Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM’s Shaun Simpson was proclaimed 2015 MX1 British Champion today at Preston Docks after the first of three motos. The 27 year old confirmed his second consecutive title and his status as the top off-road racer in the UK with overall victory in the seventh round of eight in the domestic competition and remains unbeaten in a superlative national campaign.
The winner of Belgian and Dutch MXGP Grands Prix (the first Brit to own two rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship this century) came to Preston leading rival Tanel Leok by 116 points and just 150 left to win in the two fixtures remaining. With Leok failing to start the opening race at the sandy course Simpson – who qualified on Pole by almost two seconds – took the chequered flag and was able to start celebrating after a dominant term on UK soil.
There wasn’t much time to crack the champagne open. The Scot – who is also KTM’s top runner in MXGP lying fourth in the world standings and set for official backing for 2016 – had time for autographs, backslaps and a quick change before going out to comprehensively own the second and third sprints to confirm his seventh overall success and is now just one victory away from a remarkable clean sweep.
“I’m over the moon to get this wrapped up today and to do it while carrying on the run just made it even better,” ‘24’ commented. “Winning the British Championship for the first time in the MX1 class last year felt pretty special but I really wanted to back it up this season and we couldn’t have done a better job so far with seven wins.”
“It was a good little event at Preston,” he added. “The track was quite tight but had been prepared well and was enjoyable to ride. We used the 2016 factory bike and I wasn’t too happy with the set-up in the first moto but we made a few tweaks and it worked so nicely for the second and third races. We used today for some tests for the rest of this season and the future and it was part of a good job all round.”
“Lastly I have to say that I’m really pleased to give Roger [Magee, Team Principal] another British Championship and I don’t think that anybody can argue with the team’s record. My Dad has been important to everything we’ve done this year and also the support from KTM in the last few months has been a massive booster. I have some fantastic personal sponsors in my corner who all help out in a number of ways. My Mum and fiancée Rachel have always been there and now we’ve got a couple more marks to try and hit to round off a decent season.”
Simpson moves back to the world stage and will travel as part of the factory KTM set-up this week to Leon for the Grand Prix of Mexico and the penultimate meeting in the 2015 FIM series.
Photo thanks to Ray Archer