Shaun went 1-1 today at Preston Docks and the penultimate round of the 2016 British Championship and with eight points between the reigning number one and main rival Tommy Searle in the standings the national series is heading for a grandstand finish at Foxhill on September 18th.
Simpson grasped his second event victory in a week after owning the Balen-Keiheuvel International in Belgium on Monday and powered his Wilvo Virus Performance KTM to a double moto success at the venue where he lifted his second successive domestic crown last summer.
“I came into this weekend with one goal: I needed two moto wins to keep my championship goals alive so I was focussed and felt good this morning, winning in Belgium was a confidence booster as well,” Shaun said. “I was second in timed practice after an issue with my bike, that we sorted for the races.”
“I had a good battle with Jake [Nicholls] in the first one and took control about half way through for quite an easy win,” he described. “In the second moto I didn’t have such a good start and Tommy got a good few seconds in the opening laps. I managed to close it down, make the pass and bring that home as well. I managed to gain eight points on Tommy and bring the gap down to eight so it has been a good day overall. Anything could happen at Foxhills…I’m really pleased with two overalls in a week.”
‘24’ is now back on Grand Prix duty with the sandy Dutch round and the sixteenth outing of eighteen in 2016 MXGP taking place at Assen next weekend. Shaun then faces a ‘double’ American salvo at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and Glen Helen in California to end the international term. Simpson owned the first running of the Grand Prix of Netherlands at Assen last year. The 28 year old has also been picked to represent Great Britain once again at the Motocross of Nations at Maggiora in Italy on September 24-25 together with Searle and Max Anstie.
“I think it will be my fifth or sixth time for Team GB and the first was 2008,” Shaun said. “Tommy and Max have both been riding well so we have a strong team and it is about time we have some luck at that race. I’m looking forward to next week in Assen now.”
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