Used to warmer Sydney weather, 17 year old Meghan Rutledge rode extremely well in freezing conditions in The Netherlands to kick off the Women’s World MX Championship in brilliant fashion.
Meghan qualified perfectly on the sand track winning the qualifying race to give herself a good gate pick for the main event.
An average start in the first moto meant Meghan had to battle her way to a 2nd place finish. Meghan managed a better start in the second race the following day and worked her way from 5th place into the lead by lap 2. She fought hard to hold onto that lead however a small crash on the second last lap put her back to 2nd place. Meghan’s 2-2 results gave her 2nd overall for the round and the series.
Meghan say’s, “I fought so hard and I’m disappointed not to come away with the win but so excited to finish on the podium. That red plate was mine in the second race. I so wanted to win but I was so exhausted and the small get-off cost me the race win. I just want that red plate so badly now. This has been a great experience for me and I loved the challenge.”
Meghan will return to Australia and focus her attention on the first round of the 2013 Monster Energy MX Nationals where she will compete in the Under 19s class.
Images from Motocrossmx1.com
WMX Championship Top 10:
1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 50
2. MEGHAN RUTLEDGE (AUS, KAWASAKI), 44
3. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 40
4. Stephanie Laier (GER, Kawasaki), 36
5. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), 32
6. Jessica Moore (AUS, KTM), 28
7. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, KTM), 27
8. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 26
9. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, KTM), 24
10. Nina Klink (NED, KTM), 22