World Motocross Grand Prix Rider Clement Desalle Undergoes Second Shoulder Operation

World Motocross Grand Prix Rider Clement Desalle Undergoes Second Shoulder Operation

Clement Desalle, of Belgium, who races the MX GP World Champion Series in MX1 for Rockstar Suzuki, has undergone a second shoulder surgery. Below, courtesy of Suzuki, is a small interview with Clement.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1’s Clement Desalle is currently in his second phase of rehab after an operation last week to repair his damaged right shoulder that was dislocated in a crash mid-season. The Belgian was forced to miss the final three Grands Prix of the FIM Motocross World Championship after fracturing his left shoulder in a crash at a Belgian National MX series event at Mol in August.

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Desalle, who claimed four victories, eight podiums and led the MX1 category up to round seven of 15 on the works RM-Z450, had the left limb plated and then waited before a final surgery on the right shoulder.

Clement, what is the status with the injuries and recovery?

“After the crash at Mol I had the operation on my left arm because it was fractured and needed surgery right away. Everything went well and I had a plate inserted and was able to start some physio soon afterwards. I then had to wait for the operation on the right shoulder. It was an arthroscopic procedure because the shoulder had been separated and was coming out easily. When the doctor looked inside he told me there was more damage than he thought with the ligament and tendon but he managed to clean it all up and now I have to wait three-to-four weeks before I can do anything. I have to be careful with the right shoulder but I can do things with the left now, no problem.”

What about a return to riding? What is the program now?

“Well I am going on holiday for a week at the end of October and I doubt I will be riding before the end of November. I will see how my body feels because the shoulder injuries should mean a period of two to three months away from the bike. Obviously I want to make a full recovery and get into good shape before I get on the Suzuki but I am missing it already!”

What did you get up to during the forced hiatus? It must have been tough to deal with…

“The first few weeks were terrible. I didn’t know what to do. After a while I tried to do some different stuff to forget about the injury and what had happened. I bought an old jeep which I have been restoring and that has been quite good fun.”

What is your perspective now on 2011? It started so well and finished so badly …

“It is like you say. The season started well but I knew it would be a long year and in the end it would finish in such a disappointing way. The bad luck started at Tongeren and it was my mistake; I had to accept that. The shoulder was painful and weak but I started to come back to form and finally felt good again on the bike at Loket in the Czech Republic where I won the GP but then the accident at Mol happened. I went there with good intent. I was prepared. I wasn’t going to take risks but I was still focused. The crash was not my fault and I have the opinion, like Sylvain (Geboers, Team Owner], that at these national events some riders could be a bit more careful or show some more respect on the track. We do a sport that is dangerous enough without having to worry about what the other guy is going to do.”

What is your feeling now about the Belgian Championship or non-Grand Prix events?

“I will not do it. I think it is easy to see that if you are pushing for the top five or three in the World that you have to have your priorities in the right place and for me now the World Championship is everything.”

What about your race bike in 2011? Was everything going well? Will you need any alterations for 2012?

“I was really happy with the bike and I don’t think we have a big job ahead this winter. We will make some tests to try a few small things and look for any minor improvements but there will be no big shift. The bike was really good. I just need to concentrate on myself now!”

2007 AMA East Lites Supercross Champion and 2004 MX2 World Motocross Champion Ben Townley to Race Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas

The inaugural Monster Energy Cup – a first of it’s kind motorcycle race combing Supercross and Motocross on one track debuts on October 15, 2011 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Below is more info courtesy of Feld Motor Sports about this upcoming event and Ben Townley’s participation:

Prior to joining the East Regional Supercross Lites class in 2007, Ben Townley captured 12 national titles in New Zealand and 13 World Motocross Championship Grand Prix wins. Townley capped off his Lites class rookie season with three wins and two more podium finishes, and was crowned the class champion. Following setbacks with injuries in the pursuing seasons, Townley is back in action ready to take a shot at the Monster Million.

Ben Townley says, “I’m really excited to race at a higher level in the states again. Ironically, the last time I raced supercross was at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2007, so it’s been a while. The atmosphere racing in a stadium is exciting and I’m looking forward to doing it again. I’m excited to see what former Supercross and Motocross Champions Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath have in store for us. The hybrid track factor and general concept of this race is really interesting to me. I feel if there is a good balance between motocross and supercross, it will make for some really interesting racing.”

The hybrid track, which will blend elements from both supercross and MX, has many riders eager to see the final product. The unique hybrid track will consist of supercross/MX terrain and will have a tremendous motocross style influence, making it unlike any other stadium race in the world. This track should be the perfect blend of supercross and MX combined and created into the ultimate battleground. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse, awarding the winner a $100,000 check, and for the first time ever $1 million will be paid to a rider that wins all three main events.

Matrix Concepts 450 Riders Have The Perfect Season!

