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Ben Watson thirteenth in Portugal

Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP’s Ben Watson finished thirteenth in the Portuguese round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Agueda.

The Englishman had a solid ride from fifteenth to twelfth in the opening moto and was headed to at least an identical placing in race two until a mid-moto collision pushed him back to seventeenth. He is now thirteenth in the series points standings.
Ben Watson: “It’s been another tough weekend. I felt quite good but the times were tight and I still wasn’t quite there. I had two good starts but got pushed wide from my gate-pick. I was putting in some better laps at the end of race one and was more confident for race two but I got taken out trying to pass Van Doninck. It was another tough moto but I’m trying to keep my head up. “
Jed Beaton of the F&H Kawasaki Racing Team had fond memories of the Agueda track where he recorded his maiden GP podium during his MX2 career and was holding a strong top-ten placing in the first moto until he came together with another rider and was pushed out of the points-scoring placings before recovering to finish eighteenth. The second moto looked even more promising as he raced top-six through the early laps but, troubled by the shoulder he injured at Mantova last month, he lost momentum during the second half of the race to take the chequered flag thirteenth. The Australian is now twelfth in the championship standings.
Jed Beaton: “I felt pretty good for the first ten to fifteen minutes of both races, but in the first moto I came together with someone and snapped off my clutch lever so I couldn’t do much after that. In the second moto I was good again for fifteen to twenty minutes but then I got a lot of arm pump in my left arm. That’s from the crash in Mantova; my shoulder doesn’t feel painful but it is still weak and I just don’t have the strength. I don’t want to be in this position but it is how it is; when I get it sorted I’ll be back where I ought to be. “