The 2015 Supercross Paris Lille took place in an understandably subdued atmosphere and with most of the 26,000 attendance on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon looking from some escapism from the horrors 90 minutes south in Paris. In this setting Shaun was one of the star attractions at the Stade Pierre Mauroy and played his part in a frenzied and unpredictable set of main events.
The Scot would finish only Saturday’s race – in ninth – but progressed with his speed and rhythm around the soft, jumpy and demanding course. On Sunday Simpson was fourth fastest on his 450SX-F in the one-lap Superpole dash and rode a decent race to fourth in front of eventual winner Christophe Pourcel in the Semi Final Heat.
After another positive start in the Main Shaun was tagged by another rider exiting the second corner and could not get the drive to complete the next jump. He was sent off course and crashed into the Freestyle ramp, twisting his ankle and unable to retrieve his ‘24’ machine. Despite the bad luck (Shaun was one of many crashes with neither of the Stewart brothers posting scores, Cooper Webb and also Dylan Ferrandis going down heavily) Shaun was able to walk away and stressed that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“Overall it has been great fun. The track has been pretty technical, not only with the jump layout but with the soil as well. The whoops are something where you can see the Americans, and guys who ride a lot supercross, really have those dialled in.”
“The weekend didn’t end in the best way but the main goal was to come here and have a blast. The Main did not go to plan but the Superpole was an improvement as was the Quali race. On the whole I’ve had a positive day and weekend.”
After a short holiday it will be full speed for the British Champion at the beginning of December and soon the official confirmation of his plans for 2016.
Photo by Ray Archer