Tenth place and a bad weekend to forget at Blaxhall last week will be further consigned to history when Shaun gets back on MXGP duty this weekend at Loket for the Grand Prix of Czech Republic
Round thirteen of eighteen in the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship will enter the hilly hard-pack of one of the staple venues on the GP trail. The quick and tight layout means that a good start is essential for designs on the top five of the premier class classification.
Shaun rolls to western Czech Republic after a hard day at Blaxhall in Suffolk for round six of eight in the Maxxis British Championship. “I went into the weekend feeling good and almost back to 100%,” he remembers. “The track was a lot softer than I expected and we tried a couple of new set-up things with the bike that we had to change after qualifying for the races.”
“I felt good on the track…but didn’t get a good start in either moto, around 10th-15th and it cost me big-time with the course being so small and not many places to pass. I made two mistakes and with the race being red-flagged I lost a lot of positions and points. The second race was much the same: mistakes due to being submerged in the pack and stressing out. Not a weekend to remember by any means and it was hard to lose the red plate.”
The upshot of the Blaxhall disappointment is that Shaun now trails main rival Tommy Searle
by 16 points but with 100 still to grasp. “Everything is still to play for and I have some good tracks coming up,” he imbued. “I haven’t lost any motivation and am gonna fight right the way to the end. I’m the British Champion and I’ve won races and motos before and you don’t forget that overnight. We’ll get back to work.”
That work with the Wilvo Virus Performance KTM 450SX-F begins this weekend at Loket and for the first of three Grands Prix back to back with visits to Belgium and Switzerland up next. Simpson returns to the MXGP paddock after missing the previous round in Italy due to a broken right hand.