FIM Women’s World Champion Kiara Fontanesi walked away from the Grand Prix of Qatar and the first fixture of six in the 2014 series with sixth position overall. The Italian was unable to challenge rival Meghan Rutledge for the win but in the wake of a heavy crash on Saturday had to be content to bag points in her pursuit of a third straight crown with her YRRD-equipped 2014 YZ250F.
8’ had a hefty spill on Friday that saw her helmet cracked and caused stiffness in her neck and shoulders. The first race under the lights at Losail was almost a lottery after a deluge of watering to accommodate the full six moto, three class programme created immensely slick conditions. It was a slide while going for a top three result that caused ‘Fonta’ to lose positions down to sixth. In the second dash another slip kept her adrift of the leaders and in fourth place.
“First of all I was feeling a lot of pressure for this race and every year the first round is pretty difficult for me!” she admitted. “Secondly I had a big crash yesterday in the timed practice and even if you try not to think about it ignoring the pain is very tough. It is not an excuse but it was not the best preparation. In the first moto I started well but I was riding badly because I was not smooth enough. The track was full of water. I crashed and finished sixth. I started worse in the second moto and crashed out of third again. What can I say? It was a bad weekend for me but I will be ready for the next race, for sure.”
The FIM WMX reconvenes at Arco di Trento in Italy on April 13th for what will be round four of the FIM Motocross World Championship.