Clemente Desalle to Race Washougal

Lier, Belgium – One of the most eagerly-anticipated and important events on the calendar of LS Motors-Honda rider Clément Desalle arrives this weekend in Washougal, Washington with the eighth round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Nationals. The CRF450R-mounted top privateer left his native Belgium at four in the morning on Monday just hours after his most recent success at Nismes, where Clément won the third race of the Belgian championship. Twenty-year-old Desalle will make his American debut in Washougal, after plans of racing an AMA National in 2008 were shelved last minute.\r\n\r\nDesalle, nicknamed 'MX Panda', has made a name for himself on the GP scene this season with his speed, determination and work ethics. Whilst many Honda riders have struggled in the MX1 World Championship so far the Belgian has gone from strength to strength racking up four overall podium ?nishes, one pole position and one heat win. Clément is currently fourth after 11 GP's making him the ?rst Belgian in standings and thus a favourite to claim his ?rst ever selection in the MX of Nations team managed by Joël Smets. In fact Smets was the last top rider from Belgium to race in a National (Southwick, 2001).\r\n\r\nLS Motors-Honda's American guest rider Ashley Fiolek will also return to race action in Washougal after a four-week hiatus from racing in Thunder Valley-Colorado. The Red Bull-Honda factory rider is currently leading the WMA series with 247 points, while Jessica Patterson is second with 198 points. Out of ten heats 'Kickash' won all of them except one… Fiolek says: "I was so bummed after my second moto at Hangtown because I wanted to win every moto, but it is part of the race and everyone is out here to win! Whatever happens….happens! I just want to ride my race and have fun and be smart."\r\n\r\nClément Desalle, LS Motors-Honda "When we looked at the calendar we found out that Washougal was the perfect opportunity to race in the US. I can't tell you how stoked I am to be here! It's de?nitely a childhood dream coming true to ride such a great track and against these guys. Whenever I could this year I followed the livestream on the internet on Saturday night and it was interesting to follow. Especially to see someone like Christophe Pourcel who I had raced in amateurs in France. As a kid I always admired Chad Reed for his style and skill on a bike so it's going to be really cool to line up with him at the start!\r\n\r\nNormally I will race a stock bike with some LS Motors' bits on it: the Showa suspension, Doma pipe and Renthal handlebars. It's not super trick compared to some of the factory stuff, but if you have a bike that works well and is dialed in for you, it's possible to get good results that's what I've proven in GP's. As far as results are concerned I don't want to make a prediction. I know that sounds a bit lame, but it doesn't mean a thing anyway. It's about what you bring on the track. I'm just going to do my best and try to enjoy the experience!"\r\n\r\nTHE TRACK\r\nThe Washougal MX Park in Soutwest Washington has been on the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross circuit for the past 28 years. Track owners Ralph and Carolyn Huffman have played an integral part in making the facility one of the premier stops on the tour. The lush scenery of the track provides a dream setting not only for racing, but also for photo and video shoots. The promotional materials shot by the manufacturers at the track make Washougal even more iconic. Excellent viewing conditions, impressive elevation changes and high speeds have certainly helped its popularity with the fans.\r\n\r\nPro?le Clement Desalle\r\nTeam: LS Motors-Honda\r\nRacing number: 25\r\nRace machine: Honda CRF450R\r\nDate of Birth: May 19, 1985\r\nBirthplace: La Louvière, Belgium\r\nFirst race: 1999. Picardie League – France\r\nFirst win: 1999. Picardie League – France\r\nGrand prix debut: 2006. MX1 Grand Prix of Flanders – Zolder (Belgium)\r\n\r\nCareer Highlights\r\n2009: currently 4th MX1 World Championship (one heat win – four podiums – one pole position)\r\ncurrently 2nd MX1 Belgian Championship (one event win – two podiums)\r\n2008: 2nd MX1 German Masters\r\n2008: 11th MX1 World Championship\r\n2007: 5th MX1 German Masters\r\n2007: 20th MX1 World Championship\r\n2006: 8th MX1 German Masters\r\n2006: 25th MX1 World Championship\r\n2005: 5th 125cc Junior World championship\r\n2005: 9th 125cc European Championship\r\n2004: 9th 125cc French Junior Championship\r\n2003: 9th 125cc French Cadet Class\r\n2002: Raced in French Cadet and Minimes Minivert series – France\r\n2001: Vice-champion Minivert 85cc – France\r\n2000: Champion Picardie League Kids Championship 85cc – France\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\ncopyright CDS\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPhoto by Ray Archer\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\ncopyright CDS\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPhoto by Ray Archer