Once more a clean sweep as Shaun claimed all three motos at Foxhill near Swindon today and stretched his unbeaten run in the 2015 Maxxis British Championship to a phenomenal six rounds. SS24’s run of dominance is getting tiresome for his rivals in the UK but a perfect title defence this term is within reach of a satisfying conclusion with the Scot 118 points ahead of his nearest rival in the standings with just two events to go.
The former Grand Prix venue at Foxhill was a difficult challenge through a lack of options and racing lines. The submerged circuit was hard-pack and slick in otherwise pleasant racing conditions and Shaun didn’t make the three short motos any easier for himself thanks to mediocre starts. The first two sprints saw the reigning number one push through to the front while he had to chase Gert Krestinov hard in the final dash and overtook the Estonian four laps before the flag.
“Another satisfying day especially because the track was so hard and fast with hardly any lines or much of a technical challenge about it,” said the 27 year old who has won 15 of 17 motos now in 2015. “We were all going the same speed and I didn’t get my starts quite right today. I won the first two quite comfortably but then had to chase Krestinov down in the last one. Tanel didn’t have the best day so it means we are close to the title and could potentially get it at the next round…which would be pretty cool.”
Simpson now heads the premier MX1 category by 118 points over Tanel Leok with just 150 points up for grabs, meaning that the Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM rider could have his second successive national crown (the third of his career) tied up at the penultimate meeting at Preston Docks on September 6th. Shaun now heads back to his base in Belgium to prepare for the last hard-pack Grand Prix on European turf with the Grand Prix of Czech Republic at Loket this coming weekend.