Italy FIM MX1 Results: Desalle Wins

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FIM Motocross

Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1’s Clement Desalle overcame a week of pain and discomfort to incredibly win the Grand Prix of Italy in front of 22,500 spectators at Fermo and the final round of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

The Belgian nursed a painful and badly-bruised hip and lower back and made two excellent starts on his RM-Z450WS to take fourth and first in the two motos run across a dry, hard, fast and jumpy track.

It was a fantastic day for Suzuki as Ken Roczen claimed the MX2 class and Larissa Papenmeier conquered the last outing in the Women’s World Championship. RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 technology helped riders capture five podium positions from a possible nine as Steve Ramon finished second in MX1 and gave the Belgian team a perfect 1-2 result.

Blue skies and sunshine created warm and pleasant racing conditions for a layout that wasn’t high on technical demands but punished the slightest mistake as many riders circulated within tenths of a second of each other.

Desalle, taking pain-killers to cope with the hard-hits of the jump take-offs and landings, managed to get away in the top three of both 35 minute and 2 lap motos. The Belgian held on for as long as possible in a four-man fight for the lead in the first race along with Ramon, Seb Pourcel and Xavier Boog.

He relinquished control in the final laps as Ramon powered through for his first moto victory of the year. Desalle was however buoyed to hear he had mathematically secured his status as World Championship runner-up.

The placing was confirmed in the second moto where the 21 year old had to deal with Ramon, Pourcel and Max Nagl, and, despite a heavy dose of pressure, broke away from the others in the closing stages for a remarkable win. Ramon vied for the overall triumph but eventually closed the race in fourth; earning the same points as his countryman but accepting the second podium step by virtue of the second moto ranking.

Rockstar Teka Suzuki WMX1 can look back on 2010 with two riders in the final top five of the MX1 standings, three victories from 15, and 16 podium appearances from both riders combined and further evidence of the high level of competitiveness of the RM-Z450WS. Suzuki was also runner-up in the Manufacturers standings.

Ramon will attempt to win his seventh Belgian Championship at Pierreux for the final round of the national series next weekend before joining Desalle on the plane across the Atlantic for the 64th Motocross of Nations at Thunder Valley in Colorado. Ramon will be searching for his third Nations success with his country while Desalle wears the Black, Gold and Red for the second time in his career.

Clement Desalle says: “It is incredible for me to win here because I could not do anything during the week and was having a really tough time. Anyway I took second in the World Championship and we managed something special here today.”

“I really want to thank my family, my girlfriend and the team for all their help this week. I knew after the first practice that I was in for a hard weekend and I was just focussed on keeping that second place. I would actually like to win when I do not have an injury! The bruising actually improved in a few days during the week so I hope it will be much better very soon.”

Steve Ramon says: “I was feeling strong today and both motos were good although I started to get a bit tired in the last 10 minutes of the second race. I just missed the GP win but I am still pleased with the second place. I really enjoyed that first moto and we had some good battles; it must have looked good on the TV because I had the onboard camera! I want to say thanks to the team because we have done a good job again this year even if I have had to deal with some injuries and it wasn’t my best season.”

Italy MX1 Moto1: 1. Steve Ramon (BEL, Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1), 39:33.144; 2. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.174; 3. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:04.173; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1), +0:05.958; 5. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:07.902; 6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:11.073; 7. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:19.516; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +0:30.589; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:35.890; 10. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), +0:49.316.

Italy MX1 Moto2: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1), 40:19.772; 2. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:04.419; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:06.278; 4. Steve Ramon (BEL, Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1), +0:18.402; 5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:29.992; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:35.386; 7. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), +0:37.210; 8. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:38.050; 9. Manuel Monni (ITA, Yamaha), +1:00.199; 10. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:07.402.

Italy MX1 Ooverall result: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1), 43 points; 2. Steve Ramon (BEL, Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1), 43 p.; 3. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 42 p.; 4. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 38 p.; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 35 p.; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 29 p.; 7. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), 25 p.; 8. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 23 p.; 10. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), 21 p.

MX1 final World Championship standings: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 625 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1), 537 p.; 3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 502 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 498 p.; 5. Steve Ramon (BEL, Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1), 491 p.; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 356 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 337 p.; 8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 331 p.; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 290 p.; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 270 p.