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Clement Desalle at the 2017 Grand Prix of Russia

Desalle does it again with Russian MXGP victory

Jun 122017

From ruts and hard-pack to rain and slime: MXGP heavily tested the fastest motocross racers in the world for the second round in succession and the tenth outing of nineteen in 2017 MXGP. A thick ‘mudder’ at Orlyonok for the first Grand Prix of Russia in half a decade saw the guile and technical skills of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle come to the fore once more. The Belgian cut a path through the impressive (but badly rain-hit) course on the shores of the Black Sea to grasp positions of 3-1 and win for the second time on the bounce after owning the French fixture on the vast ’17 calendar two weeks previously.

Come Saturday evening and Sunday morning unforgiving showers turned the dirt into a swampy mess and flashed reminders of dramatic scenes at the boggy Grand Prix of Indonesia for what was the second date of the current term. With speed vastly reduced MXGP became about choice, strength and a different level of bravery. Desalle was one that thrived in the conditions and kept mistakes to a minimum. His charge after Monster Energy Romain Febvre in a slightly drier second moto brought about his second chequered flag of the year.


“A really nice feeling to win again,” offered #25 who has now moved into second place in the championship table and is less than 50 points behind Tony Cairoli. “In those conditions you need to have a few things going for you but you also need to be a good rider in the mud. I changed my strategy for the second moto and was really fast into the first corner. Febvre made a mistake and I tried to stay calm. I will keep working to try and have some more wins…that why we are here!”