When the gates dropped for the first WMX race of the season, it was the young Nancy Van de Ven who took a convincing holeshot ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki Bud Racing’s Meghan Rutledge.
Van de Ven was pitched off her bike in spectacular fashion through the wave section of the track. With Van de Ven going in one direction, and her bike in another, Fontanesi was forced off the track to avoid the carnage which allowed last year’s WMX round of Qatar dominator Meghan Rutledge and the 2008 FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion Livia Lancelot take over the top two positions.
While racing the remainder of the race in the thick of a three-way battle for the lead, it was Lancelot and Fontanesi who were able to press past Rutledge, who was struggling with suspension. After making the passes, it was Lancelot who held strong to take a narrow win over Fontanesi. Rutledge rode a smart remainder of the race for third while Italian Francesca Nocera finished fourth and Norwegian Genette Vaage rounded out the top five.
At the start of race two it was Rutledge who was fired up leading the way around turn one ahead of Van de Ven, Larissa Papenmeier, Fontanesi and Lancelot. Fontanesi charged passed both Van de Ven and Rutledge to take over the lead. Livia Lancelot launched her way into second and caught Fontanesi forcing the Italian into an error. With Fontanesi crashing, Lancelot took over the lead and stormed her way to the finish to wrap up the nights racing.
Meanwhile Fontanesi made a quick recovery and managed to come home in second ahead of Van de Ven. Rutledge rode clever for fourth while the German Larissa Papenmeier managed to round out the top five.
With the combination of points from both races, Livia Lancelot took the first WMX round overall of 2015, Kiara Fontanesi took second with Monster Energy Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge rounding off the podium in third. Mad Meg says, 'Not quite the result I was after, but extremely happy to have got on the podium'.
This year Meghan is competing internationally in the Woman's MXGP for Monster Energy Kawasaki Bud Racing as well as locally in the Australian MX Nationals for The Hitachi Mad Meg Racing Team.