Another podium for Clement Desalle in Indonesia

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team claimed another podium in the second round of the FIM MXGP World Motocross Championship in Indonesia and is now second in the series points. Both KRT riders were handicapped in gate choice in the adverse conditions by a post-session move to decide grid positions on times […]

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team claimed another podium in the second round of the FIM MXGP World Motocross Championship in Indonesia and is now second in the series points.

Both KRT riders were handicapped in gate choice in the adverse conditions by a post-session move to decide grid positions on times set in the free practice session usually used only to become acquainted with the track, but Desalle used the power of his KX450F-SR to take a third-placed start in the opening GP moto and quickly advance to second. Avoiding injury risk on the treacherous surface Clement was satisfied to consolidate his third position after being passed by the eventual winner. With each of his leading title rivals behind him to the finish Clement has advanced to second in the series standings, just eight points away from the championship pacesetter. After yet more adverse weather during the afternoon officials took the wise decision to cancel the second race on grounds of safety.

Teammate Jordi Tixier also made rapid advances from his unsatisfactory gate pick to take over eighth place on lap seven; the Frenchman held this position for several laps until he found his line choice through a particularly severe section blocked by slower rivals who had fallen. The resultant stop cost Jordi five positions and he had insufficient time to regain more than one position before the chequered flag to cross the finishing line twelfth. Jordi is now eleventh in the championship standings.

Clément Desalle: “I could be satisfied with this podium, but I’m not totally happy as this GP was very special and I think that teams and riders should be given more consideration and respect. For sure I’m happy to go back home safe, what can I say otherwise about this race? I got a decent start from my sixteenth position on the grid, and then managed to avoid any big mistake in the tricky sections of the track. It looked like an enduro in one section, and fortunately I go riding enduro with friends in Belgium so maybe that helped me! After these first two GPs I’d like to thanks my team for their support; we have a very close relationship this year as we now know each other very well. I feel completely at home on my bike, and each weekend we make yet more improvements so I’m happy and confident for the upcoming races.”

Jordi Tixier: “It was a very strange and tough weekend as the programme changed several times; for sure we knew that it would be complicated as before coming here we saw that it was the monsoon period in Indonesia. I was way outside on the gate as nobody told us that the free practice session would count for gate pick, but my start was not so bad and I made some good moves to advance to eighth; I can’t say that I had fun on the bike, but I had good lines except in the muddy section where I was blocked by other riders and lost a lot of time with five laps to go. After that I just focused on finishing the race; we know that it’s a lottery in these conditions and scoring points was important even if I can’t be happy with a twelfth place.”

Warokorn Joins Ryde As Sofuoglu Stand-In

In a move designed to provide the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team with two potent riders in readiness for the Thailand round of the FIM Supersport World Championship, local rider Thitipong Warokorn will join regular team rider Kyle Ryde at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram. Warokorn will be riding in place of injured team regular […]

In a move designed to provide the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team with two potent riders in readiness for the Thailand round of the FIM Supersport World Championship, local rider Thitipong Warokorn will join regular team rider Kyle Ryde at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram.

Warokorn will be riding in place of injured team regular Kenan Sofuoglu, who is hoping to return to action at the first European round of the championship at Motorland Aragon in early April. Sofuoglu is eager to get back to action to go for what would be his sixth title in a class of racing he has almost made his own in recent seasons.

The chance to join the official Kawasaki entry in the WorldSSP class is an ideal opportunity for Thitipong to shine in front of his home crowd as a Kawasaki rider for the first time. He joins Kawasaki as a regular Thailand Superbike Championship rider this season, after competing for other manufacturers for most of his career.

Starting Motocross racing at 8 years of age Thitipong won several national titles before crossing over to roadracing in 2010. He continued his success almost instantly, by winning the Thailand Superbike Championship in 2010 and 2011.

The 28-year-old rider from Chonburi has ridden once before in the WorldSSP championship, at his home circuit, in 2015. He is perhaps best known outside of his native country as a Moto2 rider, having competed in 42 races across three seasons.

