Some 23 300 spectators made the trip to Lommel in Belgium last weekend to witness the eleventh round of the World Motocross Championship. Among those teams competing were Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1, who were proudly representing Belgian hopes in the Grand Prix event.
Clément Desalle showed no signs of nerves in front of his home crowd as he rode with great determination and consistency in his Suzuki RM – Z450. He finished second overall in the two races, a great performance that leaves him in contention for the 2011 world title behind Tony Cairoli.
Desalle’s podium finish put the smile back on the face of the Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 team after the shock of the previous day when Steve Ramon suffered a horrific crash during qualification. The Suzuki driver was rushed to hospital where he underwent a series of medical tests on his neck and spine. Fortunately Ramon suffered no broken bones or serious damage and everyone at Motul wishes him a speedy recovery.
In the MX2 category Vatentin Teillet had to be satisfied with 17th position overall after a nasty fall ruined his chances of a higher finish. The young French rider said afterwards that the race was “one to forget” and he will aim to come back well in the next race in the Czech Republic on August 7.
1// Antonio Cairoli – KTM – 50 pts
2// Clément Desalle – Suzuki – 40 pts - Motul
3// Maximilian Nagl – KTM – 38 pts
1// Antonio Cairoli – KTM – 466 pts
2// Clément Desalle – Suzuki – 414 pts - Motul
3// Steven Frossard – Yamaha – 403 pts
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