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WMXU.K.May 31, 2009
2009 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 07
Grand Prix of Great Britain - Mallory Park

Desalle takes third podium of 2009 in Mallory Park sunshine


The British Grand Prix at Mallory Park, the second year in succession the race has been held at the road racing facility in England’s Midlands, saw David Philippaerts win the MX1 class of the seventh round of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship. A weekend total of 35,000 spectators, one of the biggest attendances of the season so far, witnessed LS Honda’s Clement Desalle recover from a qualifying crash to earn his third podium result of the campaign with a third place finish on the CRF450R.

Clement Desalle Clement Desalle


Clement Desalle


Clement Desalle


Excellent weather meant the riders faced a dry and technical layout with many jumps. The terrain was hard but became rutted and bumpy as the weekend action took its toll and overtaking (as well as surviving the heat) proved to be the toughest part of each moto.

Desalle, who recovered from an unwilling part in a qualification heat first corner pile-up to have a gate pick of 6th for the motos on Sunday, rode well across the course and was running in the top three of both races. The Belgian challenged Philippaerts for second place for the majority of Moto1 before a fall by Max Nagl permitted promotion to runner-up behind the Italian. He was again chasing the champion in Moto2 until a mistake saw him lose the rear wheel of the eventual GP winner and therefore the second step of the rostrum by just one point.

A pleasant surprise for the fans over the weekend was the return to GP racing by former MX1 Grand Prix winner Mickael Pichon came out of semi-retirement to represent, once again, the Martin Honda squad with whom he had enjoyed his most successful years in the category during 2004 and 2005. He last entered a Grand Prix at this level in 2006.

The most successful French motocrosser of all time and double 250cc world champion took his fuel injected CRF 450R to sixth overall with two seventh places and was fastest in practice during Saturday, despite only having tried the motorcycle for the first time late Friday afternoon.

CAS Honda’s Billy Mackenzie (who has now been temporarily joined in the team by his cousin Bryan) enjoyed a sweet and sour home Grand Prix. The Scot is now racing with a broken ligament in his left thumb and needs strapping and a pain killing injection for each race. The dosage was not sufficient for the first moto and he painfully retired from the race. A sufficient dosage for the second outing allowed the 25 year old to animate the crowd by running with the leaders and taking fifth at the flag.

Bryan Mackenzie had a baptism of fire with the team after normally competing at British national level. A second moto crash saw him out of the points but he managed to finish 19th in Moto1.

In the MX1 World Championship standings Desalle is sixth and only 5 points from the top four. Billy Mackenzie is 13th.

Round eight will take place next weekend at the Ernee circuit for the Grand Prix of France.

Billy MacKenzie Mickael Pichon


Billy MacKenzie


Mickael Pichon


Clement Desalle, LS Honda:
“I am a bit disappointed to lose second position by just one point but this podium is another good result for my championship standing. I made a mistake in the second moto and this was a shame because I lost contact with David and second position. My starts were good and this is a positive part of the day.”

Mickael Pichon, Martin Honda:
“Everything is better than I expected; the speed was OK and my physical condition also because I could see that the second moto was alright. For sure I was tired but I was riding smooth and not pushing too hard. When the guys like Coppins and a few others passed me they were not pulling away and I was having fun, more so than the first moto. It was nice to come back to the GPs and see many people who I had been working with for a lot of years; it was pretty cool to be here. The new Honda is really good but I think we can always do better and improve it; everything can be better in life! I am going to try and work on it, for me it is not so important but if it helps Kevin and whoever else then I will be glad.”

Billy Mackenzie, CAS Honda:
“I went to the medical center before the first race and had the injection but the doctor did not go deep enough and only numbed the skin around the joint, not the joint itself. It was a mistake because I could not hold on in the first race; it was brutal and I was quite annoyed with myself. I thought I might have made it worse but thankfully that wasn’t the case. I learned from that and got the right treatment for the second moto. I had no pain but struggled a bit with some arm-pump half way through; still, to finish fifth wasn’t too bad because after the first moto I thought that the weekend was over. The thumb has lost the ligament, so I will need an operation but I intend to keep riding and finish the season. I will need an injection at each GP but I hope I will be able to get into some sort of routine in a week or two. If there is no pain then I can make a good pace and go for the decent positions.”

