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Clement Desalle confidently enters the 2017 FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship with the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team as he seeks further success to add to his three career silver medals.
The 27 year old Belgian had a devastating entry to the Green ranks last year as he suffered injury before the opening race and displayed the guts and resilience which have been the hallmark of his illustrious career to defy medical science by contesting the early GPs with a fractured arm; he built his season to such good effect that he returned to winning ways before the end of the summer.Although Clement has never previously raced Kawasaki machinery he immediately felt at home in the KRT family, having enjoyed a strong personal friendship for many years with team owner Thierry Chizat Suzzoni and team manager Francois Lemariey, the latter having been Clement's race mechanic during his breakthrough season of 2009. A native of the French-speaking southern half of Belgium, Clement raced over the frontier in France during his youth career. A stylish yet fearless racer even at the tender age of 16 Clement made a conscious decision to sidestep the more usual career ladder of graduating through the classes and immediately jumped on a 450cc machine to learn the trade of GP racing the hard way in the premier class on his promotion to adult racing. Undaunted by the famous opposition, he worked his way through the ranks to advance to a world ranking of eleventh in 2008 and advanced to third in the world, with victory in two of the last three GPs, the following year. Offers of factory contracts inevitably followed and Clement achieved a top three world ranking for five consecutive years. Injuries have unfortunately dented his medal hopes in each of the last three seasons but his speed has still been evident as he raced to multiple GP victories. Coming from a strong family background he enjoys the undisputed support of his parents and long-time girlfriend Andrea with whom he has now found an even stronger domestic bond following the birth last year of their first daughter Emma. Clement has developed clear targets and vision and it became evident last summer that the reunion with Lemariey and the unrivaled technical support of the worldwide Kawasaki network would be the key to making the final step up the world rankings in 2017 as he reaches the age when sportsmen can expect to reach the zenith of their career.
4th FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP
10th FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP
2nd FIM Motocross World Championship MX1
1st FIM Motocross of Nations
2nd FIM Motocross of Nations
3rd FIM Motocross World Championship MX1
3rd FIM Motocross of Natinos
11th FIM Motocross World Championship MX1
20th FIM Motocross World Championship MX1
25th FIM Motocross World Championship MX1