Shaun Simpson wanted a solid weekend at the Grand Prix of Trentino and it seemed as though he was going to have that, until a crash at the start of the second moto derailed his day. A collision with Jose Butron, which occurred whilst charging through the field, left him beaten up and seeking further evaluation.
"The next thing you know, me and [Jose] Butron crashed together and I really hurt my shoulder," Simpson said in a post-race statement. "It was a medical centre trip. I thought I had done something or broken my shoulder blade or whatever it is, but it looks okay at the moment. I had to go for stitches in my elbow, because there is a big flap of skin hanging off. Other than that it could have been a lot worse, but it could have been a lot better."
Shaun Simpson had another assessment on his shoulder earlier today and, thankfully, there was some good news. "Got the results of the CT scan. No major damage, see you in Portugal," he wrote. Initial weather forecasts indicate that Agueda will be a mudder, so perhaps that could prompt a turnaround for the former Grand Prix winner.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing