British Grand Prix time and Shaun rode to a satisfactory seventh position today in front of some superb home support at Matterley Basin. The seventh round of the FIM World Championship headed to Winchester for the fifth year in a row and although the wide, open expanses of the track was a welcome relief compared to the narrow hard-pack found recently in Italy and Spain the prep of the English soil was tricky to deal with and not nearly as rough or bumpy compared to previous editions of the GP.
Shaun was third fastest in Free Practice and sixth quickest in Timed Practice. Again a slightly mediocre start did not give him much in the way of an advantage and when he overtook Tyla Rattray for seventh he then faced a battle with Romain Febvre and Dean Ferris. He just failed to demote the Australian by the end of the twenty minutes and two laps.
Tomorrow Shaun will debut a brand new custom painted Shoei lid, some cool new race stickers and gave the all-blue Alpinestars Tech10s their first run-out in the Qualification Heat. “I feel that the track gives us less options this year but I was happy with my speed…even if my starts continue to be the weak point at the moment,” he said. “It’s great to be here in front of the fans. I love the reaction they give the British guys when we’re out there.”