What a week. The Grand Prix of Belgium winner had barely twenty-four hours to celebrate his conquest of the Lommel sand before he was traversing the Atlantic and to the famed circuit of Unadilla to make his debut in the 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Pro National Championship as a wild-card at round ten of twelve. For Shaun it was realisation of a small career dream just one week after taking his first 1-1 GP victory.
In good racing conditions in the state of New York it was a fantastic outing for the 27 year old Scot who could count on some excellent backing from personal sponsors – as well as the direct support of the KTM factory who supplied a works spec 2016 450SX-F – to capture a remarkable fourth overall. Simpson was the first Grand Prix rider to attempt a ‘National’ since 2013 and rode to finishes of 4-8 in the two motos while exercising caution with fifth place in the MXGP World Championship standings in sight as well as the 2015 Maxxis British Championship (in which he is currently undefeated and can wrap-up at round seven of eight).
Shaun returns home on Monday and will next look to the Grand Prix of Lombardia at Mantova and the fifteenth round of eighteen of MXGP on August 22-23.
“What a day! I’m absolutely blown away by the experience and taking fourth place in the first moto kinda blew my expectations out of the window,” he said. “To take fourth overall really puts a little bit extra on the trip. I really have to thank Dyce Carriers and TWMA for making it all possible along with the freedom that my Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM team allowed for me to come and do the race.”
“I also have to say a massive thanks to KTM and everyone at KTM USA. I was made to feel so welcome and it was a like another part of the dream to meet and work with Roger De Coster. The track was so, so good and it refreshing to ride somewhere that was so well prepared, that had lines everywhere and was rough and technical. It was a lot of fun.”
“It has beena week to remember. We have been busy with race dates this year and have barely stopped every weekend….but that’s how we like it. After Unadilla and Lommel I just wanna thank my Dad for all the spannering, my Mum for backing us all the way and my better half Rachel for sticking by me and letting me chase my goals. It is because of these people I get to do something I love but also pursue the ambitions I have. I don’t think we have done ourselves any harm over the last couple of weeks with the results and now lets just finish the season strong in MXGP, the British and then the Nations.”
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