At the first round of the Dutch Masters at Markelo, Jed Beaton got himself on the box. The Aussie finished fourth and second in both the moto’s which meant he ended up an impressive second. Young Spaniard, Ruben Fernandez contested his first race of the season as he returned to racing. Fernandez showed good speed on the day to end up sixth overall. On Saturday night, both Adam Sterry and the team decided to give this round a miss after he reinjured his finger.
During timed practice, Fernandez looked good and put in an impressive lap time to end up the session in second. Beaton also looked good and wasn’t far off the pace as he put in the fifth quickest time.
When the gate dropped for moto one, both F&H Racing riders got good starts. Fernandez was in sixth on the first lap with Beaton in eleventh. Beaton was a man on the mission and worked his way through the pack impressively, he passed a handful of riders and ended up an impressive fourth. Fernandez who will need a few races to get back into the swing of things ended up behind his team mate in fifth which was a good race for the pair.
Both riders managed to get an ever better start in the second moto. Fernandez got the holeshot on his Green machine with Beaton not far behind as he sat in fourth. Beaton was the one making the moves as he took the lead on the second lap and he led the race for around the ten minute mark. Unfortunately for the Aussie, Thomas Kjer Olsen could make his move for the win but a second place is still very strong for Beaton who has clearly learnt lots throughout the 2017 season.
Fernandez ended up eighth in the second moto for sixth overall which is positive for his first race of the season.
Next race: The next round of the KNMV Dutch Masters of Motocross will take place on Easter Monday in Oldebroek. However, this weekend the Grand Prix of Europe will be held on the Eurocircuit of Valkenswaard where all three F&H Racing riders will be participating.
Pic: Niek Kamper