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WMX Switzerland: Duncan Dominates as Van Drunen takes points lead

Kiwi legend Duncan takes the Swiss win to make the WMX series super-close at the top.



The second round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship ended in Frauenfeld with Big Van World MTX Kawasaki’s Courtney Duncan taking the victory.

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This was a tough battle across the board and spanned over Saturday and Monday where riders gave their best to get to the top while also having had to fight against a downpour on Saturday making the track a bit heavier.

In the first race on Saturday, the first lap was eventful as MX Fonta Racing’s Kiara Fontanesi quickly took the lead after the first turns to see RFME GasGas WMX Team’s Daniela Guillen all over her rear wheel making a move early to take the lead off Fontanesi. The two riders were followed by the JK Racing Yamaha of Charli Cannon and Duncan, 3rd and 4th respectively after lap 1.
Still in the first lap we saw Nancy Van De Ven of Ceres 71 Racing make the same mistake as in Sardinia as she crashed quickly and could not restart, missing out on some good points.

Duncan passed Cannon on lap 2 as the Kiwi looked really quick on her bike and caught the front two, Guillen and Fontanesi. Cannon kept her 4th position until the end. The front three created a gap with the rest of the pack as a three-way battle went on between lap 2 and 5. Fontanesi eventually took the lead as she passed Guillen on lap 4 while Duncan, in 3rd position at the time, tirelessly put pressure on Guillen. Guillen could not contain Duncan’s speed on lap 5 and got moved down to 3rd.

Courtney Duncan flies high en route to the WMX overall win at Frauenfeld.

It was then all about Duncan piling pressure on Fontanesi who bravely resisted for 2 laps but Duncan was too quick and finally passed Fontanesi on lap 7 and kept the lead until the end. Fontanesi finished 2nd and Guillen settled for 3rd. Getting into 5th place after lap 1 Lotte Van Drunen had to battle to keep this position as she moved down to 7th on lap 4 but fought her way back up, as she overtook Sara Andersen on lap 8 and Fantic Maddii Factory Racing’s Lynn Valk with two laps to go on lap 10, showing her great technique to settle for 5th in the end. Valk had a good run oscillating between 7th and 5th throughout the whole race to finish in 6th position while Andersen rode a similar race and finished 7th.

Britt Jans-Beken and Larissa Papenmeier, 8th and 9th after lap 1, followed each other until Papenmeier managed to pass Jans-Beken on lap 7 to finish 8th while Britt settled in 9th.

Lotte van Drunen took the second race win, enough for her to secure the red plate for the next round, in Spain on the 7th of May.

On Easter Monday, the race 2 started with Van Drunen taking the lead in front of Van de Ven and Duncan.
Van Drunen never got troubled upfront as she increased the gap all the way through the second race. Van de Ven held 2nd for the first 2 laps but could not contain Duncan, who went past on lap 3. Van de Ven kept her good pace and tried to make a charge on Duncan on the last lap but Courtney held on to finish 2nd and Van de Ven 3rd.

Behind them Guillen did not start as she wanted and found herself 6th behind Valk. A wonderful and tough battle ensued over 7 laps with Valk resisting every attack from the Spanish rider. At the end of an intense fight Guillen managed to pass but Valk respnded directly to get back to 5th. However on lap 7 Guillen made another good move and this time made her pass stick to get to 5th. Valk kept her 6th place until the end.

Sardinia winner Daniela Guillen took 3rd spot on the podium and lies equal-second, a point off the series lead, with Duncan as she heads towards her home GP next time out.

Guillen continued with determination as she eased pass Fontanesi on lap 8, and finished 4th in the end. Fontanesi was 4th for the first 7 laps and with Guillen overtaking her on lap 8 she remained at a good 5th place.

Andersen had a strong race throughout as she never got overtaken and kept her 7th place from start to finish. Cannon rode a good pace too as she ran 9th in the first 3 laps and capitalised on Papenmeier’s mistake (8th at the time) on lap 4, to go up to 8th along with Giorgia Blasigh who followed Cannon over the whole race to finish in a good 9th place. Papenmeier fought back after her mistake and went from 13th to 10th overtaking along the way, Danee Gelissen (12th in the end), Shana Van der Vlist (17th in the end) and Jans-Beken (11th in the end) with 2 laps to go to finish 10th.

On the circuit literally called “Women’s Field” in her native German tongue, Larissa Papenmeier (423) battles with Spaniard Daniela Guillen (255) and Australia’s Charli Cannon (7) in the WMX mid-pack!

