by JohnNicholas on 09/08/2009
Yamaha 3C Racing Team Chiara Fontanesi, piloted her YZ125 two-stroke to a first moto win and a second overall at the Holland Round of the WMX Seris.
The 15 year-old Italian teenager chose to race a YZ125 in order to make the transition easier from the previous years 85cc machines. So in the deep sand she competed against the top women motocross racers in the world who were mounted on 250F machines.
In the first moto Chiara got a top ten start, while WMX points leader Steffie Laier was off with the holeshot. The determined Fontanesi slowly worked her way past the women between herself and Laier into second, then set her sights on Laier. A few laps later she passed Laier for the lead to finish the moto in first place.
In the second moto Chiara was running in third place when Steffi crashed while in the lead. This put Nathalie Kane into the lead on her Suzuki with Fontanesi right behind her. A few turns later the YZ125 mounted Chiara passed for the lead. She held the position until a bit later in the race until a bobble almost threw her off her machine, Steffi regained the lead and won the moto.
Not only did Chiara finish second overall for the day on a YZ125 two-stroke, but in her first attempt at the WMX Championship she placed 9th overall for the season. 2010 will be an interesting year for the Italian teenager.