A tough Grand Prix of Belgium was countered by a double moto win at Foxhill for the penultimate round of the Maxxis British Championship yesterday that gives Shaun a slim hope of the 2019 domestic title.
Two days of suspension testing and some physical check-ups helped clear some doubt from the RFX KTM rider’s mind after a troublesome last MXGP outing at Lommel the previous weekend where the Scot struggled for energy and speed on the sand.
Shaun travelled to the former Grand Prix venue in southern England determined to crest another small bump in his 2019 racing season and succeeded admirably with two race wins and the overall top step (for the second fixture in a row) for the seventh round of eight in the UK.
“The track had a few modifications and that was welcome after what seems like years and years of little change at Foxhills,” Shaun said. “It was also better for some rain the area had in the build-up to the race. My starts were still a little ‘off’ and we need to work more with the engine character on the bike but our efforts with WP and testing this week paid dividends.”
SS24 sits 35 points behind Tommy Searle in the championship with just 50 remaining – the double ‘DNF’ due to technical problems in Northern Ireland punching a large hole in his scorecard. But there is still one date to go in the contest; at the Landrake circuit in Cornwall on September 22nd. “As we all know anything can happen in motocross and we’ll take the same motivation into the final round and aim for those two moto wins,” Shaun said. “It was a good weekend and also nice to get that feeling from Lommel out of the way.”
The renowned Keiheuvel International in Belgium takes place this Thursday and Shaun will line-up with his KTM 450 SX-F and then immediately head to the Autodromo Imola for the Grand Prix of Italy and the last of four MXGP dates in 2019. “I’m looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it and working back to where we should be in the GPs as well.”