Larissa Papenmeier races solid 2-3 for WMX Round 2: 3rd Overall

Larissa Papenmeier races solid 2-3 for WMX Round 2: 3rd Overall

Larissa Papenmeier raced for solid 2-3 result at Women MX World Championship at the weekend, finishing 3rd Overall and placed same position in WMX Championship points standings.

Larissa Papenmeier WMX Round 1 #423: Valkenswaard Photo Credit: MXGP

The seasoned Yamaha rider shot out of the gates in Race 1 taking the hole-shot, as she had executed same technique in WMX Opener at Valkenswaard, and maintained consistent lap-times in the 20 minute plus 2 laps motos.

#423: ‘Yes I had a solid weekend and I was happy with my riding’.

Main focus was to achieve consistent results and points. So for sure a podium is my main focus as well but also not to crash’.

Based in home country of Germany, juggling work along with training and preparation for racing, Larissa suprises on what she likes about racing.

#423: ‘I love the starts so I’m never really bad at that. For sure every single start can’t be perfect but they need to be good to start the race in a good position. This makes it a lot easier to ride and to have a good result’.

Having notched up record in competing in Women MX World Chmapionship since initial debut Series back in 2009, Larissa has to be admired for her tenacity, perseverance and diligence to keep goals in sight, no matter how hard they seem to be.

Larissa Papenmeier WMX Valkenswaard Photo Credit: MXGP

Results over course of years in WMX Overall:

2009: 4th, ‘010: 2nd, 011: 3rd, ‘012 gap year, ‘013 raced Opening Round only, ‘014: 6th, ‘015 raced Opener and Round 2 only, ‘016: 3rd, ‘017: 5th and 2018 finished 3rd Overall with Italian Kiara Fontanesi taking WMX Tile, and Nancy van de Ven 2nd place.

Results certainly speak volumes on the level of commitment Larissa has to race WMX Championship Series. And in between Rounds- what does #423 do?

#423: ‘I try to race as much as I can and we also test a lot which is really good and brings me another step forward’.

Now, with long 10 week break before WMX Round 3, Larissa knuckles back-down to routine, as always remains positive attitude towards any obstacles, challenges, highs and lows that come her way- which all in all puts Papenmeier in great stead for the rest of 2019 WMX season.

#423: ‘For sure I will have some German hard-pack Races and I will also travel to France for some racing’.

Words: Sharon Cox


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