Jed Beaton comes close to the podium again in the Grand Prix MX2 in Valkenswaard

Jed Beaton of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing came close to the podium again at round two of the world championship MX2 in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands. Jed got off to a great start in the opening 250cc race. Running as high as second in the early stages of the moto, the FC 250 mounted rider found himself in a battle for position with championship leader Jago Geerts, with the two riders exchanging places multiple times during the opening laps of the race. Beaton then made a small mistake, running off the side of the heavily-rutted circuit and was relegated down the field. The Australian regrouped and put in a late-race charge to record a sixth-place finish.

Race two was much more fruitful for Beaton. Managing to take avoiding action in turn one when Jago Geerts crashed ahead of him, the 22-year-old then methodically moved his way forwards, staying smooth and light on his FC 250 to progress into second place by the midway stage of the moto. Despite some vision issues, Jed maintained his pace to record his second runner-up moto finish of the season, claiming his second-consecutive fourth-place overall result in as many GPs. Jed now sits third in the MX2 series standings ahead of round three in Argentina, in two weeks’ time.

The opening MX2 race was a tough one for Thomas Kjer Olsen. A victim of a first-turn crash, a race-long battle from the back of the field saw Kjer Olsen fight to the end of the 17-lap moto in 11th place.

The second moto was an improvement for TKO. A mid-pack start as rain continued to fall saw the Dane in 14th at the end of lap one. Using his experience he was able to charge through the field to record a sixth-place finish and earn seventh overall in the MX2 class.

Kay de Wolf made his FIM Motocross European Championship debut in the EMX250 class for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing at Valkenswaard. The 15-year-old powered his FC 250 to 4-11 results to claim eighth overall at the opening event of the nine-round series.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will next be in FIM Motocross World Championship action on March 22, at the MXGP of Patagonia Argentina.

Jed Beaton: “It’s been another good GP for me but like at Matterley I’m a little disappointed not to be on the podium. But that’s on me as I made a mistake in the first moto. Overall, my riding’s good, I just have to keep it on two wheels to get it on the podium. The sand is so soft and heavy here at Valkenswaard that a small mistake can quickly become a big mistake, but it’s been good to show that my speed in the sand is good. I gated really well and felt good in the first race and went from third to second in a couple of corners and started to chase Vialle. I then made a small mistake and ran off track slightly, hitting a sign and tipping over. I dropped some places, but I was pleased enough to finish with a decent result. In the second race there was a crash right in front of me, but I still got a decent start. I really focused on not making any mistakes and although it was tough with vision near the end of the race, I got a great second place result, which was a positive way to end the GP.”

Thomas Kjer Olsen: “It’s been a tough GP for me, but seventh overall isn’t too bad. I got a rough start in both races and after my crash in qualifying yesterday I felt a little banged up today. From starting on the outside, I knew I had to be careful going into the first corner. I got a good jump, but everyone just pushed wide, pushed into me, and I was left with nowhere to go and crashed. That first race was pretty hard, but I was happy to get back to 11th. I tried to be extra careful at the start in the second race, but again there was nowhere to go, and I was pretty much last at the start. I was riding well and happy to get sixth in the second moto. The first two GPs haven’t been easy, but my speed has been good. Now I have some time to ride more ahead of the next GP, it will allow me to sharpen things up and get in some good training motos ahead of going to Argentina.”

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Valkenswaard:
1 Tom Vialle 47 Pnt
2 Maxime Renaux 40 Pnt
3 Jago Geerts 39 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 37 Pnt
5 Ben Watson 34 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 25 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 87 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 82 Pnt
3 Jed Beaton 74 Pnt
4 Maxime Renaux 61 Pnt
5 Rene Hofer 53 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 51 Pnt

Good Start In The MX2 World Championship Campaign For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing made a notable start to their MX2 world championship campaign at Matterley Basin in Great Britain this weekend. Jed Beaton was in the running for a podium finish for a long time, till a small mistake near the end of the second race dropped him to fourth overall. Thomas Kjer Olsen contained the damage from a troubled first heat by riding strongly in the second, yielding him seventh overall.

