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The Belgian rode his strongest qualification of the season to earn fourth choice of gate in the GP races to build his confidence for race day, but a mistake in each #moto cost him several placing and, with the track surface getting progressively rougher, he wisely decided not to take any unnecessary risks atthis early stage of the season. An error early in the opening #moto cost him four places and Clement could only recover one of those before the chequered flag.
A similar ride in race two saw him start third before an error dropped him to sixth. The combined results saw him seventh overall in the GP and he remains third in the standings as the world series heads for Europe after the four overseas GPs.
Teammate Jordi Tixier, who damaged a tendon in his groin during the GP of Patagonia, missed the Mexican GP. The Frenchman has now been operated on by Professor Catonne in Paris and must rest for a few days to allow the wound to heal; he should be able to restart some physical activities within two weeks.
Clement Desalle: “Saturday was OK with good results in the practice sessions and a fourth position in the race for starting positions; it was my best qualification since the beginning of the season! Today I made a good start in the first race, then Cairoli passed me and I was just behind him when I made a mistake during the first lap; I was ninth after this crash, and could only make one pass on Febvre to finish eighth as it was so difficult to overtake on this track. In the second #moto my start was even better and I was fourth behind Paulin when I made a small mistake and Van Horebeek passed me. I finished sixth, but I didn’t take any risks as the season will be long; my feeling was not so good and I had no fun riding here. Now we go back for the European rounds of the series; I’m third in the standings and we’ll continue to work hard with the team.”
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