Matrix Concepts 450 Riders Have The Perfect Season!

After 17 Supercross races and 12 450 AMA Nationals Matrix Concepts riders sweep 87 podium positions, achieving the perfect season. Matrix Concepts is proud to be associated with the following winning podium teams.

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  • Factory Monster Kawasaki: Ryan Villopoto
  • Factory Rockstar Suzuki: Ryan Dungey and Brett Metcalfe
  • Two Two Motorsports: Chad Reed
  • L&M San Manual Yamaha – James Stewart
  • Factory Honda: Trey Canard and Justin Barcia
  • Team JGR: Davi Millsaps

Shaun Simpson – 2011 Belgian National Motocross Champion

Shaun Simpson – 2011 Belgian National Motocross Champion

Shaun Simpson, racing on Honda, claims the 2011 Belgian National MX title

Mont-Saint Guibert – Belgium – Ken De Dycker won the race, but Shaun Simpson is the champion!

Courtesy LS Honda: Nineteen years after Billy Liles from Georgia (USA) captured the Open Belgian Motocross title LS Honda Racing’s Shaun ‘Braveheart’ Simpson (23) became the second ever non-Belgian rider to win the highly regarded series! Simpson is originally from Gauldry, Fife in Scotland but lives in Overpelt, Belgium during the motocross season. Shaun ended his day in Mont-Saint Guibert, situated 40 kilometers south-east of Brussels – fifth overall while team mate Ken De Dycker made a stunning comeback to racing. De Dycker posted a near perfect scorecard with two wins and a third. The spectacular Belgian ultimately grabbed the runner-up position in final standings as well, he was joined on the day’s podium by Rui Goncalves (Honda World Motocross) and Anthony Boissière (Monster Energy Yamaha).

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Under sunny skies the day’s racing kicked off with a holeshot for Goncalves ahead of Guarneri. De Dycker had a decent start and quickly made his way up to pass Guarneri with over 12 minutes to go. The LS Honda Racing rider with the number 9 crossed the finish line almost 6 seconds ahead of his Italian adversary. Shaun Simpson finished sixth behind Estonia’s Tanel Leok.

Both Shaun and Ken suffered extremely bad starts in the second moto. It was Leok who grabbed the holeshot in front, but Guarneri continued to display his great MX of Nations form to take control of the 25 minute plus one lap sprint. De Dycker tackled the scenic sand quarry track with typical enthusiasm and made his way through the pack. From 23rd at the start Keeno surprisingly managed to catch up with the leading riders in the final stages. After an entertaining race coming from behind he passed Boissiere, Van Daele and Leok on the last two laps to finish third. Guarneri won, Portugal’s Rui Goncalves was second. Simpson managed to fight back to eighth, sufficient to wrap up the Belgian title with one moto to go! After the British MX2 title in 2008, it’s a second major championship title on the Scott’s career tally.

Goncalves was first out of the tight lefhander, but De Dycker had a good start in the final moto. Ken quickly moved ahead of the pack and would lead from start to finish. Facing an empty track he steered his CRF450R to an amazing 1:45.218 in the second lap, more than four seconds faster than his nearest rivals. No one could recover from De Dycker’s dominant opening and he recorded his fifth moto triumph in this season’s Belgian championship. Goncalves was now second after the unfortunate Guarneri had made a big crash. Frenchman Boissiere crossed the line in third. Simpson put in a solid performance for fifth place, his best result of the day.

Shaun Simpson, Belgian Champion 2011: “In the first moto I was a bit tense and suffered arm pump. That was fine in the second and the third moto, but I didn’t have a great feeling with the bike today. So I just rode carefully and tried to do what I could. Starting from the worst position on the gate after I had some problems in qualifying was not helping either! Anyway I’m happy for my team, my fans and the sponsors to take the Belgian title. I was consistent, but unfortunately I didn’t win any races. It was not an easy season, but I capped it off in a positive way and I would like to thank everyone who supported me. This was probably my last race of the season, so I’m really looking forward to some rest and I’m very excited about 2012!”

Ken De Dycker, Mont-Saint Guibert overall winner: “Actually I didn’t expect that it would go so well! We had some great conditions here and I loved racing this track. My second moto was the most difficult because I was a bit too late for the start and messed up my start after that. On top of that a stone knocked the lens out of my goggles so I had to stop to adjust (this). But catching up to get third in that race was not so bad. The other two races went perfectly, I just had to be careful to pace myself because I’m nowhere as race fit like I was earlier in the season. I hadn’t been racing for weeks so these three motos were pretty brutal. My arms were sore and I felt a bit stiff, however I’m not complaining. Going into hibernation with a win under your belt feels great!”

