Motocross

Clement Desalle satisfied with a podium in Qatar

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Clement Desalle started his second season with the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team with a solid podium result at the opening round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship in Qatar.

He had qualified quietly the previous day but his Kawasaki KX450-SR launched the Belgian to an immediate third place in a tightly-bunched lead group as the front four broke clear of the chasing pack.

The leaders set a strong pace throughout and Clement was the first one to make a move as he stormed forward to secure second on lap fourteen of eighteen and soon make the placing secure in the opening moto.

In the second moto he again moved into the first four with some thrilling passes on the opening lap, but overtaking is notoriously difficult on the man-made raceway adjacent to the Losail road racing facility and, secure in the knowledge that his overall podium was safe, Clement had to settle for fourth in the moto as the rider ahead defended furiously.
Clement Desalle and his team celebrate a podium at the opening round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship in Qatar. Credit: Stanley Leroux / Pascal Haudiquert
"It‰Ûªs good to start the season with a podium," Desalle said. "Yesterday I was not so happy but today was much better. I came here with a good feeling on the bike after the pre-season races, and it was good to confirm this at the first GP. The feeling with the track was better today than yesterday; for sure it‰Ûªs much easier when you start in front. I didn‰Ûªt get the best starts, but I was in the top five each time. Here it‰Ûªs very difficult to make the difference; there was one main line and it was very difficult to pass as everyone was taking the same ruts in the corners; in the second moto I was faster than Febvre, but never found a place to pass him.‰Û

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