Simpson eases to British Championship success

Shaun Simpson cemented his place as the UK’s top off-road racer by winning the 2015 MX1 British Championship at Preston Docks.

The win was the 27-year-old Gauldry track ace’s second in as many years and was confirmed with an overall victory in the seventh round of eight in the domestic competition.

He also remains unbeaten in a superlative national campaign.

The winner of Belgian and Dutch MXGP Grands Prix arrived in Preston leading rival Tanel Leok by 116 points and just 150 left to win in the two fixtures remaining.

With Leok failing to start the opening race, Simpson – who qualified on pole by almost two seconds – took the chequered flag and was able to start celebrating after a dominant term on UK soil.

There wasn’t much time to crack the champagne open.

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM racer then comprehensively won the second and third sprints to confirm his seventh overall success and is now just one win from a clean sweep.

“I’m over the moon to get this wrapped up and to do it while carrying on the run just made it even better,” he said.

“Winning the British Championship for the first time in the MX1 class last year felt pretty special but I really wanted to back it up this season and we couldn’t have done a better job so far with seven wins.”

“I’m really pleased to give Roger (Magee, team principal) another British Championship and I don’t think that anybody can argue with the team’s record.

“My dad has been important to everything we’ve done this year and also the support from KTM in the last few months has been a massive booster.

“I have some fantastic personal sponsors in my corner who all help out in a number of ways.

“My mum and fiancée Rachel have always been there and now we’ve got a couple more marks to try and hit to round off a decent season.”

Simpson now moves back to the world stage and will travel as part of the factory KTM set-up this week to Leon for the Grand Prix of Mexico and the penultimate meeting in the 2015 FIM series.