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WMX-GP's Chiara Fontanesi Owns Women’s Finnish GP

By: | Published 15 June 2011, 17:22 | Views: 1,679 | tags: yamaha, europe, italy, greece, chiara fontanesi, fim, women’s motocross, world championship, yz250f, double, winner, vantaa, grand prix, finland
Youngster Chiara Fontanesi became the first ever Italian lady to own a round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship after she guided her YZ250F to two races wins at Vantaa for the Grand Prix of Finland and the third meeting of nine in the series.

After recovering from a fall on the soft Finnish loam the seventeen year old moved through the field at an impressive pace to overtake world champion Steffi Laier on the last lap for the chequered flag. An easier run and win by over seven seconds from the German at the second time of asking confirmed the top step of the podium and drew her to within nine points of Laier at the peak of the standings. Fontanesi has a 100% rostrum record so far in 2011 after claiming trophies in Bulgaria and Greece.

“Today the first moto was difficult because I had a bad start and after that I crashed so it took me a while to get on the pace,” she said. “I was mostly thinking about having fun on the bike because I like this track and riding on sand so in the end I saw that I could go for the win and I passed them. Although I am used to the warm weather it was not easy to ride in the end. I did well in Italy last year so now I want to give my best at my home round.”

The series now shifts to Castiglione Del Lago and Fontanesi’s home turf for round four this weekend. (Fontanesi is pictured with Michele Rinaldi at St Jean D'Angely where she finished on the podium in 2010).

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