Jed Beaton signs with F&H Kawasaki Racing Team for MXGP 2022

Jed Beaton

Jed Beaton

Jed Beaton has inked a deal with the F&H Kawasaki Racing Team, which will see the former MX2 factory Husky star step up to the MXGP class of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

For Beaton, it is a return to the Kawasaki team where he began his successful MX2 career.

Having already shown his potential in 2016 when he travelled from his native Tasmania to Europe to replace an injured rider in the European championships, Beaton joined the F&H Kawasaki two years later to contest the MX2 World Championship for the first time.

After regularly posting top eight results during the early days of his rookie season, Beaton claimed the team’s first-ever championship podium with a third position at the Portuguese GP in Agueda.

Holding fifth in the series after eight rounds, he suffered a broken leg at Matterley Basin; that serious injury forced the Aussie to miss the remainder of the season.

Ranked top-five in the MX2 World Championship in each of the last two seasons after scoring a further six GP podiums, Beaton, who this year reached the age-related cut-off of 23, opens another chapter; transferring to the MXGP class with the Dutch team based in Moordrecht.

“I am really excited to sign again with F&H Kawasaki Racing Team,” said Beaton. “We have achieved great things together in the past, and I feel like we can now do the same in the MXGP class – it’s a big step for both myself and the team, but we are both excited and ready for it.”

Team manager Nathalie Fase said: “We are very much looking forward to our renewed collaboration with Jed as he has always been part of our family. The fact that Jed returns to us says something about our mutual trust and the bond we have with each other.

“In 2018, we achieved our first MX2 podium with him, and we hope to take on this exciting challenge together in the MXGP class. We are confident that it will once again be a great collaboration with each other. We all can’t wait to get started!”

Racing Manager at Kawasaki Motors Europe, Steve Guttridge, commented: “Adding Jed to the MXGP line up on our KX450 inside the F&H Kawasaki Racing Team is an exciting prospect! The team continued to gain big experience and learn quickly each season and so for KME to add more green back into the MXGP start line, inside a top team and with talented rider combination, was the way forward for the 2022 season.”

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