News 30 Sep 2011

Desalle undergoes second surgery, eyes November return

Clement Desalle has undergone a second surgery this week in a bid to regain fitness for 2012.

Clement Desalle has undergone a second surgery this week in a bid to regain fitness for 2012.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1’s Clement Desalle is currently in his second phase of rehab after an operation last week to repair his damaged right shoulder that was dislocated in a crash mid-season.

The Belgian was forced to miss the final three grands prix of the FIM Motocross World Championship after fracturing his left shoulder due to a crash in a national series event at Mol in August.

Desalle, who claimed four victories, eight podiums and led the MX1 category up to round seven of 15 on the works RM-Z450, had the left limb plated and then waited before a final surgery on the right shoulder.

“After the crash at Mol I had the operation on my left arm because it was fractured and needed surgery right away,” Desalle said. “Everything went well and I had a plate inserted and was able to start some physio soon afterwards.

“I then had to wait for the operation on the right shoulder. It was an arthroscopic procedure because the shoulder had been separated and was coming out easily.

“When the doctor looked inside he told me there was more damage than he thought with the ligament and tendon but he managed to clean it all up and now I have to wait three-to-four weeks before I can do anything.”

Desalle expects to return to riding in November, looking to regain form in time for the 2012 season.

“I am going on holiday for a week at the end of October and I doubt I will be riding before the end of November,” he explained. “I will see how my body feels because the shoulder injuries should mean a period of two-to-three months away from the bike.

“Obviously I want to make a full recovery and get into good shape before I get on the Suzuki but I am missing it already!”

Desalle will remain with the factory Suzuki team in the MX1 Motocross World Championship for next season.