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Desalle takes debut victory at Loket
10 August 2009
Clement Desalle took his first MX1 grand prix victory at Loket in the Czech Republic on Sunday, marking Honda's first win of the 2009 season.
The 20-year-old Belgian, who started from pole position for the third time this year and the second week in succession, was a little disappointed with a disjointed and lonely ride to second place behind KTM's Max Nagl in the first race - but was untouchable in the second, which he won by over 16 seconds from world championship leader Antonio Cairoli.
"This feels really good; my first win and I hope it is the first of many!” said Desalle. “My physical condition was good today although I felt a bit angry after the first moto. I made a mistake and lost distance to Max and then I struggled to concentrate and make a good rhythm. In the second moto I focussed more and after I passed David [Philippaerts] on the first lap I was able to control the race. We have two more races now and we will see where we can finish in the championship."
The victory puts Desalle just two points behind third placed Philippaerts in the championship standings, with two rounds to go.
Joining Desalle on the podium were Nagl and reigning champion Philippaerts. After his victory in race one, Nagl claimed fourth in race two while Philippaerts took his Monster Yamaha to two third places.
A sick Cairoli finished three points from the podium in fourth after being squeezed on top of a tall bank at the first turn of race one, before fighting his way back up to fourth, then claimed second from Philippaerts after a race two battle.
The Red Bull Yamaha rider is now 45 points ahead of Nagl heading into the penultimate round at Lierop later this month.
In the MX2 class, world champion leader Marvin Musquin saw his points lead slashed by a terminal technical problem with his factory KTM in race two, having finished second behind Ken Roczen in race one.
In his absence, early season title leader Gautier Paulin took the second moto and overall victory with 4-1 race results, marking his first win since Faenza, while Musquin's team-mate Rui Goncalves was second with 3-3 finishes.
A poor start left Roczen ninth in race two, when fellow Suzuki rider Xavier Boog claimed a surprise second.
Musquin is now 20 points clear of Goncalves with 100 points up for grabs.
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