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

Thomas Kjer Olsen finishes in fourth in the Grand Prix of Lommel

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen has finished in a strong fourth place overall at the round 15 of the MX2 World Championship, just two points adrift of the podium. Racing at the MXGP of Lommel, an opening-moto fifth was improved upon with an impressive ride to third in race two. MX2 teammate Jed Beaton again had a consistent GP at the sandy Belgian circuit, placing eighth overall following 7-8 result.

Round 15 of the FIM Motocross World Championship marked the third and last MXGP round to be held at Lommel. A slightly revised track layout was made all the more difficult following heavy overnight rain.

Thomas Kjer Olsen was undeterred by the conditions, fully intent on ending the trio of visits to the Lommel venue on a positive note. A strong start in race one saw the Dane go on to maintain seventh position until 10 minutes to go, finding his flow as the race wore on and moving ahead of Conrad Mewse for sixth. Continuing his charge, TKO made a pass for fifth with three laps to go, holding the position to the finish and setting himself up for a strong overall result.

Race two saw Kjer Olsen involved in a frantic battle during the opening laps before settling into fourth as the moto reached half distance. Under relentless pressure from eventual overall winner Ben Watson, the FC 250 rider then broke free from an attack from behind, reeling in Tom Vialle over the next few laps. Making a pass on the championship leader for third place on lap 10, TKO went on to finish third and place fourth overall. Just two points away from another visit to the podium, he pulls himself to within 10 points of fourth place in the MX2 championship standings.

Jed Beaton had a consistent day at the MXGP of Lommel. Not getting the best jump from the start in race one, the Australian sat just outside the top 10 before moving up to ninth five laps later. As the race entered its second half, he moved into eighth and continued to push forwards. Making the pass for seventh on lap 13, Jed then chased Roan Van De Moosdijk to the chequered flag to end his race in seventh.

Moto two saw a much better start for the FC 250 rider. Moving into ninth early in the race, Jed progressed into seventh at the halfway stage of the race as he found his rhythm around the demanding Lommel track. Losing just one position as the moto neared the end, he finished eighth and claimed eighth overall. With three rounds to go, Beaton maintains his fourth-place ranking in the MX2 World Championship.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing return to FIM Motocross World Championship competition on November 1 for the MXGP of Trentino, taking place at the Pietramurata circuit in northern Italy.

Thomas Kjer Olsen: “A positive day for me and a good end to the week after a couple of challenging rounds at Lommel. The changes made to the track made it flow better for me and with the team we made some changes to the bike, which made me really comfortable out there. I was able to battle today and I’m happy with my result, so it’s been a good GP for me. Thanks to the team for the work they’ve put in this week and we go to Italy next weekend aiming for the podium.”

Jed Beaton: “A disappointing day today. Not my greatest day of racing but I’m healthy, which is important with three rounds to go. I found my flow in both races but not until towards the end, which was frustrating. By then there was a big gap ahead of me in each race. Overall, I felt like my riding was good, it just took me a little while to get going. Looking forward to some hardpack next weekend in Italy.”

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Lommel:
1 Ben Watson 43 Pnt
2 Roan van de Moosdijk 40 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 38 Pnt
4 Thomas Kjer Olsen 36 Pnt
8 Jed Beaton 27 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 651 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 577 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 476 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 456 Pnt
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 446 Pnt

Photocredits – Bavo

Thomas Kjer Olsen seventh in the Grand Prix MX2 of Limburg

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen has finished seventh overall at a challenging MXGP of Limburg, round 14 of the MX2 World Championship. Racing at Lommel for the second of three visits to the Belgian circuit, an opening race seventh for Thomas was bettered in moto two with a sixth-place finish. MX2 teammate Jed Beaton placed ninth overall after overcoming a high-speed crash in race one to finish in 10th, a result he matched in race two.

Thomas Kjer Olsen started the opening MX2 moto of the day in a strong position. Challenging for third place, when just half a lap into the moto, his race quickly unravelled when he clipped the edge of a bump, which pitched him off of his FC 250 machine. Remounting quickly, but down in 20th position, a race-long charge ensued, which saw him reach the top 10 on lap five before going on to claim seventh at the finish.

