WMX: Courtney Duncan clings to championship lead despite playing second fiddle to Italian Kiara Fontanese

Kiwi Moto Cross star Courtney Duncan. His lead in the women’s Moto Cross World Championship (WMX) is just nine points after the statement of opium by Italian rider Ciara Fontanese.

Duncan dropped the second round of a disappointed Turkish double header on Wednesday (NZ Time) despite a pair of seconds.

the following First and second in Turkey’s GP over the weekend., Duncan took a 15-point lead in the championship.

Courtney Duncan still has a slim lead in the WMX Championship.


Courtney Duncan still has a slim lead in the WMX Championship.

But with six-time world champion Fontanese, able to claim both fat victories in the Opium GP on the Afyonkarahisar circuit on Wednesday night, the Italian not only extended his championship lead to nine points but all the way from Duncan. Also lost

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“Naturally, I’m disappointed,” Duncan said.

“I’m always going out to win. I’m disappointed. I missed a couple of chances and it’s going to sting for a while.

Courtney Duncan had to settle for a couple of seconds behind Kiara Fontanese.


Courtney Duncan had to settle for a couple of seconds behind Kiara Fontanese.

Fontanese, who took a break from sports to have her first child in 2019, claimed her first 1-1 win at GP since 2018.

Duncan tried to repeat the last corner of his second moto, Herox. GP Turkey Opium’s GP in the opening race but instead left the Fantasy Home behind after just 0.050 seconds in the final line.

In the second motto, Duncan was fine in the fight before the fall put pressure on Fontancy as he fought for the lead.

The defending champion showed great speed to close the gap but once again made a small mistake in the last corner which allowed Fontanese to run unrivaled.

“I gave her everything and credit, she deserved it at the end of the day.”

“I definitely need to work on intensifying the race first, and find my rhythm because at the moment I feel like I’m going to Kiara,” Duncan said.

Only two rounds of the championship are left before the Spanish GP on October 16 with a five-week break, followed by the GP final in Trentino (Italy) on October 30.

At a glance:

There are two rounds left in the WMX Championship standings: First Courtney Duncan 176 points, second Ciara Fontaine 167 points, third Nancy Van de Wayne 148 points, fourth Shane van der Welst 144 points, 5th Larissa Papin Meyer 133 points.

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