The ball has been set rolling now and the riders are quickly signing up for one of the biggest Motocross events in the UK, the Hawkstone International on the 23rd February 2014. Recently signed are one of the biggest British teams with the HM Plant KTM team consisting of Shaun Simpson, Mel Pocock, James Dunn, Ben Watson and James Cottrell.
Shaun Simpson who gained a stunning win and third place in the final round of the MX1 World Championships is eager to get started with his new team and making 2014 a strong season.
Shaun Simpson – “Hawkstone is the start of the 2014 season for me, it always is, I have had a lot of ups and downs at Hawkstone in the past but it still remains one of my favourite tracks in the World. It will be my first major outing in the UK on the HM Plant KTM UK machine and I’m looking to put myself on the top step of the podium and get my season off to a great start.”
He will be joined by another new team-mate, 2012 European Champion Mel Pocock who will also be joining the HM Plant KTM for the 2014 season.
Mel Pocock – “I’m excited to race at the Hawkstone International as I’ve never raced in it before. I like Hawkstone as a track and I have seen they are doing some good changes to the track. I’ll be there on a new bike with a new team and I’m really looking forward to seeing the HM Plant KTM team working under race circumstances and also to break myself into what will be a long season. I hope the weather is kind to HIMX this year as it will make for great racing for us riders and all the spectators.”
James Dunn suffered some nasty injuries at Hawkstone British Championship but is eager to make a good return to racing.
James Dunn – “2013 was a big year for me racing in the MX2 Championship class for the first time. Unfortunately my season ended early due to a big crash at Hawkstone Park whilst racing in the British Championships in August. I broke both my heels and my ankle and the recovery has been a very long and slow process. However, my first race back will be the Hawkstone International on February 23rd and I am as keen as ever to get back on the bike and get racing again! See you there!”
James Cottrell – “I can’t wait to race at Hawkstone, the track is always good and it’s a tough warm up race to get the season started with the level of competition that is always there. I really like Hawkstone as a track and have an awesome new team with HM Plant KTM, so I’m hoping for good results there to kick start my season.”
Ben Watson – “2013 was a good year for me, it was my debut year in the MX2 class and I really enjoyed it. I understand the bike more now and really looking forward to getting going in 2014. Hawkstone is a great track and to mix it with some of the world’s best riders will be brilliant.