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Clement Desalle at the 2017 Grand Prix of Belgium

Desalle content with fourth place through hellish Lommel sand

Aug 072017

The busy ‘Fritturs’ were not the only things that were cooking at Lommel this weekend. The Grand Prix of Belgium took place in the devilishly rough sand for the fourth year in a row and in spite of a revised track layout and changeable weather conditions - that saw the site awash in the wake of two torrential rain showers on Saturday - the terrain was still arguably the hardest test of man and machine on the MXGP calendar.

Sand master Jeffrey Herlings displayed his peerless skills on the surface to earn his second MXGP victory of the year ahead of championship leader Tony Cairoli and a country-mile ahead of the rest of the Grand Prix field that had no answer to the Dutchman and Sicilian’s acumen at this fourteenth round of nineteen and the start of a six week dash to the season end. MX2 belonged to teenager Spanish sensation and rookie Jorge Prado.

“I came here with a top five result in my mind, so I achieved what I wanted but I was also after two top five moto results to keep consistent,” the Belgian assessed of his efforts at his home event. “In general though it was not so bad and I was happier with the second moto in terms of my riding. A podium would have been so cool today…but it’s a positive weekend. In the last two weeks I tried a few things to improve myself in the sand and some small tests on the bike to help me on raceday. I think we made a small step and that's good. We’ll stay positive for the coming race.”


Monster Energy Yamaha duo Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeek were just inside the top ten. Kemea Yamaha’s Benoit Paturel fought hard in MX2 to seal sixth overall.  


MXGP flies to Switzerland, Sweden, USA, Holland and France in the next seven weeks in what will be a rapid sprint to the end of a long campaign. For the second year in a row the flat but bumpy – and popular – Frauenfeld-Gachnang circuit will take the FIM Motocross World Championship to Zurich.