It was a weekend that neither caused blood to flow faster through the veins nor give cause for concern for Shaun who is now squarely looking at the top five of MXGP on a weekly basis and came close to the ranking again at Teutschenthal for the Grand Prix of Germany.
Round ten started the second half of the GP season with strong winds, lower temperatures and the threat of more rain after the mud race of Maggiora, Italy last weekend. Talkessel was hard-pack, but somehow slick but tacky, dusty, one-line and largely frustrating for the riders. It was not a terrain or course upon which Shaun could get a groove going with his 450SX-F. Despite a pair of bright starts – in the dry finally – and a slot in the top five in the second moto that put him in contention for third place overall, a front wheel slip and brief crash meant his sixth position from the first race sat next to a ninth from the second and delivered seventh overall – keeping the 27 year old seventh in the MXGP standings.
“This weekend was a struggle,” he said. “I knew from the moment I walked the track when I got here that it wasn’t well prepared. I know they might have been braced for rain but I figured we were in trouble anyway. My starts were OK and we got into a position where the podium was in touch for a while but my crash when I lost the front end in the second moto put paid to that. I guess I just didn’t get a good feeling today and I still don’t feel particularly pleased about the whole GP. We’ll be able to get back to base tonight and start to get things sorted for Blaxhall. I’m sure my mojo will come back pretty quickly, especially when we can bolt the red No.1 on the bike this week. We have some strong GP tracks coming up for me. We’ll be better.”
Blaxhall in Suffolk will be the next target now for SS24 as he tries to extend his run of victories to five in a row on UK soil and keep perfect in pursuit of a successful title defence.
Photo by Ray Archer