In the E1 category, 21-year-old defending Champion and Peter Stevens Motorcycles rider Jack Simpson damaged a wheel on Saturday and lost time after a crash today, but still kicked his E1 title defence off with a pair of seconds, and illustrated his ‰ÛÒ and his KTM 250 XCF‰Ûªs - potential as an outright contender.
‰ÛÏSaturday I fluffed the start and was second-last into the first corner," Simpson explained. "I had to fight my way through which was difficult. I smashed my rear wheel with two laps to go and nearly DNFed, but I finished sixth outright and second in class.
"Sunday I had a crash in the third one and my bike was down an embankment and it took me a good twenty or thirty seconds to get the thing back up and running," Simpson continued, "Then I had my handguard catching my clutch lever so I had to fiddle around with that so that kind of killed the day for me in one crash. Other than that I was consistently in the top five. So, a rough weekend in a way but not the worst in the world. I‰Ûªm disappointed in myself for how it panned it out ‰ÛÒ I know I‰Ûªm good for top three. But it‰Ûªs not the end of the world. I‰Ûªm safe, I‰Ûªm fast, the bike‰Ûªs good. Bring on the next one.‰Û