Shaun’s superb record of results with ‘extra curricular’ activities continued this weekend when the British Champion – unbeaten on UK soil this year – again walked the top step of the podium but this time at Wuurstwezel in Belgium for the popular annual International.

With two second positions the 27 year old uncorked champagne to toast his first victory at the meeting that traditionally draws a big crowd and takes place at the beginning of the summer. Despite the success Shaun left the circuit frustrated. ’24’ (changed to 241 in Belgium) was leading the first moto until he momentarily stalled his Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo 450SX-F and had to fight his way back from sixth position. The hazardous nature of the track meant that he had to exercise caution in the second moto and ran to the runner-up slot behind Dean Ferris. Other Grand Prix peers like Davide Guarneri and Kevin Strijbos were also in attendance.

“I’ve won here for the first time which is pretty cool but I’m a bit fed-up to be honest,” he said. “The track was sketchy with many squared-edged bumps and it looked and felt like it needed a good watering. It didn’t even seem that sandy, which is unusual for here. My results were OK but they should have been better and I just didn’t really enjoy it. Anyway, we shouldn’t grumble too much and I’m really looking forward to Matterley now.”

The FIM Motocross World Championship continues with round seven of eighteen next week and Shaun’s home Grand Prix at Matterley Basin near Winchester.