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Papenmeier takes over WMX Championship lead as Duncan falters

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Round winner Larissa Papenmeier now holds a ten point advantage as championship leader with one round remaining.
The FIM Women‰Ûªs Motocross World Championship (WMX) made its return in Mantova, Italy, for round three with defending champion Courtney Duncan having the best and worst result for the rounds two motos while Larissa Papenmeier took the championship lead.

After a five-month Covid-19-induced break, the Duncan made her comeback in convincing style on the sandy track with a win in the MXGP of Lombardia‰Ûªs opening race, fifteen seconds ahead of Larissa Papenmeier and Kiara Fontanesi.

The shortened race programme meant the WMX field lined up only hours later for their second race. Duncan had made her way up to second place when she had what she described as a ‰ÛÏmassive crash.‰Û
Following an opening moto win, second moto crash and resulting DNF saw Courtney Duncan drop from the championship lead and now sits 14 points away in fourth with one round remaining
‰ÛÏIt was an up and down day for me, which started off really well as I won the first race and felt pretty good. I had a comfortable lead and maintained it,‰Û
Nancy Van De Ven took a fifth and a win on here way to second overall.
Kawasaki New Zealand Managing Director Shane Verhoeven added: ‰ÛÏIt was great to watch Courtney race the new 2021 KX250 in dominating fashion in the first race at the MXGP Lombardia. The Kawasaki NZ team hope that she is feeling ok after her race 2 crash and we wish her all the best to regroup and finish out the season strong.‰Û
Italian Kiara Fontanesi finished third overall and is now third in the championship.
WMX - Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Classification:
1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 25:35.691
2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:15.958
3. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), +0:23.592
4. Line Dam (DEN, Yamaha), +0:37.053
5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:43.306
6. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:48.586
7. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +1:02.542
8. Malou Jakobsen (DEN, KTM), +1:12.401
9. Jamie Astudillo (USA, KTM), +1:20.477
10. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +1:22.457

WMX - Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Classification:
1. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), 26:01.397
2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:07.758
3. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:12.095
4. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:15.000
5. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), +0:15.764
6. Line Dam (DEN, Yamaha), +0:32.515
7. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +0:33.558
8. Tahlia Jade O'Hare (AUS, KTM), +1:21.203
9. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:44.215
10. Sandra Keller (SUI, KTM), +2:00.745

WMX - Overall Classification:
1. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 44 Points
2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 41 Points
3. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), 36 Points
4. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 35 Points
5. Line Dam (DEN, YAM), 33 Points
6. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 32 Points
7. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 25 Points
8. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 25 Points
9. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 21 Points
10. Tahlia Jade O'Hare (AUS, KTM), 18 Points

WMX - Championship Classification:
1. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 129 Points
2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 119 Points
3. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), 116 Points
4. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 115 Points
5. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 98 Points
6. Line Dam (DEN, YAM), 87 Points
7. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 75 Points
8. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 60 Points
9. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 60 Points
10. Tahlia Jade O'Hare (AUS, KTM), 54 Points

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