Race two was a long battle for Kjer Olsen as he challenged for position well inside the top 10, advancing from eighth to sixth by the halfway stage. Giving his best, he was unable to make an impression on the top five and finished just a couple of seconds behind Isak Gifting in fifth. Despite not quite getting to grips with the shifting sands of the Lommel circuit, Thomas’s seventh overall pulls him within reach of fourth in the MX2 World Championship standings.

Jed Beaton was lucky to escape unscathed following a high-speed start straight crash in the opening MX2 moto. Re-joining the race, he caught up to the pack on lap three before charging past no less than eight riders as he moved into 19th position. Beaton’s spirited ride concluded with the Australian making the pass into 10th on the penultimate lap. Holding strong, he ended the moto just four seconds behind the eighth-place rider.

In the second moto, Beaton emerged fourth from the first turn before frustratingly catching the bank on the inside of the third turn, which resulted in him falling. Quick to remount he ended the opening lap in 12th place. Feeling the effects of his race one crash and his subsequent exhausting battle through the field, Beaton progressed to 10th to claim ninth overall.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing return to the Lommel circuit for the third and final time on October 25, for round 15 of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the MXGP of Lommel.

Thomas Kjer Olsen: “A disappointing day. I just wasn’t quite on the pace today so it’s a little frustrating as I had high hopes coming into this race. I was fighting the track a lot, using up a lot of energy and it just wasn’t my day today. I still gave it everything I had but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

Jed Beaton: “Not good. I had a big crash going down the start straight in race one. It was a bit of a chain reaction and I didn’t see it coming so that was a big one. Something hit my arm pretty hard because it was numb for a little bit. Feeling started to come back as I got going and I then put my head down. Getting run over before two motos around Lommel isn’t the one but we’re back for more on Sunday so I’m hoping to end this week on a positive note.”

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Lommel:
1 Tom Vialle 47 Pnt
2 Ben Watson 42 Pnt
3 Jago Geerts 39 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 29 Pnt
9 Jed Beaton 22 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 616 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 555 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 438 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 429 Pnt
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 410 Pnt

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

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING SIGN KAY DE WOLF AND MAXIME GRAU

RISING EMX250 STAR AND YOUNG FRENCH TALENT SET FOR RESPECTIVE MOVES INTO MX2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND EMX250 SERIES

Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce the signings of Kay de Wolf and Maxime Grau for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Continuing with the Nestaan MX run Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team following two positive years together, de Wolf will make the transition from the EMX250 class up into the ultra-competitive MX2 World Championship while Grau will line up for his first season of EMX250 competition. Both talented youngsters will race on FC 250 machinery.

In what will be his third year of racing with Husqvarna Motorcycles, Kay de Wolf will make the sizeable step up to the MX2 class for 2021. Racing to a strong sixth overall in the 2019 EMX125 series on a TC 125, the 16-year-old progressed to the EMX250 class for 2020 where he currently holds third position in the championship standings. Claiming second overall at the latest round of the series, the Dutch racer underlined his talents as he progresses through the classes.


Maxime Grau

Stepping in to fill the seat vacated by de Wolf, Maxime Grau joins the Nestaan MX run Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team for 2021 in what will be his debut season of EMX250 competition. Set to compete aboard FC 250 machinery, the 14-year-old French rider aims to establish himself as a top-10 contender as the season progresses. Currently second in the Championnats De France Junior series, Grau will receive the required equipment and support needed to compete at the sharp end of the EMX250 championship in 2021.

Armed with the proven FC 250 for the next two years, both Kay and Maxime will soon embark on winter testing in preparation for 2021 and the exciting new challenges that lie ahead.

Kay De Wolf: “It’s amazing. I’ve had a great two years with the team already and signing for two more, and moving into the MX2 class with them, is a great feeling. I’ve been with them for EMX125 and at the moment EMX250, so staying with the same team as I move up to MX2 means I can fully focus on my racing. It’s just unbelievable and a dream come true for me. Knowing that the team believes in me gives me confidence and I hope to repay them with great results over the next two seasons.”

