WONTHAGGI Secondary College student Jed Beaton, 15, has showcased his motocross skills coming second at the Hervey Bay MotoX Nationals. Jed, who rides a Yamaha, races and rides on most weekends from March to October with his friends. Jed started riding at the age of four and since then has become very successful at both state and national levels.
In 2010 he won the Victorian titles in his class, and in 2011 he was fourth in the Junior Nationals. This year has been another big year for Jed, seeing him grade second at the Victorian Titles, missing out on first by one point, and placing second at the Hervey Bay MotoX Nationals which were raced by pro riders. It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Jed. Coming up to the competition he had broken his arm and was out of action for six weeks. Jed’s has had his share of injuries. He broke his back (T5 and T6 vertebrae) in 2012, and also broke both his wrists in the one crash in the same year. He has also broken his thumb and ankle.
These injuries were setbacks, however they didn’t stop him. Jed said they have only made him more determined to succeed. “As soon as you start motocross, you can’t stop. It’s so addictive!” Jack Gow, Jed’s friend, is in awe of his achievements. “He seems to zip in front of the pack. You take one look and he is leading the race. He makes it look so easy.”