Clement Desalle update
*UPDATED* 2/6/15 It has been revealed that Clement Desalle won’t need surgery on his shoulder and will be free to race at the next round in Italy in two weeks, if his shoulder is strong enough. It is about the best news the Belgian could hope for given the situation and still allows him an outside shot at the title with 10 rounds still to go!
It was the nightmare scenario for poor Clement Desalle. The Belgian was looking ready to go for the world title this year and came into the French GP only four points behind Max Nagl but a mis-placed rock changed everything.
A loose rock in practice on the slick French circuit caused Desalle to crash (on a lap he wasn’t even going for a fast lap) and dislocate his shoulder, unfortunately the pain was too much to withstand on Sunday for the tough Belgian and he couldn’t compete in either moto.
Two DNFs have left the unlucky Desalle 41 points adrift of leader Nagl with big question marks about his shoulder’s strength to race in two weeks’ time at the next GP in Italy.
A gutted Desalle said: “There is nothing to say. I’m really sad. Yesterday it happened in half-a-second. There was a stone on the take-off and I was on a slow lap. The bike reacted strangely because of the stone and I felt my shoulder go. It was like it came out a little bit but I popped it back immediately. I strapped it and tried to ride in the qualification but did not feel comfortable. I was scared that on every take-off it might come out because I damaged the muscle again. I don’t really have any more words at the moment. I want to say that the track was not at the level for a Grand Prix. When you see the take-offs then it is like it was made yesterday by an amateur. I will see the doctor tomorrow and we will know more. Compared to my other injuries, then it doesn’t feel too bad, but I need to see if I have strength in the next few days. I would like to have some scans to see what is going on in there.