Livia Lancelot scored a podium finish in her first race for nine months when she took third overall in the opening round of the FIM Women's Motocross World Championship in Qatar.
Back to racing with her very own Team One One Four Kawasaki, the 2008 world champion was clearly going to be a little rusty after her long injury lay-off and a difficult first race saw her cross the line an uncharacteristically lowly seventh place on a well-watered track which made it difficult to advance from a poor start. The 26 year old soon made amends with a superb ride to second place, headed only by fellow Kawasaki rider Meghan Rutledge, in race two. This was sufficient to host Livia to third place overall, just 14 points from the championship pacesetter.
Livia Lancelot: “ The first race was tough; maybe I forgot before the race that my last start in motocross was nine months ago ! I was simply not focused enough and I was last in the first corner; they had watered the track so much that it was very difficult to pass the other girls and after I had pulled through into the top ten after two laps I got arm pump. The second race was much better; I had a great start, found good lines and finished second. I’m happy with this result as I hadn’t practiced so much for motocross because I raced Le Touquet on a 450; for sure I still need some more races to be stronger.”