Shaun dealt a crushing mental blow to his 2015 British Championship rivals at Blaxhall and the fifth round of the national series today. The Scot steamed through the pack after an early race crash and recovered from a position almost outside the top twenty to win the final moto at Blaxhall and extend his unbeaten streak in his title defence to five from five.
It was a convincing and devastating performance on a tight track that the 27 year old struggled to find his usual high pace. The UK’s best Grand Prix rider qualified in second place under changeable skies in Suffolk and was narrowly beaten by 2014 Motocross of Nations winner Steven Frossard in the first moto. Shaun reversed that result with a resolute outing in the second sprint and won by over twenty seconds. The decisive final race could not have begun in a worse manner with a mistake and fall that left him deep in the second half of the field.
“I knew I had to win the last moto to have the overall…and when I crashed I knew that I would have to give everything I had to make that happen,” Simpson said. “What started as a difficult day turned into a really satisfying one; I wasn’t going to give up. I think that last moto showed a lot about how we go racing.”
Walking the top step of the podium for the fifth time in 2015 Simpson, the reigning number one, now has a 84 lead in the standings with the next British appointment on July 19th at Foxhill. Round eleven of eighteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship takes the Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM team to Uddevalla, Sweden next weekend.