Shaun Simpson gaat solo met eigen team!
Shaun Simpson trekt na dit seizoen de deur achter zich dicht bij het RFX-KTM team, en zal in 2020 samen met de steun van KTM en WP zijn eigen “SS24” race team opstarten. Shaun deelde dit nieuws zelf via zijn Instagram pagina en website, waar hij verklaarde nog steeds te geloven dat hij voldoende snelheid in huis heeft om hoog te eindigen in het WK MXGP. Simpson die in 2013 tevens de laatste “privateer” was die een GP wist te winnen (GP van de Benelux) wil met zijn eigen team terugkeren naar de successen van 2014 en 15, en zal zich naast het WK MXGP, ook gaan richten op het Britse motocross kampioenschap.
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SIMPSON TO FORM OWN KTM MXGP EFFORT FOR 2020. . Shaun Simpson is hoping to be one of the few British riders in the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship and is actively planning to establish his own Grand Prix and British Championship race team fielding KTM and WP Suspension equipment. . The 31 year old will leave the confines of RFX KTM – a squad he helped establish for 2019 – and race under his own ‘SS24’ banner next year. . The veteran has struggled with the set-up of his race machine as well as basic technical issues in the last rounds of the current campaign and after recovering from a broken hand that forced to Scot to miss five Grands Prix in the mid-part of the season. Exasperated, Simpson has decided to tailor a racing operation around his needs and return to the modus operandi that served him brightly in 2014 and 2015 for GP success. . “I have almost fifteen years experience in the world championship and still totally believe I have the speed and the knowledge to run as high as possible in MXGP; definitely to get in amongst the factory boys,” he said. “Now is the time to do things the right way that will allow me to do my best on the track. For what feels like many reasons it simply hasn’t happened for me in the last month in MXGP but we have already taken some steps to reorganise and make sure we’re in the right direction for the Motocross of Nations and the last British Championship round.” . “Thanks to the people involved at RFX KTM, but I know I can keep progressing in my career if we make this move,” he added. “It will be far from easy but I can count on great support from KTM and it’s a brand that is a natural fit for me with the most competitive equipment. It’s exciting. We’ll start small but we want a high level of presentation because we know what sponsors and fans will expect. We’ll try to do things a bit differently as well with some ideas at races and through social media.” . “The goal will be a strong world championship campaign, the British title and a few surprise race appearances and then who knows where the team will grow for ’21,” he added. . To read more please click the link in my bio.
Tekst: Dieter Jans