A 'Suzuki training camp' for Rockstar Suzuki World MX1 and Suzuki Europe MX2 Grand Prix team riders is well underway in Portugal with the crew hitting the roads, lanes and mountain bike trails of the Algarve region watched by the expert eye of trainer Yves Demeulemeester.
The factory squad with Clement Desalle and new recruit Tanel Leok were joined by Steve Ramon for the two-week session that will end on December 18th. The Belgian has made significant progress after his crash and subsequent spinal trauma at the Grand Prix of Limburg back in August. Ramon has the full backing of the Belgian team that he represented for six seasons at the highest level as he looks to regain his fitness and resurrect his career. The veteran and former World Champion still has some difficulty related to nerve damage but is working steadily through a rehab programme and his schedule in Portugal is being carefully co-ordinated between his physios, his own capabilities, Demeulemeester and team doctor Sam Vermeiren.
Desalle is also reaching a point of impressive conditioning after recovery from two shoulder operations in August and September. The Belgian is inline for a return to the saddle of his RM-Z450 machine before the end of the year. The 21 year old was joined by Estonian Leok for the team's first important joint activity ahead of their push for the 2012 MX1 title starting next April.
The fresh line-up of the Suzuki Europe MX2 division, involving riders that will carry important representation in the European championship and 125cc two-stroke series as well as the 2012 MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship with the RM-Z250, were also turning their bicycle wheels in anger for what has now become an enlarged but traditional annual appointment for Suzuki's top flight motocrossers.