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Clement Desalle Ends 2018 FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship In Third

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Clement Desalle finished the season in Italy on the podium with third and also finished in the same position in the championship standings. Photo: KRT
Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team Clement Desalle of the has secured the bronze medal in the 2018 FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship.

Twenty-nine year old Desalle clinched third place in the final series rankings with two more solid rides at the final round at Imola in northern Italy to secure a safe third on the day; it was his ninth podium finish of the twenty race season, during which he was the only rider to defeat both the defending and newly-crowned world champions.

Clement gated well in both GP motos and, with the larger picture in mind, put in two sensible no-risk rides on a slippery surface to take third place in each race, thus cementing his hold on third in the final standings.
Desalle stood on the podium nine times in 2018 and took one round win. Photo: KRT
"It was a good season. I was consistent and avoided any injury, in contrast to other recent seasons which I was unable to finish," Desalle said.

"One GP win; for sure I would have liked more but that‰Ûªs not easy with Herlings and Cairoli around, but I won‰Ûªt give up and will continue to work hard with the team and the new bike to bring Kawasaki even more success. I‰Ûªm sure the new bike will have great potential, and I‰Ûªm really happy to work with this team; it‰Ûªs important for me to be happy doing what I do, and with the KRT boys we‰Ûªve a great relationship from the mechanics to the boss and the manager.

"I‰Ûªm happy with the season; nine podiums, no injuries and a medal placing in the final standings are a good result and I‰Ûªm sure we can do even better as we know each other really well. I have a great feeling on the bike and every year we make little adjustments to be even better so I‰Ûªm confident for the future. This weekend was different than the other races; I wanted the series podium so much that I rode safe and to end the season with a podium is great."
Desalle celebrates a strong season with his team. Photo: KRT

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