i remember beast wars well, and i remember the very last episode, waspinator in charge of the primitive human tribes. I didnt watch every episode, but i saw enough of them. I did have msyelf in that, but not as a maximal or predacon. I had myself down as human, but in a sort of battlemech,but not.It could transform, and was well armed
I thought up how i arrived looking for the maximals, perhaps i volunteered to look for them, and while on the search grid, my ship was damaged and crashed. I would board my mech and defend myself from the initial predacon attack.
I dont know if that fits in at all, probably not, but, its what i thought up all those years ago.