Race Report:
FIM Women’s Motocross World Cup: Round 2 of 3

Held in conjunction with the FIM Motocross World Championship Grand Prix of Sweden, the FIM Women’s Motocross Cup pitted 31 women from around the globe against one another on the fast, flowing Uddevalla GP Circuit. New Zealander Katherine Prumm paired 3-1 moto finishes to emerge with the overall victory, proving to be the most consistent rider on the track aboard her Molson Kawasaki KX250F. The fastest female on the day was Germany’s Stephanie Laier, but a gnarly crash while leading the second moto in the early going saw her transported off the track on a stretcher. Second overall went to France’s Livia Lancelot, while Maria Franke from Germany rounded out the podium.


All eyes were on Laier and Prumm when the gate dropped at the start of moto one, but the two riders came together a few feet out of the gate and suffered poor starts as a result. Prumm got the worse end of the deal and rounded the first corner mid-pack. Lancelot was happy to capitalize on the misfortunes of her rivals and took control of the lead from the get-go, but Laier was fast to slice through the pack and found herself hot on Lancelot’s rear by the start of lap two. After pressuring the French KX250F pilot for several laps, Laier forced her way past and took over the lead for good about four laps in to the moto. Lancelot held tough for several laps and shadowed the German, but slowly but surely, Laier inched away and established a convincing lead.

The girl on the move, meanwhile, was Prumm. After passing Franke—who struggled with goggle roll-off failure and had a long stream of film trailing behind her helmet—Prumm set to work and began to close the gap on Lancelot. As the laps wound down, Prumm managed to close within a couple of bike lengths of Lancelot, but time ran out and she was forced to settle for third at the checkers.


When the gate dropped on the second moto, Laier picked up where she left off and took control of the lead immediately. Franke and Lancelot gave chase close behind, while Prumm was mired behind several riders in between her and the lead trio. No matter, as Prumm pulled off several spectacular passes on the opening lap and began lap three in third, led only by Laier and Lancelot. Unlike moto one, Prumm didn’t give Lancelot a chance to firm up her grip on second and forced her way past to take over the runner-up position only a few laps into the race.

Up front, Laier looked great as she established an immediate lead, but disaster struck on the steep, muddy downhill on the fifth lap. Laier jumped a little too far out of the inflatable Red Bull tunnel, landed in a soft spot, and lost control of her 250SX-F. When Laier hit the extra soft dirt at the bottom of the hill, her front end tucked and she was spit violently over the handlebars, landing face-first in the spongy dirt. Her bike followed close behind and drilled her body into the ground, and she lay unconscious and convulsing as the medics rushed to her side.

While Laier was attended to on the bottom of the downhill, Prumm, Lancelot, Franke and the rest made their way past, with the top three staying the same to the finish.


  1. Katherine Prumm (NZL)
  2. Livia Lancelot (FRA)
  3. Maria Franke (GER)
  4. Larissa Papenmeier (GER)
  5. Marie Romlin (SWE)
  6. Sandra Adriansson (SWE)
  7. Stephanie Laier (GER)
  8. Elien De Winter (BEL)
  9. Marielle De Mol (NED)
  10. Sofia Sjoberg (SWE)
  11. Jenny Seidenberg (GER)
  12. Jessica Johsson (SWE)
  13. Michelle Indermaur (SUI)
  14. Natalie Kane (IRL)
  15. Marianne Veenstra (NED)
  16. Blandine Dufrene (FRA)
  17. Kim Irmgartz (GER)
  18. Mari Simenstad (NOR)
  19. Nicky Wordragen (NED)
  20. Brenda Wagemans (BEL)