Tuesday, June 11

COURTNEY DUNCAN INJURED MISSES US ROUND

She has been unbeatable on the race track in the United States this season, but, unfortunately, New Zealand’s Courtney Duncan was unable to even get onto the race track to continue her winning run at the weekend.
Out with a broken wrist, Duncan was prevented from advancing her US campaign at the weekend – round four of the AMA nationals in Pennsylvania on Saturday also including the second round of the Women’s Motocross Championships.
Yamaha ace Duncan had dominated the opening round of the women’s championship, scoring sensational back-to-back wins at Hangtown last month, but, sadly, her injury meant she could not race at the weekend and she has therefore slipped down the standings from the No.1 spot to now be ranked just seventh overall.
Duncan had a plate put in her wrist and her status for the third and final WMX round at Southwick, Massachusetts, is currently unknown.
With Duncan sidelined, six-time former WMX champion Jessica Patterson was able to secure her first overall win of the season, the Yamaha rider sweeping both motos of the day.
Japanese rider Sayaka Kaneshiro twice finished runner-up at the weekend and she now leads the championship standings in the WMX class. Kaneshiro had finished runner-up, behind Kiwi hero Duncan, at the series opener at Hangtown.
Regardless of this latest set-back, it has been an outstanding year for the 17-year-old Duncan. The former New Zealand Junior Motocross Champion was in scintillating form as she made her senior New Zealand Motocross Championships debut at Round 1 of the 2013 series near Timaru in February.
She took her GMD Backflips Yamaha YZ125 bike to 1-2-3 results in her three 125cc class outings, enough to win the day overall from fellow Yamaha young guns Cameron Vaughan and Logan Blackburn.
But, as the steam was still rising from her body at the end of the sweltering day’s racing, she announced that this was the only round of the domestic series that she would contest as she packed her helmet and boots for the United States. Her back-to-back wins at round one in America suddenly made her the talk of the American Motocross scene.
Southwick’s final round of the women’s series is set for 29 June and so the race is now on for Duncan to recover in time to mount a challenge.
Credits: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com