The 2015 motocross calendar may be over for Shaun but there are still some cool fixtures in the diary and first-up is the ‘15 Weston Beach Race and the defence of a title ‘SS24’ won last year.
Three gruelling hours in the sand on England’s south west coast among a field of hundreds of other riders and watched by a seafront promenade full of thousands of onlookers lies in store for the British Champion on Sunday…but it’s familiar ground for the 27 year old whose victory twelve months ago completed a ‘Simpson Story’ with father Willie also having conquered the Weston-Super-Mare beach.
“Some people call Weston ‘hell’ but I call it fun. I really do enjoy it even though the last few times there has been the goal of victory and that puts the pressure on myself and whoever is with me in terms of fuel stops,” Shaun said. “Strategy and getting everything right is important. So it can be quite serious. It is always a nice way to put a cap on the year.”
After completing his unbeaten rout of the Maxxis British Championship in Doncaster last weekend Simpson has hurried back to his base in Belgium to prep his 2015 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM 450SX-Fs for the sandy ‘endurance’ event, which he insists is a different prospect compared to his Grand Prix victories in similar terrain this season.
“People like to say I am one of the five best sand riders in the world and that’s great but Weston is not a sand race. It’s on the beach, the sea is coming in or just gone; it is not like riding a GP track,” he claims. “The event is about strategy and staying on two wheels. Last year I managed to go the whole way without crashing or stalling it.”
“Overall it is a nice event and it is great to see such a big crowd,” he continues. “It is something totally different and many spectators you’d not normally see at a GP or a British Championship race come out to the Weston beach front for a look. Luckily every year I’ve been there the weather has been OK and you always get a decent turnout. You get a feel-good factor when you’ve done well. Another Weston title would be good to put on my CV!”
Post-Weston Shaun will return back to his home in Scotland where prep for the 2015 Supercross Paris Lille on November 14-15 (Europe’s biggest indoor dirt bike race) will mean some dedicated training in the coming weeks.
Photo by Ray Archer