Thitipong is also a well known as a competitor in the Asian Supersport Championship, which he competed in last season, before opting to re-route his career with Kawasaki in his return to the Thailand Superbike Championship of 2017.

In the permanent Puccetti set-up Kyle Ryde made a thoroughly positive start to his WorldSSP career in taking fourth place in the opening round of the season, finishing just 1.679 seconds behind the winning rider, in a race weekend with all the hopes of the team riding on his young shoulders. His confident and assured start sees him approach the second round eager to get back on track and go for another strong points score.

The second WorldSSP round of the season will end with a 17-lap race on Sunday 12th March, at 14.30 local time in Thailand.

Thitipong Warokorn, stated: “This WorldSSP Buriram round will be my first race under the umbrella of Kawasaki, as I will compete in the Thailand Superbike Championship with the Ninja ZX-10R in 2017. It is so lucky for me to get this big opportunity in the official WorldSSP team on the Ninja ZX-6R at Buriram. This is my home circuit and I know it well.”

Livia Lancelot ready for the challenge

Reigning world champion Livia Lancelot will be in Pangkal Pinang (Indonesia) this weekend for the opening round of the FIM Women World Championship. The Kawasaki rider is ready to defend her title. One week after the men in Qatar, the ladies will start their season this weekend on a brand new facility built in Indonesia; […]

Reigning world champion Livia Lancelot will be in Pangkal Pinang (Indonesia) this weekend for the opening round of the FIM Women World Championship. The Kawasaki rider is ready to defend her title.

One week after the men in Qatar, the ladies will start their season this weekend on a brand new facility built in Indonesia; it is twenty years since Yves Demaria dominated the last GP of Indonesia on his 250 factory Kawasaki. Indonesia is the first one of the six round series for the women, and Livia Lancelot will again put all her energy into starting the season on a good base. “Coming here I feel well, as I had a good winter training. Last year I had a big crash just before Qatar, this time everything is going perfectly so far and I’m physically fit and ready. I am ready, and so is my Monster Energy Kawasaki,” explained the French lady who arrived early in Indonesia, a new venue for all of the Grand Prix participants. “Coming to a new venue is never a problem, it’s more or less the same whether you discover a new track or not. But we don’t really know what to expect with the weather, as it has been raining a lot the past weeks and even the past days. It’s not as hot as it was in Thailand in the past, but let’s hope that we won’t have too much rain as the race could become a lottery; we don’t have all our equipment here in Indonesia, just one bike and some parts and if it rains too much it could be a disaster for some of us,” she added.

With two titles already under her belt, Livia has already achieved her dreams, especially when she claimed her second title last year. “I had been fighting for this title for so many years so it was a relief to finally get it; now I feel much less pressure. I’m the reigning world champion, I have trained to be again champion, I want to defend my title but I don’t feel any pressure. I know that the racing will be tough against Kiara (Fontanesi), Nancy (van de Ven) and Courtney (Duncan) but I’m ready for that battle. We will be four girls fighting for the title, let the best of us get it,” she said, conscious on her chances. “What can make the difference is the age, as I’m the oldest one, and maybe my age and my experience will help me. It can be an advantage or a disadvantage, but I’m sure I will feel much less pressure than Courtney or Nancy who have never been world champion. I’m coming to this race really relaxed.”

After a very busy winter time as she travelled a lot to celebrate her titles and met partners and media, Livia had time to prepare this new season in the best conditions. “When I arrived here I started to train, but I immediately felt very tired even if I had a break and didn’t ride for several weeks. Hopefully Bruno my trainer gave me a good programme so I can recover well, and I’m as fit as I ever was,” she explained. Always running her private 114 team, Livia remains with the same partners for this new season. “There’s no reasons to change a winning team, and I keep all the same partners, each of which are more than simply partners. Most of them were behind me when I created the team, when I got this title, and we have a strong relationship together. I’m proud to ride again for Kawasaki, and to add Monster Energy as a new sponsor; we worked together in 2014, now we are back together and that’s great as they have a strong image and are already working with Kawasaki in other classes. The season will be long, but that’s not a problem for me,” she concluded with a nice smile.