Fourth place came with a 3-4-6 in the motos at a foggy Hawkstone Park International today as Shaun launched his 2015 season…

In a field where factory efforts from Kawasaki and Suzuki also got their campaigns underway Shaun conservatively rode to fourth position overall in the dark Hawkstone sand. There was trepidation from most of the paddock as Sunday dawned foggy and there was limited visibility for the first practice sessions. Two relatively solid outings in the first MX1 motos delivered 3rd and 4th positions and a small crash cost the British Champion some time in the Superfinal. He tied on points with Suzuki’s Glenn Coldenhoff but missed out on a podium trophy due to the standings of Moto 2.

“Today went as I pretty much expected although perhaps the results could have been a bit better,” he said. “The Suzuki boys were hard to catch but I was quite pleased with the pace I had for the first race of the year. The set-up of the bike was great, if anything the next adjustments need to be personal! I know where I need to improve for better times in the sand. The goal was never to be 100% ‘on it’ for this event, more for Qatar, so we’ll keep working in the next couple of weeks.”

Shaun heads down to central France and Valence, south of Lyon for another International meet this coming weekend.