Desalle third in penultimate GP outing

2009-08-30 12:05
The penultimate round of the FIM Motocross World Championship took place at Lierop for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands and Ken De Dycker earned his second MX1 victory of the season. Honda's highest performer was once more LS Motors Honda's Clement Desalle as the Belgian guided his CRF450R to third position for his sixth podium result of 2009 across the technical and energy draining Dutch sand.

Bright conditions greeted the 18,000 crowd as the series worked its way towards a climax. The MX1 category was finalised at Lierop as Antonio Cairoli triumphed but the MX2 championship will be decided at the final MX2 GP of the season, in Brazil.

Desalle had a turbulent first moto as the first of three crashes dropped him out of second position early on. The Grand Prix of Czech Republic winner was able to recover some composure by the end of the 35 minute and 2 lap race distance and finished sixth. In the second race he was more consistent with his speed and rode to a relatively lonely third spot to seal his trophy. From 28 motos he has picked up 12 top three placings.

CAS Honda's Billy Mackenzie, making his first world championship appearance since the Grand Prix of Germany in June (meaning he had missed four rounds), was 20th overall and showed his natural speed and ability by running with the leaders in the first third of the opening sprint. Lacking bike fitness the former double British Champion dropped back to secure 4 points. He classified outside of the top twenty in the second race. Team-mate Cedric Melotte was unable to race after a neck problem left the Belgian with a lack of sensation in his hands.

After recovering from a back injury and dislocated hip Martin Honda's Marc De Reuver returned to action for the first time since round four in April. The Dutchman was unable to show any of his old magic on the sand and retired in the first race after a hefty crash. In the second he was able to briefly trouble the top five and eventually take 11th. With the unfortunate leg break suffered by Kevin Strijbos while training during the week French sand specialist Timotei Potisek was drafted into the team once more (he had ridden the Belgian Grand Prix at Lommel recently) and took his CRF450R to a commendable 14th overall.

In the world championship standings Desalle has been guaranteed a top six finish courtesy of just one round and a maximum of 50 points remaining. The 20 year old is fourth, can still rise to third (he is two points away from Philippaerts) and is the only Honda rider in the top ten.

The final meeting on the 2009 schedule will occur in two weeks time at Canelinha in Brazil.

Clement Desalle, LS Motors Honda:
"I crashed three times in the first moto and the third was really hard; after that it was difficult to be smooth on the bike but I did my best to finish sixth. For the second race I said to myself that I wanted to make consistent laps and not go too crazy. It was a much better approach and I am pleased for another podium."

Billy Mackenzie, CAS Honda:
"Coming back to Lierop has made me realise just how much I have missed my fitness. I trained so hard over the winter to be at my peak and had trouble to complete a GP this season for one reason or another. I am not surprised that I struggled here and I know what I have to do. I did not expect much from this GP and just tried to keep going but in the second race my legs and back just gave in. I want to end 2009 as soon as possible, get fresh and ready for 2010."

Marc De Reuver, Martin Honda:
"I wanted to finish the second race for the team. I started well and had the speed at the beginning but I was not fit enough to go all the way through. I made it until the end, which I was pleased about and I could not have expected too much more to be honest. The first race was over after that crash."

Roger Harvey, Off-road Co-ordinator, Honda Motor Europe:
"Another strong ride by Clement Desalle, even if he did have a dramatic first moto! It was great to see him and the bike again on the podium, so full credit to him and LS Motors Honda. Billy showed his speed and what we and the CAS team have been missing. We know he is far from his limit but it was still positive to see him in back in action. The same could be said for Marc and I was happy for the Martin Honda boys that they had something to briefly cheer about. We hope we can finish the season on a good note in Brazil."



Results Motocross

MX1 Race 1
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Suzuki / 41:21.920
2 / Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha / 41:26.978
3 / Leok, Tanel / EST / Yamaha / 41:27.561
4 / Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Yamaha / 41:33.995
5 / Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / Yamaha / 41:50.928
6 / Desalle, Clement / BEL / Honda / 41:58.662
7 / Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki / 42:13.520
8 / Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM / 42:20.584
9 / Priem, Manuel / BEL / Aprilia / 42:23.189
10 / Swanepoel, Gareth / RSA / Kawasaki / 42:50.838
11 / Söderström, Tom / SWE / Kawasaki / 43:18.496
12 / Leok, Aigar / EST / TM / 43:20.744
13 / van Vijfeijken, Rob / NED / Yamaha / 43:21.396
14 / Krestinov, Gert / EST / KTM / 43:22.483
15 / Church, Tom / GBR / CCM / 43:41.472


