Kiara Fontanesi
News News 16 September 2018

Fontanesi Leaves Assen As the WMX Championship Leader Following her Dutch Grand Prix Domination

An incredible charge through the field in both races at the fifth round of the WMX World Championship saw FontaMX Yamaha Official WMX's Kiara Fontanesi win both races at Dutch TT Circuit in Assen, The Netherlands, for her first Grand Prix victory this season. The 23 year-old Italian has been rewarded for her dominance with the red-plate as the new WMX championship leader. No Fear Yamaha Official WMX's Nancy van de Ven bounced back from a drama-filled opening race for a second-place finish in the final race to stand on the second step of the podium. The Dutch star has moved up to second position in the WMX Championship.

With the WMX World Championship blown wide open by the unfortunate withdrawal of the championship leader Altherm Yamaha Official WMX's Courtney Duncan, there was a lot at stake heading into the penultimate round of the championship this weekend.  

Fontanesi was impressive aboard the all-new 2019 YZ250F as she turned her fourth-place start into a race win. Local star, van de Ven had a tough time bouncing back from two gnarly crashes. The Dutch starlet started sixth and after storming up into third, she got cross-rutted on a jump and high sided. After making a quick recovery, she reeled in the leaders and moved up into second-place before hitting an unusual slick spot and was catapulted off her bike once more. The brave 20 year-old made yet another quick remount and put in a credible ride to finish third place in Race 1.

In Race Two, the Yamaha aces almost collided off the start. Consequently, they both had to spend the first half of the race weaving their way through the field. From fifteenth place, Fontanesi put in a thrilling ride as she took the new YZ250F to yet another victory while van de Ven set the fastest lap of the race on her dash to second-place.

The defending WMX World Champion Kiara Fontanesi claimed her first double-moto victory since the WMX Grand Prix of Germany back in 2015, for her first Grand Prix win of the season. She now sets her sights on a sixth WMX world title as she leads the WMX World Championship by 8-points over van de Ven. The next stop will be the sixth and final round and it will take place at another popular road-racing venue, and on home turf in Imola, Italy on the weekend of September 30th. 

Kiara Fontanesi

WMX Round Winner, WMX Championship Leader

"This weekend I managed to make two good races. It was very important to stay on two-wheels because the track was really tough, especially for me because I always crash here. Coming here, I knew I was prepared for this race because I have been training hard even with a small injury to my ankle. I am very proud to win this Grand Prix and even more so because I am riding a completely standard 2019 YZ250F, which makes this victory even more incredible, so I am very happy for myself, for my team, for Yamaha, and happy to go to my home round in Italy with a small gap in the championship where I will fight for the title."

Nancy van de Ven

2nd WMX Round Overall, 2nd WMX Championship Standings

"I am happy with the result and that I have moved up into second in the championship but I had quite a frustrating day yesterday because I had a bad start and managed to come back quite well but I fell twice. I still managed to finish third, and then today I was second. So I am still in the fight for the championship and going into the final round the pressure is not on me so we will see what will happen in Italy."