Whilst the World Championship were battling it out in the land of the rising sun this weekend, there was also European action taking place with the second and third rounds of the FIM European Women’s and Youth Championships being held in the Baltic coastal town of Liepaja in Latvia.
Current World Champion, Emma Bristow – Sherco was in action, but the weekend didn’t quite go to plan for her. She took the win at the opening round on Saturday by a five point margin over Norwegian, Ingveig Hakonsen – Beta with Theresa Bauml – Beta completing the podium.
Sunday, however was to see things change at the top with Bauml bouncing back, dropping just a single five on the seventh section of her opening lap. Things were looking good for Bristow to take the double victory, right up until the tenth section of her second lap where she was penalised five marks for walking the section, a practice which is not permitted in the European Championship. This combined with three marks dropped on her first lap was enough to give Bauml the victory with Hakonsen taking third.
In the Youth Championship, Saturday saw another Norwegian, Mats Nilsen – Sherco take top honours by eight marks over France’s Hugo Dufres – Gas Gas with Linus Althem of Sweden – rounding out the top three. Nilsen was unable to repeat his winning performance on the second day of competition with Dufres going one better to take the top spot and Althem also going one better to finish second with Florian Ruedi of Germany – Beta completing the round three Youth podium.
The 2017 FIM Europe Championship now takes a lengthy break until the start of August where all classes will have their final showdown in Italy.