Shaun rode to a 1-2 at a chilly Canada Heights in Kent on Sunday to claim his first overall victory of the campaign in what was the second round of eight in the series…
A hectic start at the hillside venue and a popular former hunting ground for ‘24’ saw Shaun’s principal rival for his crown (and winner of the opening fixture at Lyng) Tommy Searle down on the ground and needing to recover to ninth place. Shaun was able to escape and capture his maiden chequered flag of the year on British soil in what was a comprehensive outing by the Wilvo Virus Performance KTM athlete.
Ruing a worse start in the second moto Simpson had to deal with some frantic moments among the pack before he could gather some speed and pass Jake Nicholls for second place. The pair circulated quite close together behind the resurgent Searle. The MX of Nations teammates split the wins but Shaun gathered overall honours and regained his spot at the peak of the championship table.
“A good day,” he said. “The aim was to come here and get the red plate back, and I like Canada Heights; I think I have won the last three or four times the series has come here,” Shaun said. “Everything is usually well prepared. Qualifying went OK – despite an altercation that sent me into some haybales and upside down briefly – but my starts let me down.”
“It was quite a solid first race and I made a gap early on and won it from Tanel Leok and Graeme Irwin; it was a nice little confidence booster,” he says. “I didn’t get the start in the second moto and had to work to get into third, avoiding a few crashes because the opening laps were pretty ‘busy’.”
“I passed Jake [Nicholls] at half race distance for second and he kept me honest and kept pushing,” he continued. “We caught Tommy a little bit but not much, still, it was good to win and take the championship lead and we did what we came to do.”
The Grand Prix of Latvia at Kegums is the next challenge for Shaun this coming weekend for round six of the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship.