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Livia Lancelot stays in contention

Livia Lancelot of Team One One Four Kawasaki maintained her challenge to defend the FIM World WMX Women’s' Motocross title with two gutsy rides to defy adversity at Loket in the Czech Republic.

All of the leading contenders were within a second of each other during timed qualification at the hillside track, but the French lady found herself handicapped from an early stage of the opening moto on Saturday afternoon when a rock jammed her front brake soon after she had moved into a challenging second place; forced to ride the remainder of the race without a front brake she rode immaculately to defend fourth place to the chequered flag. Keen to make amends on Sunday morning in the second moto on a track made treacherous by light rain, Livia held a strong third place, with the leaders comfortably in sight, until another girl lost control in the slippery conditions and collided with her; she rejoined the race in fifth position and maintained that position to the finish to also be classified fifth overall for the weekend. Despite the dual setbacks, each beyond her control, Livia remains third in the championship standings, just seven points from the pacesetter, with everything still to play for at the final two rounds in September.
Livia Lancelot: “I don’t really know what to say about my relationship with this track. In the first race I had a good start and was in second position close to Kiara when I got a stone in my front brake; the brake was damaged so I couldn’t jump anymore and finished fourth. In the second race I had another good start in third position, but collided with Chiara and we both fell. I hurt my thumb and finished fifth; maybe fourth was possible but with the rain there were not so many lines. This weekend was not easy but there’s still 100 points to earn and I’m only seven points from the leader so we’ll continue to work hard to prepare the final two races.”