The Russian round of the FIM Motocross World Championship has been a success for Kawasaki during the past two seasons with overall GP victories for Clément Desalle and the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team in the premier MXGP class. Whilst battling again for a podium result last weekend the Belgian had a pretty big crash in the first race and was back on Monday in his homeland to have surgery with Doctor Claes. He underwent successful surgery to his broken left tibia-fibula but he’s also suffering from a right ankle sprain and is now entering a long recovery programme.
The team will travel this weekend to Latvia with Julien Lieber, who feels more and more comfortable on the bike and is improving his results each weekend; seventh in Portugal, Julien scores a sixth overall in France and again last weekend in Russia, despite a bad gate pick.
François Lemariey (team manager): “We were disappointed last weekend when Clément crashed, but hopefully the surgery went Ok and Clément has now start a long recovery program. We can’t say how long he will be out, but the entire team is of course behind him and wish him a good recovery. Now we stay focus alongside Julien, who show in the past GPs’ big improvements and is coming closer to podium results; we are sure that if he can qualify better that will help him on Sunday, and we’re happy to see that the testing sessions we did with him in the past weeks help him to get better results.”