DeSalle Recovering

Clement Desalle on the road to recovery from broken C6 vertebra

Clement Desalle is currently recovering at home from his crash during the opening moto of the penultimate round of the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship at Assen in the Netherlands last weekend.

Until last weekend the 2017 season had been a good one for Clement Desalle and the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team as they were in contention for a top three finish in the FIM MXGP World Championship.

Winners of two GPs this season Clement and the team were confident before Assen as the Belgian rider had enjoyed his first GP win with Kawasaki at this track one year ago. But the season ended for Clement with a crash during the first heat, when he landed heavily from one of the biggest jumps of the artificial track built in front of the main grandstand at the famous road race facility.

After several examinations, first at the track and later in Belgium, it has been confirmed that Clement suffered a broken C6 vertebra without displacement; he will need to rest for several weeks to recover but according to the medical experts he will not have any more disturbance from this injury once he has recovered.


Desalle in action through the year

"I’m disappointed as I can’t finish the championship and fight for the top three in the series, but I’m also glad as my doctor confirmed to me that I will have no further trouble with my vertebrae in the future," Desalle said.

"We had a good season with the team as I won two GPs and got some other podiums but the goal was of course to do the entire series; there’s a great atmosphere in the team, we know each other really well and we have reached a high level as we are the leading Japanese brand in the championship. Concerning my injury I feel pretty lucky as it was a big crash; the sand was wet and heavy due to the rain and just before one of the biggest jumps I came in a softer part of the track and lost my balance.

"I went over the bars and hit the ground pretty hard; I had feeling in all my limbs and could move them, but I had a lot of pain in my back. Now I have to rest for a few weeks, which is not easy as I’m used to being very active, but there’s nothing else I can do except accept the situation," the Frenchman concluded.


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Barcia's Next Ride?

2017 Monster Energy Cup | Justin Barcia Racing Privateer Honda




These last few weeks have been busy for Justin Barcia. After three years with the JGRMX team, Barcia announced he was parting ways with the North Carolina crew after the 2017 MXGP of USA and that his plans for the immediate future were unclear. After a bit of downtime and a trip to England, Barcia has declared that he will line up for the 2017 Monster Energy Cup aboard a privately funded Honda CRF450R. This is a huge change in pace for Barcia, who spent the majority of his career on Honda equipment and departed the brand to ride for JGRMX in 2015.

Barcia claimed the overall win at the 2012 Monster Energy Cup aboard a Team Honda HRC bike, so he’s no stranger to success at the unique event in Las Vegas.

Barcia’s personal sponsors have a massive impact on his one-race program, as he will receive support from Alpinestars, Monster Energy, SCOTT, Arai as we as a list of new partners. The full list is posted below in Barcia’s announcement message.

Hello Everyone,

Well I have an option or two that I will be looking into for 2018, but for now I am extremely excited to announce my plans for the Monster Energy Cup.

On October 14th I will be riding a privateer Honda. Details are still getting worked out, but so far I am excited and wanted to share the news with the Moto community.

I am extremely appreciative and grateful for all the support that is going into this project and I could not do it without these awesome companies & people:
Monster Energy
Morgantown Powersports for supplying practice bikes
Levi Kilbarger/BONZI
Tim Bennet
TCD Racing for building & prepping the race bike
Twisted Development Motors
Brian Fleck at Dunlop
Feld Motorsports
The Home Team of Mom & Dad, Amber & Dr. Steve Navarro for all the hard work, phone calls and behind the scenes hustle.

See ya’ll soon, JB51




MCR's Weimer Hurt

Jake Weimer | Injured While Testing


Series Of Injuries For MCR Rider


We’ve learned that Jake Weimer has suffered a series of injuries after a practice crash. The SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda rider went down while practicing at Milestone MX Park and was taken to a nearby hospital with a broken right wrist, broken left scapula, broken left elbow, bruised ribs, a bruised right lung and a collapsed left lung.

This comes just weeks after the announcement that Weimer had signed to the SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda team for the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series alongside Justin Brayton and Vince Friese.


MXGP France

Herlings win in France

Red Bull KTM Factory rider Jeffrey Herlings has won his sixth overall victory in seven weeks to remain as the man of the moment. The Dutchman went 3-1 in condition that usually don’t suit the sand master. Second overall was Tim Gajser with 1-3 and third Max Anstie with 4-2.

