Despite the extreme conditions at the weekend in Russia, no one could stop Dunlop’s Clement Desalle from claiming his 2nd victory in a row in the MXGP Championship.
Torrential rain blighted the Orlyonok track overnight and during the first MX2 race as the various classes all struggled to get to grips with the treacherous combination of thick mud and standing water.
Using Dunlop’s Geomax MX-3S on both front and rear, Desalle qualified down in 7th but really shone in the difficult conditions as others faultered and fell by the wayside.
A total of 45 points from the event move the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider up to second in the championship overall with 9 rounds still to go this season.
In the MX2 class there was also a maiden podium for Dutchman Brian Bogers, also on Dunlop, as he took 6th in the opening moto followed up by a much improved 2nd place. In the second MX2 race Bogers was the only rider to finish within a lap of the race winner as conditions continued to deteriorate.
An accident deprived Kemea Yamaha Official MX Team’s Benoit Paturel of a podium finish this time, but his third place from race one and twelfth in race two were enough to classify him in fourth place overall. He now lies fifth in the standings and closed the gap to his nearest championship rivals. Paturel’s team-mate Alvin Östlund tied on points and was classified fifth, a career best in MX2.
Eddy Seel, Dunlop Event Leader commented:
“The MX3S worked well – it provided good grip in the very slippery conditions. I’m very happy with Clement’s second win and the move up the table to second place in the championship. It was a good result for Brian Bogers and the HSF team too.”
The next event, the MXGP of Lombardia (Italy), takes place on the track at Ottobiano on 25th June. The track is new to the MXGP calendar. The sand track will see the MX3S front paired with the MX11 sand tyre for the rear.
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