MX1 Race 2
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Suzuki / 42:25.366
2 / Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Yamaha / 42:35.832
3 / Desalle, Clement / BEL / Honda / 42:40.015
4 / Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / Yamaha / 42:59.997
5 / Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM / 43:03.843
6 / Leok, Tanel / EST / Yamaha / 43:16.637
7 / Barragan, Jonathan / ESP / KTM / 43:26.583
8 / Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha / 43:33.260
9 / Leok, Aigar / EST / TM / 43:44.410
10 / Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki / 43:57.423
11 / de Reuver, Marc / NED / Honda / 44:14.639
12 / Swanepoel, Gareth / RSA / Kawasaki / 44:24.890
13 / van Vijfeijken, Rob / NED / Yamaha / 44:34.383
14 / Potisek, Timotei / FRA / Honda / 44:48.474
15 / Church, Tom / GBR / CCM / 45:10.993


MX1 World Motocross Championship Standings
Pos Rider Total
1 Cairoli, A. 537 (World Champion), 2 Nagl, M. 487, 3 Philippaerts, D. 463, 4 Desalle, C. 461, 5 de Dycker, Ken 459, 6 Coppins, J. 449, 7 Leok, Tanel 382, 8 Swanepoel, G. 238,
9 Barragan, J. 229, 10 Priem, Manuel 195, 11 Leok, Aigar 188, 12 Ramon, Steve 178,
13 Vuillemin, D. 150, 14 Aranda, G. 143, 15 Church, Tom 117.



MX2 Race 1
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM / 40:22.468
2 / Musquin, Marvin / FRA / KTM / 40:51.865
3 / Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM / 41:17.917
4 / Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki / 41:27.832
5 / Kras, Mike / NED / KTM / 41:37.757
6 / Verbruggen, Dennis / BEL / Honda / 41:52.322
7 / Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Yamaha / 42:03.247
8 / Klein Kromhof, Ceriel / NED / KTM / 42:06.646
9 / Larrieu, Loic / FRA / Yamaha / 42:08.677
10 / Larsen, Nikolai / DEN / Suzuki / 42:12.074
11 / Triest, Nick / BEL / KTM / 42:15.036
12 / Monni, Manuel / ITA / Yamaha / 42:19.958
13 / Karro, Matiss / LAT / Suzuki / 42:25.725
14 / Teillet, Valentin / FRA / KTM / 42:26.957
15 / Tonus, Arnaud / SUI / KTM / 42:28.939


MX2 Race 2
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / Musquin, Marvin / FRA / KTM / 41:32.470
2 / Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki / 41:59.834
3 / Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM / 42:17.433
4 / van Horebeek, Jeremy / BEL / KTM / 42:22.258
5 / Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM / 42:33.346
6 / Simpson, Shaun / GBR / KTM / 42:36.415
7 / Boog, Xavier / FRA / Suzuki / 43:15.135
8 / Kras, Mike / NED / KTM / 43:22.362
9 / Verbruggen, Dennis / BEL / Honda / 43:28.001
10 / Aubin, Nicolas / FRA / Yamaha / 43:31.724
11 / Teillet, Valentin / FRA / KTM / 43:38.860
12 / Monni, Manuel / ITA / Yamaha / 43:47.028
13 / Klein Kromhof, Ceriel / NED / KTM / 43:49.924
14 / Paulin, Gautier / FRA / Kawasaki / 43:54.593
15 / Bobryshev, Evgeny / RUS / Yamaha / 41:37.579


MX2 World Motocross Championship Standings
Pos Rider Total
1 Musquin, M. 490, 2 Goncalves, Rui 468, 3 Paulin, G. 422, 4 Guarneri, D. 387,
5 Roczen, Ken 346, 6 Frossard, S. 294, 7 Roelants, Joel 284, 8 Monni, Manuel 263,
9 Aubin, Nicolas 256, 10 Boog, Xavier 253, 11 van Horebeek, J. 227, 12 Schiffer, M. 172,
13 Verbruggen, D. 170, 14 Tonus, Arnaud 165, 15 Larrieu, Loic 163.

Source: Honda Pro Image

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