2 July 2015
Simpson Blasts Blaxhall
In what was arguably one of the best fixtures of this year's British Motocross championship, Shaun Simpson put on a show that confirmed him as the strongest rider in the series by a huge margin, taking another overall win and further extending his series lead in a stunning day of riding.
In MX2, it was yet another clean sweep for DRT Kawasaki's Max Anstie who took three straight and comfortable wins, snatching the red plate from previous holder Steve Lenoir in what was a pretty inevitable conclusion to the day. Although the first part of race one didn't go exactly to plan for him, with first Steven Clarke then Lenoir at the front, Anstie took the lead with four laps to go for the win. In the second and third motos Anstie hit the front from the first lap and from that point he checked out at a speed that nobody could even come close.
Of those that were on form Clarke was certainly taking his speed from last weekend's EMX250 win forward, and his 3 / 5 / 3 scores were enough for third overall, and it was Lenoir who just got the bridesmaid slot after a nightmare last race that saw him having to fight back through the pack after a crash with Bryan Mackenzie.
But it was MX1 that had the real drama, with Steve Frossard being shown the way by a fantastic Josh Spinks in the first race for two laps before the Frenchman took the lead. Simpson would have to fight from 13th to an eventual second place and second non-winning race of the year. Whatley came in third after his return from injury, a great result after duelling with another returnee, Jake Nicholls, who was going well until having to ditch his goggles.
The second race was a straight win for Simpson, although Whatley lead one lap before both Simpson and Frossard got through. But it was the final race that was the show stopper. Simpson fell heavily after the second corner and was dead last in position 35. The Scot then put in one of the most astounding recoveries you could imagine, slicing through the pack that left the rest looking like they were stood still. By lap eight he had made it to third with only Tanel Leok, Steven Frossard and what looked to be an impossible gap to bridge. But Simpson did it, making up massive time and snatching the lead from a clearly surprised Frossard. The French rider briefly took back the lead on the final lap, but Simpson was not to be denied, taking back the position in a do or die pass on a deeply bowled corner. Frossard was beaten, and Simpson took the chequered flag and the overall.
In MXY2, Conrad Mewse finally found his form. taking two wins and the overall from Robbie Dowson and Robert Yates, although the racing was overshadowed by accidents in two races that saw riders being taken away in ambulances.
But the day belonged to Simpson. He rode the race of the year and for those who left the circuit early they missed a championship winning performance.
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