen made it known that he is back to full fitness at the Dutch International. Running in fourth position for much of moto one, Kjer Olsen recorded his fastest laps of the moto as the race wound down and he moved into second place. Despite the Dane coming up just short of the race win, he crossed the finish line less than two seconds down on eventual winner, Jago Geerts.

After an impressive first race, Thomas Kjer Olsen pulled another strong start to open his second moto. Running in fifth position for the majority of the race, a small tip over on the final lap frustratingly demoted the Dane to sixth. Having no bearing on his overall result, Kjer Olsen rounded out the day on the second step on the podium.

Jed Beaton made a strong start in race one, ending the opening lap in third place. Among a frantic group at the head of the field, Beaton’s FC 250 machine powered him into first position on lap four as he led many of his MX2 World Championship rivals. Slipping back to third place the Australian kept the lead riders in sight during the remaining laps of the race.

Race two in Arnhem was somewhat uneventful for Beaton. After working on his starts over recent months, he fired out of the gate and ended lap one in a strong fourth place. At the midway stage of the race the Australian was in sixth, shadowing his teammate Thomas Kjer Olsen who later tipped over on the final lap, gifting fifth position to Beaton. With his 3-5 moto finishes, Jed placed fourth overall.

EMX250 star Kay de Wolf lined up in the MX2 class in Arnhem amongst an established line-up of MX2 World Championship racers. The young Dutchman was consistent all day, qualifying in seventh and then racing to an 8-7 result onboard his FC 250 machine.

Thomas Kjer Olsen: “It was a pretty decent day. Second overall in a strong field is a great result. The track was really tough. Really rough and a little one lined so I rode with my head and stayed strong on the bike. It was great to be racing again and I felt great on my bike. It was a shame to have a small crash in the second race, but it had no effect on the overall result so to come away from here healthy and on the podium is a great feeling.”

Jed Beaton: “It was great to be back racing today and get some gate drops ahead of the GPs starting again. It’s been a long time since we’ve been racing so the nerves were back and it was good to get them out of the way before Latvia in two weeks. I rode a little tight in the first moto, which is to be expected after so much time off the bike. It was great to lead some laps during the middle part of that race. I’ve been working on my starts a lot lately and that showed today, two good starts and I tied for third overall with almost all of the MX World Championship riders so I’m really happy with where I’m at.”

Kay de Wolf: “It was a great day for me. In race one I didn’t get the best of starts, however I was able to make passes quickly and push towards the front. It was a good result for me, finishing eighth from a mid-pack start. In moto two I made a much better start. I was able to make a few passes and passed Tom Vialle for seventh on the last lap. Overall, I’m happy. We haven’t raced for a long time so to finish sixth overall in this field is a great result.”

Overall International Race Arnhem:
1 Jago Geerts 50 Pnt
2 Thomas Kjer Olsen 37 Pnt
3 Roan van de Moosdijk 36 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 36 Pnt
6 Kay de Wolf 27 Pnt

Jed Beaton takes his first podium of the season in Lacapelle Marival

Bringing their pre-season racing schedule to a positive close, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton and Kay de Wolf have both successfully completed their final warm-up race ahead of the start of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. Competing in the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival event in France, Beaton secured the overall runner-up position aboard his FC 250 in the MX2 class.

With the recent Hawkstone International largely an exercise in survival due to the hugely challenging weather and track conditions in England last weekend, the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival delivered near-perfect track conditions and close racing across all classes.

Securing Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s best result in the MX2 class, Jed Beaton enjoyed two positive outings to claim a deserved overall runner-up result at the Lacapelle Marival international race. Placing comfortably inside the top 10 off the start in each of the two MX2 motos, Jed spent much of the opening race in fourth before moving ahead of Jago Geerts with two laps to go.

Race two saw Jed start well, completing the first lap in fourth. Taking some time to find his rhythm around the French track, the Australian settled into a strong pace during the second half of the moto to finish just four seconds behind eventual overall winner Tom Vialle. In the combined 450/250 Super Finale, Jed placed 12th, the third-highest MX2 class rider.

With Thomas Kjer Olsen not racing the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival event, youngster Kay de Wolf completed Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s 250cc line-up in France. Enduring a tough opening moto, in which he both crashed and also damaged his rear brake pedal, he nevertheless battled on to a 16th place finish. Finishing 11th in the second race and qualifying for the end-of-event Super Finale, Kay gained valuable experience ahead of his first full season aboard an FC 250 machine.

Jed Beaton: “Yeah, I’m pretty pleased with the way today went. It’s really nice to get to race a pre-season event that’s not super wet and is in good condition and has good grip. The two motos went well enough for me. In the first race I didn’t get the best of starts, I think I was down in fifth or sixth before getting up to third. I stayed there for quite a few laps, before the top two guys got into the lappers. It got pretty intense there for a while and I was able to close up a lot. Third was a good result. I took a little while to get into a rhythm in the second race although I was in second for most of the time. I felt like I rode a lot better in the second half and to finish second overall is positive ahead of the first GP in a couple of weeks.”

Kay de Wolf: “I really enjoyed today. Last weekend was tough for everyone with the conditions, so it was good to be able to really race. The first race was difficult – I damaged my rear brake and then crashed and pushed my front brake lever down. It was really hard racing like that, but I got 16th and finished the moto. Race two was much better and my riding was good. Also, making it into the super final was good. The small amount of time between the second MX2 race and super final made that a tough race but overall I’m pleased with my speed and the way I made passes.”

Overall international race Lacapelle Marival:
1 Tom Vialle 50 Pnt
2 Jed Beaton 42 Pnt
3 Rene Hofer 38 Pnt
4 Jago Geerts 36 Pnt
5 Nathan Crawford 34 Pnt
12 Kay de Wolf 15 Pnt

Photocredits: Pascal Haudiquert

Positive news over the hand injury of Thomas Kjer Olsen

Thomas Kjer Olsen got a hand injury during the pre season. Today his team posted positive news over his injury because he will be back on the bike next week, which means that he has more than a week to find some rhythm back before the opening of the world championship in Matterley Basin, Great Britain.

 

Top Three Spot For Beaton, Strong MX2 Debut For De Wolf at Hawkstone Park

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing kicked off their 2020 season on a positive note at Hawkstone Park in England. Jed Beaton and Kay de Wolf finished fourth – and fifth overall respectively in a hotly-contested MX2 class.

A heavy storm travelled over the track in the morning, and the downpour turned the race surface into a muddy mess. Kay de Wolf acquitted himself well on debut in the MX2 class and posted the sixth fastest time, with his teammate Jed Beaton a spot behind.

Despite worsening conditions, the racing program continued. De Wolf launched well in race one, and formed part of the leading group going into the first corner. It was a battle for survival in the atrocious conditions, but De Wolf held onto a top three position for the majority of the race, only dropping to fourth near the end. Jed had a worse start, and battled to find a smooth rhythm. Nonetheless, he held it steady to finish seventh.

Both riders started well in the second race, and Jed soon slotted into second spot. He rode consistently, and fended off all attacks to finish second. Despite a mistake during the race, Kay held his own in the illustrious company to finish seventh. Both riders narrowly missed the podium, finishing fourth and fifth respectively. The riders will line up at an international event at Lacapelle Marival in France next weekend.

Overall MX2 Hawkstone Park:
1 Tom Vialle 40 Pnt
2 Mikkel Haarup 40 Pnt
3 René Hofer 37 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 36 Pnt
5 Kay de Wolf 32 Pnt