Maxime Grau: “I am delighted about this new chapter in my young career. I now have a clear plan for the years to come with Husqvarna Motorcycles. This is definitely the best opportunity to make the next step up in the professional motocross world. I will work hard, and I am extremely motivated to achieve great performances. I would like to thank all the people who have made this project possible, particularly TECH32 for their unconditional support during the past years. I can’t wait to move to Belgium and start working with Rasmus and the whole team. I will give my best and we will see what the future holds.”

Rasmus Jorgensen – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 Team Manager: “We’re super-excited with our new signings, Kay and Maxime. With Kay it’s more of an extension as he’s been with us for two seasons already. We have a huge belief in him, so we have signed him for two more years and look forward to continuing to work together as he moves up into MX2. Obviously, he is really young, he’ll only be 16 next season. Year one in MX2 will be a learning year without any huge expectations. We just want to see him have a strong year, improve and for him to experience what it takes to be up front in the MX2 class for the following season. For now, with Kay, we focus on the EMX250 series, but we are already looking forward to 2021. Maxime Grau is a young and talented rider that we welcome to the team. It will be his first-year racing on a 4-stroke, so again, it will be a learning year for him. He is only 14 years old, but we believe in him and know that he will be competitive next year as he develops as a rider. As a team we look ahead to a solid winter of training and look forward to a great 2021 season.”

Thomas Kjer Olsen third overall at MXGP of Europe

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen has raced to another overall MX2 class podium result, this time at the MXGP of Europe, round 11 of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. Claiming two fourth-place finishes at Mantova today, the Dane was rewarded with a strong third overall, marking a positive end to his trio of visits to the Mantova venue. Kjer Olsen’s MX2 teammate Jed Beaton also performed well, racing to a strong 5-5 result for sixth overall and moving into third in the MX2 championship standings.

With momentum on his side following two overall wins during the week prior to the MXGP of Europe, Thomas Kjer Olsen has made it three consecutive podium visits in as many attempts. A strong, top-10 start in race one saw TKO let the early race chaos settle before charging forwards and into fifth place at the halfway stage of the moto. Moving into fourth on lap nine while making the most of a clear track ahead of him and recording his fastest laps of the race, the FC 250 rider was unable to make an impression on the top three and claimed fourth in the opening moto of the day.

Olsen then made a good start to race two. Attacking the track in a similar fashion to the previous GPs, he challenged Roan Van De Moosdijk for fourth place from the opening lap until well into the second half of the moto. Making the crucial pass on lap 12 of 17 and racing on to another fourth-place finish, TKO claimed third overall, with his podium result elevating him to fifth in the MX2 World Championship.

Two fifth-place finishes saw Jed Beaton maintain his recent run of consistent form while also slightly improving upon his 6-6 results from the previous round of the series. A great start translated into racing in a strong fourth place in moto one before losing one position to his teammate Kjer Olsen on lap eight. Undeterred, he was able to chase TKO home for a solid fifth-place finish.

Beaton’s second moto saw him chase his teammate around the sandy Mantova circuit, just as he had in moto one, while holding down fifth. Posting lap times similar to the riders in front of him, the Australian was frustratingly unable to advance forwards and raced to another fifth-place finish. In doing so, Jed claimed sixth overall and reclaimed third overall in the MX2 World Championship standings.

Racing in the EMX250 class, Kay de Wolf had a difficult day at the championship’s third and final visit to the Mantova circuit. An 11th place overall finish didn’t show what the youngster is capable of, yet he holds onto his third place in the series standings with three rounds to go.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing return to FIM Motocross World Championship competition for round 12 on October 11, the MXGP of Spain.

Thomas Kjer Olsen: “I’m really happy with my performance this week. Two overall wins and then a third overall today, I’m really happy with my week in Italy. Today wasn’t the best result after winning the last two rounds but I tried my best and my riding was good. It’s such a good feeling to be on the podium again and I’m looking forward to Spain next weekend.”

 

Jed Beaton: “Today wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I know I had the speed but just wasn’t able to get among the top guys. It certainly wasn’t the worst day but wasn’t the best either. I’m now back in third in the standings so I just need to work on starts, get up front early and try to get some more wins to finish the season off strong.”

