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It’s all about the starts for RFX KTM at MXGP of France – Team Report
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It’s all about the starts for RFX KTM at MXGP of France – Team Report

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The RFX KTM team travelled to the hill-side St.Jean D’Angely track full of optimism for two good results from both Joel Rizzi in the EMX 125 class and Shaun Simpson in MXGP.

Report by Dickie Dye – Feature Image courtesy of Ray Archer

However, things don’t always go as planned…

The track was naturally watered on Friday by a torrential but brief downfall and the resulting deep-mud rutty conditions were tricky to master. By lunch time on Saturday, the track had dried to perfection and watering resumed on Saturday night for Sunday’s races.

A tap on the start-gate in Saturday’s first moto, then a fall killed any chances JR had of starting a successful weekend and P15-21 were the rewards for the young 125 UK star.

Rizzi has the speed but some of the pieces of the JR jigsaw are still misplaced… When Joel can replicate his UK form in Europe, he will be a contender.

For Shaun Simpson, the life of a GP racer is certainly varied.

The weekend started well… We had good speed and a good feel and balance to the bike, then an electrical problem emerged which intermittently killed the motor.

On the sighting lap of the quali race, the bike stopped and although it did restart SS went to the line with no confidence and when it happened again on lap three, Simmo unsurprisingly retired from the race.

With the problem sorted out and a new bike beneath him, things looked brighter for the Sunday’s main event but P35 to the line is never good… However, a forceful first 10 minutes put Shaun into the points for a P15 finish.

Moto2 was a similar story ending the moto in P14.

Still P12 in the MXGP title race… We have to focus on the start if Shaun is to battle again in the top-ten.

The next race is a UK Maxxis British Championship this coming weekend at Blaxhall Pits where both Joel and Shaun carry the red-plates…