Desalle wins Honda GP Brazil

2009-09-13 16:43
The 2009 FIM Motocross World Championship came to an end at the new Canelinha circuit for the Honda GP Brazil and the fifteenth and final round of the series. The only non-European event of the calendar saw an excellent win in the MX1 class for LS Motors Honda Clement Desalle as the Belgian earned his second victory of the season on the CRF450R and finished the campaign as Honda's highest-placed representative with third position in the championship standings.

The first visit of the FIM contest to Brazil this century was partially blighted by freak later winter weather. Saturday's practice and qualification heats were cancelled due to continuous heavy rainfall and in an effort to preserve the track for Sunday's motos. Race-day was a total climate reverse with sunshine and warm temperatures creating hot and humid conditions.

Desalle, in his final outing in a breakthrough term for both rider and LS Motors Honda team, was a protagonist right from the hasty morning timed practice. He battled with Max Nagl in the first moto before going away to comfortably control the race for his third chequered flag of 2009. In the second race, run across a dry, physically demanding and rough course in places, Desalle won a tough duel with Josh Coppins for second position, behind winner Steve Ramon and therefore earned the overall GP win in front of many Honda fans; all enjoying the 20 year olds mammoth jump to clear the uphill triple.

Martin Honda's Marc de Reuver, in only his second grand prix since recovering from a dislocated hip and fractured vertebra, completed his last appearance for the Italian team after a two season association. The Dutchman registered two victories on the CRF450R in 2008 but has been largely absent from the 2009 campaign. He took seven points for 14th in Moto1.

CAS Honda elected not to travel to Brazil with both lead riders, Cedric Melotte and Billy Mackenzie — not to mention substitute Bryan Mackenzie — still struggling with injury. Brazil's leading moto-crosser, Antonio Balbi finished 10th overall with moto results of 10th and 11th and was pushed on by loud vocal support from the large crowd.

In the world championship table Desalle's third position is the best for Honda since 2005. An injury-hit year for the factory teams means Mackenzie is the next best ranked CRF450R rider with 18th place.

Desalle will be representing Team Belgium at the 63rd Motocross of Nations in three weeks at Franciacorta in Italy.


Honda rider quotes:

Clement Desalle, LS Motors Honda:
"This is the second win of my career and really important for me, I hope plenty more are on the way. I felt fast on the track from the morning and could win the first moto quite easily. Steve was quick in the second moto and I tried to push to catch him but he was too far away. I then had to fight with Josh and make sure of good points. I was watching the MX2 race and I thought the triple jump was possible and with the power of the 450 I was able to do it when I wanted."

Marc de Reuver, Martin Honda:
"In the morning I was really happy with my speed and the fourth place on the gate but I have a big problem with my back; I should not have raced any more this year but I wanted to come here for my mechanic and the team. I cannot feel my foot or my leg very well and because of what I did to my neck I was also losing sensation in my left hand. I have to go back to the hospital and have a check-up. My first year with the team was super. I had a fast bike and we got some good results. This season was a disaster because of the crash and there is not much more to say. I had a good time with the team and we part on good terms."

Antonio Balbi, Honda Brasil:
"I am really happy to be able to have raced here in Brazil. The last time I rode in the world championship I was hurt and not ready. Recently I have been racing in the U.S. and able to be in the top ten there. My goal was to be in the top ten at Canelinha and I managed that; overall it was an exciting experience."



Results Motocross

MX1 Race 1
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / Desalle, Clement / BEL / Honda / 39:14.078
2 / Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM / 39:16.813
3 / Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha / 39:22.517
4 / de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Suzuki / 39:23.955
5 / Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Yamaha / 39:27.709
6 / Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / Yamaha / 39:51.531
7 / Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki / 39:56.357
8 / Leok, Tanel / EST / Yamaha / 40:39.530
9 / Swanepoel, Gareth / RSA / Kawasaki / 40:42.827
10 / Balbi Jr., Antonio Jorge / BRA / Honda / 40:43.923
11 / Campano, Carlos / ESP / Yamaha / 40:56.638
12 / Church, Tom / GBR / CCM / 40:59.115
13 / Dougan, Jason / GBR / CCM / 41:02.676
14 / de Reuver, Marc / NED / Honda / 40:01.424
15 / Bill, Julien / SUI / Aprilia / 40:05.997

