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Verstappen opens 2019 FIM Women‰Ûªs Motocross World Championship with a win

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The 2019 FIM Women‰Ûªs Motocross World Championship gets underway.
Belgian Amandine Verstappen has taken her first career victory at the opening round of the 2019 FIM Women‰Ûªs Motocross World Championship at the tough Valkenswaard circuit of the Netherlands.

A full entry list left thirty nine of the world‰Ûªs best Women Motocross racers to line up on the sandy Dutch circuit. Though early in the year the weekend had nearly perfect weather and track conditions which developed to challenge all by the final checkered flag.

Alongside the qualifying races of MXGP and MX2, plus the first race of EMX125 presented by FMF Racing, the women started their season on Saturday, March the 30th. The first race and day of the 2 day-2 race format was a showing of speed by newly signed BIKE IT DRT Kawasaki rider Courtney Duncan.
Yamaha's Amandine Verstappen took a one point win at the opening round.
When WMX Race 1 started off Yamaha's Amandine Verstappen took the holeshot ahead of Yamaha‰Ûªs Larissa Papenmeier and the rest of the field. Duncan was third but made quick moves to get by Papenmeier in lap 2 then take the lead from Verstappen one lap later.

Moving forward throughout the 11 laps were Nancy Van de Ven and Shana Van der Vlist. Moving from 8th to 4th was a strong ride for Van de Ven after a bad start but even more impressive was Van der Vlist‰Ûªs comeback from 12thup to 5th.

Race 1 was won by Duncan 6.6 seconds ahead of Verstappen who had Papenmeier only a tenth of second further behind in 3rd while Van de Ven and Van der Vlist took the final to spots among the top 5.
Courtney Duncan (151) was looking good for a double victory until a spectacular crash in the second race (See video).
Sunday‰Ûªs race 2 was in slightly cooler temperatures and a rougher track but Courtney Duncan was quick to take the Saturday momentum onward and lead from the beginning. A better start from Van de Ven put her in a position to apply pressure to Duncan while Verstappen and Papenmeier gave chase to both.

After 7 laps of the 11 total Duncan made a costly mistake on the lip of the finish jump sending her into a massive endo. Ejected from the bike the Kiwi returned quickly but after struggling to get it started her hope of winning disappeared. The crash left Van de Ven with the lead and a clear track ahead of Verstappen.


At the finish it was a race win for Van de Ven but Verstappen‰Ûªs pair of 2nd place finishes was both too strong and too consistent to be beat in the overall result. Duncan recovered to 7th but finished 4th overall behind Verstappen Van de Ven and Papenmeier.

Australian Meghan Rutledge carded a pair of eighth places to finish the round in the same positions while compatriot Tahlia O'Hare finished with a 14-12 result for thirteenth overall.

The Women will now prepare for round 2 of the 2019 FIM Women‰Ûªs Motocross World Championship scheduled for the MXGP of Portugal on the 18thand 19thof May in Agueda.





WMX Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 24:47.429
2. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Yamaha), +0:06.661
3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:06.762
4. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:40.317
5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +0:42.462
6. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:45.841
7. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:54.902
8. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, Yamaha), +0:58.314
9. Meghan Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:59.382
10. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:27.155

WMX Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), 25:00.931
2. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Yamaha), +0:08.011
3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:13.410
4. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +0:57.730
5. Line Dam (DEN, Honda), +1:11.635
6. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +1:12.584
7. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), +1:20.931
8. Meghan Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), +1:22.971
9. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, Yamaha), +1:24.765
10. Mathilde Martinez (FRA, KTM), +1:53.374

WMX Overall Top Ten:
1. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 44 points
2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 43 points
3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 40 points
4. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 39 points
5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 34 points
6. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 29 points
7. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 26 points
8. Meghan Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 25 points
9. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 25 points
10. Virginie Germond (SUI, KTM), 18 points

WMX Championship Top Ten:
1. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 44 points
2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 43 points
3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 40 points
4. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 39 points
5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 34 points
6. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 29 points
7. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 26 points
8. Meghan Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 25 points
9. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 25 points
10. Virginie Germond (SUI, KTM), 18 points

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