Coming into the second round of the WMX World Championship with the red plate, to a notoriously infamous track that the “1” hadn’t competed at before, against a host of local sand specialists would be no easy task. The team and Duncan knew it was about maximal points while surviving the weekend without the Lommel sand biting back too hard. Posting a very respectable 8th in timed practice gave Duncan a good place to start from, and entered race 1 around 10th place. She slowly worked her way through several other competitors to bring home 6th in race one. Heading into race two with the confidence and track knowledge of race one, Duncan powered her Kawasaki KX250 down the start straight, grabbing the holeshot. Duncan impressed all with her race lead, but at around the 10-minute mark a loss of traction would see her slip down to third. With the track conditions worsening, and backmarkers making passing harder, Duncan moved back to 4th. Instead of settling for 4th with a 20-second gap to 5th, Duncan, knowing every point is vital, made an aggressive push forwards to take 3rd place, not too far from 2nd. The Kiwi only sits 2 points behind the red plate, heading back to favourable hard pack terrain, and one of her favourite tracks in Turkey. 

There was little luck to be had for the Australian Wilson Todd’s first competetive outing in the deep Lommel sands. Posting a respectable 13th position in timed qualifying, the #20 headed into race one from the back of the pack, he charged through to around 14th at the halfway point. A hose on an additional oil cooling unit, designed for the deep sands of Lommel became damaged after a collision with another rider, unfortunately causing Todd to retire.

It was a much better start in race two, heading around the first corner in the top 6th, but this was to be short-lived as a mistake on corner 3 meant another fight through the pack. The charge through would be met with several more mistakes, only allowing Todd to finish in 23rd. Unable to pick up any points for the first time this year is obviously frustrating for any rider, but the determination is not faltered as we head into the next round at Latvia.

Courtney Duncan
Qualifying – 8
Race 1 – 6
Race 2 – 3
Overall – 5
Wilson Todd
Qualifying – 13
Race 1 – 30
Race 2 – 23
Overall – 25