4th overall for Shaun in Kent at the third round of the 2021 ACU British Championships and the last race before 2021 MXGP
A top four finish was not quite what SS24 KTM MXGP rider Shaun Simpson was hunting at Canada Heights and the third date of eight in the 2021 ACU British Championship, but the meeting was another opportunity for the Grand Prix-winning Scot to get more race mileage ahead of the launch of 2021 MXGP in Russia next week.
The popular Kent venue has been a prosperous circuit for Shaun in the past but a combination of mediocre starts and critical mistakes limited his scorecard to 2-5 in the motos and kept him away from the podium.
Simpson is still ‘resetting’ his race speed after almost a full year on the sidelines. He had to recover from a concussion and then fractured vertebrae last summer that kept him adrift of the FIM Motocross World Championship. To-date he has posted results of 4-13, 7-4, 2-5 at Culham, Lyng and now Canada Heights and sits 5th in standings.
“I’m a bit disappointed even if it wasn’t a disaster of a day because I showed I had the pace; I felt the overall win was on the cards,” he said of the Canada Heights outing. “I had a really bad start in the first race, made a mistake but then started to fly through until Dylan Walsh took me out and put me on my ear. I could still manage 2nd so I was hopeful for the ‘overall’ but made another error in the second moto by just trying too hard to make moves to gain places. I ended up with 5th. So, 2-5 for the day.”
“The positives to take away included the fact that I’m feeling better on the new bike and now we have another week of work before Russia,” he added. “This weekend was a step in the right direction and we’ll try again next week. As far as the British is concerned we still have another five rounds of the championship to go, so plenty of racing yet.”
The Grand Prix of Russia takes place in Orlyonok on June 13th. The fourth round of the British national series will visit Foxhill near Swindon on June 19th.
Photo by Rob Simpson