The sun beat down on the season-weary MXGP riders at the fast and hilly circuit of Glen Helen today in California and Shaun rode his works 450SX-F to seventh position in the final qualification heat of the campaign.

‘Heat’ was the operative word at the eighteenth and last Grand Prix with temperatures nearing the mid-30s and some athletes struggling to make the pace around one of the longest tracks on the calendar.

Shaun mastered a lap-time in Free Practice to hit third spot (check out his GoPro recording HERE) and then dropped to tenth in Timed Practice. A good launch but so-so first set of corners meant he was running deep in the top ten and kept ahead of Jeremy Van Horebeek and Max Nagl to make sure of seventh.

“It was a weird one today,” Shaun said. “The track looked amazing in the morning – like a Grand Prix track should – but it didn’t get as technical as I was thought it would. Even some of the American guys or those that race in the AMA said it was prepared a little differently to usual. Anyway I felt OK in the heat and it was a race that didn’t have much about it really. It’s fast out there and I know a good start will be essential. Wrapping up fourth in the championship is the goal for the weekend. Hopefully we can get it done as soon as possible.”

The motos will happen at the usual timetable tomorrow with PST clocking in at nine hours behind CET and eight from GMT in the UK.