Another gear shifter drama for Shaun at the Dutch Grand Prix after a promising start around the compact and fine, sandy terrain plonked on the Assen road racing layout was ruined by a ‘tap’ with Jeremy Van Horebeek. The Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM rider had to motor for most of the twenty minute and two lap sprint stuck in third gear as a consequence and took fifth place.

The British Champ had slotted into third before the ‘moment’ with the Belgian and then had his options limited. The temporary Dutch layout – built in just four days with 25,000 cubic metres of sand imported onto the MotoGP course – was rippled, rough and featured hard and tricky bumps in places. Shaun gelled with the course and was feeling upbeat on the factory 450SX-F at what is round sixteen of eighteen in MXGP.

“I wasn’t a fan of the track after the first practice session but it got rougher and better in the second and I actually quite liked it for the race,” the 27 year old said. “It has that special beach-type of sand and I was going pretty good until we had that problem in the race. Fifth is alright for tomorrow though and I think we’ll see some close racing.”