Clement Desalle and Jeffrey Herlings Win the Portugal GP - Dirt Rider Magazine

Clement Desalle and Jeffrey Herlings obtained a new Grand Prix victory in the sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Desalle kept the red plate one more week and Herlings became the new leader of the MX2 Championship. Ken Roczen won the first race, but he had a big crash in the second heat and could not finish the race.Clement Desalle dominated the whole weekend, winning the MX1 qualifying race yesterday and winning both heats today. Second overall was Antonio Cairoli and third was Evgeny Bobryshev.Jeffrey Herlings obtained his third overall win in the MX2 class, while Gautier Paulin was second and Zach Osborne third.This morning also took place the second race of the UEM EMX-2 series and Dylan Ferrandis obtained his maiden overall victory of the season. Romain Febvre obtained the red plate thanks to the second overall position and third overall was Charles Lefrancois.


Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1's Desalle obtained his third overall victory this weekend in Agueda. The Belgian rider struggled a little bit with the track, but he managed to finish on the top of the rostrum. Desalle is still leading the MX1 Championship with 12 points difference over Antonio Cairoli.Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1's Cairoli was second overall this weekend, but he was really close to obtaining another GP victory. Cairoli got the fastest lap in the second heat and he was very close to overtake Desalle in both first

and second motos.Honda World Motocross' Bobryshev achieved his second podium of the season thanks to his two fourth positions in today's races. The Russian took the Lovemytime holeshot award in the first heat and he also did a very good start in the second one, so it's a matter of time for him to obtain his maiden GP victory.His team mate Rui Goncalves finished seventh in the first heat, but he succeeded in being third in the second one and he ended with a solid overall fourth position in his home GP. Goncalves took the holeshot in the second race and he is now very confident for the upcoming GP.Monster Energy Yamaha's Frossard did a very good first race and he finished third, but things did not start well for the French rider in the second one. Frossard had to start from the 18th position and although he did all his best, he crossed the finish line in the seventh position. Frossard is third in the FIM MX1 World Championship, 36 points behind Desalle.De Dycker felt really good this weekend and he was able to finish sixth overall, ahead of Boog and Ramon. Leok obtained a solid ninth position and Barragan completed the top ten. The Spanish rider was involved in a tangle in the start of the first race and he finished 13th, and in the second race he crossed the finish line in eighth position.Nagl was eighth in the first race, but he got a dnf in the second one, as he injured his right thumb and could not finish the race. The German was 14th overall.Philippaerts crashed in both heats and got a dnf in the two motos. Fortunately, he is not injured and he will be ready for the Spanish GP next week.Clement Desalle: "It was good to win and I'm happy with the result but I'm not that pleased with some mistakes I made. Tony was getting close to me both times but I stayed focussed and didn't want to crash. I wasn't tense and I knew what speed I could do. It was good to get more experience of being at the front and learning from the pressure! I had to pass Rui and Bobryshev in the second moto but I took my time because I didn't want to have to take any risks. I looked for opportunities and there wasn't many because the track was very rough and stony. I am still leading the Championship, but we will think about this more at the end of the season!"Antonio Cairoli:"I like this track a lot. I have won four GPs and 11 motos here during my career, so actually it is one of my favourite GPs. But today it was pretty hard. It hasn't rained here for a long time and there were a lot of strange bumps on the track where you can make a lot of mistakes".Evgeny Bobryshev: "It feels very good to be on the podium again and to see that Russian flag going up the pole. Yesterday I was making too many mistakes. I was leading the qualification heat and I had a lot of pressure from the others behind me. I made a silly crash so I thought a lot about my riding Saturday night and just wanted to be consistent today and that's what happened. I want to keep on doing my best. Tracks are different for people every weekend; sometimes you can be fast sometimes not so much. I am working week by week at the moment, but tomorrow I go home to Holland with a smile on my face."MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40:08.979; ; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:00.347; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), +0:21.563; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:27.953; 5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:33.869; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), +0:35.561; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:37.354; 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:39.820; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:46.508; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, TM), +1:13.168;MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40:31.329; ; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:01.614; 3. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:23.597; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:31.453; 5. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:36.322; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), +0:47.326; 7. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), +0:54.066; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +1:01.305; 9. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:08.465; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, TM), +1:12.200;MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 249 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 237 p.; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 213 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 192 p.; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 177 p.; 6. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 167 p.; 7. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 161 p.; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 137 p.; 9. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), 136 p.; 10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 134 p.;


Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2's Herlings obtained his third overall victory of the season and he also became the new red plate holder of the MX2 Championship. Herlings was not able to win any of the races, but his consistency made him go out with the overall win.Monster Energy Yamaha's Paulin succeeded in being on the second step of the podium and he is still fifth in the Championship, but just two points behind fourth classified Osborne. Paulin made some mistakes today, but he was able to keep focused on his riding and managed to be on the podium.The third overall position was for Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha's Osborne, who finished tight in points with Paulin. Osborne was very sick this weekend and had a lot of pain in his chest. However, the American rider gave all his best and completed the top three. Osborne explained that they made some changes on the settings of the bike and he is feeling much better.CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit's Anstie rode among the top three riders during the first heat, but he was down to fourth by the end of the race. The Brit did not have a good start in the second moto and crossed the finish line in seventh position. Anstie finished fourth overall and he is now sixth in the point standings.Completing the top five was Arnaud Tonus from Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha thanks to his 11-4 result. Tonus started sixth in the first race, but an early crash made him start from the very last position. The Swiss made an incredible comeback and crossed the finish line in the 11th position.Charlier had a very good weekend in Portugal and showed that he has the speed to ride among the top ten riders of the MX2 class. Charlier had a difficult first race, but he managed to finish eighth, while in the second one he got a solid sixth position.Searle won the second race with great authority but he got a dnf in the first heat. The British rider went out the track when we was battling with his team mate Anstie for the third position and his back wheel got stuck with the green fence. Searle could not finish the race, but thanks to his race win in the second moto, he got an overall seventh position.Roczen won the first heat of the MX2 class, but he crashed really hard at the beginning of the second race and he could not go back on his KTM. The German rider felt a heavy pain on his back, but fortunately he has no serious injury and he might be able to race the Spanish GP next week.Roelants got a solid ninth overall position, followed by Finnish rider, Harri Kullas. Butron and Coldenhoff did a very good performance this weekend in Agueda, finishing 11th and 12th, and Aubin, even having taken the holeshot in the first race, he was just 13th overall.Michael Leib was back this weekend on his Husqvarna machine and he could only be 21st. Leib finished 17th in the first heat but he could not finish the second one due to some problems with his bike.Jeffrey Herlings: "I'm six points ahead of Kenny now and I have to keep it like that. It's going to be really hard because Ken is in very good shape and he's really fast, but all in all it was a good weekend for me. I'll try to be cool, that's the main thing I have to do to hold onto the red plate. It will be hard but I'm looking forward to the races next weekend and I hope to keep it."Gautier Paulin: "I'm always happy to be on the podium but I am disappointed that I could not get a good start and run with the guys up front. I proved in the first moto after I had a crash that I could run the same lap times as the leaders. I want to make it happen now and I feel really good on the bike. My next goal is to fight for GP wins,"Zach Osborne: "Yesterday I thought two top ten finishes would be a good result. I got off to a good start and overall made some decent points today. I was able to charge the whole way in the first race but in the second after twenty-five minutes I was struggling to hold onto what I had. I tried to go with Gautier as long as I could to separate myself from Tonus; that would have given me second overall but third is not bad. We made some modifications to the bike after St Jean and they worked for me with two good starts. I need to get strong now for Spain next week ".MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 40:23.948; ; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:02.308; 3. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:27.082; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:30.894; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:30.916; 6. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +1:15.943; 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +1:44.811; 8. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:47.950; 9. Antonio Jose Butron Oliva (ESP, KTM), -1 lap(s); 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), -1 lap(s);MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 39:09.082; ; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:16.263; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.500; 4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:22.398; 5. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:45.623; 6. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:52.971; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:04.150; 8. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), +1:08.713; 9. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +1:10.771; 10. Antonio Jose Butron Oliva (ESP, KTM), +1:34.843;MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 257 points; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 251 p.; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 224 p.; 4. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 198 p.; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 196 p.; 6. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 167 p.; 7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 166 p.; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 142 p.; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 138 p.; 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 130 p.;