News 18 Aug 2011

Shoulder surgery a success for Suzuki's Desalle in Belgium

Clement Desalle underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday in Belgium.

Clement Desalle underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday in Belgium.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1’s Clement Desalle underwent a successful operation on his broken left shoulder on Tuesday and will now face a six-week recovery period before beginning rehabilitation.

The Belgian, who fractured the joint in an accident competing in the Belgian Championship last weekend, decided to wait until his left limb was healed before opting for another procedure to fully-fix the right shoulder he dislocated two months ago which will need a three-week stint of convalescence.

The fresh injury disruption for the Belgian team means that only Kevin Strijbos is 100 percent confirmed to face the British Grand Prix this weekend at Matterley Basin for what will be the 13th round of 15 in the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Strijbos will also take Desalle’s place in the Belgian Motocross of Nations team at Saint Jean d’Angely in France next month.

Kiwi Cody Cooper has been lined-up to replace Desalle and is set to steer the works RM-Z450 in both Germany and Italy for the final meetings of the season in September (see seperate story for more info).