A real mixed bag of weeks and events for Shaun and the SS24 KTM MXGP team looks to be taking a brighter turn this month with Team Great Britain representation.
Where to start?
The untimely cancellation of the penultimate round of the ACU British Championship at Shaun’s home track, Duns, three weeks ago all but ended his hopes of a late rally for the 2021 title. The 33 year old then focussed on the final national event at Landrake but the motos in Cornwall seemed to sum-up his domestic campaign: much potential but little reward.
Shaun suffered a DNF due to a small electrical problem while hunting the leaders in the first moto and then endured two small crashes in the second moto that meant accepting a stifling 5th position across a rutty and technical track. The overall event standings cast the Scot to 4th in the series for 2021 and wrapped a campaign where race wins were offset by mistakes and misjudgement; a somewhat natural consequence of his long inactive spell in 2020 affected by both the pandemic and injury.
SS24 KTM MXGP missed the world championship double-header in Turkey because of the late date clash with the British rounds and due to the country’s ‘red list’ status that meant problematic and costly quarantine procedures on the return to the UK. It was a scheduling nightmare. Shaun’s absence from the two events at Afyonkarahisar meant he slid down the MXGP points table to 20th.
In more positive news SS24 KTM MXGP are now fully back on Grand Prix duty as the season hurries to a conclusion with nine events in less than nine weeks and with trips to Sardinia, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. After the journey to Riola Sardo on the Italian island this week Shaun will head to Italy and the sandy Mantova circuit for the 74th Motocross of Nations and his eighth appearance for Team Great Britain and as part of the squad of the three best MX racers from the UK selected to fight for the Chamberlain Trophy.
“First of all, I’m disappointed with how we ended up in the British this year,” Shaun said. “My target was to win the series – that’s what I expected – and for one reason or another it just didn’t happen for us. There were some good moments and also some let-downs, and times when I had to look at myself and ask: ‘what I could have done better?’.”
“Honestly I’m excited to get back to MXGP. There are some good tracks coming up for us and we need to be realistic but also hopeful for the results we can achieve. We were 7th at Loket not too long ago so we have to set the bar there and aim for the same positions. Of course the Nations is a big one and it was mega to get that call again to wear the country colours. We missed the race last year because of the pandemic and if we go back to 2019 in Assen then it was a special day with the podium finish. It would be pretty special to make that top three again.”
“I’m feeling great, I’m fit and very happy with the bike and it’s going to be a busy few weeks until the end of the season,” he concluded.
The Grand Prix of Sardinia takes place on Sunday 19th for round ten of eighteen in 2021 MXGP.
Photo thanks to Ray Archer