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MXGP, Neuquen, PATAGONIA ARGENTINA, 10 April 2016

Clement Desalle back in the top ten

Clement Desalle raced the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team KX450-SR back into the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship top ten at Neuquen/Argentina as he recovers from his early season injuries.

The Belgian, who has bravely defied the pain of a fractured forearm through the first three rounds of the world championship, displayed great speed during the practice sessions as he consistently posted top six laps, and he continued this form through the early laps of both GP motos as he confidently held down fourth and seventh places during the first laps of the two races. Inevitably the shortage of bike time was to take it toll during the closing laps of each race and Clement sensibly slowed his pace to finish an injury-free seventh and eleventh. This gave him tenth overall on the day and has lifted him to fifteenth in the series standings.
 
Tommy Searle of the Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki team was also a front runner during the practice sessions and his lap times during the first GP moto were similar to the eventual GP winner, but the Englishman encountered difficulties with his starts in both points-scoring races to finish ninth in the opening moto before a crash, which left blood pouring from his nose and spells of dizziness, caused him to withdraw from race two. Despite this setback he remains tenth in the world standings as the series heads to Leon in Mexico for round five next weekend.
 
Clement Desalle: “I had some good lap times in the practice session, but in the qualifying race Bobryshev crashed just in front of me and I couldn’t avoid him; I had to come back from last to ninth. Today I had a good start in the first race and was in the top five, but after fifteen minutes I could feel the effect of not being able to ride my bike so much since my accident and I had to slow down. I finished seventh; for sure I’d like better results but I don’t want to take stupid risks as I’m still recovering. The second race was similar with a good rhythm in the first laps, but then I lost some positions. I know that soon I will be able to train normally; for sure it’s always difficult to wait as I want to win races and score podiums.”
 
Tommy Searle: “This weekend was disappointing for me, I felt good when I came here as I like the track and the area but I just don't seem to be able to get a start at the moment. My lap times are as good as the leaderboard men, even in traffic, but I am using all my energy to catch up to them at the moment. I crashed on my own in the second race. It was a stupid mistake and I hit my nose. I tried to carry on but I was a little dizzy and making more mistakes; I had blood in my goggles and couldn’t see with the sun so it was better to stop. I will be OK for next weekend in Mexico.”