Cairoli party on hold as Desalle wins in Belgium

Motocross World Championship MX1 Bastogne, Belgium August 18 2013
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Home victory for Suzuki rider puts Cairoli's coronation off for another week...

Clement Desalle scored back-to-back Grand Prix victories with a win on home soil at Bastogne to delay Tony Cairoli's confirmation as 2013 MX1 World Champion.

Coming off the back of a win last time out in the Czech Republic, Suzuki rider Desalle capped a fine display with a win in race two at his home Belgian GP to edge a tight Round 15 by virtue of his best result coming in the second moto.

Cairoli had won the first race with Desalle second, and the positions were reversed in race two.

In race one Desalle chased the defending World Champion for the duration before making a mistake on the final lap and crashing – he was able to remount and held second with Gautier Paulin placing third on his return from injury.

In race two Desalle was the man to beat and as his rival had done in the first encounter he led every lap to take a strong win. Tied on 47 points with Cairoli, Desalle was confirmed as GP winner – his first home victory of his career.

Speaking of his endeavours to try and get past Desalle in race two, Cairoli said he had preferred to avoid taking any unnecessary risks.

“I got a good start again in the second moto but he passed me in the second corner when I made a little mistake,” said the Italian. “I tried to stay close but I knew even if I passed him it was not enough to win the championship.

I didn’t want to take any risks and I tried to stay focused and to wait one more week for the title.

Evgeny Bobryshev's strong form of late continued with a 4-3 finish that sealed him third and final spot on the podium, with Belgians Kevin Strijbos, Jeremy van Horebeek and Ken de Dycker taking positions four through to six in the final GP standings.

Cairoli still leads the Championship by 90 points ahead of Desalle, with just two rounds remaining and the possibility of wrapping up a fifth successive MX1 title at the British Grand Prix this coming weekend.

MX1 Race 1 result:
1. Antonio Cairoli, ITA, KTM
2. Clement Desalle, BEL, Suzuki
3. Gautier Paulin, FRA, Kawasaki
4. Evgeny Bobryshev, RUS, Honda
5. Jeremy van Horebeek, BEL, Kawasaki

MX1 Race 2 result:
1. Clement Desalle, BEL, Suzuki
2. Antonio Cairoli, ITA, KTM
3. Evgeny Bobryshev, RUS, Honda
4. Kevin Strijbos, BEL, Suzuki
5. Jeremy van Horebeek, BEL, Kawasaki

Final MX1 classification for GP of Belgium:
1. Clement Desalle, BEL, Suzuki – 47 points
2. Antonio Cairoli, ITA, KTM – 47
3. Evgeny Bobryshev, RUS, Honda – 38
4. Kevin Strijbos, BEL, Suzuki – 32
5. Jeremy van Horebeek, BEL, Kawasaki – 32

MX1 World Championship standings after Round 15:
1. Antonio Cairoli, ITA, KTM – 690 points
2. Clement Desalle, BEL, Suzuki – 600
3. Ken de Dycker, BEL, KTM – 542
4. Gautier Paulin, FRA, Kawasaki – 485
5. Kevin Strijbos, BEL, Suzuki – 469