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Fontanesi Dominates in Slovenia

Round two of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship took place today at the circuit of Orehova Vas in sunny Slovenia where Monster Energy Yamaha’s Chiara Fontanesi added another two wins to her so far perfect season. Stephanie Laier was on the second step of the podium and Meghan Rutledge completed the top three.
Race one started with a hiss and roar when more than ten riders were caught up in a first corner crash. Avoiding all the carnage was yesterday’s top qualifier Chiara Fontanesi who was not phased by the slipperiness of a recently watered track running away from the field to add yet another victory to her 2013 world championship campaign.

Chasing Fontanesi in the early stages of the race was HM Plant KTM UK’s Natalie Kane. Kane looked eager to catch Fontanesi but despite a good effort on the opening laps, the Irish Kane couldn’t match the speed of the Italian Fontanesi.

Further back, former world champion Stephanie Laier found herself under pressure from Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge. Rutledge managed to find a way around the Rabbit Racing Kawasaki of Laier to take third place leaving Laier to finish fourth almost forty seconds ahead of Francesca Nocera in fifth.

Race two saw Monster Energy Yamaha’s Chiara Fontanesi prove to be just too good this weekend leading every lap unchallenged from start to finish.

Improving on her performance in race one, Rabbit Racing Kawasaki’s Stephanie Laier managed to ride a smooth race comfortably in second place to finish twenty seconds ahead of Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge in third. Meanwhile HM Plant KTM UK’s Natalie Kane made hard work for herself getting off to a terrible start; despite being outside the top ten on lap one, the feisty Irish lady managed to fight her way back to a fourth place finish. Rounding out the top five was another Italian in the form of Francesca Nocera.

In the end Monster Energy Yamaha’s Chiara Fontanesi dominated the round of Slovenia with perfect points while Stephanie Laier, Meghan Rutledge and Natalie Kane tied for second on forty points. Based on the result of the second race Rabbit Racing Kawasaki’s Stephanie Laier stood on the second step of the podium and Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge on the third leaving HM Plant KTM UK’s Natalie Kane to finish fourth ahead of Francy Racing Team’s Francesca Nocera in fifth.

WMX Race 1 top 10: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 25:54.781; 2. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), +0:07.144; 3. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:19.255; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, Kawasaki), +0:25.898; 5. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Suzuki), +1:03.549; 6. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), +1:04.245; 7. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, KTM), +1:09.127; 8. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:32.116; 9. Marianne Veenstra (NED, KTM), +1:34.612; 10. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:35.952;

WMX Race 2 top 10: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 26:21.551; 2. Stephanie Laier (GER, Kawasaki), +0:06.576; 3. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:26.815; 4. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), +0:42.757; 5. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Suzuki), +0:57.623; 6. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, KTM), +1:04.253; 7. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:18.189; 8. Virginie Germond (SUI, Suzuki), +1:24.629; 9. Gabriela Seisdedos (ESP, Kawasaki), +1:33.866; 10. Nina Klink (NED, KTM), +1:37.972;

WMX Overall top 10: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 50 points; 2. Stephanie Laier (GER, Kawasaki), 40 p.; 3. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), 40 p.; 4. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 40 p.; 5. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Suzuki), 32 p.; 6. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, KTM), 29 p.; 7. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), 27 p.; 8. Virginie Germond (SUI, Suzuki), 22 p.; 9. Gabriela Seisdedos (ESP, Kawasaki), 22 p.; 10. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 22 p.;

WMX Championship top ten: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 100 points; 2. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), 84 p.; 3. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 80 p.; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, Kawasaki), 76 p.; 5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, KTM), 56 p.; 6. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 48 p.; 7. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), 48 p.; 8. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), 37 p.; 9. Nina Klink (NED, KTM), 36 p.; 10. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Suzuki), 32 p.;

The best moments of the second round of the FIM WMX World Championship will be broadcast worldwide on MX-LIFE.TV and the 26 min magazine produced by Youthstream at the end of the event will also be broadcast on Fox Sports in Latin America thanks to the new agreement between Youthstream and the leading sports cable television network in Latin America, Fox Sports. By clicking here you will be able to download the complete TV coverage of the Slovenian round.

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