WMX Battle up front- 4 weeks count-down to Rounds 5 of 6

WMX Battle up front- 4 weeks count-down to Rounds 5 of 6

Women’s Motocross World Championships battle up front hits the limiter in 4 weeks time at WMX Round 5 of 6 at Assen, Netherlands home track of Dutch star Nancy Van de Ven.

Nancy Van de Ven Lombardia WMX win, Photo Credit MXGP

Nancy Van de Ven Lombardia WMX win, Photo Credit MXGP

Van de Ven took the Overall win at WMX Round 4 of Lombardia way back on June 17th, and has sights set on repeating the performance. Results have proved successful for Nancy in front of home crowd, as she went 1-1 in 2017 WMX Round 5 at MXGP’s sand venue Assen TT Circuit.

Pre-Round 5, WMX leader board has NZ’s Courtney Duncan holding 21 point advantage over Italian WMX 5x Champion Kiara Fontanesi, and Netherlands Nancy Van De ven, both sitting on 163, to Duncan’s 184.

So, what are the predictions? Based on what factors?

The 3 month gap between WMX Rounds 4 and 5 is big.

Top 3 Women have taken a break, come back refreshed: Kiara training in the heat at Sardinia’s sand blanket tracks, Courtney returning to NZ, dropping 10 plus degrees in temperature, picking up preparations in comfort of home, and Nancy capitalising on break of racing to gain greater stamina, fitness, and mental fortitude from unfortunate accident earlier this year.

Courtney Duncan and Kiara Fontanesi MXGP Portugal Photo Credit: MXGP

Courtney Duncan and Kiara Fontanesi MXGP Portugal Photo Credit: MXGP

Rookie Larissa Papenmeier, Germany sits only 2 points behind on 161, and at push could be the spoiler in Final Round Championship count.

With Final 2 Rounds on sand/loamy tracks at MXGP Assen and Imola on September 16th and 30th, racing results will depend on what the Women have done in between Rounds, rider’s level of experience and want for 2018 Women Motocross World Championship Title.

Words: Sharon Cox

 

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