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Clement Desalle at the 2017 Grand Prix of France

Desalle blasts to first MXGP victory of 2017 as Lancelot thrills home fans

May 292017

The 2017 Grand Prix of France at Ernee was typically noisy, atmospheric and passionate: recalling the amazing scenes of the 2015 Motocross of Nations at the same ‘amphitheatre’ setting in Normandy. Flanked by a hillside of avid public, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle produced a special performance when it mattered most to turn his fringe MXGP podium form into victory across one of the ruttiest and hardest courses seen in the series so far this year.

The narrow Ernee layout had been fiercely prepped and benefitted from rainfall across the weekend and in the build-up to the ninth round of nineteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship. The attention to the terrain meant another technical test of ruts, bumps and tricky line choice. Starting prowess remained key around the narrow trajectory and Desalle’s combination with the factory KX450F paid-off in this respect.

“I’m really happy and especially after that first moto that didn't really go as I wanted. I was disappointed but really focussed on my riding in the second moto,” he said. “It is so nice to be back on the podium and particularly with a victory: it’s a good feeling and for the whole team also. I was satisfied with my riding in the second moto and the work we have done recently. My goal now is to keep consistent and to enjoy myself…that’s when the results come.”