Belgian motocross star ClÃ©ment Desalle, currently fifth in the MX1 Motocross World Championships, and his team LS Motors-Honda have mutually agreed to end their relationship at the end of this season. In spite of a two-year contract that saw Desalle racing for LS Motors-Honda until the end of 2010 the rider will be released before.
The partnership between the leading privateer outfit and the ‘MX Panda’ has proven massively successful so far. From an 11th overall placing in 2008 ClÃƒÂ©ment went on to guide his CRF450R to one heat win, four podiums and two pole positions in Grand Prix MX racing so far. The LS Motors-Honda rider is still fighting for the title in his domestic series as well and he’s also a favourite to be picked for the Belgian MX of Nations team.
ClÃƒÂ©ment Desalle, rider LS Motors-Honda: “I have to thank Steven and the LS Motors-Honda team for their trust and support. They have worked hard to provide me with the best possible equipment and create good conditions. On a personal level there is always been a good understanding between us and this has resulted in great results on the track. You will hear more about my future team and program in the next few days.”
Steven Lettani, team manager LS Motors-Honda: “Of course we are sorry to see Desalle go, but unfortunately we couldn’t offer him the long-term career options that he is looking for. Nor could Honda. I’m convinced that Desalle from his side will go on to do amazing things. As we will from our side for the years to come. But first let’s continue to kick *** together!”
Marnicq Bervoets, sports manager LS Motors-Honda: “First of all I want to thank ClÃƒÂ©ment and his family for their professionalism and enthusiasm. They were a joy to be working with. It’s clear that the combination between ClÃƒÂ©ment, the bike and the team gelled really well. Probably because we have so much in common: as a team LS Motor-Honda is young and hungry as well. We maintain a no-nonsense professionalism and give everything we got. That’s a part of the ‘MX Panda’ style that will stay with us, so next year ClÃƒÂ©ment will be gone but not forgotten!”