Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 hit the hard-pack circuit of Intu Xanadu this past weekend, as the venue played host to the thirteenth round of the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship (officially dubbed the MXGP of Spain). The round acted as the third Grand Prix in succession for the FC 250 duo; Jed Beaton and Kay de Wolf were eager to taste champagne in front of the passionate crowd.
Beaton was very close to a podium finish at the previous Grand Prix in France and leapt back into contention for a top-three position in Spain earlier today. The first moto was rather impressive – he moved from eighth on lap one to fourth at the finish and was just three seconds from the rider in third place. The second moto was quite similar for him; he started fifth and finished in fourth for a second time.
A brace of fourths at the Grand Prix of Spain helped Beaton leap up on the overall podium in third. The trip to the podium was his first since Turkey at the beginning of September and the third time that he has tasted champagne this season. Beaton is sat in fifth in the championship standings, just 22 points from the reigning world champion in fourth.
Kay de Wolf was sixth in the first moto; a solid result that earnt him fans across the globe. De Wolf engaged in a thrilling fight for the position and showed his true skill to execute a great move and walk away with the spot. The second stint was heading in a positive direction too, but a hard crash just three laps from the end forced him to limp across the line in eighteenth place. Even a broken nose could not stop him from salvaging a couple of points! Twelfth overall was where he was ranked at the Grand Prix of Spain. De Wolf is still eighth in the championship standings.
The next appointment for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 is the Grand Prix of Trentino that will be run next weekend. The event will mark the first of three races at the old-school track of Pietramurata in Italy.
Jed Beaton: “It is always a nice day when you are on the podium! My starts were good, but my problem was that I lost a heap of positions in the first turn. I feel like I have the speed to run there. I am just too far behind right away. I pushed a lot at the start of the second moto, but put a little too much energy into the beginning of that race. It was a decent day. My plan is still to be solid in motos, get good starts and see where we end up.”
Kay de Wolf: “It started off very good with P4 in time practice. I was happy with that. I did not get the best start in the first moto, but still managed to get P6. My riding was good and I had some big battles! I had a really good start in the second moto and was around P4. I had a little crash, got my rhythm back and then had a big crash. I have broken my nose again. Hopefully we will be good for Trentino next weekend.”