Race 1: 1. Ken De Dycker (BEL, LS Honda Racing), 2. Davide Guarneri, 3. Anthony Boissiere, 4. Jeremy Delincé, 5. Tanel Leok, 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, LS Honda Racing), 7. Cyril Coulon, 8. Nick Triest, 9. Rui Goncalves, 10. Manuel Priem

Race 2: 1. Davide Guarneri, 2. Rui Goncalves, 3. Ken De Dycker (BEL, LS Honda Racing), 4. Tanel Leok, 5. Marvin Van Daele, 6. Anthony Boissiere, 7. Thomas Allier, 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, LS Honda Racing), 9. Manuel Priem, 10. Cyril Coulon

Race 3: 1. Ken De Dycker (BEL, LS Honda Racing), 2. Rui Goncalves, 3. Anthony Boissiere, 4. Marvin Van Daele, 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, LS Honda Racing), 6. Manuel Priem, 7. Jurgen Wybo, 8. Nick Triest, 9. Jeremy Delincé, 10. Cyril Coulon

Mont-Saint Guibert classification: 1. Ken De Dycker (BEL, LS Honda Racing) 70 pts, 2. Rui Gonçalves 56, 3. Anthony Boissiere 55, 4. Davide Guarneri 47, 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, LS Honda Racing) 44, 6. Marvin Van Daele 41,7. Jeremy Delincé 39, 8. Manuel Priem 38, 9. Nick Triest 36, 10. Cyril Coulon 36

Open Belgian Motocross Championship final standings: 1. Shaun Simpson (GBR, LS Honda Racing), 356 pts, 2. Ken De Dycker (BEL, LS Honda Racing) 311, 3. Davide Guarneri 306, 4. Clément Desalle 216, 5. Marvin Van Daele 206, 6. Kevin Strijbos 199, 7. Steve Ramon 184, 8. Jeremy Delincé 170, 9. David Cools 156, 10. Nick Triest 150

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UEM Supercross Series 2011 schedule

Below is the schedule for teh 2011 UEM Supercross Series:

  • Round #1 – Oct 1 – Torino, Italy
  • Round #2 – Oct 14 – Palais du Sport, Marseille, France
  • Round #3 – Oct 15 – Palais du Sport, Marseille, France
  • Round #4 – Oct 22 – Byzkaya Arena, Bilbao, Spain
  • Round #5 – Nov 12 – EICMA Fair, Milano, Italy
  • Round #6 – Nov 19 – Palafiera, Genova, Italy

Here, courtesy of Off Road Pro Racing, is more info:

On 1st of October, from PalaSport Olimpico in Turin, at 20.30, starts 2011 EUROSUPERCROSS. The event is organized by the company Magic For Fun Events, led by Giorgio Foi.

The modern and wonderful Olympic venue in Turin (12.500 seats) is hosting the first Round of a Championship which will touch, after Turin, the cities of Marseille (14, 15 October), Bilbao (22 October), Milano EICMA (12 November), Genova (19 November).

This is a Championship full of Supercross expert riders, which are skill and fast enough to keep behind the colleagues who excel in the traditional in World Motocross.

The Championship as a common well-established denominator: a huge audience, estimated, for all the six Rounds, in about 150.000 attendance. We must say that the Round of Milan, included in the schedule event of MotoLive, is the main in terms of number of visitors.

As concern the Round in Turin, it will be an explosive situation for the quantity and quality of the riders, and they are so balanced that is not possible to make any prediction on the race result.

Speaking about the riders we will find Cedric MANNEVY (Suzuki MD Racing), Christophe MARTIN (Honda A Team), Alex ROUIS (Honda MB Team), Cedric SOUBEYRAS (Honda MB Team), and we will find some of our national bearer such as Stefano DAMI (Honda MB Team), Matteo BONINI (Suzuki MTW Racing Team), Angelo PELLEGRINI (Suzuki MTW Racing Team) and Marco MADDII (KTM Maddii Racing).

For the other classes, SX2 and SXR, included in the program to develop the growth of the young European riders, is to report the French school and our national riders because we know them well.

For the 125cc. they are Luca MORONI (KTM Steels Dr. Jack), Samuele BERNARDINI (KTM Maglia Azzurra UFO Corse), Tommaso DE PIETRI (Suzuki Castellari), Tommaso VENDRAMINI (Cevolani KTM MX Racing Team, unfortunately will be probably absent for injury Simone ZECCHINA (Suzuki Castellari).

For the 85cc. we have Brian HSU (DJ Racing Suzuki), Nicola Soave (KTM Bisso Galeto), R. Tommaso ISDRAELE (KTM Megan Racing), Filippo Zonta (Maglia Azzurra UFO Corse), Nicholas Lapucci (KTM AM Aretina). But also here is impossible to predict because it’s very difficult to identify the forces in the field expressed by the French School, which we know to be brilliant samples of young champion as for them Supercross is a priority. Facebook Twitter



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