Laier Wins Round Two of Women’s GP

MANTOVA (ITALY), 18 May 2008 – The second round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship was an eventful one today at Mantova, where the series had never been before.

KTM Germany’s Stephanie Laier came back to action with style after she missed round one in Bulgaria due to a damaged ligament in her right shoulder. Laier took a clean sweep in Mantova, winning from Yamaha Van Beers Racing’s Katherine Prumm and Suzuki Inotec’s Larissa Papenmeier. The latter came back to the podium after the last moto crash in Sevlievo, leaving her with a damaged right foot. Livia Lancelot was fourth ahead of Ashley Fiolek.

Top five overall: 1. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 50 points; 2. Katherine Prumm (NZL, Yamaha), 44 p.; 3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), 36 p.; 4. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 35 p.; 5. Ashley Fiolek (USA, Honda), 34 p.

MOTO 1
Fiolek took an early lead with Lancelot and Laier chasing her for the first place; at the fourth lap both the rivals moved past the American, who was then handed one position because Lancelot stalled the bike. Laier found herself alone at the lead and rode solid to take victory from Prumm, who had worked her way up from fourth. Papenmeier and Franke ended respectively third and fourth as both moved past Fiolek in the final lap. Lancelot ended sixth.

Top five: 1. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 25:52.655; ; 2. Katherine Prumm (NZL, Yamaha), +0:22.005; 3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:31.040; 4. Maria Franke (GER, Kawasaki), +0:39.712; 5. Ashley Fiolek (USA, Honda), +0:44.853

MOTO 2
Laier took a superb victory by pulling away from the rest of the field since the gate dropped; Lancelot was following from second with Prumm chasing her for the runner up spot. The winner of the Bulgarian round made another mistake and let the Kiwi take the eventual second position, to finish the final heat in third. Fiolek and Papenmeier completed the top five.

Top five: 1. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 25:39.392; ; 2. Katherine Prumm (NZL, Yamaha), +0:17.045; 3. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:22.528; 4. Ashley Fiolek (USA, Honda), +0:25.084; 5. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:25.835

IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
Despite a tough weekend in Italy, Lancelot continues to held the red plate but her advantage over runner up Prumm is now just two points. Prumm actually moved up to second ahead of Fiolek and Franke, with the latter crashing in the final moto. Papenmeier rounds off the top five as Laier stormed up to ninth after her first outing of 2008.

Top ten: 1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 82 points; 2. Katherine Prumm (NZL, Yamaha), 80 p.; 3. Ashley Fiolek (USA, Honda), 72 p.; 4. Maria Franke (GER, Kawasaki), 65 p.; 5. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), 61 p.; 6. Elin Mann (SWE, KTM), 55 p.; 7. Elien De Winter (BEL, KTM), 53 p.; 8. Marianne Veenstra (NED, Suzuki), 51 p.; 9. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 50 p.; 10. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, KTM), 47 p.;

NEWS OF THE DAY: WINGS FOR LIFE GETS SUPPORT FROM KTM ITALY AND SPECIAL AUCTION
Wings for Life received other funds today in occasion of the Lovemytime Grand Prix of Italy. KTM Italy handed the Heinz Kinigadner related foundation a cheque coming from the 38 participants to the manufacturer’s National Motocross Trophy, as the fourth round of the series got underway alongside the Grand Prix. Moreover a special auction with Tony Cairoli’s gear from today’s first moto was held in cooperation in between Youthstream and Red Bull in order to receive further support from the fans attending the event.

WHAT’S NEXT
After today’s second round in a row, the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship will take a break to come back at St. Jean d’Angely, France, on June 15 for round three.

THE EVENT’S SCHEDULE <
The Grand Prix was broadcast live on:
EUROSPORT 2 (Pan Europe) : MX1 Race 1 at 13:00 and Race 2 at 16:00 CET
MOTORS TV (Pan Europe): MX2 Race 1 at 12:00 CET
SPORT ITALIA (Italy): MX2 Race 1 at 12:00 CET
SPORT ITALIA 24 (Italy, Digital Terrestrial): MX2 Race 2 at 15:00 CET
SPORT TV (Portugal): MX2 Race 1 at 12:00 CET
VRT (Belgium): MX1 Race 1 at 13:00 CET
GALAXIE SPORT (Czech Republic): MX2 Race 2 at 15:00 CET
ART (Pan Middle East): MX1 Race 2 at 16:00 CET
SPORT TV (Slovenia): MX2 Race 1 at 12:00 and Race 2 at 15:00 CET
EUROSPORT WORLD (Pan Asia): MX1 Race 1 at 11:00 GMT
MEDIAZONE (Worldwide): MX2 Race 1 at 12:00 and Race 2 at 15:00; MX1 Race 1 at 13:00 and Race 2 at 16:00 CET
TRANS 7 (Indonesia): MX2 Race 1 at 12:00 and Race 2 at 15:00; MX1 Race 1 at 13:00 and Race 2 at 16:00 CET

RADIO DEEJAY (Italy, www.deejay.it): Youthstream’s Women World Championship Manager Stefy Bau on air at 15:00 CET

The Grand Prix will be broadcast delayed on:
EUROSPORT 2 (Pan Europe) : Monday May 19; MX2 Class at 17:00 CET
MOTORS TV (Pan Europe): Sunday May 18; MX2 Race 2 at 15:30 CET
SPORT ITALIA (Italy): Sunday May 18; MX2 Race 2 at 16:30, MX1 Race 1 at 00:00 and Race 2 at 01:00 CET
SPORT TV (Portugal): Sunday May 18; MX2 Race 2 at 17:00 CET
VRT (Belgium): Sunday May 18; MX1 Race 2 Summary at 18:30 CET
EUROSPORT WORLD (Pan Asia): Sunday May 18; MX1 Race 2 at 18:00 and 00:00. Monday May 19; MX2 Class at 18:15. Tuesday May 20; MX2 Class at 06:00 GMT.
AMERICA ONE SPORTS (USA): Second Tuesday after the GP; MX2 Race 2 at 21:00; MX1 Race 2 at 22:00 USA Eastern Time
GAORA: MX2 Race 1 and Race 2; MX1 Race 1 and Race 2; N/A CET