Simpson and Rizzi make it a double top for RFX KTM at Foxhill – Team Report
The famous Foxhill circuit hosted round seven of the ACU Maxxis British Championship which saw RFX KTM’s Joel Rizzi & Shaun Simpson in action. Read below to find out how they got on…
Joel qualified in second place after a very wet & claggy qualifying session due to the overnight rain. Race one Joel got out the gate well and was in second place behind leader Ike Carter. Joel moved into the lead on the opening open after the leader crashed, setting his best lap on lap two Joel began to pull away and win race one by a comfortable 19.3 seconds.
Race two Joel grabbed the holeshot on the 125 SX machine and lead for the opening two laps, early on lap three a small mistake allowed Ike Carter through and Joel dropped back to second. Setting the fastest lap of the race on lap six Joel hounded Ike Carter for the lead all race but unfortunately ended the race in seconds just 1.5 seconds behind the leader. Joel took the overall win with a 1-2 scorecard and extended his points leads to 28 with one round left.
It was a perfect start to the day for the 24 of Shaun Simpson qualifying 1.1 seconds faster than second-place man Mel Pocock. Race one Shaun Simpson had a mid-pack start and managed to work his way into fifth on the opening lap, charging hard Shaun worked his way into the lead on lap fourth and established a gap on second. The race was red flagged just after the halfway mark and Shaun took the win with just five laps completed.
Race two, Shaun had a better start leaving him him around fifth in the opening couple corners, Shaun charged through the pack and into the lead after the opening lap. Setting the fastest lap of the race Shaun went on to win the second moto by 12 seconds from Elliott Banks-Browne.
“The goal was to come in and repeat my Hawkstone performance, win both races and try and cut the margin down. We came in 49 down and we can go away 35 down, 14 points is a great haul but it’s not going to be enough at this time of the year with only one round to go. We won’t give up, we’ll keep on working, we have a few GP’s in between now and Landrake to keep improving and try and secure a spot on the MXoN team. We are going to have to come into Landrake all guns blazing and win both moto’s and end the season off on a high if it’s not enough, it’s not enough but as they say it’s not over till the fat lady sings.
“My starts were not good enough today, if I can’t get a holeshot at a British, then I’m going to struggle at GP’s. We need to work on those starts for the up coming races. The track changes were good, it was nice to see a change here at Foxhill, but overall it just nice to be on the top set of the podium again and show people that if it hadn’t of been for the disaster at Desertmartin, that I’m still the guy to beat at the British Championship.” – Shaun Simpson