The 2015 MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship
kicked off this weekend in Losail, Qatar. ONE Industries very own Shaun Simpson is taking on a stacked field of riders in this years MXGP against Ryan Villopoto, Ken de Dycker, Fipp Bengtsson, Maximilan Nagl, Jose Butron, David Philippaerts and more. Shaun laid down some serious work over the last two weeks wit testing and riding in Spain which led to shakedown outings at Hawkstone Park where he claimed a top 5 five finish scoring a solid 3rd! Simpson is more than ready with his all-new 450SX-F KTM Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo ride.
“Pre-season for me is something really important in order to get some races under my belt, laps in race conditions, rattle most of the nerves out of the way and gauge where we are at speed-wise before you hit the first GP. I think we have had a solid winter and worked on some finer points of the bike as I have stayed with the KTM 450SX-F. Physically I have been on point with my program so there has been no stone left unturned really. The speed seems to be there and in terms of fitness I feel great. Overall I’m just itching to get going and start racking up those World Championship points!
” - Shaun Simpson
Check out the video with Shaun during Free Practice taking 2nd place in the premier MXGP class.
When the gates dropped for MXGP’s first qualifying heat of the year, everyone was on their toes yearning the race that was about to unfold. The anticipation was immense but it soon diminished when the eight-time FIM Motocross World Champion Antonio Cairoli took the holeshot and checked out.
With Cairoli getting comfortable right off the bat in the last position his opposition would want him in, the race for second was unfurling. Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl was boasting an all-new aggressive style, which appeared to be working in his favor for at least half of the race as he tried to maintain second in the wake of Cairoli. Eventually the previous MXGP of Qatar winners, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP’s Clement Desalle and Team HRC’s Gautier Paulin found their turbo buttons and made a run at Nagl. While the German, Nagl, tried to match the pace it would appear he was a little caught off guard as both Desalle and Paulin blitzed past him. With Nagl dropping back to fourth a few seconds clear of Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP’s Kevin Strijbos in fifth, the duo of Desalle and Paulin went at it. Desalle, who was the fastest rider of the race began to chomp away at Cairoli’s lead, but Cairoli being as clever as he is, had it all under control and cruised home for a relatively comfortable win. Desalle sealed the deal on second while Paulin looked good in third. Nagl and Strijbos rounded out the top five with Yamaha Factory Racing’s young rookie Romain Febvre putting in an impressive performance for sixth.
Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM’s Shaun Simpson
nursed his smoking privateer machine home for seventh, while the guy we have all been dying to see, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Ryan Villopoto made life tough for himself after a mediocre start left him bar bashing through the pack. Overall it was a great way to start the season with a top 10 finish
and Simpson is ready for the next round!
MXGP Qualifying Race Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 23:57.028
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:04.94
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:07.150
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:12.47
5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:16.261
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:26.411
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:32.424
8. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), +0:33.693
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:43.779
10. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:48.825