Nancy van de Ven of Ghidinelli Racing clinched a heat win at the third round of the WMX Women motocross world championship series at Mantova in Italy. This helped her to second overall during an eventful day, where she crashed in the first race but won the second.
Nancy has good memories of the track at Mantova, and was confident going into the qualifying sessions. The intentions were clear, and she claimed pole position with a substantial 1.6 second margin.
Nancy did not launch perfectly in the first race, and god caught up behind a fallen rider, which forced her to a standstill as well. She only managed to resume racing after a long time of extricating herself, and was stone last. She made her way forward with clear determinations, and still managed to haul a fifth position out of the coals.
A better start in race two catapulted Nancy into an early lead. She built up a comfortable lead, which she never gave out of hand again, riding to a convincing race victory,
Nancy finished second overall for the day, and has managed to move up to second in the world standings, with only a ten point deficit on the series leader.
The next round of the series will be this coming Tuesday, again at Mantova.
Overall WMX Mantova:
1 Larissa Papenmeijer 44 Pnt
2 Nancy van de Ven 41 Pnt
3 Kiara Fontanesi 36 Pnt
4 Sara Andersen 35 Pnt
5 Line Dam 33 Pnt
WMX Championship Standings:
1 Larissa Papenmeijer 129 Pnt
2 Nancy van de Ven 119 Pnt
3 Kiara Fontanesi 116 Pnt
4 Courtney Duncan 115 Pnt
5 Lynn Valk 98 Pnt