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Nancy Van De Ven Claims First WMX World Title as Courtney Duncan wins Overall in Turkiye

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Photo of motocross rider Nancy Van De Ven at the 2022 MXGP of Turkey

The final round of the 2022 FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship was a big one for Nancy Van De Ven who finally got her hands on the gold medal and became the 2022 WMX World Champion.

It was not an easy one for Van De Ven, who was feeling the nerves and the pressure throughout the weekend and missed out on a podium finish after placing eighth overall. But this did not matter as the Dutchman became the very first WMX Champion from Holland and only the fifth Women’s World Champion, joining the likes of Livia Lancelot, Stephanie Laier, Kiara Fontanesi, and Courtney Duncan since the series officially became recognised as a World Championship 13 years ago.

In race one, it was Kiwi Courtney Duncan who took the holeshot thought got caught up with another rider by the second corner and dropped back to around fifth. This allowed Larissa Papenmeier to take over first place, as Lynn Valk, Amadine Verstappen, and Sara Andersen rounded out the top four.

Moto 1 Highlights

Championship leader, Nancy Van De Ven struggled down in ninth after her start device came out before the gate drop, which made it tough for her to get a good drive down the start straight.

By the end of the opening lap, Duncan was already up into second place, as Van De Ven moved up to seventh.

It then took Duncan a lap to catch and pass Papenmeier, who was not looking to back down, as she pushed the New Zealander until the end, as the pair finished first and second and were separated by 4.187 seconds.

Rookie, Lotte Van Drunen had a very impressive first race in the Women’s Motocross World Championship, as she finished seventh behind Van De Ven who fought her way up to sixth.

Moto 2 Highlights

In the second heat, it was again Duncan with the holeshot as he led the way in front of Elisa Galvagno, Papenmeier, Shana Van der Vlist, and Australian Champion and WMX debutant Charli Cannon.

Van De Ven started in seventh, while Valk was down in 14th on the first lap.

By the end of the first lap, Van der Vlist found her way into second, as Cannon got around Papenmeier for fourth. She then quickly got around Galvagno for third and began to focus on the two leaders in front. The Australian set the fastest lap of the race and was charging hard but a small mistake saw her crash out of third and she eventually re-joined in 10th. This allowed Andersen into third.

Van Drunen was having another impressive race. The youngster started in 18th position and by lap six was already in seventh behind Valk and Verstappen.

Photo of motocross rider Courtney Duncan at the 2022 MXGP of Turkey
Outgoing champion Courtney Duncan finished the season with a double win. Australian Champion Charli Cannon (17) also showed plenty of speed on her debut.

A couple of laps later, both Valk and Van Drunen got around Van De Ven, as Verstappen made a mistake that allowed Valk to close in on the fifth-place rider.

Duncan was comfortably leading, with Van der Vlist second ahead of Andersen and in the second part of the race, there were not many changes inside the top 10 as Duncan went on to win her third race of the season.

The podium for the final round included Duncan on the top step with the perfect 1-1 score card ahead of Papenmeier who was second, while Andersen made her first podium visit of 2022!

In terms of the WMX Championship standings, Nancy Van De Ven finally became the World Champion after finishing second for the last four years in a row. Meanwhile, the fight for the silver and bronze medals was very close, but in the end, Valk secured second, while Papenmeier took third – rounding out the perfect podium for Yamaha who also top the manufacturer’s standings.

Photo of motocross rider Larissa Papenmeier at the 2022 MXGP of Turkey
Larissa Papenmeier finished second overall.

“Finally, after so many years of being second, it feels so great, maybe even better than winning it in one of your first years,” Van De Ven said. “I have had so many troubles in the past and to finally win it, is incredible! I just cruised this weekend to avoid any mistakes and keep the bike on two wheels. Finally, finally, finally, I have done it. I am so incredibly happy!”.

“I have been dreaming of this moment for so long. This has been my goal for as long as I can remember, and what I have been trying to achieve for so many years. So many times, I have come close, and it just did not work out for one reason or another. Now, I have finally won the title, and it feels so good to have achieved the biggest goal I have ever set for myself. I am just so happy!”

Courtney Duncan was happy to rounf out a rough year with a win, “It was nice to finish the season on a high with pole and 1-1,” Duncan said. “I got another good start and led already coming out of turn one today; I just maintained that and had fun. The broken collarbone in Portugal kind of dampened the season but we couldn’t dwell on it, got back to work as soon as possible and came back with some strong performances to win in Spain and here. I’m enjoying my riding so much at the moment so I’m looking forward to going home to New Zealand and doing some races out there, then I come back to Europe next year and hopefully can chase the championship again and get that number one back for Kawasaki.”

Photo of motocross rider Nancy Van De Ven at the 2022 MXGP of Turkey
Nancy Van De Ven finished 8th but it was enough to claim the 2022 title.

WMX – Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 25:50.372
2 Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:04.187
3 Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:19.706
4 Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:28.122
5 Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:31.813
6 Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:32.612
7 Lotte Van Drunen (NED, KTM), +0:34.088
8 Charli Cannon (AUS, Yamaha), +0:36.062
9 Martine Hughes (NOR, Honda), +0:44.305
10 Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +0:51.330

WMX – Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 25:11.376
2 Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +0:04.502
3 Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:12.989
4 Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:14.077
5 Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:16.209
6 Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:18.403
7 Lotte Van Drunen (NED, KTM), +0:19.024
8 Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:33.242
9 Elisa Galvagno (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:47.982
10 Tahlia Jade O’Hare (AUS, Honda), +0:54.561

WMX – Overall Top 10 Classification:
1 Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 50 Points
2 Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 40 Points
3 Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 38 Points
4 Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 35 Points
5 Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 33 Points
6 Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KAW), 32 Points
7 Lotte Van Drunen (NED, KTM), 28 Points
8 Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 28 Points
9 Malou Jakobsen (DEN, KTM), 20 Points
10 Tahlia Jade O’Hare (AUS, HON), 19 Points

WMX – Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 201 Points
2 Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 183 Points
3 Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 172 Points
4 Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 168 Points
5 Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 138 Points
6 Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KAW), 134 Points
7 Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 129 Points
8 Martine Hughes (NOR, HON), 114 Points
9 Giorgia Blasigh (ITA, YAM), 110 Points
10 Tahlia Jade O’Hare (AUS, HON), 102 Points

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