MX1 Race 2
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki / 39:20.165
2 / Desalle, Clement / BEL / Honda / 39:24.515
3 / Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Yamaha / 39:26.161
4 / de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Suzuki / 39:44.508
5 / Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM / 39:52.692
6 / Campano, Carlos / ESP / Yamaha / 40:03.389
7 / Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha / 40:14.522
8 / Vuillemin, David / FRA / Kawasaki / 40:30.058
9 / Swanepoel, Gareth / RSA / Kawasaki / 40:36.769
10 / Bill, Julien / SUI / Aprilia / 40:40.747
11 / Balbi Jr., Antonio Jorge / BRA / Honda / 40:41.122
12 / Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / Yamaha / 40:58.166
13 / Church, Tom / GBR / CCM / 39:46.791
14 / Garcia, Wellington / BRA / Honda / 40:17.186
15 / Da Silva Faria, Rafael / BRA / KTM / 40:54.572

MX1 World Motocross Championship Standings
Pos Rider Total
1 Cairoli, A. 561, 2 Nagl, M. 525, 3 Desalle, C. 508, 4 Philippaerts, D. 497, 5 de Dycker, Ken 495,
6 Coppins, J. 485, 7 Leok, Tanel 395, 8 Swanepoel, G. 262, 9 Barragan, J. 229,
10 Ramon, Steve 217, 11 Priem, Manuel 195, 12 Leok, Aigar 188, 13 Vuillemin, D. 163,
14 Aranda, G. 143, 15 Church, Tom 134.


MX2 Race 1
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / Musquin, Marvin / FRA / KTM / 39:54.282
2 / Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki / 39:56.122
3 / Teillet, Valentin / FRA / KTM / 40:15.873
4 / Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki / 40:26.784
5 / Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM / 40:28.970
6 / Paulin, Gautier / FRA / Kawasaki / 40:29.869
7 / Larrieu, Loic / FRA / Yamaha / 40:49.168
8 / Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Yamaha / 41:01.041
9 / Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM / 41:05.805
10 / Simpson, Shaun / GBR / KTM / 41:14.218
11 / Nicholls, Jake / GBR / KTM / 41:15.575
12 / Soubeyras, Cedric / FRA / Honda / 41:34.037
13 / Monni, Manuel / ITA / Yamaha / 41:39.248
14 / Maddii, Marco / ITA / Suzuki / 40:41.876
15 / Zanoni, Swian / BRA / Honda / 40:45.045

MX2 Race 2
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / Musquin, Marvin / FRA / KTM / 39:25.625
2 / Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki / 39:27.321
3 / Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki / 39:27.525
4 / Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Yamaha / 39:56.632
5 / Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM / 39:58.054
6 / Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM / 39:58.523
7 / Nicholls, Jake / GBR / KTM / 40:08.537
8 / Monni, Manuel / ITA / Yamaha / 40:25.254
9 / Teillet, Valentin / FRA / KTM / 40:30.666
10 / Simpson, Shaun / GBR / KTM / 41:08.488
11 / Soubeyras, Cedric / FRA / Honda / 39:42.659
12 / Vilardi, Thales / BRA / Honda / 39:44.641
13 / Butron Oliva, Jose Antonio / ESP / Suzuki / 39:45.337
14 / Zanoni, Swian / BRA / Honda / 39:55.977
15 / Maddii, Marco / ITA / Suzuki / 40:01.116

MX2 World Motocross Championship Standings
Pos Rider Total
1 Musquin, M. 540 World Champion, 2 Goncalves, Rui 500, 3 Paulin, G. 437, 4 Guarneri, D. 418,
5 Roczen, Ken 390, 6 Frossard, S. 332, 7 Roelants, Joel 311, 8 Monni, Manuel 284,
9 Aubin, Nicolas 256, 10 Boog, Xavier 253, 11 van Horebeek, J. 227, 12 Teillet, V. 182,
13 Larrieu, Loic 177, 14 Schiffer, M. 172, 15 Verbruggen, D. 170.

Source: Honda Pro Image

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