Shaun posts a set of top ten results in his first ‘half healthy’ outing of the year and on the Wilvo Yamaha…
Hawkstone Park was pretty grim. Still suffering the debilitating effects of sickness and punted-off and run-over on the first corner in the Shropshire sand, Shaun did not have the Wilvo Yamaha debut he desired in front of his home fans. A week later and nearing something like the health and fitness he wants to run on the YZ450F, #24 made three steady appearances around the windswept LaCapelle Marival circuit to finally get the wheels rolling on what promises to be an exciting campaign.
Pre-season has been all about fitness and acclimatisation for Shaun and thus the poor weather that (freakily) saw snow hit southern Spain and wipe out the RedSands International had a disruptive effect on the Wilvo Yamaha team as Arnaud Tonus also suffered with a virus. Fortunately some good work had already been put into the set-up on the Yamahas as well as Shaun’s first motos in anger with Japanese machinery since the end of the 2013 MXGP season.
Coming through LaCapelle unscathed and with further speed and confidence gathered Shaun was able to take the positives from dashes to 8-6-7 in the two MX1 motos and the Superfinal against a host of GP peers. “Today was really quite good,” Shaun said. “It has taken a lot for me to get over this sickness bug and it’s been almost three weeks now. I’ve ended up doing a lot of rest and not much riding. So it was the best I could really do in the circumstances.”
“They’d had a lot of rain and the track preparation was good,” he added. “We had the sun in our eyes quite badly last year and it was the wind that was the problem this time with quite a few crashes on jumps. It was a little bit dodgy. Today was just about building up some fitness and momentum before Qatar.”
The nineteen round MXGP term begins with the Grand Prix of Qatar at Losail on February 25th