On the beautiful circuit of Neuquen in Argentina, Jed Beaton started his FIM MX2 World Championship campaign with a good start to the season. The 20-year old ended up the day in a brilliant fifth overall and travels back to the Netherlands with 27 points. Adam Sterry has good memories of the Argentine GP where he made his GP debut three years ago. The Brit crashed on Saturday and hurt his hand. Sterry managed to finish the first moto in thirteenth. The victory during the first MX2 GP of the season went to Pauls Jonass.
In the first moto, Beaton managed to get a good start in the top ten. The Kawasaki rider managed to move up to seventh position after three laps which was good progress but then he lost a position due to a small mistake. Halfway through the race, the Australian came back to seventh place which he managed to hold until the finish – a good first moto of the season.
After his crash on Saturday, Sterry had a last pick of gate so he was playing catch up the entire weekend. Due to the bad gate pick, Sterry was buried in twenty-eighth on the first lap. The 21-year-old moved forward very quickly because after four laps the he was already in the points. He continued to work his way through the pack to end up thirteenth which is a solid result under the circumstances.
When the gate dropped for the second moto, Beaton was just outside the top ten but quickly worked his way into the top ten. Beaton was in a battle with the two young guns of Jorge Prado and Jago Geerts, Beaton did get the better of the Belgian but had to settle for eighth. Sterry was in the points at the beginning of the moto but after the seven-minute mark took a crash. He continued but couldn’t sneak back into the points.
Jed Beaton: “It was quite a good weekend for myself. It didn’t really get off to the best of starts but it improved throughout the whole weekend so I’m happy about that. I look forward to the GP of Valkenswaard were I can hopefully better my results again. I definitely need to work on my starts and hopefully I can improve on my weekend there.”
Adam Sterry: “It’s not how we wanted to start the year, we came in a little bit injured. I wasn’t sure if I was going to ride and then on Saturday I got injured again during the qualifying race. I didn’t finish that race and it meant I was on the outside which meant I as on the back foot all weekend. The first race we came from last to thirteenth which was positive. In the second race I crashed with a rider I couldn’t do nothing about and managed to not get any points. I can only rest now and then come out and do a better job in Valkenswaard.”
The KNMV Dutch Masters of Motocross start this weekend in Markelo. The F&H Racing Team will be there with their trio riders in action as Ruben Fernandez will also contest in his first race of the year. A week later, the Grand Prix of Europe takes place at Valkenswaard.
Pic: Shot by Bavo