There was a record number of participants in the women´s series of the Latin American Motocross Championship held this weekend in Tangancicuaro, Mexico.
This year Mexico hosted the 85cc and WMX Latin American Motocross Championship events. A record number of women, 28 altogether from 12 different countries, competed in Tangancicuaro in a series which has seen a rapid and significant improvement in level.
During Saturday´s qualification, a decision was taken to split the riders into two groups, expert and novice, based on the qualifying results. It was Stefany Serrao of Brazil, competing in the Latin American Championship for the first time, who was strongest in qualifying, followed by Alexandra Lopez from Honduras and Maria Lorca from Venezuela.
On Sunday Serrao continued to dominate the event and took the chequered flag first in both heats. Lopez and Lorca also put in steady performances finishing second and third twice.
“I didn´t even imagine that I could win”, said the 18-year old Serrao. “The level was really impressive, and the 3-4 top girls especially have developed a lot. So this is an amazing feeling now.”
The Brazilian Honda factory rider even had time to stop and get rid of a bee that stung her face during the second heat!
“I don´t think I had any secret. I did my best from the start and won. I train really hard and I compete with the guys in Brazil. The track was really nice also. My cheek is really swollen now but it doesn´t bother me!”, laughed Serrao.
Pedro Venturo, president of FIM Latin America said:
“We broke a record this weekend with participants from so many countries. Because of the great interest in this event we had to have two categories in the women´s class. The FIM is investing a lot in women´s Motocross and it is because of their subsidies that we were able to have such a great competition. It was also really important for us and the girls that the CFM Director Nita Korhonen was present here, making this a truly high level event. Also the work done by our Latin American Motocross representative Velia Hargreaves is really impressive. I was very glad to see fair play in women´s class and this is what we want for Latin American Motocross.”
Nita Korhonen, director of FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission said:
“Latin America has invested a lot in women´s Motocross and we can see the result now. The level has increased a lot just in one year. We found new top riders for this event and also new young talents got international experience. It was also great that there were ten different countries in the top ten, which shows that Women´s Motocross is growing in all over Latin America.”