-- FIM MX3 World Championship - Richier surprises in Czech Republic
Loads of elevation and loamy soil sums up the circuit of Pacov which hosted
round eight of the FIM MX3 World Championship where surprise contender Frenchman
Florent Richier, on his first MX3 appearance this year, took victory ahead of
two typical MX3 front runners; UFO Racing MX Team’s Klemen Gercar and Orion-RS
Petrol Team’s Frantisek Smola.
Yesterday’s top qualifier Orion-RS Petrol Team rider Frantisek Smola was super
charged at the start of race one, when he fired out of the gate to take the
holeshot. Chasing the Czech Smola was red plate holder UFO Racing MX Team’s
Klemen Gercar and RSC BUSKA / Ados Team’s Florent Richier. Throughout the race
the trio were riding nose to tail, each looking for an opportunity to take over
the lead. As they approached midrace, Richier saw an opening and took it, the
Frenchman Richier went on to win, celebrating with a ‘Heel Clicker’ on the final
lap. Meanwhile Smola was dealing with pressure from the championship points
leader Gercar, while the battle was intense, the local rider Smola managed to
hold on for second, finishing less than one second ahead of Gercar in third.
Meanwhile Martin Michek didn’t get off to the best of starts but the Czech rider
fought hard and managed to take fourth place, a massive fifty five seconds ahead
of fellow Czech rider Jiri Cepelak in fifth.
Race two was full of suprises; race one winner RSC BUSKA / Ados Team rider
Florent Richier took the holeshot and led the way ahead of Hillinger MX Team’s
Matthias Walkner and RSC BUSKA / Ados teammate Martin Michek. While Richier
proceeded to check out, Walkner and Michek engaged in a battle for second.
Michek did eventually make a pass on Walkner to take over second but
unfortunately crashed a few turns later and dropped back to third.
With one lap to go, Richier slowed down and allowed both Walkner and Michek to
go by without a fight allowing the current world champion Matthias Walkner to
win, just ahead of fan favorite Czech Martin Michek. Richier continued on to
finish third and later admitted he purposely slowed down to allow his RSC BUSKA
/ Ados teammate Martin Michek take more championship points. Meanwhile Klemen
Gercar managed to pass Orion-RS Petrol Team’s Frantisek Smola in the closing
stages of the race to finish fourth leaving Smola to round out the top five.
Despite the strange turn of events, Frenchman Florent Richier took the overall
just ahead of teammate Martin Michek. Red plate holder Klemen Gercar rounds out
the top three.
The best moments of the eighth round of the FIM MX3 World Championship will be
broadcast worldwide on MX-LIFE.TV and the 26 min magazine produced by
Youthstream at the end of the event will also be broadcast on Fox Sports in
Latin America thanks to the new agreement between Youthstream and the leading
sports cable television network in Latin America, Fox Sports. By clicking here
you will be able to download the complete TV coverage of the Czech round.
-- Womens Motocross - Fontanesi back on top in Czech Republic
The super Italian lady Monster Energy Yamaha’s Chiara Fontanesi was back on form
this weekend, as she was victorious in both moto’s to take a perfect score at
round six of the FIM WMX World Championship in Pacov, Czech Republic, while
former WMX World Champion Rabbit Racing Kawasaki’s Stephanie Laier occupied the
second step and Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge rounded out the top three.
When the gates dropped for WMX race one, it was the two rookies Genette Vage and
Nancy Van de Ven who showed the veterans how to start. Vage led the way for the
majority of lap one, but as they came past pit lane Van de Ven made a pass and
went on to lead the first three laps. Three laps in, Monster Energy Yamaha’s
Chiara Fontanesi began to charge, aggressively passing both Vage and Van de Ven
to take over the lead. Fontanesi then went on to win.
Meanwhile Rabbit Racing Kawasaki’s Stephanie Laier had a fight on her hands
after not getting off to the best of starts. The German pushed her way through
the field to eventually end up in an intense battle with Dutch Nancy Van de Ven
for second. As the duo entered the closing laps of the race, the former World
Champion Laier had the upper hand, taking over second forcing Van de Ven to
finish third. Back in fourth the previous round winner Natalie Kane got off to a
bad start, but after making a series of good passes the Irish lady managed to
come home in fourth, ten seconds ahead of yesterday’s top qualifier Bud Racing
Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge (who went down on turn one).
In race two both WMX toppers Monster Energy Yamaha’s Chiara Fontanesi and Bud
Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge set the scene for a hair-raising race to the
finish after occupying the first and second positions around turn one. While
Rutledge did everything in her power to find a way around the red plate holder
and current world champion Fontanesi, she came up fractionally too short,
finishing second with less than a one second gap on the current world champion
Fontanesi. HM Plant KTM UK’s Natalie Kane finished fifty-five seconds behind the
leaders in third while Rabbit Racing Kawasaki’s Stephanie Laier again had to
find a way around the Dutch speedster Nancy Van de Ven to take fourth forcing
Van de Ven to settle for fifth.