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WMXFranceJune 7, 2009
2009 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 08
Grand Prix of France – Ernee

Desalle notches another top-five result


A windy Ernee circuit, crowded by 38,000 spectators, hosted the Grand Prix of France and the eighth round of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship. Max Nagl triumphed in the MX1 class and Honda’s highest representative with the CRF450R was LS Honda’s Clement Desalle, in fifth position overall, in a GP run in strange climatic conditions that varied between sunshine and heavy rain showers.

Clement Desalle Clement Desalle


Clement Desalle


Clement Desalle


Desalle gave Honda their first pole position of the season on Saturday when he convincingly won the Qualification Heat. The French course was another track with few valid passing opportunities and the small stones in the soft soil also meant that it was slippery.

A strong shower of rain covered the start of the first moto and virtually decided racing positions from the start and inside the initial laps. Desalle was disappointed to only finish fourth after struggling with his goggles in the formative stages. Later on in the afternoon, bizarrely in bright sunshine, he suffered two crashes but pulled back through the field to reach sixth.

Martin Honda’s Mickael Pichon was next in the overall standings in seventh spot. The 33 year old Frenchman was performing in front of a vocal home public and at the site where his full-time GP career came to a disappointing halt in 2006. Pichon rode to fifth place with a strong rhythm in the first moto and then recovered from a first lap fall in Moto2 to take ninth and his fourth consecutive top ten finish since returning to the MX1 stage with the Italian team one week ago.

CAS Honda’s Billy Mackenzie was 11th in the final classification. The Scot, riding with a broken ligament in his thumb, made two decent starts but a crash on the second lap of the first outing and another towards the end dropped him to 18th by the chequered flag. In the second sprint he was holding second position for the majority of the race and only started to fade with discomfort in his hand in the final five minutes. His fifth position however marked his joint highest moto result of what has been a troubled season so far.

The British Champion’s cousin, Bryan, was making his second appearance for the English team and registered three points for 18th position in the second moto; his first score in red colours.

Martin Honda’s Kevin Strijbos started to ride after recovering from his broken wrist but was advised to extend the recovery period further. He will now miss the Grand Prix races in July and will return for his home event at Lommel in Belgium on August 2nd.

In the world championship standings Desalle is fifth and just 11 points from the top three. Mackenzie is 12th and 15 points from the top ten.

Round nine of the world championship will take place at the Teutschenthal circuit in Germany in two weeks time.

Mickael Pichon Billy MacKenzie


Mickael Pichon


Billy MacKenzie


Clement Desalle, LS Honda:
“After yesterday it was a shame not to make the podium today. The first race was really muddy and my start was not so bad but a few riders had better drive than me and I lost some ground on the straight. I was sixth but I had a problem with my goggles on the first lap. I reached fourth without any goggles and that was very hard. In the second race I was average out of the gate and wanted to pass people quickly on the first lap but had a crash; I was too hasty. Philippaerts went down in front of me afterwards and I fell twice! We both rode from the middle of the pack and I reached sixth; I know I can do better.”

Mickael Pichon, Martin Honda:
“I am happy with how things went and more importantly the rhythm and speed I could make. The bike worked really well and we fixed a small engine issue on Saturday to help improve some traction and it was great for the races. The support of the fans for sure was incredible to hear. The track itself was not easy for passing and I kept using the double jump to take some ground. Someone touched me on the inside of the second moto and that made the crash, but the grand prix overall was a good experience.”

Billy Mackenzie, CAS Honda:
“It was a frustrating weekend again. I have the speed - as everyone can see - during the beginning of the races and I am just getting used to racing with this thumb injury. It was a lot better this week and I didn’t need an injection into the joint. The first race was a bit of a lottery with the rain. I crashed on the second lap, was covered in mud and made it hard on myself. I tried to come back through and was passing a rider-a-lap up to 15th when I then ‘hit a wall’ and struggled to find lines. On the last lap I went down on the slippy uphill section and rolled down to the chequered flag after losing two or three places. In the second one I got off to a good start and pushed my way to the front. Nagl had been riding unbelievably all day and I did not have an answer for him. I got to the thirty minute mark and the thumb gave-in again. I got really tired, the elbows dropped and I couldn’t keep the pace. It is annoying but the positive part is that I showed I can still finish in the top five while carrying an injury. I need to keep on fighting to get in the top ten of the championship.”