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Mantova:
1 Jago Geerts 47 Pnt
2 Tom Vialle 47 Pnt
3 Thomas Kjer Olsen 36 Pnt
4 Ben Watson 35 Pnt
5 Conrad Mewse 35 Pnt
6 Jed Beaton 32 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 478 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 432 Pnt
3 Jed Beaton 348 Pnt
4 Maxime Renaux 341 Pnt
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 311 Pnt

Second Successive GP Victory For Thomas Kjer Olsen

Thomas Kjer Olsen of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing secured his second successive MX2 GP victory at Mantova in Italy. Olsen took the lead in the last lap of the first race to win the heat, and followed that up with a second in the final race, giving him the overall victory. Jed Beaton was also in the fight for a podium spot, but a crash ruined all chances of that.

Both riders had recovered well after the first round of the triple header last weekend. The track had some slight changes, and Jed qualified third, just 0.376 seconds off pole. Thomas qualified in sixth spot which was enough for a good gate position.

Olsen dropped into proceedings in fifth spot in race one, with Jed a few spots behind. Olsen quickly worked his way up inside of the top three, and with a few laps to go, had the leader in sight. In the last lap, he took the lead in hand, and went for the win. Jed had some trouble moving forward, but still manged to get to sixth.

The riders launched off the line in reverse order in the second race, with Jed having the better start and with the leaders this time. Thomas worked hard to get the leading group in sight, and finally fought his way to second, which gave him the GP victory. Jed was in second spot until mid-race distance, with an overall podium in sight. A small crash ruined that for him, as he finished sixth in the heat and also for the GP.

Jed is still in fourth spot in the world standings and Thomas in a strong sixth place. The action continues on Sunday at the same track.

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Mantova:
1 Thomas Kjer Olsen 47 Pnt
2 Tom Vialle 45 Pnt
3 Roan van de Moosdijk 36 Pnt
4 Maxime Renaux 34 Pnt
5 Conrad Mewse 32 Pnt
6 Jed Beaton 30 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 431 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 385 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 329 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 316 Pnt
5 Roan van de Moosdijk 279 Pnt
6 Thomas Kjer Olsen 275 Pnt

Successful GP of Lombardy For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing with a win and a second

Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing enjoyed a very successful outing during the ninth round of the MX2 motocross world championships at Mantova. Jed Beaton scored his first ever GP heat victory, helping him to second overall, and Thomas Kjer Olsen returned to the top step of the podium.

Both riders were in from during qualifying, Thomas qualified third, with Jed just a tad behind in fourth. Both riders got away well in the first race. Thomas had to find his way from sixth, and Jed was just inside the top ten initially. Thomas quickly worked his way to fourth and launched an attack for third. When the second rider committed an error, Thomas was there to capitalize and finished in second spot. Jed got into seventh but just could not pass Ben Watson to move further ahead.

The roles were reversed in race two. Jed got the better start and formed part of the leading group. He immediately went on the offensive for the lead. He opened up a gap which shrank again as he got in among back markers, but he kept his cool and collected his first ever victory. Thomas patiently worked his way from ninth to fourth, sufficient for the overall victory.

Jed Beaton “After the first race I did not dare dream that I could end up on the overall podium. I got a good start in the second race, and immediately pounced on Ben Watson for the lead. I could open up a small gap in the lead, but Ben came uncomfortably close again when I got caught in among back markers. I am ecstatic about this victory and the overall podium, and happy for the team for such a successful day.’’

Thomas Kjer Olsen: ‘’It was a tough outing for me, and particularly int he seond race I really had to battle hard for 30 minutes. After all the setbacks of early in the season it feels good to win again. It is also great that Jed had a fantastic outing and that we could both be on the podium”.

Olsen was called to the top step of the podium with his 2 -4 finishes, just ahead of teammate Jed. The latter has further solidified his fourth spot in the world standings, and Thomas has moved up to sixth. The series continues at the same track on Wednesday.

Photocredits – Bavo

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Mantova:
1 Thomas Kjer Olsen 40 Pnt
2 Jed Beaton 39 Pnt
3 Ben Watson 37 Pnt
4 Maxime Renaux 36 Pnt
5 Roan van de Moosdijk 33 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 386 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 356 Pnt
3 Maxime Rénaux 295 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 286 Pnt
5 Roan van de Moosdijk 243 Pnt
6 Thomas Kjer Olsen 228 Pnt