Dutch Masters Markelo
Shaun Simpson of the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team kicked off the Dutch Masters of Motocross with a top-five finish. Simpson made a strong impression in both motos and fought hard for a step on the box but, unfortunately, it was not to be. Shaun had to settle for a sixth place due to a mistake in the first moto. In the second moto, however, he found his way into third place yet in the heat of the moment the Scotsman had to give up two more places and eventually ended in fifth.
The track of Markelo was perfectly prepped for the first race of the Dutch Masters series and Shaun started his training with a lot of enthusiasm. The Dutch weather made the soil a bit swampy and ruts occurred all over the track, but ‘24’ built his speed up slowly in qualifying and clocked the eighth-best time.
A good start in the first moto got Simpson a start within the top three and then his good rhythm got him into a battle with Gautier Paulin, Romain Febvre and Max Anstie. Simpson fought hard for the second spot, but unfortunately a mistake cost him a spot inside of the top three and he had to settle for a sixth place.
The Scotsman got behind the gate for the second race with some fresh motivation. This time his start was not as good as the first one, but Simpson fought back. Shaun started working his way up to fifth place and even attacked the top three riders, then in the second half of the moto he claimed third place and tried everything to get that second place. Shaun felt the pressure from behind at that point and fell back to fourth. Whilst desperately trying to get that third place back, he was caught by the man behind and eventually finished in fifth place.
Overall Shaun ended just inside the top five at the opening round of the Dutch Masters in Markelo. The focus now turns to the MXGP of Europe, which will take at Valkenswaard. The iconic circuit is extremely close to the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP base.