A lacklustre start in the qualification heat for the Grand Prix of Belgium today was not enough to halt an impressive and encouraging charge by Shaun to capture seventh position in the start gate for tomorrow’s fourteenth round of MXGP at Lommel.

A fast and unusually rippled sandy terrain meant some lively lap-times in Free and Timed Practice but Shaun saved his real speed for a race rhythm in the twenty-minute and two lap sprint to decide slots in the gate for tomorrow. He was sluggish out of the gate and down in fifteenth place on the first lap but then was one of the very few to make forward progress and gain ground.

The 2015 GP of Belgium winner pushed up to seventh in one of his strongest performances in the second half of the campaign and since recovering from a broken right hand. “I feel much better about my chances for tomorrow now than I did after first practice,” the Scot admitted. “I got some nice lines and a rhythm going and if it hadn’t have been for the start then I reckon I could have been close to the top three. Not too bad, let’s see what we can do in the motos.”

Photo by Ray Archer