KANE SHINES FOR HM PLANT KTM UK ON HOME TURF WITH FIRST GP VICTORY
The 2013 British Grand Prix and the second ever MXGP Festival will live long in the memory for HM Plant KTM UK and rider Natalie Kane as the Irishwoman scored her first FIM Women's Motocross World Championship victory across the many bump and huge jumps of the Matterley Basin circuit.
The British Championship winning team rolled into the site close to the town of Winchester where the UK stop on the GP calendar has been stationed for the past three seasons. The 2013 edition of the event also saw the second running of the MXGP Festival which drew all major World and European categories together – eleven in total – and gave the crew a healthy spread across several racing divisions.
Matterley welcomed a 25,000 attendance; a number that was pretty decent considering that raceday dawned black and showery and the event threatened to be a washout. Thankfully the English dirt absorbed the water and the bad weather cleared as sunshine arrived in the afternoon.
Kane had already marked her career milestone before Sunday. The women's motos were decided on Saturday afternoon and with her confident run to first position on the 250SX-F the 21 year old was able to walk the top step and be the first to defeat champion (and title rival) Kiara Fontanesi this year.
Over in the MX2 Grand Prix competition Elliott Banks Browne was slicing the Matterley mud in front of a familiar public. The reigning British Champ sealed a season-best finish of 9th overall with two 10th position results in the 35 minute and 2 lap motos. After misfortune, miscalculation and injury problems in 2013 EBB ran through two largely solid and incident-free races and gained vital confidence late in the season.
Again deputising for the injured James Dunn, Nathan Watson filled the other MX2 saddle and grabbed some points in the first moto – in just his second Grand Prix in the class – with 19th spot. Elsewhere Steven Clarke obtained a decent and unexpected runner-up slot in the European EMX250 series and provided HM Plant KTM UK with their second gong of the meeting.
The team can now enjoy a brief hiatus. The Grand Prix of Benelux will take place in the bumpy and sapping sand of Lierop, Holland on September 8th and bring the international campaign to a close.
Natalie Kane: "The day was really good; I knew that the most important thing was to get a good start and I managed to take the holeshot and then I pushed hard during 3 or 4 laps. From that moment I tried to keep my speed and I couldn't believe it when I got the gap. Although it was really hard to keep the advantage, I finally did it! I'm very happy with this victory and I would like to thank everybody who supports me."
Roger Magee, Team Principal: "It's probably one of the best weekends ever for the team. The finest moment was when Natalie Kane won the first overall victory of her career and also the first win for the team. We know that she has been knocking on the door for a factory bike for the last year and a half and she has certainly shown in the second race when she rode the whole moto in front of Fontanesi that she deserves it. She has a lot of confidence now and she knows that she can do it again in the next two rounds.
Today we had another excellent podium in the EMX250 with Steven Clarke, who might have finished on the top step if he hadn't stalled the bike in the waves section in the beginning of the race. He has done very well putting our bike on the rostrum of the European Championship, as he had previously done in the British championship. In MX2 Elliott stepped up to the mark today and showed where he should have been during the whole year with two top ten results and good points on the table. Nathan Watson scored points in the first race but unfortunately he had technical problems in the second moto that caused a DNF. For the weekend in general we can be happy, we don't want to be too greedy but we have shown that we can compete with the best at world championship level. We are looking forward to making some plans for next year and maybe we will be back better than ever."
MX2 Overall Results:
1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 38 points; 2. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 37 p.; 3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 36 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 28 p.; 6. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 27 p.; 7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 8. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 25 p.; 9. Elliott Banks-Browne (GBR, KTM), 22 p.; 24. Nathan Watson (GBR, KTM), 2 p.
MX2 World Championship:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 692 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 569 p.; 3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 506 p.; 4. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 467 p.; 18. Elliott Banks-Browne (GBR, KTM), 119 p.
WMX Overall Results:
1. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 47 points; 2. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 45 p.; 3. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), 42 p.; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, Kawasaki), 36 p.; 5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), 30 p.
WMX World Championship:
1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 195 points; 2. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 164 p.; 3. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), 160 p.; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, Kawasaki), 152 p.; 5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, KTM), 112 p.
EMX250 Overall Results:
1.Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), 25 points; 2. Steven Clarke (GBR, KTM), 22 p.; 3. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 20 p.; 4. Thomas Covington (USA, Kawasaki), 18 p.; 5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Honda), 16 p.
1. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 164 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), 152 p.; 3. Damon Graulus (BEL, KTM), 116 p.; 13. Steven Clarke (GBR, KTM), 35 p.