Shaun Simpson (RFX KTM powered by PAR Homes) strengthened his claim on a place on the British MXoN team with a commanding performance at Foxhill on Sunday where, for the second Maxxis round in a row, he topped qualification and then ran 1-1 in the points-paying races.
“The goal was to come in and repeat my Hawkstone performance, win both races and try and cut the margin down,” he said.
“We came in 49 down and (we’re) going away 35 down – 14 points is a great haul but it’s not going to be enough at this time of the year with only one round to go.
“My starts were not good enough today – if I can’t get a holeshot at a British then I’m going to struggle at GPs. We need to work on those starts for the upcoming races.
“Overall it is just nice to be on the top step of the podium again and show people that if it hadn’t have been for the disaster at Desertmartin I’m still the guy to beat at the British championship.”
Shaun is a fan of the revamped Foxhill circuit.
“It’s nice to see some changes on the track and it was in good fettle because of the rain that we’ve had.
“In qualifying it was quite tacky and a few lines started developing and for the first race it was near on perfect. For the second one it had dried out a little bit but there was still no dust so I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend.”
Although he’s still a long way behind series leader Tommy Searle (BOS Kawasaki), the Scot hasn’t abandoned all hope of a third Maxxis MX1 title.
“We won’t give up, we’ll keep on working. We have a few GPs in between now and Landrake to keep improving and try and secure a spot on the MXoN team. We are going to have to come into Landrake all guns blazing and win both motos and end the season on a high – if it’s not enough, it’s not enough.”