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Clement Desalle at the 2017 Grand Prix of Qatar

Double podium bounty at Qatar MXGP

Feb 262017

420 lights splashed the motocross Grand Prix circuit at Losail, Qatar for the first round of nineteen in 2017 MXGP and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle was crackling among the vibe of electricity to post third position overall and release his account for a strong crack at the title with a podium trophy. Monster Energy Yamaha’s Romain Febvre was also a top three runner in the second moto when the wide, quick and jumpy track was at its roughest and most treacherous.

“It is really good to start the year on the podium,” #25 enthused. “I was not happy with how things were going on Friday. It was hard to pass, it was not easy riding out there and I wasn't pleased! It was much better today. I had a good feeling on the bike and that is very important for me and I had some good starts. I changed my mentality a little bit but so much depends how and where you are after the second corner! Today I could make a difference. The first race is done now and we can look ahead.”

“I think third was my place today,” Febvre commented on his second race performance. “Tony and Gajser were really fast and I couldn't fight with them yesterday. It was a shame in the first moto because I made two mistakes and lost the chance for third place on the podium. I was not feeling so sharp on the track or the bike…so I’m happy to take that third in the second race.”


Jeremy Van Horebeek was a solid sixth while Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki’s Tommy Searle missed the Grand Prix due to a knee injury.


“It’s good to start the season like this…but I pushed so hard to win!” a pleased but also slightly disappointed Frenchman said. “It was hard to pass because just one line was good and fast. Pauls was a little bit better than me but I will try to beat him in the next race. I think it will be very close between us this year. We have worked really hard for this speed.”