Strong Swiss showing for Simpson

August 08th 2016 | by Lewis Phillips

Wilvo Virus Performance KTM are one of MXGP’s leading teams and the most successful Talon-supported outfit in Europe. Shaun Simpson, a three-time British champion, has put his faith in Talon for multiple years no matter what machine is beneath him and leads the squad into battle each week. Adam Sterry, a rising talent in MX2, joins him beneath the awning and aboard Talon wheels.

An all-new circuit, Frauenfeld-Gachnang, played host to the first MXGP of Switzerland in almost sixteen years this past weekend, but Adam Sterry was unfortunately not present. Sterry had to allow the severe burns that he sustained a week ago time to heal, so Shaun Simpson was the sole rider beneath the Wilvo Virus Performance KTM awning.

MXGP Qualifying

Simpson rocketed out of the gate in the MXGP qualifying heat and started inside of the top three, but was then held up in turn two when another rider bobbled. A handful of small falls hindered Simpson along the way in the twenty-minute moto, but he charged right through to the very end and eventually crossed the line in sixteenth. His pace indicated that he was deserving of much more, however, as his fastest lap time was quicker than the rider in fifth.

MXGP Moto One

A mediocre start hindered Simpson in the first of two MXGP encounters, but he put his head down and immediately got to work. After swapping positions with those around him, including a brief tussle with the current series leader, Simpson eventually crossed the line in thirteenth to garner eight valuable points. Proving that his hand injury is in the past, Simpson set his best time of the race on the final lap, gained a position and was two seconds faster than anyone else at that point in the moto.

MXGP Moto Two

Simpson got a better jump out of the gate in the second MXGP encounter, so was inside of the top ten immediately and able to showcase the pace he had towards the end of moto one. A handful of battles ensued as the race progressed, but Simpson ended up eighth and eleventh overall on the day. The twenty-one points gained on the weekend saw him inch closer to a top-ten ranking in the championship, as just two points separate him from Kevin Strijbos.

Shaun Simpson: “I think it was all in the first lap. My start did not seem to be any better in the second moto but I avoided the carnage compared to the first. It was nice to get back in the top ten in that second one. It felt better to end the weekend on a better result and I should have had two top tens, but I haven’t been doing too much practice on this type of ‘going’.”

Steve Turner: “This turned out to be a very good event, the organization was excellent, the racing was good and it was great to see a big, enthusiastic crowd packed into the tight arena. Shaun performed well and improved as the weekend went on. The first race he wasn’t aggressive enough on the first lap and lost a few places which proved difficult to get back but in the second he was very strong early on which set him up for a strong race and a great result.”

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