Teutschenthal podium for Van De Ven

Nancy Van De Ven finished 3rd overall in round three of the WMX World Championship in Germany on Sunday, overcoming stiff winds and a deeply rutted track at Teutschenthal under sunny skies.

Van De Ven, who won WMX round two in Valkenswaard in March, finished second in the opening moto on Saturday afternoon, four seconds behind Livia Lancelot of France, and showed consistency and patience on her YZ250F over the tricky natural circuit. Despite careful maintenance and constant attention the racetrack developed multiple deep lines and slick hardpack sectors as hundreds of riders practiced, qualified and raced on a busy motocross weekend near Halle.

In the second moto on Sunday Van De Ven found herself in the lead early from a good start, but traded spots with Stephanie Laier of Germany twice midrace before settling into third behind eventual winner Lancelot.

With 125 points Van De Ven now sits 2nd overall in the WMX World Championship standings, 11 points from new red-plate leader Lancelot.

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