Almost a free weekend for Shaun after the Grand Prix of Europe but his traditional appearance at the Wuustwezel International saw the British Champion leaving it all on the floor – including most of his race shirt – through a mixed but fun day in Belgium.

The race near Brecht brought out several MXGP stars on Sunday April 3rd to cut through the sand and put on a show for the decent turnout of fans that crowded the fence space.

Shaun rode a great first moto and took a convincing victory ahead of factory Suzuki rider Kevin Strijbos with works Husky pilot Max Nagl in third place. Hunting for the ‘overall’ ‘24’ stalled his 450SX-F trying to overtake Nagl for the lead in the second outing and was clipped by another rider whose brake lever caught his race shirt and ripped half of the garment away from his torso.

Remounting the Wilvo Virus Performance KTM Simpson flew back from almost last – the remnants of his gear flapping like a superhero’s cape – to reach an admirable eleventh and sit fourth overall.

“It was a eventful but good day and I always enjoy coming here because it has a totally different vibe to a Grand Prix; it’s old-school and laid back,” the 28 year old said. “Great weather a good way to blow out some of the frustration from Valkenswaard and look ahead to Neuquen.”

Shaun and Rachel depart Holland today for the Grand Prix of Argentina this weekend directly followed by round five of MXGP at Leon in Mexico.