Shaun Simpson Dominates Indonesia MXGPMarch 10, 2017 - 6:06 PM
Following the first round in Qatar, the Grand Prix contingent marched into Indonesia for round two of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The all-new circuit of Pangkal Pinang was a gruelling test of both man and machine, thanks to some torrential downpours, but the FLY Racing riders excelled.
Shaun Simpson made a statement as soon as the event commenced, as an impressive lap in free practice left him in first position. Conditions deteriorated significantly following that lengthy session, which left the officials with no choice but to alter the program. That meant that the free practice times acted as the qualifying results and, consequently, Simpson found himself on pole. His Wilvo Yamaha MXGP teammate, Arnaud Tonus, joined him inside of the top ten.
Although the circuit had improved considerably by the time that the first moto rolled around on Sunday, a handful of extremely technical sections threatened to swallow up the riders each lap. Simpson had a solid start in that opening MXGP moto, right on the cusp of the top five, and made progress immediately, thanks to some lap times that were more than two seconds quicker than the rest of the field. That raw speed enabled him to break into the lead after just six laps.
The Scotsman then established an advantage that could not be overcome by his competitors and claimed the race victory, his first in the category since August last year. A heavy downpour straight after that race rendered the circuit unrideable and caused the second MXGP moto to be cancelled, which left Simpson as the Grand Prix winner! Arnaud Tonus, on the other hand, was restricted by three crashes and classified in fifteenth.
The FLY Racing logo appeared in the top ten three times, as Rui Goncalves and Tanel Leok surpassed all expectations to finish fifth and eight in the single moto. Caleb Ward, their MX2 teammate, secured a career-best result of seventh in his first moto also, whilst Iker Larranaga Olano sat in a respectable fifteenth overall.
Following a chaotic second round, the MXGP teams will head to the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina will take place on March 19th.