Last Saturday, September 23 took place in L’Ampolla (Baix Ebre) the last of the seven regattas that comprise the Catalonia Championship for water scooters 2017. The regatta has had the organization of the Catalan Federation of Motonautics and the support of the Tourist Board of L’Ampolla, the Red Cross of the Bottle, the Ampolla Boat Club and the Masachs Caves.
With this race there have been thirteen consecutive years of regattas in l’Ampolla and a season of success has been closed in which, for the second consecutive year, a total of seven scores have been disputed. This goes beyond any other autonomous or state championship and is at a comparable level with the championships of Spain in the early 1990s, when it also had six or seven races per season. Currently, the Spanish Championship has three regattas.
The 2017 championship has traveled throughout the Catalan coast, with races in Empuriabrava, L’Estartit, the Olympic Channel of Castelldefels, Cambrils, Deltebre, Amposta and L’Ampolla. In addition, the Catalan championship has had the participation of pilots of Valencia, Andalusia and Madrid, as well as two French pilots in some of the races, but without scoring.
The regatta of L’Ampolla was developed on a prognosis. Although the day was raised, the forecast of good weather, sun and sea was calm, which allowed the forecasts to be met in terms of results.
In the GP3 category the title was decided in favor of the Girona Roger Pujol so he was limited to a conservative race, which allowed him to finish third, just behind Jordi Tomás and junior Joan Sevil, who starred in spectacular horsepower from the middle of the group to the race head. Pujol is the new Champion of Catalonia but the new runner-up is Denis Munnikhuis, who managed to overtake Alex Muñoz and add a point more than he – just one – to the general classification.
The title in the F4 category, reserved for unlucky pilots, was to be decided, but there were no surprises either. Jordi Pratginestós won the race after passing the first goal line in the first two hoses and doing second to third. Another driver who had the option to the final podium was Jordi González, who made the forecasts good and was second, winning even the third hose, while the third in contention, Genis Vilalta, was relegated to ninth position because of a bout that damaged his motorcycle, but without personal consequences for any of the participants. Also in this case, it is necessary to pay attention to the score, although despite not scoring the Bottle, Vilalta kept the second position in the general classification of the championship, with two points ahead of Gonzalez.
- Jordi Pratginestós, Club Motonàutic Castelldefels. 376 points.
- Genis Vilalta, Club Motonàutic Amposta. 330 points.
- Jordi González, Club Motonàutic Amposta. 328 points.
- Roger Pujol, FCM. 366 points.
- Denis Munnikhuis, GEN Roses. 296 points.
- Alex Muñoz, Club Motonàutic Amposta. 295 points.
Nancy van de Ven of the No Fear Yamaha team lost the world title in dramatic fashion at the final GP of the series in France. She finished second in the first race, giving her a slender championship lead going into the final, where the title slipped out of her hands in dramatic fashion.
The final round of the Women’s motocross world championship was held at Villars sous Ecot in France. The circuit was immaculately prepared, but half an hour before the first race on Saturday, a deluge turned it into a quagmire.
Nancy had qualified third and took the early lead in race one with title rivals Courtney Duncan and Kiara Fontanesi in tow. Fontanesi moved into the lead, and Nancy had some trouble when she slid out. She recovered and was ready to reclaim second when Duncan also made a mistake. This gave her the championship lead.
The rain did not let off throughout the night, and the track was nearly impassable. The organisers cut out part of the track. Nancy settled into third after one lap, being careful to avoid stranded riders. Nancy held her third place for a long time, which made her the virtual world champion. Alas, with two laps to go, she swerved to avoid another rider, and that caused her to slide down the hill. It took her a long time to get going again, which cost her two places and the world title.
Nancy suffered a lot of setbacks during the season, but fought back every time purely on character. Alas, the drama of the last few laps dropped her to fourth in the world championship series, where she deserved so much more.
Overall WMX France:
1. Kiara Fontanesi 45 pnt
2. Livia Lancelot 42 pnt
3. Courtney Duncan 40 pnt
4. Nancy van de Ven 38 pnt
5. Larissa Papenmeier 36 pnt
(ASSEN) The Netherlands, 10 September 2017 – In an epic day of racing at the MXGP of the Netherlands the Women’s Motocross World Championship chase tightened up to a new level of competitiveness with the top 4 in the standings only separated by 5 points. Dutch native Nancy van de Ven took double race wins on her way to taking the narrow championship points lead in Assen.
In Saturday’s WMX Race 1 Larissa Papenmeier led the opening 5 laps first over Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot and then Nancy van den Ven after the dutch rider made it by Lancelot on lap 3. After the pass on the #114 van de Ven went after Papenmeier and took the lead.
Meanwhile the title contenders of MXFONTA SYNECO’S Kiara Fontanesi and Altherm JCR Yamaha’s Courtney Duncan where coming back from 11th and 9th place starts. The pair was able to make it up to a 4th place finish for Duncan and a 5th for Fontanesi behind van de Ven, Papenmeier, and Lancelot.
Race 2 was full of passes and battle with the only exception being the #85 of van de Ven who led from the start and never looked back on her way to the race win and overall. The real shake up was between Fontanesi, Papenmeier, Lancelot, and Duncan who started 2nd,3rd,4th, and 6th with KTM Silver Action’s Amandine Verstappen in the 5th position early.
Papenmeier struggled early and though she started in 3rd dropped to 6th only 3 laps in to the race. At the same time Duncan was moving forward quickly first to 4th on lap 3 and to 3rd on lap 7. However Livia Lancelot made a late charge going from fourth on lap 9 of 12 to cross the line in second ahead of Fontanesi, Duncan, and Papenmeier.
In the overall it was a clear home win for Nancy van de Ven with Lancelot taking second and Papenmeier rounding out the podium. In the championship van de Ven takes the red plate into the final round next weekend by only 2 points over Courtney Duncan in 2nd and 5 points over Fontanesi in 4th.
WMX Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), 24:56.744; 2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:46.737; 3. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:07.137; 4. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Yamaha), +1:42.948; 5. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), +2:08.665; 6. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), +2:21.160; 7. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +2:36.102; 8. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 9. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 10. Eline Burgmans (NED, KTM), -1 lap(s).
WMX Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), 25:06.075; 2. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:07.800; 3. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:09.390; 4. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Yamaha), +0:30.102; 5. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +1:01.888; 6. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), +1:20.122; 7. Emelie Dahl (SWE, Yamaha), +1:23.442; 8. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, Suzuki), +1:40.143; 9. Sara Andersen (DEN, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 10. Madison Brown (AUS, Yamaha), -1 lap(s).
WMX Overall Top Ten: 1. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 50 points; 2. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 42 p.; 3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 38 p.; 4. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 36 p.; 5. Courtney Duncan (NZL, YAM), 36 p.; 6. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), 30 p.; 7. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, SUZ), 26 p.; 8. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 22 p.; 9. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 21 p.; 10. Madison Brown (AUS, YAM), 18 p.
WMX Championship Top Ten: 1. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 193 points; 2. Courtney Duncan (NZL, YAM), 191 p.; 3. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 190 p.; 4. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 188 p.; 5. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 160 p.; 6. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), 151 p.; 7. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 119 p.; 8. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 89 p.; 9. Francesca Nocera (ITA, SUZ), 80 p.; 10. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 72 p.
WMX Manufacturers: 1. Yamaha, 241 points; 2. Kawasaki, 190 p.; 3. Suzuki, 167 p.; 4. KTM, 163 p.; 5. Honda, 46 p.; 6. Husqvarna, 27 p.;