Fontanesi Secures Sixth WMX World Title Aboard All-New 2019 YZ250F
FontaMX Yamaha Official WMX's Kiara Fontanesi has claimed her sixth FIM WMX World Title for Yamaha after a thrilling season that went right down to the final race, which she won in front of an elated home crowd at the illustrious Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari motorsport venue in Imola, Italy, aboard the ground-breaking and all-new 2019 YZ250F.
Having regained the WMX red-plate in convincing style at the penultimate round of the series in Assen, The Netherlands, two-weeks ago, Fontanesi lined up on the freshly built man-made track in Imola at the sixth and final round of the FIM Women's Motocross World Championship with an 8-point lead over fellow Yamaha YZ250F star No Fear Yamaha Official WMX's Nancy van de Ven.
Stakes were high with the title in reach for both Yamaha starlets. In the opening race of the weekend, it was van de Ven who was victorious onboard her YZ250F after leading the race from start to finish.
While van de Ven took control of the race, Fontanesi brought her home crowd to their feet as she carved past two top-three challengers to finish second position, 5-seconds shy of her Yamaha Racing counterpart.
The Women's Motocross World Championship is made up of six rounds with each round consisting of two championship points paying races. Van de Ven's win in Race 1 sliced Fontanesi's 8-point advantage to a slender 5-points, which meant everything was writing on the final race.
When the gates dropped for the twelfth and final time this season, the pair of talented Yamaha riders made up the top-three on the exit of turn-one. Van de Ven had the early advantage but it was short lived as Fontanesi scrubbed her way through the wave section to take second position.
One lap later, both girls passed the early championship leader Larissa Papenmeier to front the field, and after a smooth, smart and impressive ride, it was Fontanesi who triumphed in front of an ecstatic home crowd to win Race 2, the Grand Prix, and more importantly the 2018 FIM Women's Motocross World Championship.
Van de Ven finished second-place in the race and in the Grand Prix overall to secure her place as the 2018 vice World Champion.
The 2018 FIM WMX World Championship was one for the history books. It is the fourth consecutive season in which Yamaha has been crowned manufacturer of the year and it marks Kiara Fontanesi's sixth World Title, further extending her record as the most successful female motocross rider ever. She has won all six titles with the support of Yamaha.
2018 WMX World Champion
"I started this season wanting to win races, I didn't care about the title, I just wanted race wins and to enjoy the time I spent on my bike. When I woke up this morning, the last thing I wanted to do was go for the title. I just wanted to win the race and the GP, that was what mattered to me, so because I achieved that, I am so happy, and with the title, things could not get any better than they are now. I am so proud and happy to share this victory with my country, and all of my family, friends and fans, because I had won five titles before this one, and never one on home soil, so this one is special. This one is for everyone."
Nancy van de Ven
2018 WMX vice World Champion
"I felt good this weekend. I felt good on the bike and my riding was good as well. Unfortunately it was not enough to win the championship. I came in with 8-points missing, and I lost by 8-points. That is a lot to make up when you both ride well. I finished second overall and in the championship, and that is definitely not what I wanted but on a positive note, to finish second after spending the winter with a broken leg and not even knowing how this season would go after that, it is not so bad."