Clement Desalle has won premier class Grands Prix each year from 2009 up to 2014 and missed out for the first time in an injury perturbed 2015.
He is now hoping a full and uninterrupted training regime will soon break the mini drought as he strives for his 20th premier class triumph and his first in Monster Energy Kawasaki colours.
In Argentina last week the soon-father-to-be still felt the effects of the recovery period from a broken left arm two weeks before the season opener in Qatar and then a heavy cold that cost him precious days of work in the build up to the Grand Prix of Europe over Easter weekend.
The 26-year-old Belgian has always relied on an effective training regime to build conditioning and confidence and has been frustrated in his preparation since crashing and sustaining the arm fracture at the Valence International at the end of February.
The #25 was a welcome sight back at the front of MXGP around the Neuqeun layout last weekend but was clearly missing full race fitness and competitiveness to make a charge for the top spots.
“I was in the top five, but after 15 minutes I could feel the effect of not being able to ride my bike so much since my accident and I had to slow down,” he commented. “I finished seventh; for sure I’d like better results but I don’t want to take stupid risks as I’m still recovering. I know that soon I will be able to train normally; for sure it’s always difficult to wait as I want to win races and score podiums.”
Desalle is expected to welcome unborn daughter Emma with his partner Andrea in the coming weeks, likely to be in the same month that he will turn 27. He will be the fifth father currently active in the MXGP class.