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

 

Jed Beaton Claims First Season Podium In Faenza

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

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team On the Podium At GP of Faenza

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team booked its first GP podium spot of the season with Thomas Kjer Olsen at the seventh round of the MX2 world championships in Faenza. Olsen rode two strong races, and with fourth – and third in the heats respectively, his podium spot was secure. Jed Beaton also rode strongly, coming from last to 12th in the first race, and upsetting the apple cart by finishing second in the final heat.

Jed Beaton posted a blitzing qualifying time, securing fourth gate, wth teammate Thomas Kjer Olsen listed as 13th. Both riders felt ready for action, though, and confident as they rolled up to the start gate. The first race started with a setback for Jed, as he crashed in the normal cut and thrust of the first lap. He had to fight his way back from near last, and eventually finished 12th. Thomas had a decent start, and slotted into sixth spot. He held this position for long, but made a push during the last two laps, which gained him two more spots. With fourth place in the race, an overall podium beckoned.

Both riders started well in race two. Jed came out in the top five off the start, with Thomas a few spots behind. Both riders worked their way forward, landing in second – and third places as the race wound down. Jed finished second in the race, and Thomas third, which earned him a podium call-up. Thomas was third overall for the day, and Jed fifth. Jed is currently fourth in the world standings and Thomas is eighth. The series continues next Sunday at the same track.

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Faenza:
1 Tom Vialle 50 Pnt
2 Maxime Rénaux 40 Pnt
3 Thomas Kjer Olsen 38 Pnt
4 Jago Geerts 32 Pnt
5 Jed Beaton 31 Pnt

World Championship MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 307 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 286 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 236 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 209 Pnt
5 Mathys Boisrame 182 Pnt
8 Thomas Kjer Olsen 153 Pnt

Photocredits: Bavo

Jed Beaton charges to fifth in the Grand Prix of Italy

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton has earned a strong fifth-place overall MX2 class result after claiming a pair of sixth-place moto finishes at the MXGP of Italy. Riding two calculated races at what was the first of three visits to the hardpack Faenza circuit, Beaton’s performances move him up to fourth place in the MX2 World Championship standings. MX2 teammate Thomas Kjer Olsen dug deep on his return to action, earning sixth overall.

It was a tough opening MX2 moto for Beaton at the MXGP of Italy, round six of the MX2 World Championship. An unavoidable fallen rider caused the Australian to crash on the opening lap. Undeterred, he went on to set competitive lap times while carving his way forwards through the field. Using the power of his FC 250 machine, he was able to make multiple passes on Faenza’s long uphill sections. Never giving up, he was rewarded with a sixth-place finish.

A strong start in race two set Beaton up for an improved result with the 22-year-old moving up into sixth place on the third lap. On the move, he quickly found his way onto the rear fender of Roan Van De Moosdijk but was unable to find a way through on the tight Italian circuit. Claiming another sixth-place finish, Jed finished fifth overall and moves up to fourth in the MX2 World Championship.

Thomas Kjer Olsen returned from injury in Italy, pleased to be back racing his FC 250 machine. Claiming a mid-pack start in the opening moto, the 23-year-old maintained his composure during the frantic early laps and avoided the mistakes that saw several of his rivals crash out due to the challenging riding surface. Charging hard for the duration of the moto, Kjer Olsen moved forwards from 15th on the opening lap to claim a strong ninth-place finish.

A great start in race two saw Kjer Olsen maintain a strong sixth place through the opening laps of the moto. After being passed by teammate Jed Beaton and slipping back to seventh on the third lap, he regrouped and latched on to Beaton for the remainder of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race. Claiming a close seventh-place finish, Thomas finished a hard-fought sixth overall on his return to world championship action.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing return to FIM Motocross World Championship competition on September 9, for the second of three successive events to be held at the Faenza circuit.

Jed Beaton: “It was a good day all in all. It could have been better but in the first moto Mattia Guadagnini crashed right in front of me on the opening lap and I had nowhere to go, so to come back to sixth from that was pretty decent really. Race two, I had a better start and just wanted to make it through the opening lap before going to work. I moved into sixth place on lap three and then caught up to Roan but just couldn’t get by and settled into his pace. It was a little frustrating, but I didn’t want to force the issue with the next round in a few days’ time. Overall, good points on the board and I’m looking forward to Wednesday.”

Thomas Kjer Olsen: “It was great to be back racing again after a tough time in Latvia. I can now ride fully focussed and without pain so today was really enjoyable. The results may not reflect that but overall I’m really happy and it’s a good place to start with two more GPs here in Faenza. It took a while to find my rhythm in race one and everyone around me seemed to be on a similar pace, so it was difficult to move forwards. In the second race, Jed came by me and I was able to hold onto him and this kept me focussed. It was a good, solid ride. I really like the track here and I’m looking forward to Wednesday.”

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Faenza:
1 Maxime Rénaux 47 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 45 Pnt
3 Tom Vialle 40 Pnt
5 Jed Beaton 30 Pnt
6 Thomas Kjer Olsen 26 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 257 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 254 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 196 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 178 Pnt
9 Thomas Kjer Olsen 115 Pnt