Shaun Simpson and Max Anstie Dominate At Lommel


The track at Lommel for the fourteenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship once again proved to be extremely difficult and quite possibly the gnarliest it has ever been in the last twenty-five years since it first hosted a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship back in 1990.

While every rider struggled at one point or another, Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM‰Ûªs Shaun Simpson and Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki‰Ûªs Max Anstie made it look a lot easier than it was with their double moto victories for the MXGP and MX2 overalls at the MXGP of Belgium.

Everybody loves an underdog, which is why there was not one soul who watched MXGP this weekend who wasn‰Ûªt happy for Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM‰Ûªs Shaun Simpson, who didn‰Ûªt only dominate the most demanding race ever, but he did so as a privateer.

‰ÛÏI maybe wasn‰Ûªt the fastest guy, but I planned it and I knew I could do it." Simpson said. "What wasn‰Ûªt on the script was my crash, I just landed in some soft sand and high-sided, I don‰Ûªt think I‰Ûªve ever got up and on the bike so quickly.

"This is probably the roughest I‰Ûªve seen Lommel, but I would call this real motocross, plenty of bumps, a lot of places to pass and a great contrast to what we are used to. It was totally enjoyable,‰Û
Gautier Paulin raced to second in both motos - Credit: Honda
Taking points on fellow Frenchman Romain Febvre was essential for Team HRC‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin this weekend in order to remain in the MXGP title hunt, and although it wasn‰Ûªt as easy as most would have predicted, since Paulin is one of the most proven sand riders in the class, he managed to do so with two second place finishes for second overall and a four point gain on Febvre.

‰ÛÏThe track was like nothing I have ever seen before, it was so rough,‰Û
Despite his wee setbacks, the red plate holder bounced back for third on both occasions, third overall and his ninth consecutive bottle of bubbles. - Credit: Yamaha
Like most riders, Team HRC‰Ûªs Evgeny Bobryshev had a tough day fighting the track but still finished both races inside the top five for fourth overall while the Belgians Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP‰Ûªs Kevin Strijbos and Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek tied on points for fifth.

Australia's Todd Waters racing for the Ice One Red Bull Husqvarna team had a great day out finishing 8th in the opening moto before improving to sixth in moto two on his way to securing seventh overall for the round.

It was a opening moto for fellow Aussie Dean Ferris who finished 15th in the opening race after running with the front runners early in the race. Ferris rebounded in the second race powering his Husqvarna 350FC into 8th position for 11th overall for the round.
Max Anstie was unstoppable in the MX2 class - Credit: Kawasaki
As predicted, it was a barnburner of a weekend for Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki‰Ûªs Max Anstie who was absolutely unstoppable on his way to his second perfect grand prix of the season.

‰ÛÏLatvia was my first 1 ‰ÛÒ 1 result, it felt a lot easier there than it did here." Anstie said at the end of the day. "The track here was so physically demanding, but we managed to get the job done while searching for the right settings,‰Û
The red plate will remain inside the family at Red Bull KTM Factory Racing with their young Latvian ace Pauls Jonass - Credit: Ray Archer
The red plate will remain inside the family at Red Bull KTM Factory Racing since their young Latvian ace Pauls Jonass rode beyond his years today for two unchallenged second place finishes, second overall and the championship lead.

‰ÛÏI never expected to be holding the red plate in my hands this soon,‰Û

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 50 points
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 44 points
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 40 points
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 34 points
5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 30 points
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 30 points
7. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 28 points
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 24 points
9. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 23 points
10. Gert Krestinov (EST, HON), 23 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 547 points
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 463 points
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 423 points
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 416 points
5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 360 points
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 356 points
7. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 331 points
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 324 points
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 290 points
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 287 points
MX2 Podium - Credit: Ray Archer
MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 50 points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 44 points
3. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 38 points
4. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 35 points
5. Harri Kullas (FIN, HUS), 34 points
6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 30 points
7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 26 points
8. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 23 points
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 23 points
10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 18 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 433 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 429 points
3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 423 points
4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 408 points
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 395 points
6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 393 points
7. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 387 points
8. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 340 points
9. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 262 points
10. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 259 points

Top Image: Shaun Simpson on his way to a fantastic 1-1 result at Lommel


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