Proving the adverb that ‘class is permanent’ Kiara Fontanesi has set another absolute record by claiming her sixth FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship (her fifth crown decided in the last race in the ‘WMX’ series) and had the reward of partying in front of her fans at Imola in Italy as the curtain swung down on the long MXGP season.
‘Fonta’ dealt with a nervy scenario. Not only did WMX quicken the pulses of the protagonists for yet another tense finale but the defending number one also had the expectation and spotlight of her home race to deal with. Imola was a special stage: a temporary hard-pack and bump-laden track constructed over the famous motorsport asphalt.
Around the big jumps the 23 year old defeated Nancy Van Der Ven ‘at the death’ for the second year in a row. She finished a calm (but frustrated) second to the Dutch woman on Saturday and then rode brilliantly with a pressurised error-free performance on Sunday ahead of her stalking brandmate to again land the big prize.
“At the beginning of the year I said I wanted to enjoy winning races and that's what I aimed for today. I was really p****ed off yesterday because I rode a different bike compared to Assen two weeks ago and I was struggling. We had a bad set-up and there was a lot of water on the track: it was easy to make a mistake. Everybody was happy around me because we managed the race well but I wasn't happy because I was riding 50% and just saving the result – the opposite of what I wanted to do.”
Fontanesi brought a unique strand of experience to the very last WMX race of the season. One where just five points split her and Van Der Ven. Her ability to deliver when it really counted was again the decisive factor.