Monday, June 20, 2011


2011-06-18 11:47
Rockstar Energy World MX1′s Clement Desalle was metres away from vying for his fourth MX1 Pole Position of the season at a short, hard-pack and stony La Baneza for the Grand Prix of Spain and the seventh round of 15 in the FIM Motocross World Championship this afternoon.

The Belgian didn’t require any refinement to his factory RM-Z450 to tackle the circuit that clocks in at just 1400m (several hundred less than the FIM stipulated maximum). In breezy but sunny and warm conditions Desalle closed to the back of Antonio Cairoli in the Qualification Heat but wasn’t able to draw near enough to the Sicilian in order to pass.

Many riders commented on the stony nature of the dirt and the long and deep ruts in the twisty layout that didn’t allow for generous overtaking opportunities.

Steve Ramon ended the day content with his adaptation to the terrain and a conservative performance to ninth in the qualification sprint. The Belgian altered the engine set-up on his RM-Z450 and was able to find his groove across the solid dirt despite a problem with his eyewear.

Increased temperatures are predicted for the Grand Prix motos tomorrow.

Clement Desalle:

“I had a good start in the heat race but I came upon Nagl in the way again and couldn’t avoid touching his wheel. I found some good lines to reach Antonio but then made a few mistakes. I pulled him in again but when we reached the slower riders it was impossible to think about overtaking with the time left. It is so difficult to pass here because the track is so narrow.”

Steve Ramon:

“I’m not really feeling so comfortable on the track but I’m riding well and we didn’t change much on the bike, so I just need to get used to it. We modified the engine to make the engine delivery stronger and I could feel the difference with the all-round performance. The bike is working really well. I had a good start in the heat but then had a problem with my goggles. It was difficult to see the lines and keep smooth because dirt kept falling in my eyes. The track is short and tough with deep ruts and lots of stones. I will hope for a good start tomorrow and see what we can do.”

MX1 Qualification Heat result: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 23:41.498; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:02.506; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:14.166; 4. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:22.543; 5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:27.712; 6. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), +0:30.041; 7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:31.707; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:33.265; 9. Steve Ramon (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:35.509; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Honda), +0:36.303;

Source: Team Suzuki Press Office

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