FORMER local boy Jed Beaton impressed at his home event when the Motocross Nationals held Round 3 of the championships at Wonthaggi on Sunday.
Beaton, who used to live next door to the Wonthaggi MotoX Circuit, finished second overall in the Pirelli MXD class of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals.
A hard fought day of action at Wonthaggi saw Beaton, on board his GYTR Yamaha, finish sixth and first in his two races and seven points behind Jack Simpson (first and second from his two races) and in front of Husqvarna Australia’s Egan Mastin.
In the first MXD race of the day, GYTR Yamaha rider Wilson Todd shot out to a handy lead claiming the holeshot, before going down midway through the opening lap.
That left title contenders Simpson, Beaton and Mastin to vie for the lead, with all three riders keen to earn maximum points.
Just one lap later, Beaton suffered the same fate as his GYTR teammate and he came unstuck in what looked to be a serious crash.
However Beaton got back on the bike, and put in a stunning performance throughout the remainder of the race to save face by finishing in sixth position.
In the second race, Beaton cruised into an early lead from Todd, Webster and Simpson – but despite all efforts from the rest of the field, the local hero had an easy win.
He now sits just three points off Simpson in the overall championship standings 219 to 216, with Mastin in third on 215.
Beaton and his fellow riders, whose teams brought millions of dollars’ worth of equipment into the town, performed in front of a massive crowd of people who converged on the town for the prestigious event.
In the main events, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Adam Monea put in a consistent effort to claim overall honours in the MX1 class.
Beautiful weather and a large crowd of spectators witnessed some fantastic racing in the Monster MX1 class, where the top three riders all finished the day on 60 points.
Husqvarna Red Bull WIL Sport NZ Racing rider Kayne Lamont had a great day taking outright honours in the Motul MX2 class.
The New Zealander proved that his opening round victory at Broadford was no fluke, registering second and first placings from his two races to take the outright honours.