Bryan Mackenzie, CAS Honda:
“I thought I might do quite well in the first one when the rain came down and I made a good start but Aranda completely t-boned me on the first lap. I was way back and had to pit for goggles. I was getting frustrated by the slower guys and tried to make a move on someone and managed to take myself out. The first race was a disaster and the second did not start well either. I crashed on the first lap and then rode as well as I could for 18th; there is not much more I can say about it.”

Roger Harvey, Off-Road Co-ordinator, Honda Motor Europe:
“It was great to see Clement Desalle taking his first pole position and of course ours of the season and he was again our top rider. Mickael Pichon worked his magic in front of his home crowd with two top ten results. Another positive part of the weekend was Billy Mackenzie’s speed in the second moto as he ran in second place for a long time but his physical problems again took its toll.”

2009 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 08, Grand Prix of France – Ernee


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 NAGL, Maximilian / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 PHILIPPAERTS, David / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
3 DE DYCKER, Ken / Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
4 DESALLE, Clement / LS Motors Honda
5 PICHON, Mickael / Team Martin Honda MX
6 COPPINS, Joshua / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
7 CAIROLI, Antonio / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
8 LEOK, Tanel / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
9 LEOK, Aigar / TM Racing Factory Team
10 CHURCH, Tom / BUILDBASE CCM RACING
11 PRIEM, Manuel / Aprilia Racing
12 VUILLEMIN, David / Bud Racing
13 SWANEPOEL, Gareth / Kawasaki Racing Team
14 BILL, Julien / Aprilia Racing
15 ARANDA, Gregory / CLS
 
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 NAGL, Maximilian / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 CAIROLI, Antonio / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
3 LEOK, Tanel / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
4 PHILIPPAERTS, David / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
5 MACKENZIE, Billy / CAS Honda
6 DESALLE, Clement / LS Motors Honda
7 COPPINS, Joshua / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
8 LEOK, Aigar / TM Racing Factory Team
9 PICHON, Mickael / Team Martin Honda MX
10 DOUGAN, Jason / Phoenix Tools CCM Racing
11 PRIEM, Manuel / Aprilia Racing
12 BILL, Julien / Aprilia Racing
13 CHURCH, Tom / BUILDBASE CCM RACING
14 VUILLEMIN, David / Bud Racing
15 SWANEPOEL, Gareth / Kawasaki Racing Team
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 MUSQUIN, Marvin
2 BOISSIERE, Anthony / KTM HDI Mx Team
3 FROSSARD, Steven / CLS
4 LARRIEU, Loic / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
5 TONUS, Arnaud / KTM HDI Mx Team
6 TEILLET, Valentin / KTM Factory Junior Team MX2
7 ROMBAUT, Loic / CLS
8 PAULIN, Gautier / Bud Racing
9 AUBIN, Nicolas / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
10 GONCALVES, Rui / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
11 ROELANTS, Joel / KTM Factory Junior Team MX2
12 BOBRYSHEV, Evgeny / Yamaha Van Beers Racing
13 BOOG, Xavier / Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2
14 GUARNERI, Davide / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
15 ROCZEN, Ken / Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 MUSQUIN, Marvin
2 ROCZEN, Ken / Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2
3 GUARNERI, Davide / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
4 PAULIN, Gautier / Bud Racing
5 LARRIEU, Loic / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
6 MONNI, Manuel / 3C Racing - Yamaha
7 BOISSIERE, Anthony / KTM HDI Mx Team
8 AUBIN, Nicolas / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
9 ROELANTS, Joel / KTM Factory Junior Team MX2
10 TEILLET, Valentin / KTM Factory Junior Team MX2
11 VAN HOREBEEK, Jeremy / KTM Factory Junior Team MX2
12 GONCALVES, Rui / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
13 POCOCK, Mel / UTAG-Yamaha.com
14 FROSSARD, Steven / CLS
15 BOBRYSHEV, Evgeny / Yamaha Van Beers Racing
 


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