Honda Pro Racing is delighted to announce that LS Motors Honda has signed top British rider Shaun Simpson to ride in MX1 from 2011.
The 22-year old from Gauldry, Scotland has inked a 3-year deal with the officially supported LS Motors Honda team. Shaun will be partnered by Belgian ace Ken De Dycker in his first MX1 World Championship season. Simpson has a red heritage, having ridden with Honda from 2002 to 2003 and from 2005 to 2006. This move marks a return to red machinery for 2011 but with a very new challenge.
Simpson, who kicked off his 2010 season with a brilliant win at the Mantova Starcross, has experienced a tough year. Marred by a run of physical problems for most of the GP season, the driven Scot still managed a credible eight overall position. Shaun scored several top five finishes and grabbed a podium place in Catalunya. The former British MX2 champion has made a name for himself as a super fit, hard-charging competitor on the track and a friendly, approachable character outside racing.
Although ‘Braveheart’ will be making his fulltime MX1 debut on the CRF450R in 2011, he?s no stranger to big bikes. Simpson rode the MX1 bike at last year’s Motcross of Nations as well as in the British championship, with a good level of success on both occasions. Simpson was also due to ride under the Union Jack at last weekend’s MXoN in Thunder Valley, but was forced to pull out after sustaining a dislocated left shoulder in the GP of Brazil. Simpson has looked ready to make the move to MX1 for some time now, his size and style more suited to the bigger bike. It should be an exciting year as he learns a new machine and tests himself against new competitors on track.
Shaun Simpson, LS Motors Honda
“It’s really great to have a new challenge and something that will give me fresh motivation. I am excited at moving to the MX1 class and to joining the LS Motors Honda team. Over the last few seasons they have proved they have the right team set up to fight even at the highest level. I am confident that I can maybe surprise a few people next season as I feel very comfortable on the bigger bike and perhaps it suits my size and style better than the MX2 bike.”
Steven Lettani, LS Motors Honda Team Owner
‘We are really excited about our rider line-up for 2011, especially because both Shaun Simpson and Ken De Dycker were on top of our list! We didn’t need to compromise. Shaun needs little introduction, he?s fast, professional and has a good attitude. The MX1 class will be new for him, but we feel that he has a lot to offer. His riding style suits the CRF450R perfectly and Shaun is keen to show the world what he is made of after the difficulties he encountered this year.’
Roger Harvey, Off-road Racing Manager, Honda Motor Europe
‘It is great news that Shaun is returning to Honda. I have watched him throughout his career and know exactly what he is capable of. I think he will make a good big bike rider and for sure the LS Motors Honda team are capable of providing him with what he needs to challenge for race wins.’
Shaun Simpson Profile
Race machine: Honda CRF450R?
Date of Birth: March 13, 1988?
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland?
Race mechanic: Stefan Simpson??
Height: 1m 80cm?
Weight: 73 kg??
First race: 1997 at Orkney Island?
First win: 85cc Small wheel, 1997, Leuchars?
Grand Prix debut: 2004, British Grand Prix, Isle of Wight
2010: 8th MX2 World Championship, 1 podium place, Winner of MX2 Mantova Starcross?
2009: 19th MX2 World Championship (injured), 1 podium place, 5th with Team Great-Britain in MXoN, Winner of MX2 Mantova Starcross
2008: 4th MX2 World Championship (2 podium places), 4th with Team Great-Britain in MXoN, British MX2 champion
2007: 24th MX2 World Championship, 5th in British MX2 championship?
2006: 33rd MX2 World Championship ?
2005: 31st MX2 World Championship?
2004: 44th MX2 World Championship