At the Valkenswaard track was very busy since Sunday morning. The weather also seemed friendly for riders and spectators, so this years season could started. Timetable for today included women´s qualifying race, in which dominated Livia Lancelot on her Kawasaki and the first WMX Race too. In first season race had a final word Chiara Fontanesi on Yamaha.
Qualifying race for women was planned for afternoon. Immediately after start took the leading Livia Lancelot. The other riders was trying to get her, but she was unstoppable. For the place just behind Livia was too many candidates. Since start only a little group (Kane, Borchers, Van Der Wekken) was hunting Livia, but unsuccessfully. Last year champion Stephanie Laier and Chiara Fontanesi was riding at the back positions from the start of qualifying. They both didn´t give up and planned the way to fight for top places.
In congested group of riders made Gabriela Seisedos a mistake, she falled down and lost so much time and good position. In the other hand, Livia didn´t hesitate and she was trying to be the fastest as it is possible. Laier pushed very hard and after ten minutes of racing she was already 7th.
Meanwhile the second place was for Natalie Kane. But no for a long time. Motivated Chiara Fontanesi catched her up and wait for right moment. When they were passing slower rider, Chiara was more clever and she wents for the second in qualify race. In that time was Livia too far in the front, but Chiara reduced her leading step by step and in the end she was slower only in 16 secs. Laiers style was a little bit agressive, but effective. In the last two laps, she made the third with only 13 second lost to second.
Finally the fourth place was for Natalie Kane in front of her pursurer. Despite good start Anne Borchers finished in 6th place. Girl from Sweden beaten two domestic riders. With Britt Van Der Wekken she was fighting until the finish, but Sara Petterson was better for this time. The second Dutch rider in first top ten was Nina Klink on her KTM.
Race one started very complicated. A group of riders felt down in the first corner. Joana Miller, who finished in qualifying 10th, had a not good looking crash and she stayed lying on a track. But then everything went better and she realised to continue.
From the start was it good for Laier, because she was in the first place. Right on her rear wheel waiting for a right moment Chiara. She took the first place at the begining of race and she stayed on her position until the end. The first laps was in Chiara´s direction.
Two also very fast riders was approximately ten secs behind her back. The second place was for rest of the race for last year champion Stephanie Laier. She had to defend Lancelot´s attacks. Livia wanted all the time repeat the qualifying success.
HM Plant KTM UK rider Natalie Kane had a better time in race, when she finished fourth only two seconds over the swedish rider Sara Pettersson. Domestic rider – Britt Van Der Wekken was for that time a little bit faster than the second swedish Frida Ostlund. The Dutch riders have here a very nice support from the spectators. They were very happy, when their riders Nina Klink and Marianne Veenstra was able to finished in first top ten women riders in the world.
WMX - Race 1 results: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 26:38.7192. Stephanie Laier (GER, Kawasaki), 26:44.0553. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 26:47.9184. Natalie Kane (GBR, KTM), 27:57.8555. Sara Peterson (SWE, KTM), 28:00.2106. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 28:00.4967. Frida Oslund (SWE, Honda), 28:31.4818. Nina Klink (NED, KTM), 28:36.7499. Marianne Veenstra (NED, KTM), 28:38.31710. Sandra Adriansson (SWE, Kawasaki), 28:42.911
TIMETABLE Monday: MX3 Start Test Session Group 1 7:45; MX3 Start Test Session Group 2 7:55; MX3 Warm up 8:00; WMX Warm up 8:30; MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; WMX Race 2 10:10; MX3 Race 1 11:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03; MX3 Race 2 17:10.