2-2 and yet more confidence and silverware for Shaun in Mexico last Sunday. The British Champion rallied through two damp but stuffy motos at Leon in spite of mediocre launches from the gate and further affirmed his best ever season in the premier class of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
A lonely ride to second behind eventual winner Romain Febvre was the consequence of a small early race crash in the first moto but the new world champion was on a different level to his peers at over 1800m of elevation. On a drying, challenging and curious surface in the second moto Shaun was able to excel. Again his gate-exit left a lot to be desired and he quickly latched onto the back of a six-rider group tussling for second spot behind the disappearing Febvre.
Choosing some inventive lines he passed Max Nagl, Glenn Coldenhoff, Evgeny Bobryshev, Jeremy Van Horebeek and then executed a measured move on Gautier Paulin to head the gaggle. “I had that corner dialled all weekend where I passed Gautier,” he said. “It was just about thinking ahead. Motocross is about using your brain and not just about riding wide-open over waves and jumps. As a rider you should be able to select the lines you want and that’s what I was doing. I was looking for the best grip on the track. I really enjoyed it.”
Three podiums with two wins and a second from the last four rounds of the Grand Prix series means the 27 year old is on the threshold of confirming a career-best fourth position in MXGP. He heads Nagl by 39 points with just fifty left to win next weekend at Glen Helen for the U.S. GP.
“I’m looking forward to seeing all the KTM guys in the U.S. as they were really supportive of me over there when I went to Unadilla,” ’24’ said. “Tony and Tommy will be back and KTM should be full force. I think Glen Helen will be a really nice way to wrap-up the year. Nice track and hopefully a few more fans than there were last time. I’m hoping to tie-up this fourth place in the championship and then roll onto the Nations.”
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