Cloudy Arco di Trento hailed WMX FIM World Motocross Championship for the first time. Number of spectators pushed home riders to leading positions. Italian Chiara Fontanesi didnÂ´t dissapointed and she took double from CiclaminoÃ‚Â´s circuit. Her compatriot Francesca Nocera finished right behind her on second place.
As usually, Chiara Fontanesi didnÃ‚Â´t start easyli. After start she was again in the middle of starting pole. Despite of it she always fight until the end. In the first lap she did her best and she moved on second. Only well-riding Nina Klink was against her. Skilled Chiara is this year unquestionably one of the best and after taking first position she took the race under control and only enlarged her lead. In the end she finished with 15 seconds gap in front of her compatriot Francesca Nocera.
Chiara Fontanesi: ,,I am happy to win this race. I made better start today and everything went better. I am happy and I have to repeat it in second race.”
Italian rider Francesca Nocera was fighting for first positions after start. She was changing positions in the front. In the second lap she was taken over by Chiara. Immediately after that she started to catch her.Ã‚Â After her nice performance she obtained second place in Race 1.
HM Plant KTM UK rider Natalie Kane was after start the last one. Yesterday she showed to everybody, that she is fast rider. Natalie repeated it in todayÃ‚Â´s first race. After nine laps Natalie Kane reached first top five riders. Only two Dutch riders, Marianne Veenstra and Britt van der Wekken were riding over her. For Natalie it was not hard job to take they both over. Natalie finished after exhaustive Race 1 third.
Marianne Veenstra with her KTM rode on fifth position at the start of Race one. She was catching up with her compatriot Nina Klink. In the second half of race she managed to take fourth position. She ended the race only five seconds behind third Natalie Kane from Great Britain.
Another rider Britt van der Wekken from Netherlands wanted to repeat podium result from France. From the first corner she went in the middle, so she started to take over riders. She was pushing hard and in the end harder to catch first top five riders. Only a few laps before finish Dutch rider over her made a mistake and Britt took this advantage to get fifth position.
Third Dutch rider in the front Nina Klink made a very good start. Her speed and a few mistakes meaned for her loosing positions. Nina crossed finish line in sixth position. Joanna Miller from Poland didnÃ‚Â´t repeat her qualifying succes. In the first race on Sunday she obtained seventh position.
French Yamaha rider Justine Charroux made a very good start and after first lap she was riding on sixth position. Close to end she was loosing forces and she felt to eighth position. German rider Anne Borchers obtained nineth position and Maria Lorca from Francy Racing team closed first top ten women riders in Race one.
Fonta MX Racing rider Chiara Fontanesi managed to start great in Race two. She was from start on the first place and immediately she started riding in her rhytm.Ã‚Â She had not any bigger rival in second race. Her lap times and her speed were the best among of all. Gap between her and second rider was in finish nearly half a lap. She reached double at home track in Italy.
Weekend of Francesca Nocera was incredible too. Already in qualifying she noticed good times. In second race she was in Natalie KaneÃ‚Â´s shadow. Natalie was fast andÃ‚Â she looked very surely. In last lap Natalie made a big mistake and she felt down to 23th position. There came time to Francesca. Second place belongs to her and all from Francy Racing Team were happy to reach the podium.
Francesca Nocera: ,,Yeah, I am very very happy. I am second, it is incredible. I had a good feeling just after qualifying race. Everything went well and I was prepared to do my best. Now I can take prize for second place.”
After not very good first race, Polish rider Joanna Miller took all her forces to fight for top positions. Joanna was for all the time close to Francesca, but she didnÃ‚Â´t catch excursory Francesca up. After counting the points was everybody surprised. Third place went to Poland, first time in the podium, to Joanna Miller on KTM.
Another fight wheel to wheel was just behind Joanna Miller. Justine Charroux and Britt van der Wekken, they both wanted to take places ahead. French rider Justine Charroux with her blue Yamaha bike was showing her back to Britt all the time. Britt van der Wekken didnÃ‚Â´t find place on the track, where she could take Justine over, so the rankings stayed the same. Justine Charroux took nice fourth place and Dutch rider Britt van der Wekken was satisfied with fifth position. In overall championship standings this round in Italy moved Britt to third place behind Chiara Fontanesi and Livia Lancelot.
Another Dutch rider Marianne Veenstra was worse in second race. In muddy part of racing Marianne had to drive back attacks of Anne Borchers. GermanÃ‚Â rider enden in second race in seventh position aand Marianne obtained sixth.
Good looking ride in slippery terrain performed Virginie Germond. She gained better position in every lap. From 13th place she made eighth in finish. Top ten riders of race two closed women from Great Britain. Nineth position went to Alix Dunlop and Sophia Paull obtained tenth place.
WMX Race 1 Results: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 24:11.410; 2. Francesca Nocera (ITA, KTM), 24:26.350; 3. Natalie Kane (GBR, KTM), 24:29.854; 4. Marianne Veenstra (NED, KTM), 24:35.288; 5. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 24:44.681; 6. Nina Klink (NED, KTM), 24:52.830; 7. Joanna Miller (POL, KTM), 24:53.383; 8. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), 25:09.629; 9. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), 25:20.696; 10. Maria Lorca (VEN, Suzuki), 25:37.632
WMX Race 2 Results: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 25:21.349; 2. Francesca Nocera (ITA, KTM), 26:07.207; 3. Joanna Miller (POL, KTM), 26:16.958; 4. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), 26:17.759; 5. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 26:18.981; 6. Marianne Veenstra (NED, KTM), 26:21.983; 7. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), 26:33.376
WMX Overall Classification: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 50 points 2. Francesca Nocera (ITA, KTM), 44 p. 3. Joanna Miller (POL, KTM), 34 p. 4. Marianne Veenstra (NED, KTM), 33 p. 5. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 32 p. 6. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), 31 p. 7. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), 26 p. 8. Sophia Paull (GBR, Honda), 21 p. 9. Natalie Kane (GBR, KTM), 20 p. 10. Kimberley Braam (NED, Kawasaki), 17 p.
WMX Championship Classification: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 144 points 2. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 98 p. 3. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 92 p. 4. Marianne Veenstra (NED, KTM), 91 p. 5. Natalie Kane (GBR, KTM), 87 p. 6. Francesca Nocera (ITA, KTM), 79 p. 7. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), 77 p. 8. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), 70 p. 9. Nina Klink (NED, KTM), 61 p. 10. Joanna Miller (POL, KTM), 60 p.
WMX Round of Italy – QUICK FACTS
Circuit lenght: 1 660 metres
Type of ground: hard pack
Weather conditions: cloudy, rainy
Photo: Chiara Fontanesi and Francesca Nocera on the start