Clement Desalle interview - New man on the block
Interview Wednesday 02nd March 2010
Clement, how was the winter period for you?
“Pretty good. We went to Portugal with the team and we got know each other. I did not alter anything with my training schedule or programme. I worked with my father, as usual, and we spent some time in Spain. I have a friend who lives in Malaga and we travelled down for two weeks and then visited again for another week. It was a good scenario because Belgium, Germany and northern France were like ice at the start of the year! I mixed riding and physical training there but took advantage of the good conditions to get more time on the bike. My aim was to build my condition step-by-step and that has been OK so far.”
Your profile and rise in the World Championship has also been step-by-step. You said before that you always want to improve on the previous season’s results. You were 3rd in 2009:
“Yes, so there are only two places left to go! I always look ahead and how I can improve. This is the right team for me to do that. I am very impressed by the professionalism and when I need or want something changed or want to try something new, then it is done immediately. This is quite a new experience for me.”
What about the factory bike?
“Well, it means a step up for me. This is a factory team and I can change anything I want on the bike and really make it good for my style and needs. I was riding the Suzuki in 2008 so I am familiar with the character of the RM-Z and I like the chassis and delivery of the engine power very much.”
Will you defend the Belgian Championship this year?
“No, because I will do four races in Germany and I cannot do the full Belgian series. I will be at some races but it is very important to take care of yourself physically over the season. I was really happy to win the Belgian title last year and it was a special moment for me, but now I will concentrate on the Grands Prix.”
You have a good style that has won fans. You won’t need to change this or your race approach with the demands of being a front-runner and a factory rider?
“No, no way! I cannot change my style and I want to have fun on the bike. It will always be like this. I knew I would have more attention and responsibility when I made the decision to come to this team, but this is what I wanted. As for how the change will affect me, then we will have to see during the season but I am not worried.”
What is the story behind your race number of 25?
“In 2001 I was racing the 85cc championship in France and I was given this number. I did not think much of it but then in my first World Championship season I finished 25th and it came back around and the number grew on me.”
Finally, any particular aim for 2010?
“I get this question all the time! When I am on the bike I simply do my best; what happens will happen.”