Shaun's the sand master!

01 August 2019

Who’s the fastest sand rider in the UK? Shaun Simpson (RFX KTM powered by PAR Homes) certainly put forward a strong case for the accolade at round six of the series at Hawkstone Park less than a fortnight ago.

The Scot, whose hopes of winning his third MX1 title were dealt a body blow with two technical failures at Desertmartin’s fifth round, bounced back in the Shropshire soft stuff to top qualification by over one-and-a-half seconds before dominating both points-paying motos.

“I headed into Hawkstone Park feeling confident,” he said. “I’ve been riding well recently and with the couple weeks off I’ve been able to concentrate on myself and get rid of any niggling injuries like my hand and stuff. I've got good vibes from Hawkstone even though I dislocated my shoulder there at the international.

“Pulling into the paddock I was quietly confident that I could get the job done. I went out in qualifying with a job to do and I stamped my authority on that which is definitely a confidence-booster. I had two good starts and just charged every lap of both races to prove a point. I was definitely the fastest guy around there by quite a margin.”

Shaun’s since revealed that after the hand injury he sustained at Blaxhall ruined his MXGP campaign and his Desertmartin DNF put him on the back foot in the British championship, he’s been concentrating on his sand skills in a bid to produce some stand-out rides to improve his chances of selection for Team GB at this year’s MXoN.

“The Nations selection is definitely on everybody's mind as well, I'm more than confident this year that I want to be part of that and I can’t have done myself any harm [at Hawkstone] showing that I’m one of the fastest guys in the UK.”

This weekend’s MXGP of Belgium in the deep sand of Lommel – where Shaun has won before – is a great opportunity for him to showcase his skills.

“So the real motivation for the end of the year is to try and achieve the goal of getting onto the Nations team and peak for some individual MXGP races towards the end of the season. Lommel is a good one for me and I wanted to put in enough effort that I was going to be physically ready and feeling good in the sand so I’ve done that. I showed at Hawkstone that it was paying off and working well.”

Picture © Martin Pickard