Shaun owned the third round of the Maxxis British Championship with a convincing 1-1 in the damp sand of Hawkstone Park on Sunday and pushed his lead in the national competition to ten points.
Rainfall cast a sodden appearance on the famous circuit in Shropshire prior to the latest outing in the domestic campaign that saw Shaun resume his duel for the crown with Tommy Searle. Thankfully good weather conditions graced the duration of the race programme and the defending number one benefitted from his skill and confidence on the soft and churned terrain couple with a brace of holeshots from the gate to run away to his first ‘shut-out’ of the season.
“I’m feeling a bit perkier this weekend,” Shaun said. “It was a much better meeting and I was looking forward to it having had such a decent showing there at the pre-season international earlier in the year. I was half a second off Pole in qualifying and despite some rain before we had great weather and the track was exceptionally bumpy and rough which suited me down to the ground.”
“I wanted a good set of races, the top step of the podium and to increase my championship lead and that’s what we did,” he continued. “In the first moto I had the holeshot and was never headed. I put in some solid laps at the start and won it with a six second advantage. The second race was much of the same and I led every lap with an even bigger margin. I felt a bit better in the second race after a couple of adjustments to the bike. We’ve been turning the screw during the week and with the testing and the training and it is paying dividends at the moment.”
“I’m hoping for another solid week at home in Scotland and with some luck will come out swinging at the next week and bring some of this form to Spain and the GPs.”
The Wilvo Virus Performance KTM rider next faces an MXGP double bill at Talavera de la Reina and St Jean D’Angely in France.
Photo by Ray Archer