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Clement Desalle at the 2017 Grand Prix of Indonesia
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DESALLE KEEPS IT COOL FOR SECOND MXGP PODIUM IN SWEATY INDONESIAN MUDFEST AS DUNCAN RULES WMX

Mar 052017

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle is the only rider to have collected podium trophies in both outings of MXGP so far this year with his third position at a rain-smashed Pangkal Pinang while Courtney Duncan somehow ripped through the deep ruts and sticky clay mud to win the inauguration of the 2017 MXW Women’s World Championship.

The first Grand Prix of Indonesia for two decades was memorable in a way that many in attendance, organisation and participation were not expecting. The second round of nineteen in the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship had been battered by rain and thunderstorms in the week leading up to the nation’s reintroduction to the MXGP slate and the poor weather continued across the weekend. The effect of the climate on the new track was devastating. Practice and qualification was reduced to a single session on Saturday, the second MX2 moto was red-flagged seven minutes from conclusion and the second MXGP race was cancelled altogether on Sunday.

“Those were not normal conditions,” Desalle said. “I made the podium today but there is not too much to say. The start was so important and then everybody was just trying to get around. One place on the track was really bad and in the last three-four laps you just hoped that you would get through it. The whole situation was on the limit.”

 

“It was brutal out there and you had to be very smart,” #141 said. “I put it down over the back [of the track] but I really wanted a win so I charged back and got the job done. Thanks to everyone that helped me out here and back in New Zealand.”

 

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