Twelfth overall and tenth place in the MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship standings was a modest achievement for the British Champion at Nakhonchaisri for the Grand Prix of Thailand. Round two of eighteen took place in temperatures that almost touched forty degrees and the strange ground and jumpy course at the Thailand Circuit required a cautious approach.

Shaun rode steadily to eleventh place in the first moto and at his own pace mindful of the other GP athletes that required medical attention for heat stroke. The same tactic for the second race was not as prosperous and he clocked a fourteenth.

“I’m kinda glad to get out of here in one piece because I never found my way with the track from the get-go,” he said. “From eighteen rounds you are going to have weekends like this and I made things hard for myself by not getting a fast lap on Saturday and then falling twice in the qualification heat. To come away from these first two races with tenth in the championship means we are slightly on plan. British Championship next and I’m looking forward to busting-out the number one plate. We can then start to think about Argentina right away.”

The first round of eight in the Maxxis British Championship will take place this weekend at Hilton Park in Wolverhampton

Photo by Ray Archer