The 2014 FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship has been a nail biter all season long with the sixth and final round here at the historic circuit of Loket providing just as much pandemonium as the rounds before. While Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot won the battle this weekend, rounding off her season on top of the box, it was Yamaha MXFonta Racing’s Kiara Fontanesi who won the war claiming her third consecutive FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship gold plate.
Leading the way by a miniscule four points into race one yesterday Yamaha MXFonta Racing’s Kiara Fontanesi came out all guns blazing. Not even a bad start could slow down the defending champion as she went on to dominate the penultimate race of the season ahead of archrival Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge and Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot.
In race two this morning, reaction speed was on point this weekend for Suzuki rider Francessca Nocera who hauled out of the gate to take her second holeshot here in Loket. Sneaking up the inside of the Italian around turn one to pull across and take the line away, rookie Nancy Van De Ven snatched the early lead. With Van De Ven blocking Nocera into turn two, the door was left wide open for the likes of Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot and Team Dragon Moto’s Stephanie Laier to follow through.
While Van De Ven, who was sporting a four stroke for the first time this season, was left with the 2008 FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion Lancelot breathing down her neck, the hottest title contenders Yamaha MXFonta Racing’s Kiara Fontanesi and Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge were hustling from outside the top ten.
Before the end of lap one Lancelot carried more momentum through the waves to go around the outside of the hard charging Van De Ven and take over the lead only to lose it less than half a lap later when she washed out her front end on a slick corner at the bottom of the circuit.
Meanwhile both Rutledge and Fontanesi were on the ‘slice and dice’ as they had both chopped through the field and tagged onto the back of the leader young Nancy Van De Ven.
With Lancelot scrambling back to the front of the pack around mid-race, intensity levels hit the roof with four riders right in the thick of a possible race win. Not only was a WMX round win up for grabs, the championship was too with only seven points separating Fontanesi and Rutledge. At one point in the race, Rutledge led Van De Ven who was under the attack of Fontanesi who was also preoccupied with trying to hold off a prying Lancelot. When Lancelot found a way around the defending champion, the championship for Fontanesi was put in jeopardy, had it of finished in the order of Rutledge, Van De Ven, Lancelot, Fontanesi; Rutledge would have been crowned champion.
Fortunately for Fontanesi, all commotion was put to rest when Lancelot, a proven master of hilly, rocky, clay based circuits, decided she’d turn up the heat and charge past all three riders to run away with a convincing race win.
Rutledge held on for second while Fontanesi backed off the pace to secure third and wrap up the championship. Meanwhile Laier leapt past Van De Ven in the closing stages of the race to take fourth with Van De Ven being forced to settle for fifth.
While the WMX title was a long shot this weekend for Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot, she was the strongest rider in the second half of the season winning half of the final eight races with a winning performance here at the final round.
Yamaha MXFonta Racing’s Kiara Fontanesi celebrated her hat trick of WMX championship titles from the second step of the podium here in Loket while Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge, banker of the most round wins this season, defended her number two ranking with a pair of seconds for third.
Team Dragon Moto’s Stephanie Laier was fourth in both races for fourth overall for the day and for the championship, while Nancy Van De Ven did a similar thing taking two fifths for fifth as well as a world ranking of five.
WMX Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 24:58.926; 2. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:03.650; 3. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:07.808; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, Suzuki), +0:36.083; 5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:44.275; 6. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:44.771; 7. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:05.803; 8. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Suzuki), +1:10.252; 9. Julie Dalgaard (DEN, Yamaha), +1:14.825; 10. Genette Vaage (NOR, KTM), +1:25.332.
WMX Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 25:12.507; 2. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:09.602; 3. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:15.727; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, Suzuki), +0:19.650; 5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:20.959; 6. Mariana Balbi (BRA, Honda), +0:22.689; 7. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Suzuki), +0:46.877; 8. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:58.879; 9. Julie Dalgaard (DEN, Yamaha), +1:14.277; 10. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:17.307.
WMX Overall Top Ten: 1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 45 points; 2. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 45 p.; 3. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 44 p.; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, SUZ), 36 p.; 5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 32 p.; 6. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 28 p.; 7. Francesca Nocera (ITA, SUZ), 27 p.; 8. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 25 p.; 9. Mariana Balbi (BRA, HON), 24 p.; 10. Julie Dalgaard (DEN, YAM), 24 p.
WMX Championship Standings Top Ten: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 255 points; 2. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 250 p.; 3. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 232 p.; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, SUZ), 212 p.; 5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 182 p.; 6. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 172 p.; 7. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 151 p.; 8. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 145 p.; 9. Marianne Veenstra (NED, HUS), 127 p.; 10. Francesca Nocera (ITA, SUZ), 115 p.
WMX Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki, 282 points; 2. Yamaha, 260 p.; 3. Suzuki, 212 p.; 4. KTM, 195 p.; 5. Husqvarna, 127 p.; 6. Honda, 69 p.
MXGP CZECH REPUBLIC – QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1586
Type of ground: Hard Pack
Weather conditions: cloudy
Photos Stanley Leroux