“He (Anstie) took the holeshot and was tough to pass, the last few laps was on the edge, three in a row, could have been six in a row. I want to thank my mum, she does everything for me. Great finish to the season.”

Anstie led the final MXGP moto of the year, as Febvre is stuck in the early going, and out of contention. Herlings second, then Gajser, Tonus, Bobryshev, Van Horebeek, Simpson, Cairoli and Coldenhoff.

After a lap Herlings was all over Anstie, for the lead, and Febvre up to 10th after a flying first lap. Anstie continued to lead, as Herlings remained close, and Cairoli passed Tonus for fourth place.

After five laps it was Anstie, two seconds ahead of Herlings, then Gajser, Tonus, Cairoli, Bobryshev, Coldenhoff, Febvre, Paulin and Van Horebeek.

Bobryshev into fourth as something went on with Cairoli and Tonus. Herlings all over Anstie as the rain started falling hard, it was tricky with the muddy conditions. Febvre up to seventh place and Paulin passed Coldenhoff. Febvre then passed Cairoli for sixth position.

Bobryshev went down and Febvre up to fourth place, due to the error by the Russian rider. Herlings also down, and so did his overall victory chances.

Herlings suddenly closing quickly on Anstie as the Dutchman wants another MXGP overall victory. Ridiculous how quick Herlings is, back onto the back wheel of Anstie.

Herlings took the lead on lap 15 as he goes for the overall victory, his sixth overall win in seven weeks.

Herlings and Anstie were all over the place as the mud causes everyone problems. Still the remained first and second. Even in these tough conditions, these guys are on it.

Herlings wins it from Anstie and Gajser.

MXGP – Overall Classification

1 84 Herlings, Jeffrey NED KNMV KTM 20 25 45
2 243 Gajser, Tim SLO AMZS HON 25 20 45
3 99 Anstie, Max GBR ACU HUS 18 22 40
4 461 Febvre, Romain FRA FFM YAM 22 18 40
5 21 Paulin, Gautier FRA MCM HUS 16 15 31
6 22 Strijbos, Kevin BEL FMB SUZ 15 13 28
7 4 Tonus, Arnaud SUI FMS YAM 11 16 27
8 89 Van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL FMB YAM 13 14 27
9 259 Coldenhoff, Glenn NED KNMV KTM 14 12 26
10 24 Simpson, Shaun GBR ACU YAM 6 10 16
11 12 Nagl, Maximilian GER DMSB HUS 7 9 16
12 77 Lupino, Alessandro ITA FMI HON 8 8 16
13 7 Leok, Tanel EST EMF HUS 4 11 15
14 999 Goncalves, Rui POR FMP HUS 5 7 12
15 222 Cairoli, Antonio ITA FMI KTM 12 0 12


Covington wins MX2 in France

American Thomas Covington of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team has won the Grand Prix of France with 1-2 results, leading home Australian riders Hunter Lawrence and Jed Beaton. Lawrence going 4-1 and Beaton 3-4.

“It’s unbelievable,” Covington said. “Man, I have to thank my team, the bike is awesome this year.”

Covington took the holeshot for the second MX2 moto, then Lawrence, Bogers, Prado, Jacobi, Pootjes, Beaton, Seewer, Lieber and Jonass 10th.

Bogers took the lead on the second lap, but Covington regained the lead soon after. Bogers then got passed by Lawrence, who then also passed Covington. Bogers also went past Covington, and Seewer also looking for a way past.

After three laps it was Lawrence, Bogers, Seewer, Covington, Beaton, Pootjes, Prado, Jonass, Ostlund and Olsen.

After six laps it was Lawrence with an eight point lead, then Seewer, Covington, Beaton, Bogers, Jonass, Prado, Pootjes, Ostlund, and Olsen 10th.

Covington was all over Seewer as those two fight for the overall positions. Covington into second and into the overall lead. Lawrence just walking away with the moto, and Covington just ahead of Seewer, with Beaton fourth.

Lawrence won the moto from Covington and Jonass.

MX2 – GP Classification

1 64 Covington, Thomas USA MUL HUS 25 22 47
2 96 Lawrence, Hunter AUS MA SUZ 18 25 43
3 14 Beaton, Jed AUS MA HON 20 18 38
4 91 Seewer, Jeremy SUI FMS SUZ 22 16 38
5 41 Jonass, Pauls LAT LAMSF KTM 16 20 36
6 19 Olsen, Thomas Kjer DEN DMU HUS 14 9 23
7 189 Bogers, Brian NED KNMV KTM 6 15 21
8 61 Prado Garcia, Jorge ESP RFME KTM 7 14 21
9 57 Sanayei, Darian USA AMA KAW 10 10 20
10 161 Östlund, Alvin SWE SVEMO YAM 12 8 20


Positive finish on the cards for Lawrence in MXGP finals

Factory Suzuki rider excited to race in front of 'crazy' French fans.


