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Meghan Rutledge Vows To Come Back Stronger In 2015 After Narrowly Missing WMX Championship Win

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After 6 grueling rounds of racing, Kawasaki Australia's Meghan Rutledge has finished the 2014 FIM Women's World Motocross Championship in 2nd place overall at the MXGP of the Czech Republic in Loket over the weekend.

Trailing by only 4 points and still a strong championship contender heading into the final round, 18 year old Meghan Rutledge from Picton, NSW put in her best efforts and rode her KX250F well to secure the podium finish in the World Championship.

After holding an early 2nd place in the first moto, Meghan crashed on the Loket track, a track she had never ridden before. The distance back to first was too great and she had to settle for 2nd place.

In Sunday's 2nd moto, Meghan rode to the lead on lap 5 but knowing that her rival and points leader, Chiara Fontanesi, only needed to finish in 3rd place or better to clinch the title, Meghan played it safe and settled for 2nd place in the moto and with it, 2nd place overall in the championship.
Meghan Finished on the final step of the podium at the final round, just one point behind the two riders in front of her - Credit: Kawasaki (Supplied)
Meghan's two podium finishes in each of the motos at the final round means that the multiple Australian MX champion finished inside the top 3 in 10 out of the 12 races that made up the series. She also won 3 of the 6 rounds.

Meghan's outstanding results throughout the series with the Bud Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Team combined with the efforts of Kawasaki Europe's Livia Lancelot (who won the final round) meant Kawasaki won the Manufacturers Title in the FIM World Women's Motocross Championship by an impressive 22 points.

‰ÛÏOf course I‰Ûªm a little bit disappointed to miss the title by just a few points, but being second in the World Championship is awesome as it‰Ûªs only my second year in the series and I will have many more opportunities to get this title." Rutledge commented at the conclusion of this years championship.

"I will come back next year and for sure I will be stronger as I will have more experience; for example I never rode before this weekend on a track like this one in Loket! It was tough to get used to it but I'm not looking for excuses; I made the best I could and I‰Ûªm still happy".

"Fontanesi and Livy were really fast this weekend, unfortunately I crashed in the first race and I couldn‰Ûªt battle with Chiara for the moto win; in the second race today Livia was really fast, it would have been nice to win the race but I rode safe as I wanted to secure the final result in the series.‰Û

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