SHAUN SIMPSON - 2014 BRITISH MX CHAMPION
10 August – Cusses Gorse, Amesbury, Wiltshire – Maxxis British Motocross Championship, Round 7
On a wet but solid track, the morning's qualifying sessions got the day underway; after the customary super-pole sessions, Shaun Simpson led the MX1 class on pole with Josh Spinks in eighteenth. In the MX2 class, teenager Ben Watson was second-fastest, followed by Mel Pocock in fifth and James Cottrell in fifteenth.
After a season's firsts and seconds, the MX1 championship has been within reaching distance for Shaun. Despite reigning champion Kristian Whatley taking the first of three races on the day, it was only a delay of the inevitable. In race two, Shaun simply took charge in lap two, checked out and then, after twenty-seven minutes, crossed the finish line with a flourish, a heel-clicker, to celebrate his championship win. The final race of the day was hard work; although in second for all but three laps, Shaun ended the day with another win and the overall on the day.
Shaun Simpson MX1# 24
“It was a tough old day. The goal today was two things and that was first of all to win the championship, and second of all to stand on the top step of the podium. I would've liked to have done it with 1-1-1, it was looking like it was going to go 2-1-2 for a first overall, but Graeme crashed and unfortunately for him that's cost him a lot today. It's a shame for him, he's trying hard, he was absolutely flying and Kristian and I had nothing for him, and we were just having our own little battle. You've got to finish the race, and I pride myself on that and that's why at this stage of the year I've managed to win the championship. My worst result to date is still the first race of the year, which was a third, every other race has been a second or a win. Consistency was key in this championship, and I just want to thank everyone, my personal sponsors, my team, my mum, my dad, my girlfriend, just for being there.”
Roger Magee: Hitachi Construction Machinery UK KTM Team Manager
“Today was all about Shaun just doing what he had to do in order to secure his second British Championship, but in true champion style he once again secured the overall podium. It marks another milestone in the team's history with Shaun becoming our first rider to win British Motocross Championships for us in both classes. At both world and British level he has exceeded our expectations for 2014, and the season isn't over just yet!
“In MX2, Mel had a tough first moto where he didn't really get into a race-pace, but he certainly upped his game in the other two motos and secured the second step of the podium. Although there are only three races to go, we all know only too well that anything can happen in motocross and we look forward to the finale in a few weeks time at Foxhill. Ben Watson again showed his potential in today's motos with steady results and showed good speed. James Cottrell is still suffering the effects of his ankle injury and had a tough day. On a final note, we were able to welcome James Dunn back to his first event, albeit as a spectator, since his serious leg injury at Canada Heights. Thankfully, his rehabilitation is going well and he will soon undergo another operation to repair the ligament damage.”
Via Hitachi Construction Equipment UK KTM
Photos : Ray Archer