Simpson on Loket -underprepared
Shaun Simpson made his return to MXGP last weekend in the Czech Republic for round 13 of the series. Late on in timed practice Shaun found his rhythm to finish fifth leaving him with a good gate for the upcoming qualifying race. A mid pack start left Shaun 12th on lap one of the qualifying race after quickly finding his way past Brylyakov, Shaun started to settle into the groove. Shaun finished the qualifying race in 11th just 1.3 seconds off Jasikonis in 10th.
A top ten start in race one saw Shaun sitting in ninth for the opening five laps, at the halfway stage Shaun lost a couple positions to Anstie & Van Horebeek and settled into 11th for the remainder of the moto. Race two Shaun finished in 14th for 13th Overall on the day scoring 17 world championship points. Shaun now sits 16th in the MXGP World Championship standings after missing five rounds due to injury.
“This weekend was good, I probably had some slightly better results in mind but I feel like I rode pretty good. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I came into this weekend under prepared as I’ve been putting a lot of effort into riding the sand getting ready for Hawkstone Park and with Lommel coming up and the nations selection, I wanted to be ready for the sandy races. Bike set up was key this weekend, I really struggled with that, I felt like a burnt myself out this weekend trying to ride the bike this weekend rather than letting the bike do the work and this cost me in the latter part of both motos. Overall it was great to be back at MXGP, but it’s just a shame that I’ve missed so much of the season due to my injury. I’m really looking forward to Lommel this weekend and hopefully get back inside of the top ten and hopefully get myself on that nations team.” – Shaun Simpson
Next Race: MXGP, Lommel