In the end, Courtney Duncan was on the top of the podium in front of Lotte Van Drunen in 2nd place and Daniela Guillen 3rd. The second round of the WMX in Switzerland was very competitive and Duncan showed her fast pace, winning her first GP of the season while Van Drunen delivered another strong performance to take the Red Plate as she tops the Championship.

Courtney Duncan: “It was a pretty good round! The track was deep and I put myself in a very good position from the start. It feels amazing going forward into the Championship”

Winner Courtney Duncan celebrates the WMX overall win ahead of Lotte van Drunen (Left) and Daniela Guillen (right). These three are nearly dead-level at the top of the WMX Championship Standings.

WMX – Race 1 – Top 10 Classification: 1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 24:10.055; 2. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, GASGAS), +0:18.530; 3. Daniela Guillen (ESP, GASGAS), +0:32.373; 4. Charli Cannon (AUS, Yamaha), +0:39.418; 5. Lotte Van Drunen (NED, Kawasaki), +0:41.450; 6. Lynn Valk (NED, Fantic), +0:53.977; 7. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +1:04.870; 8. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +1:11.407; 9. Britt Jans-Beken (NED, KTM), +1:38.530; 10. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Yamaha), +1:39.096;

WMX – Race 2 – Top 10 Classification: 1. Lotte Van Drunen (NED, Kawasaki), 24:28.136; 2. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), +0:09.115; 3. Nancy van de Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:10.011; 4. Daniela Guillen (ESP, GASGAS), +0:30.292; 5. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, GASGAS), +0:33.282; 6. Lynn Valk (NED, Fantic), +0:36.647; 7. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:51.825; 8. Charli Cannon (AUS, Yamaha), +0:53.521; 9. Giorgia Blasigh (ITA, KTM), +1:08.408; 10. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +1:24.599

WMX – Overall Top 10 Classification: 1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 47 points; 2. Lotte Van Drunen (NED, KAW), 41 p.; 3. Daniela Guillen (ESP, GAS), 38 p.; 4. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, GAS), 38 p.; 5. Charli Cannon (AUS, YAM), 31 p.; 6. Lynn Valk (NED, FAN), 30 p.; 7. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 28 p.; 8. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 24 p.; 9. Giorgia Blasigh (ITA, KTM), 22 p.; 10. Britt Jans-Beken (NED, KTM), 22 p.;

WMX – Championship Top 10 Classification: 1. Lotte Van Drunen (NED, KAW), 86 points; 2. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 85 p.; 3. Daniela Guillen (ESP, GAS), 85 p.; 4. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, GAS), 61 p.; 5. Charli Cannon (AUS, YAM), 58 p.; 6. Lynn Valk (NED, FAN), 58 p.; 7. Britt Jans-Beken (NED, KTM), 52 p.; 8. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 50 p.; 9. Nancy van de Ven (NED, YAM), 42 p.; 10. Giorgia Blasigh (ITA, KTM), 42 p.

For full in-depth results, see the MX Vice Results page here: MXGP of Switzerland: LIVE Results – MX Vice.

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MXoN: Oliver To Replace Injured Braceras for Team Spain

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During the last test of the MX2 World Championship, David Braceras suffered a fall and was injured. Not being 100% recovered, the national coach, Paco Rico, has decided that the man from Alicante will be replaced by Oriol Oliver who thus joins Rubén Fernández and the brand-new MXGP champion, Jorge Prado.

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In the following statements, Rico explains the reason for this decision in addition to putting Prado in MXOpen and Fernández in MXGP, always thinking about the good for the team.

Paco Rico, national coach: “It is evident that there are situations that only the riders, teams and the coaching staff know. The case of Rubén Fernández was that he suffered from problems after the very hard fall of Finland which prevented him from training and, although he had the speed, he did not have the physique to make 2 races in a row as required by the OPEN category in the ‘Monster Energy FIM MX of the Nations’. This is why we talked with him and Jorge (Prado) to exchange the categories thinking about the best for the team and protecting Fernández so that he had more recovery time between races. The pilots are very involved in achieving team success representing Spain and did not put any inconvenience, supporting each other.

“As for David Braceras, after the fall in England, and although they declared him fit to run right there, following the advice of our trusted medical staff they told he him that he could be at risk of doing more damage. Braceras did not lose a minute and flew directly to Madrid, where all possible tests were performed, and a small rupture in the triceps was detected.

“We continue to have a team of the same level with good expectations with the incorporation of Oriol Oliver, the visible physical improvement of Ruben Fernández who has managed to finish 5th in MXGP and, of course, the current MXGP world champion, Jorge Prado.”

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