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Clement Desalle at the 2018 Grand Prix of Bulgaria

Desalle blasts Bulgarian MXGP, Lawrence follows suit

Aug 262018

For four years MXGP had evaded the severe gradients of the Sevlievo circuit in Bulgaria but the seventeenth round of twenty in 2018 - and a fascinating series that is rapidly winding down - headed back into the hillsides for another hot and demanding episode of MXGP.

The remote but spectacular location was another showcase for the exceptional talent of Jeffrey Herlings but it was the engaging battle for the other podium spots that also caught the eye of the fans at Sevlievo and through TV screens.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Romain Febvre served up the bulk of the entertainment fare once more and their first moto duel was close quarters action won by Desalle. A repeat in the second race was ruled out when Febvre lost the front end of the Yamaha in one of the tricky downhill right-handers. The Frenchman battled back to fifth place overall but it was his Belgian rival that uncorked the champagne for the seventh time in 2018. Desalle is looking formidable in his bid to secure the bronze medal for the campaign. He has a 32 point window over 2016 champ Tim Gajser who was runner-up at Sevlievo.

"It's good to be consistent with another podium,” said #25. “I'm a little disappointed with a few mistakes which I made, but I still got the podium. Now it's important to stay consistent through the last three GPs to maintain my third place in the championship standings."


Hunter Lawrence took his 114 Motorsports Honda to a second consecutive rostrum in the MX2 class. The Australian is finding some rich late season form to get among the silverware and before he departs the GP series for AMA Supercross and Motocross fields.

“Back to back podiums is pretty cool as I haven’t done that before and I look forward to making it three in a row in Turkey,” Hunter said.


Kemea Yamaha’s Ben Watson reached the top five of MX2 after missing out in Switzerland the previous weekend. Race teams have been on the road for two weeks now and the third consecutive Grand Prix is something of a mystery. Afyonkarahisar will stage the first Turkish MXGP stop this decade and the track is a one of two brand new courses to crop up in the final four fixtures of the world championship. More delight ahead.