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Redemption for Courtney Duncan with overall win at penultimate WMX round

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With the round win at the penultimate round, New Zealands Courtney Duncan now sits four points away from the championship lead
Demonstrating exactly why she is the reigning FIM Women‰Ûªs Motocross World Championship (WMX) title holder, Courtney Duncan bounced back from a DNF on Saturday to take the overall round victory at the fourth and penultimate round of the Championship.

Racing at the Italian Mantova track for the second time in three days, the New Zealander upped the ante on her 2020 championship defence with a 2-1 set of results at the penultimate round.

The two consistent results boosted the Kawasaki Dixon Racing Team‰Ûªs rider into an all-out attack position for the final meeting in Pietramurata for the MXGP of Trentino in November. Her well executed round victory slots her into runner-up position, just four points down on the new championship leader Nancy Van De Ven of The Netherlands.


Now in her fifth season racing in the WMX, Duncan proved to the motocross world and to herself that she has the maturity, mental and physical strength to overcome a disappointing previous race where she had what she termed a ‰ÛÏpretty nasty crash‰Û
With second overall Nancy Van De Ven jumped into the points lead with one round left to run.
By the following lap, Fontanesi was the new race leader as Duncan began to push Van De Ven for second in order to claim as many championship points as possible. This battle for second continued until the chequered flag.

Eventually Fontanesi crossed the line in first, although she was penalised for jumping on a waved yellow flag which ultimately gave Van De Ven the win, with Duncan promoted to second, claiming valuable extra points and Fontanesi dropped to third.

In the second race, Duncan had well and truly found her groove, leading the field around the first turn, with Van De Ven second, Papenmeier third and Fontanesi fourth. The red plate holder going into this round Papenmeier then crashed out of fourth dropping down to 12th.

Duncan then went on to set the fastest lap of the race, as she extended her lead to 3.920 seconds and went on to cruise her way to a race win by 19.2secs.

With one round to go on November 1, the championship chase is heating up as Van De Ven leads Duncan by just 4 points, with Papenmeier dropping to third and Fontanesi in fourth. The five weeks to go before the final round, plays perfectly into the hard-working Kiwi‰Ûªs hands.

‰ÛÏThat‰Ûªs great for me because it gives me more time with the team, more time to test and more time to put some work in with the bike. Having some extra weeks is going to be great. I think I can really put a good stint in there and make a lot of improvements,‰Û
Italian Kiara Fontanesi finished third.
WMX - Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), 25:28.624
2. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), +0:01.593
3. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), +-1:58.382
4. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:02.698
5. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:23.631
6. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:25.880
7. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:35.469
8. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +0:43.571
9. Line Dam (DEN, Yamaha), +0:59.409
10. Tahlia Jade O'Hare (AUS, KTM), +1:16.433

WMX - Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 25:40.460
2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:19.231
3. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), +0:37.942
4. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:42.282
5. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:44.658
6. Line Dam (DEN, Yamaha), +0:50.077
7. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +0:51.165
8. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:57.334
9. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:06.966
10. Jamie Astudillo (USA, KTM), +1:30.616

WMX - Overall Top 10 Classification:
1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 47 Points
2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 47 Points
3. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), 40 Points
4. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 33 Points
5. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 31 Points
6. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 30 Points
7. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KAW), 28 Points
8. Line Dam (DEN, YAM), 27 Points
9. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 27 Points
10. Jamie Astudillo (USA, KTM), 21 Points

WMX - Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 166 Points
2. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 162 Points
3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 160 Points
4. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), 156 Points
5. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 128 Points
6. Line Dam (DEN, YAM), 114 Points
7. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 102 Points
8. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 93 Points
9. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 77 Points
10. Tahlia Jade O'Hare (AUS, KTM), 75 Points

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