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Kiara Fontanesi Takes Womens Motocross World Championship Lead at Assen

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The WMX class head into action at Assen. Photo: Youthstream
Kiara Fontanesi has taken charge of the Womens Motocross World Championship via a double win, her first overall of the season, at the penultimate round in the Netherlands.

In the days prior to the event Yamaha announced that the Red Plate holder Courtney Duncan from the Altherm Yamaha JCR team would miss the remainder of the championship with injury. While the news was not what anyone wanted to hear, it did give a new outlook to the championship.

Race 1 took place Saturday morning and tested each of the riders on track with the rough and sandy conditions. The early lead went to Germany‰Ûªs Larissa Papenmeier with Stephanie Laier 2nd and MXFONTA Yamaha‰Ûªs Fontanesi 3rd.


Fontanesi quickly got by Laier and then took over the lead from Papenmeier after the German fell on lap 5. Papenmeier got back up in 9th and worked her way forward to 6th by the finish. Fontanesi managed to ride a crash free race and take the win after struggling here the past several years. Taking second was Laier as Nancy van de Ven took 3rd in front of her home crowd.

Race 2 was again led by Papenmier off of the start with Amandine Verstappen in second, Laier 3rd, and Fontanesi chasing the group in 4th. Papenmeier‰Ûªs strong start and lead was under pressure from the hard charging Verstappen.

Papenmeier held off the Belgian at first but then both her and Verstappen were passed by Fontanesi at the end of the finish straight. 2 laps later Papenmeier fell and again dropped a hand full of spots for the second day in a row.

Taking over second was Van de ven after passing Verstappen on the same lap. Fontanesi was too far ahead though. The #8 took the win while 2nd in the race and overall was Nancy van de Ven as Verstappen took third in the race and 4th overall leaving the final overall podium spot to Laier.

Fontanesi‰Ûªs strong finish and consistent weekend allowed her to not only claim the win and overall but also the championship leaders red plate before heading into her home round and season finale at Imola in 2-week time.
Following a pair of wins, Yamaha's Kiara Fontanesi heads into the final round at Imola, Italy, with an eight point lead over Nancy Van De Ven .
WMX Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 25:21.346
2. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), +0:01.524
3. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:12.250
4. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), +0:14.668
5. Natalie Kane (IRL, Honda), +0:37.076
6. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:51.221
7. Line Dam (DEN, Honda), +0:59.770
8. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +1:10.008
9. Avrie Berry (USA, KTM), +1:18.956
10. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +1:45.216

WMX Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 25:00.293
2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:06.534
3. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), +0:11.180
4. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), +0:13.730
5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +0:34.684
6. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:40.534
7. Line Dam (DEN, Honda), +0:49.130
8. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:56.684
9. Avrie Berry (USA, KTM), +1:04.307
10. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +1:45.727

WMX Overall Top Ten:
1. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 50 points
2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 42 points
3. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 40 points
4. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), 38 points
5. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 30 points
6. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 29 points
7. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 28 points
8. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 24 points
9. Avrie Berry (USA, KTM), 24 points
10. Natalie Kane (IRL, HON), 23 points

WMX Championship Top Ten:
1. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 213 points
2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 205 points
3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 191 points
4. Courtney Duncan (NZL, YAM), 184 points
5. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 152 points
6. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), 146 points
7. Natalie Kane (IRL, HON), 132 points
8. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 122 points
9. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 90 points
10. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 86 points

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