Germany’s Larissa Papenmeier secured her first overall victory of the season and she did so in style with a 3-1 result at Valkenswaard, round two of the Women’s Motocross World Championships in The Netherlands.
This enabled Papenmeier to cement her place at second in the championship standings.
Kiwi Courtney Duncan led the championships after round one in the United Kingdom a week ago and her fourth and second placings in The Netherlands at the weekend were just enough for her to retain the series leader’s red number plate.
In the opening race of the weekend, the WMX class saw a new winner, as Kiara Fontanesi rode her way to first position around the rough sand of Valkenswaard. Fontanesi had a good start in race one and led every lap of the race to secure her first victory of 2020. Meanwhile beginning in second was Nancy Van De Ven who battled with Papenmeier for the majority of the race, with the two riders briefly swapping positions.
The series leader after round one, Duncan followed behind in a distant fourth and tried to stay ahead of Shana van der Vlist, who finished fifth, with Line Dam in sixth place.
In race two, it was Papenmeier who got a good jump out of the gate and led the way into the first corner. The German was followed by DRT Kawasaki rider Duncan, Lynn Valk, Australian Tahlia Jade O’Hare and Dutchwoman Van De Ven.
Meanwhile, race one winner Fontanesi was down in eight position.
It was bad luck for BUD Racing Team’s Amandine Verstappen who crashed out in the opening lap. She did re-join the race but was three laps down from the leaders and finished in 36th.
Meanwhile, the battle was on out front, with Valk making a swift move on the championship leader, but Duncan didn’t let Valk run away for long, as she passed her back on the next lap. Fontanesi was also making moves, as she was already in 6th and charging after O’Hare. Jumping big over the IPONE jump and passing the Australian rider on lap two.
Van De Ven then made a move on fellow Dutch rider Valk, passing the Yamaha rider in the exact same spot that Fontanesi made a pass on O’Hare.
While Papenmeier continued to lead and made her way through traffic, both Duncan and Van De Ven were able to get closer. Moments later Van De Ven squeezed past Duncan, who was also battling back markers. Then Van De Ven charged for Papenmeier as she went after the race win. Though this ended badly, with the Dutch rider going down with two minutes and two laps to go, giving up her chance to battle for the overall.
In the end it was Papenmeier who was victorious, also taking the overall win here in the Netherlands. Second in the race was Duncan followed by Van De Ven and Fontanesi.
“It was awesome. Second heat I took the holeshot and I just pulled away, I felt very good on my bike,” said Papenmeier. “I really trained a lot during the winter and I just felt comfortable. I wish to thank my family, my team, my sponsors. The season is long, next stop is in Spain so let’s see what we can do there”.
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RESULTS & STANDINGS:
WMX – Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
- Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), 24:52.910; 2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:00.912; 3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:07.719; 4. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), +1:04.770; 5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +1:08.385; 6. Line Dam (DEN, Yamaha), +1:52.464; 7. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +1:59.671; 8. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, Suzuki), +2:12.182; 9. Britt Jans-Beken (NED, KTM), +2:14.614; 10. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +2:31.745.
WMX – Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
- Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), 26:24.710; 2. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), +0:21.693; 3. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:22.301; 4. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), +0:31.462; 5. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:42.279; 6. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +0:44.880; 7. Line Dam (DEN, Yamaha), +1:26.892; 8. Tahlia Jade O’Hare (AUS, KTM), +1:31.830; 9. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:34.255; 10. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, Suzuki), +1:47.243;
WMX – Overall Top 10 Classification:
- Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 45 points; 2. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), 43 p.; 3. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 42 p.; 4. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 40 p.; 5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 30 p.; 7. Line Dam (DEN, YAM), 29 p.; 8. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, SUZ), 24 p.; 9. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 23 p.; 10. Britt Jans-Beken (NED, KTM), 22 p.
WMX – Championship Top 10 Classification:
- Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 90 points; 2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 85 p.; 3. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), 80 p.; 4. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 78 p.; 5. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 66 p.; 6. Line Dam (DEN, YAM), 54 p.; 7. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 50 p.; 8. Mathilde Martinez (FRA, KTM), 39 p.; 9. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 39 p.; 10. Tahlia Jade O’Hare (AUS, KTM), 36 p.