New Zealander Katherine Prumm leads the Cup
After a first edition last year in Sweden, the Women’s World Cup
started this weekend in Germany. New Zealander Katherine Prumm
(Kawasaki) and French rider Livia Lancelot (Yamaha) shared the first
positions and will arrive in Uddevalla (Sweden) for the second and last
round of the series equal in the standings.
German Stephanie Laier (KTM) got the holeshot in the first heat, but
Lancelot passed her promptly to lead the entire race. In fourth
position at the start, Prumm came back up to second at mid race, and
then reduced the gap on Lancelot. They did the last four laps together,
literally side-by-side, and Lancelot barely kept an advantage of 1.7
second over her rival at the finish line!
Laier grabbed another holeshot in the next race, but Prumm was right
behind, and took the lead on the second lap. Lancelot also passed Laier
in the fourth lap to finish second. These three ladies outdistanced the
rest of the pack, and will battle for the World Cup in July in Sweden.
Katherine Prumm: “In the first race I struggled a little bit, I was
only sixth at the start. The track was quite difficult to pass but I
kept on working hard, I was a little bit nervous and had arm pump. When
I came second I tried several times to pass Lancelot for the win, but
at the end it was not easy with the lappers. My second start was
awesome, thanks to my powerfull Molson Kawasaki! I’m of course happy to
lead the Cup, I’ve been working so hard since two or three years to
come at this level. The GP riders were really friendly with us,
especially Tyla Rattray, Gareth Swanepoel and Josh Coppins. I was a few
days in his house and was able to practice in Belgium, now I will fly
to the US for two races at Glen Helen and Hangton, and will be back for
Heat one: 1. Lancelot (FRA, Yamaha); 2. Prumm (NZL, Kawasaki); 3. Laier
(GER, KTM); 4. De Winter (BEL, Yamaha); 5. Papenmeier (GER, Honda); 6.
Haupt (GER, Kawasaki); 7. Karlsson (SWE, Yamaha); 8. Veenstra (NED,
Suzuki); 9. Lemp (GER, KTM); 10. Mann (SWE, KTM)
Heat two: 1. Prumm; 2. Lancelot; 3. Laier; 4. Papenmeier; 5. Mann; 6.
Haupt; 7. De Winter; 8. Williams (GBR, Honda); 9. Veenstra; 10. Karlsson
World Cup standings: 1. Prumm, 47 pts; 2. Lancelot, 47; 3. Laier, 40;
4. Papenmeier, 32; 5. De Winter, 32; 6. Haupt, 30; 7. Mann, 29; 8.