Bryan Mackenzie, CAS Honda:
“This was a big stage to make my debut on but I did not have much choice! I am really happy to be here and to be a part of this. I had a big crash in that second race but I think I got away with it! I am really tired now. It was a big experience for me this weekend and I hope I can join the team again in Ernee.”

Roger Harvey, Off-road Co-ordinator Honda Motor Europe:
“A big welcome back to Mickael Pichon and it was such a pleasure to see him riding the bike like that, and also looking happy, relaxed and enjoying himself. Clement Desalle again stepped forwards for us and although his mistake in the second race cost him dearly he was very impressive once more. Billy Mackenzie did well to be at the front considering that his thumb requires an operation. He knows that he is going to have to grin-and-bear it for the rest of the season. Today was a big learning curve for Bryan and I think it opened his eyes with regards to what he has to face.”

2009 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 07, Grand Prix of Great Britain - Mallory Park


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 PHILIPPAERTS, David / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
2 DESALLE, Clement / LS Motors Honda
3 BARRAGAN, Jonathan / KTM Silver Action
4 NAGL, Maximilian / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
5 COPPINS, Joshua / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
6 DE DYCKER, Ken / Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
7 PICHON, Mickael / Team Martin Honda MX
8 LEOK, Tanel / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
9 ARANDA, Gregory / CLS
10 CAIROLI, Antonio / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
11 SWANEPOEL, Gareth / RSA / Kawasaki Racing Team
12 ANDERSON, Bradley / Honda
13 LEOK, Aigar / TM Racing Factory Team
14 NUNN, Carl / MVR-D Suzuki
15 DOUGAN, Jason / Phoenix Tools CCM Racing
Clement Desalle


Clement Desalle
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 NAGL, Maximilian / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 PHILIPPAERTS, David / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
3 DESALLE, Clement / LS Motors Honda
4 COPPINS, Joshua / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
5 MACKENZIE, Billy / CAS Honda
6 LEOK, Tanel / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
7 PICHON, Mickael / Team Martin Honda MX
8 CAIROLI, Antonio / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
9 ARANDA, Gregory / CLS
10 NUNN, Carl / MVR-D Suzuki
11 DE DYCKER, Ken / Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
12 ANDERSON, Bradley / Honda
13 CAMPANO, Carlos / Yamaha Van Beers Racing
14 NEUGEBAUER, Filip / Kawasaki ELF Team Pfeil
15 PRIEM, Manuel / Aprilia Racing
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 MUSQUIN, Marvin
2 FROSSARD, Steven / CLS
3 PAULIN, Gautier / Bud Racing
4 GUARNERI, Davide / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
5 MONNI, Manuel / 3C Racing - Yamaha
6 BOISSIERE, Anthony / KTM HDI Mx Team
7 GONCALVES, Rui / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
8 VAN HOREBEEK, Jeremy / KTM Factory Junior Team MX2
9 ROCZEN, Ken / Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2
10 BOOG, Xavier / Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2
11 AUBIN, Nicolas / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
12 LARRIEU, Loic / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
13 SWORD, Stephen / Red Bull KTM UK
14 ROELANTS, Joel / KTM Factory Junior Team MX2
15 NICHOLLS, Jake / Red Bull KTM UK
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 MUSQUIN, Marvin
2 GONCALVES, Rui / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3 FROSSARD, Steven / CLS
4 PAULIN, Gautier / Bud Racing
5 VAN HOREBEEK, Jeremy / KTM Factory Junior Team MX2
6 SWORD, Stephen / Red Bull KTM UK
7 BOOG, Xavier / Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2
8 ROCZEN, Ken / Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2
9 MONNI, Manuel / 3C Racing - Yamaha
10 GUARNERI, Davide / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
11 BOISSIERE, Anthony / KTM HDI Mx Team
12 TONUS, Arnaud / KTM HDI Mx Team
13 TEILLET, Valentin / KTM Factory Junior Team MX2
14 VERBRUGGEN, Dennis / LS Motors Honda
15 VONGSANA, Khounsith / SRS Racing-Honda
 


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