Clement Desalle was on the podium at Fermo for the Grand Prix of Italy at the weekend, for the third round of the Motocross World Championship.

The Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 rider finished third overall, to keep himself in the hunt for the 2012 title.

Desalle initially struggled to get comfortable on the track during Saturday’s practice and qualifying, and filled eighth place in the gate for the GP motos. And the Belgian seemed inconsistent with his pace and feeling on the dirt during the first race, but he secured fourth place by the flag on his RM-Z450.

The deep ruts and technical level of the circuit increased through the afternoon and Desalle was in better form to chase Christophe Pourcel and score third position in the second moto, giving the 22 year old a one point advantage over Gautier Paulin the final standings.

He said, “I’m not so happy because when I ride the bike I like to have fun and I didn’t enjoy myself this weekend. I found the track difficult, especially compared to when I won here in 2010; it felt like you were on the edge of making a big mistake all the time.

“I must keep working because I know what I can do, but I will keep positive.”



Tanel Leok was still not 100% fit due to the injury in his lower left leg and ankle, and was hesitant with his starts but able to feel more positive about his form and potential after Fermo. The Estonian rode to a brace of 11th positions for 10th overall.

Leok said, “In the first race my riding was pretty good actually and I came through from the back.

“In the second one I was making so many mistakes on the first lap I didn’t know what I was doing and I killed my speed. I was fighting the track a little bit.

“I’m happy this one is over and we have a little break now where I can heal myself up and get ready for Mexico. Overall my feeling on the bike is getting better and this is a good thing.”
In the MX1 points table after three rounds Desalle is fourth and 28 away from red plate holder Antonio Cairoli. Leok is 10th.

In the MX2 class Harri Kullas rode his RM-Z250 to sixth position in the first moto, but had to recover from an early fall in the second race to ride to 14th and leave the rough and rutty venue with 11th spot overall.

His teammate, Petar Petrov, was doing his best to deal with the physical and technical demands of the racing surface that was becoming heavier work with the passing laps.

The Bulgarian took a 13th and 10th, and he rested in 12th overall.

Kullas said, “The first race was really good and my starts now are much better. Like Valkenswaard I didn’t feel 100% here and a bit like I was running on ‘empty’.

“I was sixth for almost all the race and a couple of guys passed me near the end but Roelants vanished and I managed to find sixth again.

“I was thinking that I had to be smart in the second race because the track had been watered but I still went down! I passed some guys and came to 14th but then had a problem with my goggles and I was disappointed with that, but I still had a great feeling on the bike.”

Petrov added, “I was making mistakes out there and I’m not happy about this but there are some positives from this GP because I worked hard and my riding turned out OK.

“My start wasn’t so bad in the first moto but I had to put my head down to come back to 13th while in the second race I had a top-10 start.

“The ruts were really hard and you paid for any mistakes. You had to be calm out there. If you were aggressive then you crashed.”

The next GP, the Grand Prix of Mexico, will take place on May 13.

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