THOR RACE REPORT: Desalle fifth in St Jean
Clement Desalle finished fifth overall in the tenth round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Saint Jean D'Angely in western France, while Jordi Tixier scored his best result so far with a ninth position.
The Belgian immediately found good speed around the hillside track to post second fastest time in timed practice and followed this up by leading the qualifying race for three laps before finishing fourth, but his starts were not so good on race day and he found himself charging up the leaderboard in both races. In race one he quickly moved from eighth to sixth before a couple of small errors cost him two places later in the race. He rode strongly in race two to finish fourth after starting in eleventh position. Despite riding the early rounds of the series with injuries and missing two more the Belgian has now advanced to thirteenth in the series standings.
Teammate Jordi Tixier enjoyed his best GPsince his return from injury and was classified ninth overall from tenth and eleventh places in the two motos.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl wrapped up the GP with eighth overall, managing to keep his hopes of reaching the top three in the MXGP championship standings alive despite battling through sickness.
Looking to fight for a fifth podium result this season in the MXGP class, the German star was left with a mountain to climb after suffering with food poisoning and being forced to spend the day before the GP of France in hospital. Making the most out of a difficult weekend he fought hard and managed to secure seventh and 10th in each MXGP moto, collecting 25 precious points towards his championship campaign.
Racing in front of his home French fans, Nagl’s teammate Christophe Charlier showed once again this season that he has the speed to challenge for the top in MXGP. Racing his FC 450 to 10th in moto one the Frenchman found himself battling for a spot inside the top six in moto two before a small mistake dropped him to 14th at the chequered flag.
Teams and riders are afforded a week’s break before crossing the channel for round 11 to be held in Matterly Basin, UK on the 18-19 June.
MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:27.904;
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:00.610;
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:30.146;
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:32.629;
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:33.644;
6. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:34.752;
7.Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:45.554;
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:53.290;
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:00.223;
10. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:08.587.
MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 34:12.917;
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:09.643;
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:40.344;
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:50.143;
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:57.961;
6. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), +1:01.484;
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +1:03.894;
8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +1:06.361;
9. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:07.314;
10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +1:07.815.
MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 47 points;
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 p.;
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 38 p.;
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34 p.;
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 31 p.;
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 28 p.;
7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 28 p.;
8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 25 p.;
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 21 p.;
10. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), 19 p.
MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 432 points;
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 408 p.;
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 372 p.;
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 342 p.;
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 333 p.;
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 293 p.;
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 210 p.;
8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 208 p.;
9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 204 p.;
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 184 p.