A muddy and difficult track greeted the riders on qualifying day. This prompted a change in the qualifying procedure, with a single timed training session deciding the gate picks. Both riders had some troubles during this session. Thomas crashed hard during the qualifying, and could only post a fast lap on the very last outing, which got him seventh, one ahead of Jed.

Much better conditions welcomed the riders on Sunday. It was still cold, but sunny. Jed had a good start in race one, and was just outside the top five. Once he found his rhythm he made up a few positions, and finished in a very strong second position. Thomas battled to find his rhythm after a bad start, and did his best to improve to 11th.

In the second race it was Olsen who held the better cards off the start. He quickly slotted into third place, and held it for the majority of the heat. Unfortunately a few errors near the end cost him two positions, and he finished fifth. Jed had sight on an overall podium finish for a long time, but he, too, fell victim to some late race trouble, finishing sixth.

Jed was fourth overall for the day and Thomas seventh. This is also their current world championship standings. Next weekend the team will be in action at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands.

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Great Britain:
1 Jago Geerts 43 Pnt
2 Tom Vialle 40 Pnt
3 Mikkel Haarup 40 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 37 Pnt
5 Rene Hofer 35 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 26 Pnt

Husqvarna Motorcycles official MX2 team to be managed by Nestaan-MX

Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to confirm the signing of a multi-year agreement with Nestaan-MX, who will manage and run the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team from 2020 onwards. Based in Belgium, the team become Husqvarna’s officially supported MX2 representatives in the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Owned by Kay Hennekens, Nestaan-MX have been involved in Motocross World Championship competition for many years and will operate from a new workshop in Lommel, Belgium. Overseeing the operational, sporting and developmental aspects of the team, while actively assisting with the professional development of all team riders, former racer and rider coach Rasmus Jorgensen has been appointed as team manager.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will field three riders in 2020, racing on FC 250 machinery. Competing in the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship will be Thomas Kjer Olsen and Jed Beaton. With Kjer Olsen finishing as runner-up in the 2019 MX2 World Championship, the team’s clear goal is to support the Dane in his quest for a maiden world title. Showing impressive speed but unfortunate to have picked up injuries during 2019, Australian Beaton is focused on becoming a regular podium finisher in 2020.

Representing the team in the EMX250 series will be Kay de Wolf, who placed sixth in the 2019 EMX 125 championship.

Currently busy with their winter testing programme, the team will make their first official competitive outings in selected pre-season international races early in 2020.

Diego Clement – Motorsport Manager at Husqvarna Motorcycles: “We are extremely proud of our Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teams, which ensure Husqvarna Motorcycles enjoy a strong and successful position within the FIM Motocross World Championship. Partnering with Nestaan-MX, as we do with IceOne Racing in MXGP, gives our MX2 programme an exciting new operational and managerial platform as we move into 2020 and beyond. With experienced people within the team, and a very clear drive to achieve success, we look forward to developing this new relationship with Nestaan-MX. Our goal is clear – to see the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team continue to enjoy racing success at the highest level.”

Kay Hennekens – Nestaan-MX Team Owner: “It is a huge honour for Nestaan-MX to manage and run Husqvarna Motorcycles’ official MX2 World Championship team. Our absolute goal is to provide the support and structure our riders need to perform at their best, while showcasing Husqvarna Motorcycles and our team partners in a professional, engaging and positive way. We have fantastic staff, all experienced, committed and 100% focused on racing. As team manager Rasmus is young and highly motivated and understands what’s needed to succeed in modern day grand prix motocross. 2020 will be an exciting season for Nestaan-MX and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.”

Rasmus Jorgensen – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 Team Manager: “Firstly, I want to sincerely thank Robert Jonas, Diego Clement and Kay Hennekens for their belief in me, I am hugely thankful for this opportunity. Continuing to work with and be a part of such a great and experienced motorsport family like Husqvarna Motorcycles is really an honour. Stepping into the official role of team manager is something I am 100% focused on, it’s a new and exciting challenge that I’m really looking forward to. I believe my past experiences and involvement within motocross give me the skills needed to successfully keep Husqvarna at the front in MX2. We have many passionate, hard-working and dedicated people working within the team, all set-up for the 2020 Motocross World Championship. We are fully committed to providing the support Thomas, Jed and Kay need.”