Emphatic GP Win for Simpson
Besieged by storms, the second round of the FIM Motocross World Championship was reduced to a one-race program due to the extreme deterioration of the track. Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s rut connoisseur Shaun Simpson mastered the unusual and ever transforming swamp-like dirt of Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, for his first grand prix since the MXGP of The Netherlands 2015.
There aren’t many circuits that can stop the world’s best riders dead in their tracks, but the treacherous quick-sand of Pangkal Pinang has now added itself to that statistic. Riders were dropping like flies with many forced to retire after being physically swallowed by the saturated dirt, even Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeek, and Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Arnaud Tonus fell victim to the worsening conditions.
A smooth sea never made for a skillful sailor, and after a rotten start to the season where he struggled his way to sixteenth overall, Simspon redirected his sail and caught the wind perfectly. The Scot was masterful on the savage track this weekend where he went to the gate first as the top qualifier before turning his sixth place start into a powerful race win.
Romain Febvre fell and hurt his shoulder in Warm-Up this morning, but being the gritty rider that he is, he managed to channel his energy into the start and pulled a massive holeshot onboard his cutting-edge YZ450FM machine. The Frenchman dropped back to tenth on the opening lap after missing the sighting lap in order to preserve his engine, but soon found his rhythm and his lines, and began reeling the leaders in. After making light work of the reigning world champion, Tim Gajser, and the eight-time world champion, Antonio Cairoli, Febvre found himself in fourth, but with three laps to go …read more