24-year-old Belgian Clement Desalle has been a consistent performer over the past seven years competing in the FIM MX1-GP world championship. His best seasons have come in 2010 and 2012 when he finished second overall and he also finished third in 2009 and 2011.
Clement has won a total of 13 GPs, the first coming at Loket in the Czech Republic in August 2009. He also won in Brazil later the same year, and then in Italy, Latvia and Portugal in 2010. Success continued in 2011 with wins in Bulgaria, the USA, Portugal and the Czech Republic, in 2012 with wins in Portugal and Sweden, and in 2013 with victories in the Czech Republic and Belgium.
Before competing in the world championship, he learnt his trade in Europe, coming ninth in the 125cc French cadet class in 2003 aged 14. The following year he finished ninth in the junior class of the same competition, and his first breakthrough on the world stage came in 2005 when he followed up his ninth place in the 125cc European championship with a fifth place finish in the 125cc Junior world championship.
Clement’s recent emotional victory in Belgium was his first on home soil. After finishing second to great rival Antonio Cairoli in the first race following a slip near the finish line, Desalle put on a determined and ruthless performance in the second race - he overtook Cairoli on the second corner with a sharp move and held of all attacks to celebrate victory in front of 19,00 appreciative fans.
- Age: 24
- Height: 1.70m
- Weight: 77kg
- Nationality: Belgium