Courtney Duncan Rebounds With WMX Round Win In Switzerland


Motocross rider Courtney Duncan at the 2023 MXGP of Switzerland
After admitting the opening round was a tough one, former champion Courtney Duncan rebounded with a win and moved to second in the championship, only one point off the lead.

The second round of the 2023 FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship has ended in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, with Kiwi Courtney Duncan taking her 20th victory.

This was a tough battle across the board and spanned over Saturday and Monday where riders gave their best to get to the top while also having had to fight against a downpour on Saturday making the track a bit heavier.

In the first race on Saturday, the first lap was eventful as Kiara Fontanesi quickly took the lead after the first turns to see Daniela Guillen all over a rear wheel making a move early to take the lead off Fontanesi. The two riders were followed by Australian Rookie Charli Cannon and Courtney Duncan, 3rd and 4th respectively after lap one.

Lap we saw Nancy Van De Ven remake the same mistake as in Sardinia as she crashed early and could not restart, missing out on good points.

Duncan passed Cannon on lap two as the Kiwi looked really quick and caught the front two Guillen and Fontanesi. In an impressive effort, Cannon maintained her 4th position until the end.

The leading trio created a gap from the rest of the pack as a three-way battle went on between laps 2 and 5. Fontanesi eventually took the lead as she passed Guillen on lap 4 while Duncan in 3rd position at the time, tirelessly put pressure on Guillen. Guillen could not contain Duncan’s speed on lap 5 and dropped down to 3rd.

It was then all about Duncan piling pressure on Fontanesi who bravely resisted for 2 laps but Duncan was too quick and finally passed her and kept the lead until the end. Fontanesi finished 2nd and Guillen settled for 3rd.

After starting fifth Lotte Van Drunen had to battle to keep this position as she dropped down to 7th on lap 4 but fought her way back up, as she overtook Sara Andersen and Lynn Valk with two laps to go, showing her great technique to settle for 5th. Valk had a good run oscillating between 7th and 5th throughout the whole race to finish in 6th position while Andersen rode a similar race and finished 7th.

Britt Jans-Beken and Larissa Papenmeier, 8th and 9th on the opening lap followed each other until Papenmeier managed to pass Jans-Beken to finish 8th while Jans-Beken settled in 9th.

On Easter Monday, race 2 started with Van Drunen taking the lead in front of Van de Ven and Duncan. Van Drunen was never troubled upfront as she increased the gap all way through the second race. Van de Ven 2nd for the first 2 laps could not contain Duncan. Van de Ven kept her good pace and tried to make a charge on Duncan on the last lap but Duncan held on to finish 2nd and Van de Ven 3rd.

Motocross rider Lotte Van Drunen at the 2023 MXGP of Switzerland
Lotte Van Drunen (401) finished second overall behind teammate Courtney Duncan but now takes the championship lead.

Behind them, Guillen didn’t get the start as she wanted and found herself 6th behind Valk. A tough battle ensued over 7 laps with Valk resisting every attack from the Spanish rider. At the end of an intense fight, Guillen managed to pass but Valk responded directly to get back to 5th. However, on lap 7 Guillen made good on another move and this time made her pass stuck to get to 5th. Valk kept her 6th place until the end.

Guillen continued with determination as she breezed past Fontanesi to finish 4th. Fontanesi was 4th for the first 7 laps and with Guillen overtaking her on lap 8 she remained at a good 5th place.

Andersen had a strong race throughout as she never got overtaken and kept her 7th place from start to finish. Charli Cannon rode a good pace too as she went 9th in the first 3 laps and capitalised on Papenmeier’s mistake (8th at the time) on lap 4, to move up to 8th along with Giorgia Blasigh who followed Cannon over the whole race to finish 9th place. Papenmeier fought back after her mistake and went from 13th to 10th.

In the end, Courtney Duncan was on the top of the podium in front of Lotte Van Drunen in 2nd place and Daniela Guillen 3rd. The second round of the WMX in Switzerland has been very competitive and Duncan showed her quick pace winning her first GP of the season while Van Drunen delivered another strong performance as she takes the Red Plate as she tops the Championship.

“It was a pretty good round!” Duncan said. “The track was deep and I put myself in a very good position from the start. It feels amazing going forward into the Championship”

Motocross rider Charli Cannon at the 2023 MXGP of Switzerland
Aussie Rookie Charli Cannon finished fifth overall with a 4-8 scorecard and now sits an impressive fifth overall in the championship.

WMX – Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 24:10.055
2 Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, GASGAS), +0:18.530
3 Daniela Guillen (ESP, GASGAS), +0:32.373
4 Charli Cannon (AUS, Yamaha), +0:39.418
5 Lotte Van Drunen (NED, Kawasaki), +0:41.450
6 Lynn Valk (NED, Fantic), +0:53.977
7 Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +1:04.870
8 Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +1:11.407
9 Britt Jans-Beken (NED, KTM), +1:38.530
10 Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Yamaha), +1:39.096

WMX – Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Lotte Van Drunen (NED, Kawasaki), 24:28.136
2 Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), +0:09.115
3 Nancy van de Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:10.011
4 Daniela Guillen (ESP, GASGAS), +0:30.292
5 Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, GASGAS), +0:33.282
6 Lynn Valk (NED, Fantic), +0:36.647
7 Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:51.825
8 Charli Cannon (AUS, Yamaha), +0:53.521
9 Giorgia Blasigh (ITA, KTM), +1:08.408
10 Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +1:24.599

WMX – Overall Top 10 Classification:
1 Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 47 Points
2 Lotte Van Drunen (NED, KAW), 41 Points
3 Daniela Guillen (ESP, GAS), 38 Points
4 Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, GAS), 38 Points
5 Charli Cannon (AUS, YAM), 31 Points
6 Lynn Valk (NED, FAN), 30 Points
7 Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 28 Points
8 Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 24 Points
9 Giorgia Blasigh (ITA, KTM), 22 Points
10 Britt Jans-Beken (NED, KTM), 22 Points

WMX – Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Lotte Van Drunen (NED, KAW), 86 Points
2 Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 85 Points
3 Daniela Guillen (ESP, GAS), 85 Points
4 Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, GAS), 61 Points
5 Charli Cannon (AUS, YAM), 58 Points
6 Lynn Valk (NED, FAN), 58 Points
7 Britt Jans-Beken (NED, KTM), 52 Points
8 Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 50 Points
9 Nancy van de Ven (NED, YAM), 42 Points
10 Giorgia Blasigh (ITA, KTM), 42 Points

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