Beaton gets caught up with tricky track conditions in Assen2017-09-09 18:49
Jed Beaton took a 17th place finish today in the qualifying race at the MXGP of the Netherlands after getting caught out in the tricky track conditions.
The bad weather had left the track sodden, creating deep ruts in the sand that swallowed the bikes. Beaton initially got off to a good start and was running in 12th place for the early part of the race. Unfortunately during a push for 11th place, he crashed and fell back to 24th place. Digging himself out of the sand, he remounted his CRF250RW and pushed back to a 17th place finish.
There is more bad weather expected overnight which could create a new set of challenges in tomorrow’s race. The first MX2 race starts at 13h15 local time.
Qualifying wasn’t so bad, I got off to a good start for once but fell off in the second lap and dropped back to 24th. I ended up coming back to 17th, fell again but didn’t lose any positions this time. I can take a lot of positives from this, I put in some good laps which. I put in a good start and had some good laps compared to practice and timed practice today so I hope I can do the same tomorrow.
HRC General Manager - MXGP
Before we talk about qualifying, we need to mention Michele Cervellin who; as many people will know, crashed on the finish jump last week in the USA. During training this week, he was suffering from groin strain. He got checked out by the medical team here at Assen and they advised that he should not ride as there was a risk of making it considerably worse. So, we have had to withdraw him from the race this weekend. Here as a stand in rider this weekend, we have Jed Beaton again, He got himself a reasonable start in the MX2 qualifying and ran in 12th place for the early laps of the race. He made a mistake, dropping to 24rh place which was easy to do as the track was wet and rutted. The strong effort he put in at the end got him to 17th. It could have been a lot better for him had he stayed on, but we have to be thankful he wasn’t injured and it was good to see him moving forward in the pack.
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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