Shaun claimed both motos and the overall win at Hilton Park today for the first round of eight in the Maxxis British Championship. The reigning number one enjoyed a free run to the flag in the first race and then recovered from an altercation from a backmarker while leading to charge back to the front in the second moto.

The climate was dark and cold at the sandy venue in England’s Midlands and a short lap-time meant an intense set of races with the programme reduced to two sprints after MX2 rider Mel Pocock’s unfortunate accident and horrific hand injury.

A crash and possible wrist problem for Shaun’s principal rival Steven Frossard also changed the ‘landscape’ at Hilton with the Frenchman out of contention.

“That was just what we wanted,” the Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM rider said. “A decent win and the red plate into the next round. It was a short track and I liked it but perhaps not the best place to open the championship. Anyway, the first moto was easy and the second meant a bit more work after a backmarker ran me off the track and I had to regain a few places. There was a lot going on today and the accident to Mel is something that nobody likes to see.”

Shaun was able to welcome some of the ‘Simpson Army’ at Hilton Park and also mix with the British fans for the first time this season. The recently turned 27 year old will now have a rare free weekend before flying across the Atlantic for the Grand Prix of Argentina at the end of the month.