Girls were opening the Mladina´s track on Sunday morning. There was not any problem to ride, because after yesterday´s showers and todays sun track got ideal surface for first races. It was expectable, that the fastest rider in WMX FIM World Motocross Championship will be Chiara Fontanesi. Warm Up results told us the same. Fonta MX Racing rider Chiara Fontanesi took victory in both races in Croatia with quite a big lead.
Finally in this race, Chiara Fontanesi made a good start. From the first corner bike with number eight flipped first. Chiara took nice holeshot and until the end nobody couldn´t come close to her. Fonta MX Racing Team rider Chiara Fontanesi was riding in front of whole starting pole and she was enlarging her lead in every lap. After Race one she won and twenty seconds behind her was nobody.
Chiara Fontanesi: „Yeah, finally I made a good start, then I pushed hard to get to my rhytm and I was trying to make a good gap. Everything went fine and I was first in first race. I am happy and I will try to do the same in next race.“
HM Plant UK Team rider Natalie Kane was close to top positions after start too. She was riding on third position, but only Anne Borchers stayed in her way. Full of enthusiasm Natalie Kane took Anne over and she started to catch up Chiara. Fontanesi is this season unstoppable and uncatcheable, so Natalie was only looking after her second.
In overall championship standings is Britt van der Wekken from Netherlands. Tall Dutch rider did not have enough luck, when she had to struggle from seventh position. Britt had the same rhytm during first race and conditionally well prepared Britt was jumping over her rivals. In last lap she took over third rider too and third position went to Netherlands.
In first corner were too many candidates to take a holeshot. German rider Anne Borchers was trying the same. She came out of first corner on second, but several turns after start Natalie Kane passed Anne. Anne wanted to keep her third place, but she had bad luck and Britt van der Wekken was faster too. On the other hand Anne Borchers was satisfied with fourth place in Race 1.
After very fast lap times in practices and in qualifying, also in morning´s Warm Up, Justine Charroux reminded her to everybody. In Race one she continued in great performance and she was still changing places between fastest top five. It cost her many forces and she came to finish on fifth place with 20 secs gap.
KTM rider from Italy Francesca Nocera noticed very bad start. Too many riders were fighting in front of Francesca, but despite of it she passed them one by one. Very good rider Virginie Germond was making Francesca nervous. Virginie and Francesca were riding wheel to wheel. Only one can be better and in this case it meaned sixth position for Francesca. Only a half second behind her finished Suisse rider Virginie Germond.
Last weekend on podium, many times in top five, this all makes from Joanna Miller very fast rider. This dry track is fast too, but it didn´t help to Joanna. In first laps Germond and Nocera were passed Miller and nothing changed until the end. KTM rider Joanna finished eighth. Another Dutch riders Marianne Veenstra and Nina Klink were closing first ten riders of opening race in Mladina.
Second race on Sunday in Croatian Mladina was similar to the first one. When we wanted to write about first positions. The same, best after start, and start is very important, best during the whole race. Yes, we are talking about Chiara Fontanesi. Fonta MX Racing Team rider Chiara got first and she was working only on enlarging the gap. She won both races and unsuprisely red plate still belongs in her hands.
Natalie Kane showed to all people, what she can do on a track. Even in today´s second race she repeated perfect performance and good riding style and second place was ready for her. Luckily in this season she ended weekend with podium. Only Chiara Fontanesi was faster than her and HM Plant UK Team rider Natalie Kane fighted two times second. With this result she was glad and she did not hide smile on her face.
Very well weekend in Croatia is behind French rider Justine Charroux too. Just from Saturday she perform nice ride and she is one of aspirants for podium places. In first race she closed top five, but second ride was under her control. After nice start she pushed hard and moved on third place. Gap between her and Natalie was only 12 seconds after all.
Better second ride than first was the same for Polish rider Joanna Miller. She got in Race two fast tempo and this did not leaved her until the end of race. She rode and finished on fourth place. It wasn´t such a surprise as in Arco di Trento, but she made a very good result. She was behind third only 10 seconds back.
Maybe Britt van der Wekken was imagine better weekend for her and her results. She was very close to her main aim to reach the podium, but in second Race she was slower than four riders over her. Dutch rider Britt van der Wekken was only closing first top ten. From Mladina she brings to home fourth overall.
Francy Racing Team rider Francesca Nocera did not fin in top five this weekend. She reached the same result from both of races. For a few moments she was trying to danger Britt, but Francesca wasn´t sucessful and she got two times sixth place. Nina Klink with her clear ride was pushing her to the front unobtrusively. In finish of Race two she obtained seventh.
This track fits to Anne Borchers from Germany. It seemed from her ride, jumps, her speed and also from her result in first ride. In second she spoiled start, but she picked up all forces and got eighth. Just right behind her was crossing finish line Dutch rider Marianne Veenstra on KTM. Floriana Parinni closed top ten for this time in Mladina on her Fantic moto.
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WMX Race 1 results: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 24:36.157; 2. Natalie Kane (GBR, KTM), 24:55.089; 3. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 25:06.169; 4. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), 25:07.452; 5. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), 25:25.968; 6. Francesca Nocera (ITA, KTM), 25:38.319; 7. Virginie Germond (SUI, Suzuki), 25:38.885; 8. Joanna Miller (POL, KTM), 25:51.612; 9. Marianne Veenstra (NED, KTM), 25:59.144; 10. Nina Klink (NED, KTM), 26:26.574
WMX Race 2 results: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 24:46.292; 2. Natalie Kane (GBR, KTM), 25:13.032; 3. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), 25:24.456; 4. Joanna Miller (POL, KTM), 25:35.045; 5. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 25:56.306; 6. Francesca Nocera (ITA, KTM), 26:00.665; 7. Nina Klink (NED, KTM), 26:13.779; 8. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), 26:23.860; 9. Marianne Veenstra (NED, KTM), 26:26.845; 10. Floriana Parrini (ITA, Fantic), 26:30.861
WMX overal classification: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 50 points; 2. Natalie Kane (GBR, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), 36 p.; 4. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 36 p.; 5. Joanna Miller (POL, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), 31 p.; 7. Francesca Nocera (ITA, KTM), 30 p.; 8. Nina Klink (NED, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Marianne Veenstra (NED, KTM), 24 p.; 10. Virginie Germond (SUI, Suzuki), 24 p.
WMX championship classification: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 194 points; 2. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 134 p.; 3. Natalie Kane (GBR, KTM), 131 p.; 4. Marianne Veenstra (NED, KTM), 115 p.; 5. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), 113 p.; 6. Francesca Nocera (ITA, KTM), 109 p.; 7. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), 101 p.; 8. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 92 p.; 9. Joanna Miller (POL, KTM), 91 p. 10. Nina Klink (NED, KTM), 86 p.
WMX Round of Croatia – QUICK FACTS
Circuit lenght: 1 700 m
Type of ground: hard pack
Weather conditions: sunny