British fans rejoice! The Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team will boast a packed awning for the first time since the first weekend in May this weekend, as Shaun Simpson is set to return from the hand injury that he sustained at the Grand Prix of Latvia. '24' has spent a little less than two weeks aboard his YZ450F.
"I know this is the most overrated thing to say: I just want to go there, ride and then see where I am at," Simpson said in a press release. "The hand has been pretty good, only after I ride it gets a bit stiff the next day, so I have been riding one day on, one day off and the second day it's back to normal. I'm feeling good on the bike; I was expecting to feel rusty, but like most motocross riders it only takes a few days off of the bike before you start stressing out and thinking, ‘I've got to get back on the bike.' As soon as I got back on it, I felt really comfortable. It sounds a bit strange, but I would say we left Latvia with quite a good feeling, mainly because we went into Latvia after doing a lot of testing on the bike and it was working so well."
"I guess that gave me the mental boost I needed for when I got back on the bike – that I knew straight away that the bike was good and where it needs to be," he continued. "I felt at home right away. I wasn't right up to speed and hitting all of my marks right away but, for the most part, I felt really good and closer to 100% than I expected. I'm looking forward to getting back on the line and mixing it up this weekend."
Shaun Simpson currently sits fourteenth in the MXGP standings with one hundred and twenty-three points to his name.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing