The fifth fixture of the 2016 Maxxis British Championship will hold particular resonance for defending number one Shaun Simpson….
This weekend the sandy circuit of Leuchars in Fife, Scotland means the first outing on home turf for ’24’ in seven years. Simpson heads to an oven of local support and attention with a 21 point lead in the MX1 standings with his Wilvo Virus Performance KTM 40SX-F. The twenty eight year old has also been undergoing laser treatment therapy to heal his broken right hand for the last two weeks. The injury caused him to miss Grand Prix motos in France, Great Britain and Italy.
“The hand is starting to feel quite good, I’d say almost 90%,” he informed. “I’m feeling stronger and almost with no pain. I’m getting more movement back and I’m hoping that I won’t need any painkillers this weekend or at least something minimal compared to France, Desertmartin and Matterley. I’m looking forward to getting back on my bike and doing what I love. It was pretty hard having a weekend on the couch and missing Mantova. I have been doing what I can to keep fit and pushing hard and doing things like interval training and what not; in that respect I don’t think I am too far off at all.”
The 2014 and 2015 British Champ is chasing three titles in a row this season but the meeting at Leuchars holds potential to be a 2016 highlight for the KTM man who is keen to gauge his competitiveness and fitness on the bike and hope to give main title rival Tommy Searle plenty to think about. “This weekend is quite special and the goal will be to stand on the top step of the podium and increase the championship lead,” he said. “I think the last time I raced in Scotland was at Duns for the 2009 British Championship and it was cancelled after one race because it was too muddy to do the second! This time we are at a well known sand track at Leuchars. It is great to have the series back in the centre of Scotland and to have such hype about it as well. Gareth Hockey and the guys from RHL Events have done a great job of getting the track in good shape and how it should look for a top class motocross race.”
“This obviously lead into Sunday and me putting on a decent show for my family and friends,” commented Simpson. “It has just started to dawn on me while I’m driving home just how many people are planning to come. They are a lot of posters around and I think people will travel from nearby cities like Dundee and St Andrews. There will be a lot of local support and even people who have not been to a motocross race before. It is all quite exciting. We’re even putting on a small Simpson Army hospitality! With teas, coffees and whatnot. If anybody wants to come along and have a chat then they will be more than welcome. Fingers crossed it is good weekend weather-wise and people will have a good time. With the two-race format I hope to have a bit more time to hang out between motos and we’ll do a big autograph session at the Wilvo Virus Performance KTM team.”
Information about Leuchars and the fifth round of eight in the Maxxis British Championship can be seen at: http://www.mxgb.co.uk/
Photo by Ray Archer