Injury Update: Shaun Simpson

"I didn’t crash!"

Shaun Simpson is known as one of the most-consistent riders in the FIM Motocross World Championship, as he rarely bows out with an injury. Even the hand injury that he sustained at the Spanish Grand Prix last year only kept him out for a single round! Things are a little more serious this time around, however, following a crash in the second moto at the MXGP of Latvia.

"My back end sort of slide a little bit – nothing too nasty," Simpson exclusively told us in a post-race interview that'll be up later this week. "Then I just popped off the side of the track, but I was carrying enough speed that my forward momentum just brought me into what was a pole and then wire guide ropes. There wasn’t really much protection on it at all. I just had confirmation that my middle metacarpal, so pretty much the same injury as Jeffrey [Herlings], is broken.

"I didn’t crash," he continued. "I was still rolling. I just rolled off the track, but I was carrying enough speed and I couldn’t see the wire. Boom, straight into it and then I crashed. Had that not been there I would have just detoured straight back on the track. I would have been absolutely fine."

When can you expect to see Shaun Simpson back on track? "We won't be rushing it. We’ll give it four to six weeks or whatever it needs."

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

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