Matterley Basin and the British Grand Prix came around a little too quickly for Shaun and his quest to fully recover from a broken right hand. Despite almost two weeks of rehab and attention on the injury the British Champion was still not in the best condition to throw his Wilvo Virus Performance 450SX-F around the English cambers and jumps for what was round eleven of eighteen in the 2016 MXGP trail.
The twenty eight year old toughed-out the first thirty minute and two lap moto to take nineteenth place but was too sore and limited to consider the second race and regretfully had to sit out half of his home event.
“It is a bit frustrating and after three weeks with my hand the way it has been then I knew it was not up to the job around here,” he said. “Just a lot of hard-landings, a lot of speed and a lot of hard bumps to hit. Last weekend [in Desertmartin] gave us a bit of false hope with it being a bit sandy. It was a tough one. The level of riders here also makes a difference. Every wants to be in that top twenty and whether you are battling for tenth or twenty-fifth you are still having to try as hard as you can.”
“We evaluated the situation and see that it was not really worth doing the second race and I need to go and see now if I have done any more damage to the hand and then see if we can race again next week or take a weekend off to really get it better. Our goals for the season have probably changed a bit now and the British Championship has come to the fore in the short-term and then try to attack the last six GPs of the year and get back into the top seven or eight in the championship.”
The clock continues to tick loudly this week with the twelfth Grand Prix of the season taking place in the shallow sand of Mantova in just a few days time. Shaun will have to decide whether to cope with the Italian test and then an anticipated home event in the Maxxis British Championship in Scotland before being able to profit from a two-week hiatus to heal further.