Current champion Chiara Fontanesi claims her first win of the season, at her home round of Trentino in Italy, during a dramatic race day for the second round of the 2014 FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship.
The Italian sealed two podium finishes at the weekend’s event – a third place finish in race one and a victory in race two.
However, Ireland’s Natalie Kane, did enough with a 4-3 finish to claim her first red plate in the series and is now leading the championship after two rounds of racing.
In race one on Sunday, Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge took the holeshot and smashed out 13 consistent fast laps to win the race ahead of Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot in second and Fontanesi in third.
When the gates dropped for WMX moto two, it was the scenario everyone had been waiting for with race one winner Rutledge and the reigning WMX world champion Fontanesi going 1 – 2 around turn one. However, after leading the race for 19 minutes, disaster struck Rutledge when she caught an edge through the waves and went down hard. She was forced to watch the points pass her as she spent an entire lap trying to kick-start her bike. Eventually Fontanesi took the chequers, ahead of Team Dragon Moto’s, Stephanie Laier in second and Kane in third.
So after a dramatic day on track, Fontanesi took her first WMX round win this year, with Laier in second and Kane in third.
It is Kane, who is now leading the WMX championship two points clear of Fontanesi in second. After a tough day, Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan, Rutledge drops back to third in the standings, five points off the championship lead.
The third round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship will take place on May 4, in Valkenswaard in The Netherlands.