Shaun dusted off the difficulty of recent Grand Prix travails by winning all three races and thus the ‘overall’ at Sainte Austreberthe in Northern France on bank holiday Monday and is now viewing more progress at Kegums for the Latvian round of MXGP this weekend.
On his fourth visit to the International meeting and a race that split training and set-up work on the Wilvo Yamaha YZ450F, Shaun ran to the chequered flag in all three sprints and enjoyed a brief duel with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jordi Tixier.
“Such a nice old-school track, really good fun and a good vibe,” SS24 said. “There were a lot of fans and kids out from the local village: just a really nice atmosphere. It was a bit slippery to begin with and was wet in the morning but the sun came out in the afternoon. It was good racing and a few other decent guys were there but mainly Tixier. I managed to pull two holeshots and rode out two comfortable gaps and then fluffed my start in the third one but had a good battle with Jordi and it was decent stuff for the fans.”
Importantly for the 29 year old and winner of the Indonesian Grand Prix this year he was able to refine his racebike further and work on some of the configuration issues that blighted his efforts in the recent Italian and Dutch rounds. “I felt really good and we made a few minor changes to the bike this week that has made it a lot more comfortable for me; it was a step in the right direction,” he said.
“It was nice to see a finish flag first and it doesn’t matter how ‘small’ the race is,” Shaun added. “I’d had some bad luck at this place before and I really enjoyed bringing home all three wins. A bit more testing now, and some homework for our starts in Latvia so we come out swinging.”
The shallow soil of Kegums will once more host the Latvia stop on the Grand Prix trail this coming weekend.