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Jed Beaton of the F&H Racing Team retained his fifth place in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship standings despite a difficult day in the Latvian round of the series at the rugged Kegums track.

The Australian found it difficult to come to terms with the demanding sand track for much of the weekend and never found a good rhythm on his way to fourteenth place in the opening GP moto. Coming to grips with the unusual surface in race two he held a strong seventh place until another rider ran into him in a corner and, finding it difficult to rebuild his rhythm, he had to be content with a tenth-placed finish in the moto. Nevertheless, he has retained his fifth place in the series standings and still has an eighteen point cushion over his closest rival.

Jed Beaton: “This weekend didn’t really go to plan; I didn’t get any good starts and that didn’t help me on this rough track. In the first moto I found it difficult to build a rhythm, then in the second I had good pace and was seventh when Covington hit me; we both went down, it broke my rhythm and I couldn’t really do much after that. The track was really strange this weekend; they watered it so the sand was heavy on some sections and very hard in others, but it was the same for everyone. Overall it wasn’t a great weekend, but I’m looking forward to Germany.”

Spanish teenager Ruben Fernandez held eighth place for half of the opening moto until a crash dropped him to seventeenth, and the second moto saw him restricted to thirteenth after racing top six in the early stages.

Adam Sterry, the third member of the team, did not travel to Latvia after suffering an ankle injury the previous weekend and will not race again until his home GP in Great Britain on June 2/3.