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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Hitachi Construction Machinery UK KTM Celebrate another MX Title… with a Round to Spare
For Hitachi Construction Machinery UK KTM, the seventh round of the Maxxis British Motocross MX1 Championship has been a reason to celebrate. Despite severe weather forecast for much of the south west, Cusses Gorse was lucky to escape much of it, and saw the team celebrate winning its second consecutive Motocross championship, having also won the MX2 in 2013.
After a season of firsts and seconds, the MX1 Championship title has been within reaching distance for Shaun. Despite reigning champion Kristian Whatley taking the first of three races on the day, it was only a delay of the inevitable. In race two, Shaun took charge in lap two, checked out and after twenty-seven minutes, crossed the finish line with a flourish, a heel-clicker, to celebrate his championship win. The final race of the day saw Shaun in second for all but three laps, but he ended the day with another win and the overall on the day.
Newly-crowned champion, Shaun Simpson was elated to win the championship, especially given the trying conditions, as he explained:
“It was a tough old day. The goal today was two things and that was first of all to win the championship, and second of all to stand on the top step of the podium. I would’ve liked to have done it with 1-1-1, it was looking like it was going to go 2-1-2 for a first overall, but Graeme crashed and unfortunately for him that’s cost him a lot today. It’s a shame for him, he’s trying hard, he was absolutely flying and Kristian and I had nothing for him, and we were just having our own little battle. You’ve got to finish the race, and I pride myself on that and that’s why at this stage of the year I’ve managed to win the championship. My worst result to date is still the first race of the year, which was a third, every other race has been a second or a win. Consistency was key in this championship, and I just want to thank everyone, my sponsors, my team, my mum, my dad, my girlfriend, just for being there.”
Victorious Team Manager, Roger Magee was full of praise for Shaun, given his achievements for the team in two different classes saying;
“Today was all about Shaun just doing what he had to do in order to secure his second British Championship, but in true champion style he once again secured the overall podium. It marks another milestone in the team’s history with Shaun becoming our first rider to win British Motocross Championships for us in both classes. At both world and British level he has exceeded our expectations for 2014, and the season isn’t over just yet!”
For Hitachi Construction Machinery UK, it was another Championship as the lead sponsor, and continues the phenomenal success we have had in the world of motorsport to date. Delighted Chairman John Jones was quick to congratulate the team stating: “It’s been another remarkable performance by the Hitachi Construction Machinery UK KTM team in the British Motocross Championships, and to secure the title with a round to spare makes it all the more satisfying. We pick our sponsorships carefully, so that we achieve maximum exposure in our UK markets and with sporting teams that provide synergy with our own success.”