Thor Race Report

Desalle kicks off  2017 MXGP season with a podium in Qatar.

The opening round of the FIM MXGP World championships has seen a great start for THOR’s Clement Desalle aboard the Factory Monster Energy Kawasaki.  The Belgian showed good speed and consistency throughout the event and his 2-4 score places him 3rd in the championship standings.
Team-mate Jordi Tixier was finding it difficult to come through the pack after 2 mediocre starts, yet he was till able to push through to grab 2 top ten moto placings and sits 8th in the overall points.
Rookie MXGP rider, Max Anstie showed great potential in Qatar for his first season in the premier class. Clocking laps times that would see the Englishman on the podium he will be a force to be reckoned with as he learns the ropes at a fast rate.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team-mate Max Nagl was disappointed with his results after a crash in moto 2 relegated the German to 16th spot after a strong finish in moto 1 of 8th.
Round 2 of the series will take place next weekend 4/5 March in Indonesia.

Circuit length: 1595m
Type of ground: hard pack
Temperature: 22°C
Weather conditions: cloudy
Crowd Attendance: 12,000

Race results:

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:02.202;
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:08.904;
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:12.554;
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:22.042;
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:23.434;
6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:26.076;
7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:29.380;
8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:33.072;
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:34.933;
10. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:39.219.

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:00.353;
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:04.918;
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.375;
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:25.782;
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:30.096;
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:31.689;
7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:33.559;
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:47.517;
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:49.816;
10. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:57.389

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points;
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 42 p.;
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 40 p.;
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 32 p.;
5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 31 p.;
6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 31 p.;
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 31 p.;
8. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 24 p.;
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 19 p.;
10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 19 p.


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