Round three of the Maxxis British Championship saw Shaun strengthen his bid for a third consecutive national title after a dominant display at Canada Heights in Kent.
The last of the domestic race weekends amidst the long MXGP hiatus was a small confidence-booster for #24 who took his RFX KTM to the famous southern venue and wasted little time or effort constructing a 1-1 scorecard with authority.
“A fantastic weekend, it couldn’t have gone any better,” he assessed.
Shaun defeated principal rival and MXGP peer Tommy Searle at the reigning champion’s home track…even though the second moto was a very close affair and served up some great entertainment for the fans and spectators.
“On the podium at Lyng [round two] Tommy was saying how much he was looking forward to Canada Heights and how it was his local track and he’d have a lot of support…little did he know that it is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar since I started the British Championship back in 2004,” Shaun explained. “I love that place and I think I’ve had five-six overall wins over the years. So I was excited about the weekend: the track prep is normally great and the layout is always tweaked to give something a bit different. I felt great on the bike. I was 0.6 faster than Tommy and a few seconds in front of third place in qualifying.”
The Scot made a statement with his third moto victory of the season at the first attempt and then weathered the pressure in the second sprint.
“First race I was very confident for the holeshot but just missed out to Jake Millward but had the lead after a couple of laps. I won by fourteen seconds in the end. The second race was a similar story. In the last couple of laps Tommy put the heat on and it was really close. Just 0.2 at the end! It meant a six point advantage in the standings for the day.”
After victory in France the previous fortnight, this was another emboldening performance and set of results and allowed Shaun to open a small eight point window in the national campaign that is now almost at the half way stage. The run with the KTM 450 SX-F was also pleasing ahead of the resumption of the FIM World Championship this weekend. The Grand Prix of Lombardia will take place in the sand of Mantova and is the first appointment in what will now become a frantic schedule.
“It been a weird period of down-time,” Shaun said ‘but I’m definitely ready to get some world championship points on the board now. It will be sixteen weeks of racing ahead. I’m looking to impress and we’ve done a lot of work on the bike: it’s working so nicely. Life is good and I’m enjoying myself and my riding.”
Photo thanks to Ray Archer