A positive fourth position in qualification for the Grand Prix of Czech Republic saw Shaun displaying some bright speed, line choices and decent form ahead of round thirteen of eighteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship.

The Loket hard-pack benefitted from some heavy thunderstorms and showers Friday evening but the rain was not enough to put many ruts or bumps into the surface or contain the dust that even affected visibility by the time of the MXGP Qualification Heat in the afternoon.

Shaun made a good start and started to close the gap to the rear wheel of Clement Desalle at the mid-point of the twenty minute and two lap distance. He passed the Belgian and also relegated countryman Tommy Searle to take fourth. The Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM man closed up to Glenn Coldenhoff but then experience some rear tyre fade and eased the pace in the final two laps.

“I’m trying to keep positive and I was happy with my riding today but the track is not worthy of a Grand Prix or world championship standard,” he said. “There is hardly anything you can do out there. I was trying some different lines and gaining ground but passing is pretty sketchy. We’ll take what we can from tomorrow.”

With fourth choice of slots in the gate Simpson can now favour a position towards the inside of the difficult and narrow uphill left hand corner where so much will be decided in the motos on Sunday.

Photo by Ray Archer