It’s all systems go for the first round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship this weekend in Sevlievo.
During the past years the Bulgarian round has been the stage for several battles between the Laier & Lancelot duo although this year’s Championship brings a guaranteed change of cast.
After a more balanced Championship in 2010 with three different overall winners and much disputed motos adding two extra winners to the equation, the 2011 edition of the FIM WMX increases its potential by adding two more rounds to the previous seven visiting at least six new different tracks.
Two times World Champion Stephanie Laier is continuing with the KTM Red Bull Teka Factory Team support and is definitely after her third crown on the FIM WMX series although Larissa Papenmeier, who is also changing to the Austrian orange bikes, will be another strong contender to take the title to Germany especially after last year’s win at home in Teutschenthal and at the last round in Fermo.
Winner of the first moto in Loket in 2010 and missing third spot due to injury in the FIM Women’s World Championship standings just before the last round was Maria Franke, another German rider who is surely coming back stronger and will this year enjoy Laier’s company under the Diga-KTM team awning.
Back on the Kawasaki this year via Bud Racing Team is Livia Lancelot on a KXF 250. The FIM WMX Bulgarian opening round is part of her programme for this season and a podium won’t be a surprise coming from the French 2008 World Champion who already got two overall wins in the French-like technical track of Sevlievo.
After a surprise moto win in Lierop two years ago, Chiara Fontanesi confirmed all her potential winning again in France and Germany in 2010, earning nothing less than four overall second place podiums which established the Italian as a strong contender to the 2011 WMX title.
Natalie Kane is also coming back from injury and is having a busy schedule this year. The previous number three in the World is determined to get back on that podium as well as Mariëlle De Mol; the Dutch Ladies Champion who finished last year’s FIM WMX Championship behind the Irish rider in seventh place and will most certainly want to change things around.
Topping it up with the likes of Melissa Holmes from Australia, Joanna Miller from Poland or Bryndis Einarsdottir from Iceland, this year’s FIM Women Motocross World Championship can ultimately become one of the most disputed in the past years with representatives from thirteen countries displaying a unique mixture of skills and charm.
2010 WMX PODIUM:
1. Stephanie Laier
2. Chiara Fontanesi
3. Maria Franke
2010 WMX POLE: Larissa Papenmeier
20010 FIM Motocross Timetable, Sevlievo
Saturday 9th April: EMX 125 Free Practice 8:00; WMX Free Practice 8:40; MX2 Free Practice 9:30; MX1 Free Practice 10:15; WMX Time Practice 11:00; EMX 125 Time Practice 12:30; MX2 Pre Qualifying Practice 13:15; MX1 Pre Qualifying Practice 14:00; WMX Race 1 15:10; MX2 Qualifying Race 16:10; MX1 Qualifying Race 17:00; EMX 125 Race 1 17:50; WMX Race 2 18:40;
Sunday 10th April: EMX 125 Warm up 8:30; MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; EMX 125 Race 2 10:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03.