GRAND PRIX RIDER TO RACE AT WASHOUGAL:
CURRENTLY FOURTH IN THE WORLD, CLEMENT DESALLE WILL BE AT WASHOUGAL; JOSH HILL WON’T BE RACING
Although totally unheard of in the USA, Belgian rider Clement Desalle will race this weekend’s Washougal 450 National. Desalle has had four podiums and a moto win in this year FIM 450 World Championship.
Desalle said, “When I looked at the calendar I found out that Washougal was the perfect opportunity to race in the U.S. I can’t tell you how stoked I am to be here! It’s definitely a childhood dream coming true to ride on such a great track and against these guys.”
Desalle is currently fourth in FIM points behind Tony Cairoli, Max Nagl and World Champion David Philippaerts.
MEANWHILE OVER AT TEAM YAMAHA
Josh Hill is finally taking time off to let his back heal. The Yamaha factory rider has missed earning points in eight of the last 14 motos–due to injuries, crashes or slowness.
Hill will be replaced this weekend by privateer Scott Champion. Champion’s biggest moment on this year’s National circuit came when he ignored waving yellow flags and a red flag to jump into the back of Austin Stroupe at Glen Helen (during the Michael Hall-caused restart). The crash occurred 50 feet from the waving red flag and angered Stroupe to no end.
Champion’s best finish this year was an 18th in one moto and he currently sits 34th in the AMA 250 National Championship.