Clement Desalle Victorious at Valence MX Int'l

Team Suzuki Press Office – February 16.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP rider Clement Desalle raced to victory at the Valence pre-season International Motocross event in France today; the second of three international races the team will attend before the opening round of the World MXGP Championship at Qatar on February 28th.

Team-mate Kevin Strijbos and Desalle set the fastest lap-times aboard their factory RM-Z450s in Saturday's free practice, held under semi-dry conditions, but today’s races were hit by constant rain that turned the circuit into a single-lined mudfest.

Strijbos took pole position in the morning with a super-quick lap that was almost three-seconds faster than Desalle’s, but Desalle was the fastest out of the gate in the first heat; a race he convincingly won from start-to-finish from Strijbos.

In the second heat, Desalle rounded the first corner in third position, but moved forward when Frenchman Gautier Paulin (Honda) made a couple of errors; and then after Xavier Boog (Kawasaki) took an outside line, the 25-year-old Belgian took the lead and held it to the chequered flag.

Strijbos encountered a bouncing start gate, forcing him to work his way up from the middle of the pack and once behind Steven Frossard (KTM) he had to settle for fifth position as heavy rain made it impossible to pass.

Clement Desalle:

“With this weather and this track the starts were super important. I got a real good start in the first heat and could lead from start-to-finish. The second race was a bit more difficult when I was in third position, but Paulin made some mistakes so I could get through, and that was basically the same with Boog, but it’s good to win here for the fourth time!”

Kevin Strijbos:

“I'm happy with my riding here. The first heat went really well, but the second was a little less-so thanks to a bad start. It was difficult to pass and I didn't want to take too-much risk in trying to pass. I got stuck behind Frossard at some point, tried a couple of times to gain ground and pass him, but every time I went off the good line and I lost almost 50 metres because of the mud.”

The team now rushes home to Belgium to finish packing the crates for the first Grand Prix of the season. But once the flight cases are packed, the team will head towards the International Motocross event at Mantova in Italy this coming weekend.

Heat 1: 1: Clement Desalle (Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP), 2: Kevin Strijbos (Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP), 3: Xavier Boog (Kawasaki), 4: Shaun Simpson (KTM), 5: Filp Bengtsson (Honda).

Heat 2: 1: Clement Desalle (Rockstar Energy Suzuki MXGP), 2: Xavier Boog, 3: Shaun Simspon (KTM), 4: Steven Frossard (KTM), 5: Kevin Strijbos (Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP).

Overall: 1: Clement Desalle (Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP) 2 pts., 2: Xavier Boog (Kawasaki) 5 pts., 3: Shaun Simpson (KTM) 7 pts., 4: Kevin Strijbos (Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP) 7pts., 5: Gautier Paulin (Honda) 12pts.

Tags: rockstar energy suzuki mxgp, valence mx international, clament desalle, mx, motocross, mxgp, grand prix

Recovery Fruit Punch

Social Feed

1 hour ago: Fredric Aasbo finishes the 2018 #FormulaDrift Season in the second position for overall points standings⚡ |… https://t.co/eGYLrLnfZf see full story

2 hours ago: Big shout out to Jason Anderson for crushing it in Vegas and taking down 2nd overall result finish in the 2018 Cup event | #RockstarEnergy #RockstarHusky |... see full story

4 hours ago: Jason Anderson crushing it in Las Vegas this weekend and taking down 2nd overall result finish in the 2018 Cup even… https://t.co/0TwbMwsvYY see full story

7 hours ago: Courtney Conlogue takes another World Surf League win! Taking 1st at the #RoxyProFrance and moving up five positions in world rankings | #RockstarSurf... see full story

1 day ago: PLAY in Week 2 of The Destiny 2: Forsaken Rockstar Energy Drink in game Riots competition Conquer Strikes for a cha… https://t.co/Byx7jhXizG see full story

1 day ago: PLAY in Week 2 of The Destiny 2: Forsaken Rockstar Energy Drink in game Riots competition. Conquer Strikes for a chance to win prizes and a fly-away trip to... see full story

1 day ago: Flying high with Chase Josey | #RockstarSnow #RockstarEnergy | 📷: Smith see full story

2 days ago: Courtney takes another wsl win – this time first place at the #RoxyProFrance moving up five positions in world rank… https://t.co/HwayjGffBv see full story

2 days ago: Gettin' deep l Ezekiel Lau #rockstarsurf #surfing l see full story

3 days ago: Quick tail whip l Dennis Enarson #rockstarbmx l see full story

3 days ago: Who else is getting stoked to send it this season? | #RockstarSnow #RockstarEnergy | chasejosey @SmithOptics https://t.co/Nbv46rdmKg see full story

4 days ago: Check out #RockstarEnergy riders Shaun and Aaron Guardado of #SuicideMachineCo smash the competition at the Orange… https://t.co/DyyotcLN8V see full story