2018 WMX – facts, figures and what’s changed

2018 WMX – facts, figures and what’s changed

2018 Women Motocross World Championship has produced more intensity on and off the track than forever.

Kiara Fontanesi WMX Assen MXGP Photo Credit: MXGP

Kiara Fontanesi WMX Assen MXGP Photo Credit: MXGP

Italian 5x WMX Champion Kiara Fontanesi blitzed the highly competitive field going 1-1 at Assen MXGP last weekend, taking the Red Plate from injury withdraw leader Courtney Duncan.

Home track favourite Nancy Van de Ven put in hard work performance, only to be out-done by tricky sand track conditions which switched riders 180 degrees at blink of eye.

Germany’s Larissa Papenmeier was most impressive showing speed up front mixing the top 6 Women MX riders: Fontanesi, Van Den, Amandine Verstappen, Stephanie Laier, Shana Van der Vlist  and Papenmeier  within 40 seconds at Final Lap R2.

Which paves for comparison on WMX Assen MXGP 2017 in regard to Women’s speed, lap-times one year down. How far have these trail-blazing female athetes come?

Facts:

2017 WMX Assen MXGP       R1:   Best Lap-Time    Nancy Van de Ven       2.04.849              Speed 43.2

2017  MX2 Assen   MXGP      R1:   Best Lap-Time     Pauls Jonass                1.38.122                            55.0                                                          Difference                                                                                                        0.66.727secs                11.8km/p/h  

2018 WMX Assen MXGP      R1:   Best Lap-Time    Kiara Fontanesi            1.50.335                            50.8

2018  MX2 Assen MXGP        R1:   Best Lap-Time    Jorge Prado                  1.41.538                            55.3                                                             Difference                                                                                                      0.08.797secs               04.5km/p/h

Nancy Van De Ven Assen 2018 Photo Credit: MXGP

Nancy Van De Ven Assen 2018 Photo Credit: MXGP

Figures: in one year WMX top MX racers have gone from 66 second lap-time gap compared to MX2 riders to 8 second gap at MXGP Assen TT Circuit, Netherlands.

And WMX top racers have narrowed gap in speed, big-time from 11km/p/h to short of 4km/p/h. That’s impressive!

WMX Final Round 6: Imola, Italy September 29th, 30th 2018

Words: Sharon Cox

 

 

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