Finally some relief. Shaun managed a very decent sixth position in the second moto at a hot and trifling Grand Prix of Spain today. The Scot was eleventh overall; courtesy of a rear brake failure after just three laps of the opening race at Talavera de la Reina (thirty degree temps, hard-pack, harsh braking bumps and a 20k attendance) that meant he had to frustratingly cruise to twentieth and only earn a single point. Increased determination and some good riding meant a top six slot in a (finally) trouble-free second moto; Shaun even moved into the top five at one point until Clement Desalle came through whereupon SS24 kept the Belgian close company until the flag.
“I just wanted to try and finish the weekend on a high note really because we were thinking ‘when are we going to catch a break?’ And not just a rear brake! Goggles yesterday and brake: today we were pretty stressed out and it wasn’t the easiest GP,” he said.
“Anyway to finish the day with a sixth and hold eighth in the championship was decent. I’m ten points behind Villopoto now and the last moto concretes in my mind that fifth-sixth-seventh is my bracket at the moment and where I need to be. It will be a long drive home but I will think about my speed and the way I used the track to my advantage and my bike; we are not far away but we need to keep working really hard. We’ll have a little race in Belgium next weekend; a low-pressure job and just a ride-around. Between now and Matterley we’ll go back, drag everything out and get it looked over and sorted. Come Matterley we’ll be in a good position. It’s a track I quite like so if it’s prepared well then I could be in for another good day there.”
Ten more points to add to his total of 114 will take the 27 year old up to seventh in the championship standings. Wuustwezel will provide another meeting for some competitive training next weekend before the slopes of Matterley beckons.
Photo by Juan Pablo Acevedo