Motocross

Courtney Duncan extends World Championship lead with victory in the Czech Republic

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The old school circuit of Loket hosted the third round of FIM Women‰Ûªs Motocross World Championship with Bike It DRT Kawasaki‰Ûªs Courtney Duncan winning the round of Czech Republic with a perfect 1-1 score.

The New Zealander also extended her lead in the championship to 14 points over Nancy Van de Ven 139 points to 125 points.

Second overall at Loket was Larissa Papenmeier with 4-2 results and 40 points, and third Van De Ven, who went 2-4, also for 40 points.

A great line-up of women riders appeared in Loket, with 42 women on Saturday and once the racing started on Saturday and Sunday, it was clear that the competition in the women‰Ûªs class continues to improve.


In the opening women‰Ûªs race on Saturday, Duncan gave it all as she held the lead on lap one and remained there for the complete race. Behind her Van De Ven did the same job, second all race long, while third placed girl, Papenmeier made an impressive race after starting in around 10th and coming through the pack to finish in third position.

Lynn Valk struggled in the race as she started in third place and slowly dropped positions, eventually finishing in ninth spot.

Under overcasts skies Papenmeier led the second Women‰Ûªs race on Sunday morning from Van De Ven, Duncan, Line Dam and Francesca Nocera. Duncan though showed her class by taking the lead before half-way through the first lap. Dam crashed and dropped to 17th position.

After two laps the lead by Duncan was more than five seconds, with Papenmeier second and third Van De Ven. Four laps into the race and it was a 12 second lead between Duncan and Papenmeier. Verstappen had moved up to fourth place, and Shana Van der Vlist fifth.
Courtney Duncan went 1-1 in the Czech Republic for the outright win.
Duncan continued to control the race with nearly 20 seconds between herself and second placed Papenmeier, and Van De Ven massive 40 seconds behind Duncan. Verstappen moved into third place to relegate Van De Ven to fourth position. Duncan won it from Papenmeier and Amandine Verstappen getting the second round win of the 2019 season.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm very happy for myself and the whole team," Duncan said. "Dixon Racing and I have put a lot of work. We also have a small team back home, but it‰Ûªs crucial. I just rode smooth and contained my lead and I am really happy. It was a good weekend, pretty close to perfect. I had two good starts in this technical track and it helped a lot.‰Û
WMX - Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 24:24.880
2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:36.314
3. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:37.879
4. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:45.660
5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +1:13.933
6. Line Dam (DEN, Honda), +1:26.553
7. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:29.014
8. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Yamaha), +1:30.557
9. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +1:42.445
10. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, Yamaha)

WMX - Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 24:27.293
2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:36.081
3. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Yamaha), +0:53.304
4. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +1:01.980
5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +1:03.801
6. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +1:15.637
7. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Suzuki), +1:39.540
8. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:41.004
9. Sandra Karlsson (SWE, Kawasaki), +1:41.593
10. Mathea Seleboe (NOR, Yamaha), +1:43.361

WMX - Overall Top Ten:
1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 50 points
2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 40 points
3. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 40 points
4. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 33 points
5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 32 points
6. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 27 points
7. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 27 points
8. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 26 points
9. Francesca Nocera (ITA, SUZ), 22 points
10. Mathea Seleboe (NOR, YAM), 21 points

WMX - Championship Top Ten:
1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 139 points
2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 125 points
3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 122 points
4. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 100 points
5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 93 points
6. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 90 points
7. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 75 points
8. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 69 points
9. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 65 points
10. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 64 points

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