Franke Wins Maiden Race in LoketLOKET (CZECH REPUBLIC), 7 August 2010 – Maria Franke achieved her maiden heat victory in a dramatic scenario in Loket where the rain was almost the main protagonist. Second was current red plate holder Stephanie Laier, who managed to be the fastest in the time practice session, and third was French Livia Lancelot. 

Diga KTM’s Franke took the holeshot from the outside and led the race from beginning to end being even nine seconds ahead of Laier at a certain stage in the race. The German starred in a striking ending of race one, with her compatriot Laier closing the gap surprisingly quickly. However, Franke managed to keep the rhythm and overcome Laier’s pressure, going out with her maiden victory in the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship.

Franke’s best result this season was the two second places achieved in Bulgaria and Portugal at the beginning of the Championship. The German is now third in the standings tied in points with fourth classified Papenmeier and 50 points behind the leader Laier.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Laier was the fastest on Saturday’s time practice but she could only be second in race one. The German was stuck in the second position throughout the whole race, but by the end of it she managed to close the gap with race leader Franke but it was too late for Laier to overtake. 

Having race two still to be done on Sunday, red plate holder Laier is leading the Championship with 42 points advantage from second classified Lancelot. If the German wins race two tomorrow in Loket she will depend on her rivals’ results to be proclaimed the FIM WMX World Champion with still one more round to go in Fermo. 

KTM HDI MX’s Lancelot had a really good start on today’s race and managed to ride behind Laier the whole heat. However, although she rode really close to the German, she could not overtake her and had to settle down for the third position. 

Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2’s Papenmeier could not perform an outstanding start today and she was 16th in the opening lap. However, the German managed to overtake most of her rivals and finished fourth despite not being 100% after an injury suffered during a race in Germany. Completing the top five was Italian Nocera. 

Fifth and sixth in the Championship Fontanesi and Kane were involved in a tumble in the start of race one. However, they finished ninth and thirteenth respectively and they both hope to perform a better race tomorrow and improve their current position in the standings of the Championship.

Tomorrow’s race is going to be decisive for the resolution of the FIM WMX Championship, as Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Laier is very likely to be proclaimed the first new World Champion in the current 2010 season. 

WMX Qualifying top ten: 1. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 2:14.374; 2. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KTM), +0:00.794; 3. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:02.120; 4. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:02.556; 5. Maria Franke (GER, KTM), +0:03.078; 6. Elin Mann (SWE, KTM), +0:05.965; 7. Natalie Kane (GBR, KTM), +0:06.373; 8. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +0:08.380; 9. Shirley Verkade (NED, KTM), +0:08.438; 10. Marielle De Mol (NED, Yamaha), +0:08.604; 

WMX Race 1 top ten: 1. Maria Franke (GER, KTM), 26:22.767; ; 2. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), +0:02.452; 3. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KTM), +0:04.780; 4. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +1:17.688; 5. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Honda), +2:05.917; 6. Marielle De Mol (NED, Yamaha), +2:07.317; 7. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), +2:13.202; 8. Sara Petterson (SWE, KTM), +2:13.715; 9. Natalie Kane (GBR, KTM), +2:18.207; 10. Marianne Veenstra (NED, Suzuki), +2:21.790; 

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Circuit length: 1586 mt
Type of ground: hard pack
Temperature: 16° C
Weather conditions: rainy and cloudy by the end of the day

Sunday: EMX 125 Warm up 8:00; MX2 Warm up 8:30; MX1 Warm up 9:00; WMX Warm up 9:30; EMX 125 Race 1 10:20; WMX Race 2 11:15; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03; EMX 125 Race 2 17:20.

As the whole FIM Motocross World Championship, this Grand Prix and the FIM Women’s World Championship Race 2 will be broadcast live and delayed. Click here to see schedule and coverage online.

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