LS Honda RacingÃ¢Â€Â™s Shaun Simpson trundled away from the Spanish Grand Prix and the seventh round of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship frustrated at missing out on what could have been his best classification yet in his maiden MX1 campaign.
Photo courtesy of Ray Archer
The Scot was running as high as sixth and looking comfortable at the compact, ordinary and stony La Baneza circuit during the first moto but while trying to attack a weakened ClementDesalle lost control of the CRF450R and hit the dirt. The former British Champion quickly remounted but in a rush to regain ground again went down and broke his radiator shroud. The hectic 35 minute an 2 lap sprint finished with a conservative 16th position.
Eager to make amends in the second race Simpson was denied the chance after the flipping motorcycle of a falling Alvaro Lozano smashedinto his and again caused damage to the radiator. This time on a more serious scale as the 23 year old had to pit for a replacement unit. Far behind the rest of the field Simpson re-joined the track but with slim hopes of getting near the points.
Ã¢Â€ÂœIt should have been a lot better,Ã¢Â€Â he evaluated. Ã¢Â€ÂœTwo *** starts but in the first moto I did a good job in coming through and reaching sixth. I made a stupid mistake trying to pass Desalle and then crashed on my own at slow speed. I ripped the shroud off and just had to ride around for what points I could get.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœI was ready for the second one and must have been near the top ten but Lozano crashed in front of me and his rear wheel came around and ripped the other shroud off as well as one side of the radiator. I had no water and had to come-in. We changed it and I decided just to go out for a few laps for a bit of extra training or whatever.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœI canÃ¢Â€Â™t seem to get into any of those little gaps inside the top ten at the moment but we will keep trying,Ã¢Â€Â added Simpson who is 15th in the world championship standings in his rookie term.
After three events back-to-back Simpson and his Belgian team will have the chance to compete on soil closer to home with the fourth round of the Belgian series taking place at Tongeren this coming weekend. No rest for the wicked as another three Grand Prix await with trips to Sweden, Germany and Latvia ahead.
Information and fact-file on Shaun Simpson (twitter: @shaunsimpson24):
- Shaun is 23 years old and will be 24 on 13th March 2012
- He is from Gauldry, Fife and splits his time between the family home and his working base in Overpelt (Belgium)
- His first Grand Prix was at Isle of Wight in 2004
- He rode in the MX2 class for six years
- 2011 is his first FIM Motocross World Championship campaign in the premier MX1 category and on a 450cc four-stroke machine
- He has taken four MX2 Grand Prix podiums (Bulgaria and Sweden 2008 and Holland 2009, Catalunya 2010) and won one moto (Holland 2009)
- Shaun was MX2 British Champion in 2008
- He rode for the KTM factory team in 2009 and 2010
- He has represented Great Britain at the Motocross of Nations twice. The last in 2009 in Italy.