Jed Beaton on his way to a round win at Conondale
Wilson Todd burst through for his first podium of the year
The round seven MXD podium

GYTR Yamaha Podium Charge at Conondale MX Nats

14 Jul 2014

Yamaha’s factory supported MXD team, GYTR Yamaha, had a red letter day at round seven of the MX Nationals at Conondale with Jed Beaton taking the round win and reclaiming the leaders red plate while Wilson Todd broke through for his first podium of the year to finish third for the day.

With Beaton back to full fitness after his surgery just prior to the previous MXD round in Murray Bridge, he was out to regain the form that saw him lead the championship early in the series. He kicked his day off on the front foot taking pole position in qualifying and was ready to battle in the three, 20 minute moto format.

He recovered from an atrocious start in race one to charge all the way through to third place as they crossed the finish line. He was then moved up to second when a fellow competitor was relegated three positions due to a noise issue. Moto two and Beaton was again on the move forward and made his way to another second place. In moto three, Beaton wasn’t to be denied. He slotted into second early in the race and began stalking the leader. He made his move by the midway point and went on to win the race.

His 2-2-1 results gave him the victory on the day and has moved him back to the championship leader, 10 points clear of his nearest rival.

“We have had a pretty big break between the last MXD round and I needed the time as I felt terrible in the days after Murray Bridge,” Beaton explains. “I was determined to get my season back on track here at Conondale and it felt good to make that happen.

“The track wasn’t easy as it was quite a hard surface and finding traction was tough, but my bike was awesome and the team again did a great job.

“It was cool win today with Yamaha doing our retro round and even better that Wilson was able to get up on the podium as well,” Beaton ends.

Wilson Todd had shown he had the speed to match it with the top dogs in the MXD category, he just needed to put a solid days racing together with no mistakes to complete the picture. Todd did exactly that at Conondale, taking 6-4-3 finishes in the three motos to claim third place for the round, his first podium in the MXD class.

Todd qualified in fourth place and carried on that form into the racing. He was in the thick of the battle all day and the podium result is a great reward for the hard work the North Queenslander had put in during the break in the racing.

“My goal for the last couple of rounds has been to get on the podium and it was good to make that happen. I changed a few things in the way I trained and also spent a lot of time down around Brisbane riding different tracks and with different riders.

“I can’t thank the team enough for their support and also the Latimer family who I have stayed with for the past month. Now, I want to keep getting on the podium in the final three rounds and finish the season strongly,” Todd said.      

The MX Nationals moves to Raymond Terrace in NSW for round eight action on August 3. For more information and a full list of results, www.mxnationals.com.au

To follow the GYTR Yamaha team on social media, www.facebook.com/GYTRYamaha or @gytr_yamaha_team on Instagram.

Round Seven Results – Conondale
MXD
1st  Jed Beaton – 99 (GYTR Yamaha)

2nd Jack Simpson – 87
3rd Wilson Todd – 83 (GYTR Yamaha)
4th Aaron Tanti - 81
5th Nathan Crawford – 79
6th Egan Mastin – 73
7th Kyle Webster – 72
8th Jayden Rykers – 72
9th Brock McLeary – 66
10th Joel Wightman – 60

MXD Championship Standings – After Round Seven
1st Jed Beaton – 369 (GYTR  Yamaha)

2nd Jack Simpson – 359
3rd Egan Mastin – 346
4th Nathan Crawford – 344
5th Wilson Todd – 292 (GYTR Yamaha)
6th Kyle Webster – 278
7th Jayden Rykers – 271
8th Aaron Tanti – 258
9th Brock McLeary – 242
10th Daniel Price - 179

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