Motorcycle Types Adventure / Dual-Sport Valence MX1: Desalle Wins on Suzuki

Valence MX1: Desalle Wins on Suzuki

MX1 GP: France Results

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 completed its first competitive motocross race of 2011 with victory in cold and wet weather conditions at Valence in France as Clement Desalle took victory with two wins and a third position and team-mate Steve Ramon was eighth overall.

The shallow hillside circuit just south of Lyon was battered by rain through Saturday evening and Sunday morning and forced a generous gathering of Grand Prix stars to take their opening meeting of the year with a degree of caution: Overtaking was difficult on a terrain chiseled into one line.

The 2010 MX1 World Championship runner-up Desalle, on the Suzukie RM-Z450WS, roared away with the first 20-minute moto after obtaining the holeshot and working a lead of over 10 seconds from Ramon; equally-comfortable in second place.

But the works Suzuki RM-Z450s could not formation-fly in the second race as Ramon was not as prominent out of the gate and even slipped off once on his way to 10th.

Desalle was into first place by the second lap and didn’t look back, even during two moments of brief pressure from Sebastien Pourcel.

In the third and final sprint of the day, Desalle was holding a comfortable second position aboard the Suzuki but suffered rear brake trouble courtesy of an errant stone.

In the final laps he had a small tumble and finished third. Ramon hit the mud on his Suzuki RM in the opening phases and eased his way through the rest of the race distance.

Clement Desalle (Suzuki MX1) says: "Yesterday we tried some new parts on the bike and it was good to try but I was not super-sure for this track so we kept with the same set-up we had before.

"The results were good today because the track was very slippery and I struggled when the stone hit my rear brake in the last heat. I did not want to crash and hurt myself like last year."

Steve Ramon (Suzuki MX1) says: "It wasn’t too bad today. The first moto was OK with a good start even if I did have a bit of arm-pump. The track was really difficult because it was so slippery and hard to get any traction.

"The second moto start wasn’t great and my rear brake was playing up so it was tricky on those downhills. In the third moto I was riding well and trying to push but the bike slid away and I lost a bunch of positions. My right elbow and hip were bothering me so I just saw the rest of the race out."

Suzuki’s factory team will now remain in the southern region of France over the coming week for further tests and participate in a local event at Lacapelle-Marival next Sunday.

Valence International overall MX1 result:
1. Clement Desalle (Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1)
2. Steven Frossard (Yamaha)
3. Sebastien Pourcel (Kawasaki)
4. Shaun Simpson (Honda)
5. Gregory Aranda (Kawasaki)
6. Julien Bill (Honda)
7. Loic Larrieu (KTM)
8. Steve Ramon (Rockstar Energy World MX1 Team)
9. David Guarneri (Kawasaki)
10. Jonathan Barragan (Kawasaki)

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

Dunlop Dragmax First Look: Drag Racing Motorcycle Tire

Dunlop has a wide range of motorcycle tires in its lineup, from the slow-going D803GP for trials bikes to the MotoAmerica-ready KR448 slick. Filling...

2020 BMW R nineT Pure Buyer’s Guide: Specs & Price

It’s back to basics with the 2020 BMW R nineT Pure. That minimalist attitude has allowed BMW to bring the R nineT Pure to the showroom for less than $10k.

Wells Lamont Gloves, You’ve Come a Long Way

A company called Wells Lamont made these leather motorcycle glove back then and they could be had down at the Co-op Store for a few bucks a pair.

2020 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) Postponed Until 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has caused the cancelation and/or postponements of rounds throughout multiple motorcycle racing series, from MotoGP to Supercross to the Isle of...

Husqvarna 701 Svartpilen and 701 Vitpilen Recall: Possible Fuel Leak

KTM, the owner of Husqvarna, has recalled 1500 of its 701 Svartpilen and 701 Vitpilen motorcycles. KTM says the fuel may leak from the fuel-level...

MotoGP Virtual Race Results, Round 1: Alex Márquez Wins

With the world’s MotoGP riders homebound due to international health concerns, MotoGP held its first-even Virtual Race. Held on the Mugello Circuit, the race...