Beaton completes first competitive hit out since double leg injury

Australian makes factory Husqvarna debut at Hawkstone International.

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Jed Beaton has completed his first competitive hit out in eight months at the Hawkstone International MX in the United Kingdom after breaking both of his legs last year, making his debut with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.

The Tasmanian utilised the popular pre-season event to prepare himself for the upcoming MX2 World Championship, lodging 10-14 moto scores for 12th overall, while he stormed to 15th in the combined Superfinal.

Believing he showed moments of promise, Beaton admits he needs more race time in the seat of his FC 250 in order to show his true potential.

“This was my first race after eight months and it felt good to be back behind the gate,” Beaton explained. “I had some good moments here in the UK, but overall I feel I need more time to show what I am capable of.

“I made some small mistakes and had a crash in the opening moto, but as the day went on I was able to control my pace. The season has just started and I have a good feeling on my bike. It’s onward and upwards from here and I’m looking ahead to the races to come.”

Max Anstie (Standing Construct KTM) took out top honours in the MX1 category Hawkstone ahead of Max Nagl (KTM Sarholz Racing Team) and Ivo Monticelli (Standing Construct KTM), while the MX2 class was topped by Jago Geerts (Kemea Yamaha), Adam Sterry (F&H Racing Team Kawasaki) and Mikkel Haarup (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing).

The Superfinal was taken out by Monticelli followed by Nagl and Arminas Jasikonis (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing). Round one of the MXGP World Championship is scheduled for 3 March at Neuquen in Argentina.


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