Courtney Duncan is perhaps just four races away from winning the Women‰Ûªs Motocross World Championships (WMX) title this season.
The Kiwi, at home for a much-needed three-week break from her European-based campaign, is resting and catching up with friends and family as she "freshens up" and prepares for her final push for the 2018 world crown.
Duncan took her Altherm JCR Yamaha YZ250F bike to twice finish runner-up at the fourth round of six in the world series at Ottobiano, in the Lombardia region of Italy, last month and she now enjoys a 21-point lead over her two main rivals, fellow Yamaha riders Kiara Fontanesi and Nancy van de Ven.
The championship heads towards the final two events, with two WMX class races at each of those GPs ‰ÛÒ in The Netherlands on September 16 and then Italy again on September 30 ‰ÛÒ and that could be vital for the 22-year-old who will possibly never enjoy the advantage of racing a WMX event on her home turf.
"Racing on home turf is something I can never expect at the world championships," said Duncan, who is based in Lommel, a city with a population of about 35,000, in north-eastern Belgium, while she's in Europe.