Shaun is again on the recovery path for 2020 after a late practice accident at the Lommel circuit in Belgium on Wednesday.

The former British Champion was attempting his first training moto after suffering with head and neck problems sustained in the third Grand Prix of the season when disaster struck. Simpson crashed and broke two thoracic vertebrae as well as fracturing and displacing the little finger on his left hand. After being hospitalised and examined, doctors believed the back injury should be able to heal without surgery but a procedure will be required for the SS24 KTM rider’s finger.

“It’s tough to find the words at the moment,” Shaun said from the hospital ward in Overpelt . “It was my first proper outing to see if I felt OK on the bike and could consider returning to MXGP in Mantova when I just got caught and landed on my head. I actually felt the two bones in my back crunch and my hand and finger as well. I’m having surgery tomorrow and I have support for my back. My first thoughts are to get well and to leave the hospital but it is impossible not to think how frustrating this is for my racing and for the new project with the team. Right now, all I can do is thank my sponsors, my partners and all the fans and people that follow me. This is another delay but we’ve been here before and will come back.”

A further update on Shaun’s condition will soon be published on the website and through his social media channels.