Motocross

DQ In Trentino Costs Meghan Rutledge World Championship Lead

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It was an up and down weekend of racing for Kawasaki Australia's Meghan Rutledge at the 2nd round of the 2014 FIM Women's World MX Championship at Trentino, Italy on the weekend with a moto win and a race disqualification.

19 year old Meghan Rutledge from Picton, NSW was literally on top of the world heading to Trentino, Italy for the 2nd round of the FIM WMX Championship. After winning both both motos at the series opener in Qatar, her KX250F took to the track in Italy wearing coveted red plates.

Rutledge managed to qualify in 2nd place setting herself up for a good gate pick. In the first moto on Saturday, Meghan grabbed the hole-shot and never looked back, leading the entire race to take the win.

Racing for the Bud Kawasaki Racing team, Rutledge grabbed the hole-shot again in Sunday's race 2 and looked set for back to back moto wins once again however she crashed mid-race behind a lapped rider. Unfortunately a flag marshal assisted her remount which is against rules and stripped her of any points she would have earned for the moto.



Rutledge ended up finishing the round in 9th place and slipped to 3rd place overall in the championship standings, just 5 points shy of the new leader.

‰ÛÏI'm so happy with how I'm riding but so disappointed with the disqualification." A disappointed Meghan Rutledge commented. "I felt good all weekend but went down in a big way in the second moto.

"I was trying to tell the flag marshal not to assist me, I just wanted to roll down the hill to get started again but there was definitely a language barrier in the way. He meant well but I was disqualified so I'm very disappointed.

"You don't know how hungry I am to make up for this at Valkenswaard," Rutledge added.

The 3rd of 6 rounds within the 2014 FIM Women‰Ûªs MX World Championship takes place in The Netherlands on May 4th.

Top Image: Meghan Rutledge on her way to winning moto 1 in Italy
Credit: Supplied

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