Team GB Selection for Motocross of Nations Confirmed.
Britain’s three-man team for the FIM Motocross of Nations at Assen in Holland
on September 29 will be Ben Watson (MX2), Max Anstie (MX1) and Shaun Simpson
Manager Mark Chamberlain made his selection after carefully studying form,
fitness and sand-riding ability. Consideration was also given to experience of
the event that’s regarded as the World Cup of motocross.
who made his successful debut in the MXoN last year, broke his hand in late
June but a podium finish on his comeback at the MXGP of Belgium in the deep
sand of Lommel at the start of this month convinced Chamberlain to give him the
skills in the sand, combined with his track record at the event – he won both
races in 2017 when the MXoN was held at Matterley Basin – ensured he was always
in the running and he sealed his place on the team with a second-moto victory
sand-riding pedigree is widely acknowledged and this, combined with his current
dominant form in the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship supported by Pro
Clean, was sufficient to earn him the Open class berth.
Chamberlain: “Obviously, Ben, Max and Shaun weren’t the only riders in the
running for a place on the team but as well as current form I’ve had to
consider how fit and injury-free riders are after a long, hard season.
was a question mark with Ben because of his hand injury but he came back
strongly in Lommel and, ultimately, when you look at the experience that Ben
gained last year for me that’s what swung it his way.
proved beyond doubt in Lommel that he’s one of the fastest sand riders in the
world and Shaun’s recent domestic form has been fantastic while other candidates
for a place have been struggling with injuries and fitness.
contacted all the riders who were in the running and informed them of my
selection and to a man they’ve understood my reasoning behind the final team