Ernee GP of France Race Report - Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1

Team Suzuki Press Office - June 9.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1's Clement Desalle scooped his sixth trophy of the season with third position overall at a 39,000 spectator-lined Ernee for a cloudy and cool Grand Prix of France and the eighth round of 17 in the FIM Motocross World Championship today as team-mate Kevin Strijbos was seventh on his factory RM-Z450.

France is always a special stop on the grand prix schedule, simply for the passion and enthusiasm of the fans, and Ernee was no exception: The steep, narrow and slippery circuit provided a hard test for the riders. Traction was at a premium and some of the rougher sections were sketchy to negotiate. Both Desalle and Strijbos had to adapt to the old-fashioned course in the best way possible but it was clear that the start and first corners of the two motos would hold the clearest indication as to the identity of the podium contenders.

Desalle (23) had two decent getaways and fairly uneventful first laps to be able to establish himself in a position with the leading group. The Belgian was able to gain more confidence with the surface but did not have the speed to disturb the battle for the lead between Antonio Cairoli and Gautier Paulin. A lonely third spot set-up the first part of a champagne spray, and his impressive points-haul for the day was confirmed with another effective performance to gain second place to Cairoli and ahead of the charging Tommy Searle in the second moto. Desalle remained largely error-free and was able to walk the box as a result.

Strijbos suffered a disastrous start in the first moto. At the end of the first lap he was 17h and put in a shift through the 35 minutes and two laps to try and gain positions. He reached 11th but remained unmoved by his efforts. The second outing promised more when '#22' broke into the top 10 in the crucial early corners but the Belgian could not get near a repeat of his podium finish in 2006.

In the MX1 FIM World Championship standings, Desalle maintains his position as one of the three principal contenders for the 2013 crown. He is third and 68 points behind Cairoli and 12 behind Paulin. Strijbos is fifth and 34 points from further promotion.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 now travels to the Maggiora circuit for the Grand Prix of Italy next weekend. The site enjoys heralded status as a motocross venue in the country and the recent reinvestment and overhaul of the facility promises to create a headline event.

Clement Desalle:

"Two consistent motos and when I saw how I was riding yesterday it is good result! I was so slow yesterday. My starts were better today and the riding also, so that is positive. It is really hard to pass here so the starts were essential because you can lose a big gap. I didn't enjoy the track too much and some important sections needed some work to make it safer and better for us. Overall it was a good weekend. I stayed on two wheels and made the podium and it will be good to get home after some busy weeks."

Kevin Strijbos:

"It was not my day today. I just could not get going with that track and with the bad start in the first moto...I don't know...I was just riding my laps and fell into a bit of a lull. I had a better start in the second but couldn't run the pace of the other guys and lost a bit. I felt a bit tired and I think I am not totally over the jet-leg from arriving home earlier this week. I think it will be positive to get back into the normal routine and training in the next couple of days and then look to Italy."

MX1 Moto1: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 39:21.019; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:01.453; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:23.523; 4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:43.389; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:49.635; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), +0:50.808; 7. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:53.198; 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:55.094; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:10.101; 10. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +1:12.061; 11. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +1:16.250.

MX1 Moto2: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:28.802; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:10.539; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:11.974; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:21.491; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:26.433; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:32.766; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, KTM), +0:44.837; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:53.614; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:03.414; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:21.781.

MX1 Overall result: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 43 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 42 p.; 4. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 34 p.; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 33 p.; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 32 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 23 p.; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 23 p.; 9. Xavier Boog (FRA, KTM), 21 p.; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 21 p.

MX1 World Championship Standings (after 8 of 17 rounds): 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 377 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 321 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 309 p.; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 277 p.; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 243 p.; 6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 239 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 190 p.; 8. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 171 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 168 p.; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), 145 p.

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