Youthful Australian Hunter Lawrence is eager to finish off the 2017 MX2 World Championship on a strong note, as he takes on the Villars sous Ecot circuit in France for the very first time in his career.

Lawrence, who is just in his rookie season of world championship racing, currently sits ninth in standings after a challenging round at last weekend’s penultimate stop in The Netherlands.

The Queensland-native mentioned he’s excited to race in front of the French fans, and with a dramatic change in surface from recent rounds, he’s hopeful of gaining an good feeling with the conditions.

“I always like going to a French GP,” Lawrence commented. “I’ve only been to one but it was a cool experience with some crazy fans. The track looks okay, quite hilly, a lot more hard-pack than the one in Assen so I just hope I can get a good result and have a good feeling on the track to end the season performing well.”

The factory Suzuki World MX2 rider has endured many highs and lows in his opening year of MX2, recording two overall podiums at the German and USA rounds, while a back injury suffered in a local German race saw him sidelined for a number of rounds in the middle of the championship.

Following the weekend’s final grand prix, Lawrence is poised to represent Australia at the prestigious Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, which is slated to be hosted by Matterly Basin in Great Britain, on 1 October.


Home supercross circuit definitely beneficial for Mellross

Preparations on-track for 2017 AUS Supercross campaign.


DPH Motorsport Yamaha’s Hayden Mellross believes his private New South Wales-based supercross track is definitely beneficial in his preparations for the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship.

Mellross, who just returned to Australia from the MXGP of USA in Florida, said the ability to tailor his track to American styled supercross circuits plays as an advantage when contesting round domestically, which are commonly known to be mellow in comparison.

“I think it is beneficial for sure to have a great supercross track,” Mellross told “For me, I’ve spent a lot of time in the US racing supercross, so I’ve experienced the American supercross tracks first hand.

“When I come back and my brother helps build the track, I can kind of walk the track and tell him that this is different or what he can change. I feel like having that in our back pocket makes it better because training on tracks that are more technical, steeper and demanding is beneficial when you go to a race here in Australia where the tracks aren’t as challenging.

“I think having a supercross track and that luxury is a huge, huge positive for myself. It is something we’ve worked on hard for the last 3-4 years to develop too.”

The youthful rider came agonisingly close to capturing the 2016 SX2 title until a mechanical failure denied him of the opportunity at the final round, however he bounced back to record a number of career-best finishes in the highly-regarded Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 West Championship this year.

Mellross commented that despite just landing in Australia on Sunday, his supercross preparation is going smoothly, with plans in place to commence further developments on the YZ250F with the DPH squad in Victoria this weekend.

“Everything has been well,” he continued. “I haven’t been able to do any testing as yet, the weather hasn’t been ideal down in Melbourne, but I have pretty good base in suspension from last year. I’ve brought a few little things to develop from the states too.

“So hopefully when I go down to Melbourne this weekend for testing we can develop it a little more and get an even better package than what we already have. Everything has been well getting back into supercross, and I’m just enjoying being home, training during the day and being able to see the family at night.”

The opening round of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship is set to be hosted by Jimboomba X Stadium, scheduled for 23 September.


Strijbos To MXoN

Team Belgium drafts in Strijbos for Matterley Basim

MXGP regular to replace injured Desalle in Great Britain.

Team Belgium has revealed Kevin Strijbos (Suzuki World MXGP) will replace injured athlete Clement Desalle (Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing) for the upcoming Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) slated for 1 October, at Matterley Basin in Great Britain.

Stijbos will fulfil the premier class position in the MXGP category alongside Belgian teammates Julien Lieber (LRT KTM) and Jeremy Van Horebeek (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing).

Desalle, who hasn’t represented the country at the prestigious event in the past four years, injured his lower back at America’s 17th round of the MXGP World Championship, forcing his 2017 campaign to come to a premature end.

Victors of the Chamberlains Trophy in 2013, Belgium enter the 2017 edition as podium favourites after falling just shy of the box at last year’s instalment of the event.


2017 ISDE