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DESALLE_VALENCE 16S29Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle underwent surgery after suffering a fracture of the left radius in a crash during the weekend’s Valence International Motocross.. Photo: Monster Energy

Clement Desalle was on his way to a fifth consecutive victory in the French event until his crash during the Superfinal. He had already won both MX1 races, leading from start-to-finish after securing the holeshot and setting fastest lap each time. He was again challenging for victory in the Superfinal until he crashed at the completion of the fifth lap. He immediately felt pain in his left arm, and the medical examination revealed that the radius was broken. During the night he was moved back to Belgium, where the well-known Doctor Claes examined the injury this morning and carried out surgery this afternoon.

Clement Desalle: “Of course I’m devastated at the moment; it’s such a shock for myself and the team. Everything was perfect; I won both MX1 motos and we made some good adjustments to the bike as the track was wet, slippery and muddy after the showers during the week. I didn’t take any risks, but when I saw that there was an opportunity to pass Simpson for the lead I took another line in the corner before the finish jump to pass him. When I stood up I realised immediately that my arm was broken.”

jorditixier2016mmmm9Jordi Tixier: He’ll miss the first two GPs. Photo: Monster Energy

As for Jordi Tixier, 2014 FIM 250 World Champion, he was forced to move to the 450 class because he turned 23 years old this season, was also injured in the 2015 season. But, he had signed a two-year deal with Kawasaki in 2015 that included racing the 450 class in 2016. During pre-season training, Jordi had some pain in his right wrist and further examination has revealed damage to a ligament that forced him to have further surgery in Paris by Dr. Mathoulin, one of Europe’s most famous hand specialists. The surgery was successful, but Jordi needs time to recover before getting back to racing. He will miss Qatar on February 27 and Thailand on March 6, but should be able to return to action when the MXGP series comes back to Europe on March 28.


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