Motocross

Nancy Van de Ven victorious in France!

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With one of the most talented female motocross riders in the world being French, WMX in France has a massive following.

Thousands of fans where on hand hillside at Saint Jean d‰ÛªAngely to watch their darling, Team One One Four‰Ûªs Livia Lancelot, the WMX championship leader, show the rest of the world what‰Ûªs up in women‰Ûªs motocross. While the undulating clay hills are much to the liking of Lancelot who was the most recent WMX winner at this venue back in 2014, it didn‰Ûªt all go her way this weekend.

As a Dutch lady, all credit must be given to Yamaha‰Ûªs Nancy Van de Ven who has grown up in the sand, for her hard-pack skill this weekend that saw her victorious here at round four of the FIM Women‰Ûªs Motocross World Championship on Lancelot‰Ûªs home soil in France.

In race one, Nancy Van de Ven put in a classic holeshot and checkout performance for her second race win of the season ahead of former WMX ace Larissa Papenmeier. The four time WMX World Champion MXFontaRacing Syneco‰Ûªs Kiara Fontanesi set the pace in Timed Practice but struggled to find her rhythm in the opening race and only finished third ahead of the French wonder-woman Livia Lancelot who had a small tip over due to what appeared to be a front brake issue.

After some overnight track maintenance, the track was less challenging today for race two as yesterday‰Ûªs winner Nancy Van de Ven pulled yet another massive holey. Lancelot was also quick off the gate this time and chased Van de Ven around turn one but was driven wide by Papenmeier. Papenmeier stalled her bike in turn two, which handed second place back to Lancelot.
Nancy Van De Ven took the win ahead of hometown hero Livia Lancelot
The defending world champion Fontanesi was quick to move into third but couldn‰Ûªt get it together this weekend and eventually lost sight of the leaders Van de Ven and Lancelot.

At halfway, the noise on the fence line started picking up as Lancelot challenged Van de Ven for the lead. It may sound wrong in women‰Ûªs motocross, but the hooters, as in air horns, were sounding off like crazy as Lancelot made an attempt to go around the outside of Van de Ven. Van de Ven showed Livia an elbow and took the lead back before Livia found a mint line through the following corner which had a sling shot effect and saw her find way more drive up the hill. Lancelot got a wheel on Van de Ven and pulled across to make the pass stick.

With nothing but clear track ahead, Lancelot inched away for the win in race two ahead of Van de Ven who was the eventual overall winner. Lancelot landed on the second step of the podium with a 4 ‰ÛÒ 1 result while Fontanesi finished the second moto 31 seconds back in third and went 3 ‰ÛÒ 3 for third overall.

KTM Silver Action‰Ûªs Amandine Verstappen was fourth in Race 2 ahead of Suzuki‰Ûªs Larissa Papenmeier who put in an impressive performance for fifth.
A stone in her brakes cased favorite Livia Lancelot a round losing problem in race 1
Livia Lancelot will take the Red Plate, as the championship leader, to round five of the WMX championship, which will take place at Mantova, Italy, on June 25th and 26th.

‰ÛÏFor sure it‰Ûªs nice to be on the podium, but it‰Ûªs not what I was expecting," Livia Lancelot said, "I was so disappointed after the first race; it was tough to accept this incident. I was unlucky. I got a stone in my front brake after a few corners and I had to do all the race without a front brake. The race was long, I had to find new lines and I came back behind the two leaders but in one of the last few laps a lapper changed her line and I couldn‰Ûªt brake so I crashed.

"That‰Ûªs racing, let‰Ûªs hope that I will not have any more troubles this year ! The second race was nearly perfect, I got a good start and when I came second I looked for some different lines and I took the lead to win this race. I keep the red plate and that‰Ûªs important; now it seems that my main rival for the championship will be Nancy. The goal will be to take some good points in Mantova and Switzerland before the last round in the sand of Assen.‰Û

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