Motocross

Shaun Simpson claims Belgian crown, De Dycker wins

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Nineteen years after Billy Liles from Georgia (USA) captured the Open Belgian Motocross title LS Honda Racing's Shaun 'Braveheart' Simpson (23) became the second ever non-Belgian rider to win the highly regarded series!

Simpson is originally from Gauldry, Fife in Scotland but lives in Overpelt, Belgium during the motocross season. Simpson ended his day in Mont-Saint Guibert -situated 40 kilometers south-east of Brussels- fifth overall while team mate Ken De Dycker made a stunning comeback to racing.

De Dycker posted a near perfect scorecard with two wins and a third. The spectacular Belgian ultimately grabbed the runner-up position in final standings as well, he was joined on the day's podium by Rui Goncalves (Honda World Motocross) and Anthony Boissi̬re (Monster Energy Yamaha).

Under sunny skies the day's racing kicked off with a holeshot for Goncalves ahead of Guarneri. De Dycker had a decent start and quickly made his way up to pass Guarneri with over 12 minutes to go. The LS Honda Racing rider with the number 9 crossed the finish line almost 6 seconds ahead of his Italian adversary. Shaun Simpson finished sixth behind Estonia's Tanel Leok.

Both Simpson and De Dycker suffered extremely bad starts in the second moto. It was Tanel Leok who grabbed the holeshot in front, but Davide Guarneri continued to display his great MX of Nations form to take control of the 25 minute plus one lap sprint. De Dycker tackled the scenic sand quarry track with typical enthusiasm and made his way through the pack. From 23st at the start he surprisingly managed to catch up with the leading riders in the final stages. After an entertaining race coming from behind he passed Anthony Boissiere, Martin Van Daele and Leok on the last two laps to finish third. Guarneri won, Portugal's Rui Goncalves was second. Simpson managed to fight back to eighth, sufficient to wrap up the Belgian title with one moto to go! After the British MX2 title in 2008, it's a second major championship title on the Scott's career tally.

Goncalves was first out of the tight lefhander, but De Dycker had a good start in the final moto. De Dycker quickly moved ahead of the pack and would lead from start to finish. Facing an empty track he steered his CRF450R to an amazing 1:45.218 in the second lap, more than four seconds faster than his nearest rivals. No one could recover from De Dycker's dominant opening and he recorded his fifth moto triumph in this season's Belgian championship. Goncalves was now second after the unfortunate Guarneri had made a big crash. Frenchman Boissiere crossed the line in third. Simpson put in a solid performance for fifth place, his best result of the day.
Shaun Simpson is the first non Belgian in 19 years to win the Belgian Motocross Title. Photo: CDS
"In the first moto I was a bit tense and suffered arm pump. That was fine in the second and the third moto, but I didn't have a great feeling with the bike today," Simpson said.

"So I just rode carefully and tried to do what I could. Starting from the worst position on the gate after I had some problems in qualifying was not helping either! Anyway I'm happy for my team, my fans and the sponsors to take the Belgian title. I was consistent, but unfortunately I didn't win any races. It was not an easy season, but I capped it off in a positive way and I would like to thank everyone who supported me. This was probably my last race of the season, so I'm really looking forward to some rest and I'm very excited about 2012!"

Ken De Dycker, Mont-Saint Guibert overall winner said, "Actually I didn't expect that it would go so well! We had some great conditions here and I loved racing this track.

"My second moto was the most difficult because I was a bit too late for the start and messed up my start after that. On top of that a stone knocked the lens out of my goggles so I had to stop to adjust (this). But catching up to get third in that race was not so bad. The other two races went perfectly, I just had to be careful to pace myself because I'm nowhere as race fit like I was earlier in the season. I hadn't been racing for weeks so these three motos were pretty brutal. My arms were sore and I felt a bit stiff, however I'm not complaining. Going into hibernation with a win under your belt feels great!"

Main Photo: Shaun Simpson
Credit: CDS
Ken De Dycker made a winning return to racing by taking out the final round. Photo: CDS
Mont-Saint Guibert classification
1. Ken De Dycker (BEL, LS Honda Racing) 70 pts,
2. Rui Gon̤alves 56,
3. Anthony Boissiere 55,
4. Davide Guarneri 47,
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, LS Honda Racing) 44,
6. Marvin Van Daele 41,
7. Jeremy Delinc̩ 39,
8. Manuel Priem 38,
9. Nick Triest 36,
10. Cyril Coulon 36


Open Belgian Motocross Championship final standings
1. Shaun Simpson (GBR, LS Honda Racing), 356 pts,
2. Ken De Dycker (BEL, LS Honda Racing) 311,
3. Davide Guarneri 306,
4. Cl̩ment Desalle 216,
5. Marvin Van Daele 206,
6. Kevin Strijbos 199,
7. Steve Ramon 184,
8. Jeremy Delinc̩ 170,
9. David Cools 156, 1
10. Nick Triest 150

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