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Double Podium for Rockstar Energy Suzuki

Team Suzuki Press Office – July 14.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1’s Clement Desalle and Kevin Strijbos battled to second and third positions overall on their works RM-Z450s for their second double Grand Prix podium appearance of the season at Hyvinkää and also seized both holeshots.

The Finnish event was watched by 23,000 spectators for the first GP in the country this century where the bumps and holes of the Hyvinkää sand was a testing surface at the 12th round of 17 in the 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship.

The lap-times were relatively short due to the compact layout. Desalle set up the weekend on a positive note with a controlled and smooth ride to his second pole position of the year on Saturday. First choice in the gate helped with a tricky opening corner where a narrow exit pushed the pack closer together.

The Belgian swept into the turn ahead of the pack and proceeded to set the pace for the majority of the initial 35 minute and two-lap moto. Antonio Cairoli closed to the rear wheel of the Suzuki and took the lead with a close block pass. Desalle was unable to respond after backmarkers impeded his progress in the final seven circulations. The #’25’ was lively out of the gate again in the second race and this time had to play third fiddle to the escaping Cairoli and Strijbos in second. An electric duel with Tommy Searle ended when the pair collided and Searle hit the ground. Desalle launched a late attack on Strijbos but the other Belgian held firm and with a 2-3 scorecard he was able to seal the runner-up spot and lift his ninth trophy of the campaign.

Strijbos was a major protagonist this weekend. He flew out of the gate on Saturday to lead the qualification heat until a slow speed crash cast him back to a final slot of third position. The Belgian veteran was struggling with arm-pump in the first race but was steady to fifth place and then roared again from the start line in the second to match Desalle’s earlier achievement and notch the holeshot. He was briefly able to resist Cairoli but completed almost most of the duration in a lonely second.

In the MX1 standings Desalle is now just nine points behind Gautier Paulin and second position while Strijbos remains in fifth and almost 30 points ahead of Searle. The FIM Motocross World Championship will gather again in two weeks time with a new course inside the Lausitzring motorsport complex set to host round 13 and the Grand Prix of Germany.

Clement Desalle:

“It was good to have pole position and to be able to choose where I wanted to go on the gate. My starts were really good today and I made one holeshot so I am very happy about that. I am improving with my starts and you need a good one to be able to fight in the top three. There was a lot of fighting with Tommy in the second moto but this is racing. He showed that he wasn’t going to let me pass. He came close and I wanted to show that I am also there and if he wanted to do ‘that’ then I would also. They made the track like it is only one line so if you want to pass then you have to take more risks to overtake the guy in front and you can lose a lot of time. I did my best today and I am happy to be on the podium again. I am in second place which is one better than the last few GPs. I hope the next one will again be one more step and there will be some good riding coming.”

Kevin Strijbos:

“I got a good start in the first race but then the arm-pump came and I had to slow the pace. I wasn’t quite happy with that but I had the holeshot in the second moto. Tony was just too fast for me and was riding really well. I had to push hard to stay close to him but he made the gap and then I was by myself. It was not so easy. Anyway I’m happy with my second podium of the year and this has been a good weekend. When I can take a good start – in the top three or five – then I can stay there but when you are mid-pack it is very hard to come through.”

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MX1 Moto1: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:23.418; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:06.700; 3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:11.075; 4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:13.381; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:17.518; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:29.507; 7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:31.544; 8. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:34.243; 9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:40.742; 10. Joel Roelants (BEL, Yamaha), +0:49.945.

MX1 Moto2: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:10.609; 2. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:05.6383. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:07.258; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:11.691; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:17.361; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:40.436; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:41.064; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:52.288; 9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:55.723; 10. Joel Roelants (BEL, Yamaha), +1:00.203.

MX1 Overall result: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 42 p.; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 38 p.; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 35 p.; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 34 p.; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 33 p.; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 27 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 27 p.; 9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 24 p.; 10. Joel Roelants (BEL, Yamaha), 22 p.

MX1 World Championship Standings (after 12 of 17 rounds): 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 564 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 465 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 456 p.; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 441 p.; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 365 p.; 6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 337 p.; 7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 305 p.; 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 296 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 230 p.; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 195 p.

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