Shaun rode to a conservative pair of second positions in two motos at Lyng, Norfolk for the first round of eight in the Maxxis British Championship today. Walking the second step of the podium for the first time since 2014, the recently turned twenty-eight year old endured a tricky day on the loose and damp soil but is only six points behind Tommy Searle with fourteen motos still to go.
Simpson had little answer to Searle’s pace and was unable to mount a challenge to his former Motocross of Nations teammate across the new race format for the national series with two motos replacing the old programme of three shorter sprints. Despite tests and extra attention on start practice since recovering from a stomach virus in the wake of his journey back from the Thai Grand Prix, Shaun didn’t find the form to be in contention for victory on his Wilvo Virus Performance KTM.
“It’s been a tough day and not really what I wanted,” he admitted. “Two second places and second in qualifying as well. I didn’t really ‘feel it’ this weekend and wasn’t 100%. I was looking to come in strong but I’m a bit dismayed that Tommy made such a big gap. So, overall not a good day but we’ll re-group and figure out things this week and two second places was not a disaster for the championship.”
It will be a short week for Shaun as he heads straight back into the sand in preparation for the Grand Prix of Europe at Valkenswaard in Holland on Easter weekend; the race occurring on Holiday Monday.