The second edition of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship will kick off this weekend in Sevlievo, Bulgaria.
Livia Lancelot will enter round one as the defending Champion but this year’s entry list, including more riders backed by the strongest MX1 and MX2 World Championship teams, already looks like a challenge for the French ace.
Livia Lancelot reached an important target by becoming the first ever Women’s World Champion last year in Lierop. In 2009 Lancelot will be supported by the Factory Kawasaki Team and she looks ahead to this season opener in Sevlievo, the venue where she took her maiden overall win.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Stephanie Laier missed the Title due to an injury which prevented her from racing round one in Sevlievo. Though Laier came back in style and won three consecutive events before settling for the runner up spot in Lierop.
German compatriots Franke and Papenmeier were also solid riders last season.
Kawasaki Elf Pfeil’s Franke ended third in the Championship followed by Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2’s Papenmeier. The latter won the opening heat in Sevlievo 2008 but a fall in the slippery heat two forced her to retire. This year Papenmeier will see the presence of new team mate Anne Borchers.
Elin Mann, Ashley Fiolek (on the podium at her debut race in Sevlievo last year), Marianne Veenstra and Elien de Winter, who completed last year’s top eight, will also look for a spot upfront.
After the success of the first Women’s World Championship edition new entries will line up in 2009, a season that enjoys major supports from the teams and the manufacturers.
Puerto Rican Tarah Gieger, the first woman to have ever taken part in a Red Bull Motocross of Nations (2007, Budds Creek), will make her debut in the Championship at Sevlievo together with other debutants Chiara Fontanesi from Italy and Signy Stefans from Iceland.
CCM will also step into this exciting Championship with Alix Dunlop who will ride for the Buildbase CCM Racing Team.