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The 19 year old from Picton, NSW was in a league of her own at the series opener, grabbing the hole-shot in each race and rocketing away on her Bud Racing Kawasaki KX250Fto take the win relatively unchallenged in each moto.

After finishing 2nd overall in the FIM Women’s MX World Championship in 2013, Rutledge is determined to do her very best to try and win the series in 2014.

An excited Meghan Rutledge say’s, “I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. My Bud Racing Team Kawasaki KX250F was awesome and I couldn’t have asked for more. I won FIM World races last year but never the double like I have here so I’m so excited. I can’t thank everybody at Bud Kawasaki Racing enough and also everyone at Kawasaki Australia for their ongoing support. It feels great to be able to get the red plate here at the first round and I can’t wait to get to Italy for the 2nd round”.

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Meghan Rutledge wasn’t the only Kawasaki rider on the podium in Qatar. Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin went 3-1 in the MX1 class to take the series lead after the 1st round.

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The 2nd of 6 rounds within the 2014 FIM Women’s MX World Championship takes place in Trentino, Italy on April 13th.

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WMX Race 1 top ten: 1. Meghan Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), 2. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM) 5. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), 6. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 7. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki),; 8. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Suzuki), +9. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), 10. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki),

WMX Race 2 top ten: 1. Meghan Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), 2. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 3. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM),; 4. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 5. Stephanie Laier (GER, Suzuki),; 6. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Suzuki), 7. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), 8. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), 9. Marianne Veenstra (NED, Husqvarna), 10. Sara Pettersson (SWE, KTM),

WMX Overall top ten: 1. Meghan Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 50 points; 2. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 42 p.; 3. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 36 p.; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, SUZ), 34 p.; 5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 34 p.; 6. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 33 p.; 7. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 29 p.; 8. Francesca Nocera (ITA, SUZ), 28 p.; 9. Marianne Veenstra (NED, HUS), 22 p.; 10. Justine Charroux (FRA, YAM), 21 p.

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