SIMPSON WINS WESTON BEACH RACE
Shaun Simpson wins the 32nd edition of the Weston Beach Race.
Tens of thousands of fans packed the Weston Super Mare beachfront from one end of the North Somerset coastline to the other to watch the race action unfold during the three-hour beach race.
Right from the very start it was British MX1 champion Shaun Simpson who set the pace.
Putting in lap after lap of blistering times, Simpson went on to win the race – his first Weston victory – by over five minutes from second place rider and teammate Ben Watson with Matt Burrows third.
“It was great – the fuel stops went perfectly and I would like to thank my family who all did an excellent job throughout the three hours. I never even fell off once, never stalled it – absolutely textbook race,” told Simpson.
“I took the lead from the beginning and just held it really, I felt really comfortable and really strong and the bike was amazing. I made it to the first corner in first and then I knew I would be good in the dunes, I think I had a 5-6 second gap on the first lap – I’m ecstatic.”
Finishing as the top enduro rider in the 397-strong field, Scotland’s Frazer Norrie cracked the top ten – despite some bike troubles – to place ninth.
There was disappointment for David Knight in his debut ride with Yamaha. Holding second place on lap four, Knight’s Yamaha developed a faulty fuel pump and was forced to retire on lap five.