Round 17 Report MXGP of Turkey
Dixon Racing Team
September 10th, 2019
Following a rather turbulent campaign, Bike It DRT Kawasaki tasted glory at the Grand Prix of Turkey at the weekend. Courtney Duncan clinched the 2019 WMX title following another dominant display on the man-made circuit of Afyonkarahisar. 25,000 fans witnessed the historic moment.
Duncan entered the Turkish fixture with a cushion of twenty-three points on the rider in second, so had a comfortable margin and breathing room to work with.
In the opening WMX race Duncan was in a close battle for first place, going from fourth to first in the second corner, but made a mistake and dropped back. Duncan rode cautious and she did not want to make a mistake being third place. Duncan eventually passed Papenmeier for third and soon after Andersen took the lead over Van De Ven. Duncan was on fire and moved into second place and relegated Van De Ven to third, and then passed Andersen for the lead and was never headed again. Duncan won from Andersen and Van De Ven.
The second WMX race saw Papenmeier leading from Duncan, but the Kiwi was quickly into the lead. After two laps the lead by Duncan was nearly seven seconds ahead. On lap six Duncan just controlled the race upfront with a 13-second lead over Anderson.. The new World champion made it a 20 second lead on lap eight and looked brilliant once again. A clean sweep of the races led to another overall win and also helped the DRT outfit take the WMX manufacturer title for Kawasaki. The focus now shifts to defending the crown in 2020.
Darian Sanayei secured fifteenth overall in MX2 at the Grand Prix of Turkey. Although he was left battered and bruised after a fall in the qualifying heat, he rebounded to take a seventeenth and a fourteenth in the motos on Sunday. Sanayei now sits twentieth in the MX2 series standings. Gustavo Pessoa just missed out on points in the first MX2 moto and then had to withdraw from race two prematurely, so was left down in twenty-fourth overall at the end of the weekend.
Courtney Duncan -
I had so much fun, It's amazing honestly. I'm riding like I did, having fun like I did when I was 7. It helps bring the results, and I have to thank everyone behind me, family for helping me even get to the chance of being successful. Thanks to DRT and Kawasaki for giving me this opportunity. I've really gelled with the team and the bike this year. I made the switch to the 2020 bike at Loket and since then we've won 6 races so I think it speaks for itself that it's a good bike!
The last 3 years have been really tough for me both mentally and physically, so I needed to get out of that rut. DRT and Kawasaki believed in me and gave me another chance so I'm glad we could bring home the championship"
Darian Sanayei -
"This weekend in turkey started out ok with 8th in timed practice. Was mid park on the qualifying race start and slowly moving up until I crashed and injured my ankle which led to a dnf. That made it difficult for Sunday’s races with last gate pic and not riding aggressively on the first laps. Even though my speed was within top 5-10 I could only catch up to finish 17-13"
Gustavo Pessoa -
"This was a difficult weekend for me, I just missed out on the points in race one and then unfortunately I had a crash in the second moto and I couldn't continue."
Steve Dixon, Team Manager-
"Hats off to Courtney, Kawasaki, our sponsors and the team for this great achievement. Finally, we have won a World Championship! Having finished 3rd with Max Anstie, 2nd with Paul Malin, the European Championship with Mel Pocock and the MXoN with Great Britain plus numerous British Titles and GP victories - in my 30th GP year we have Gold with Courtney Duncan. Courtney has been a level above everyone this year and that is only a good thing as it will encourage more determination from the other girl riders next year.
For Darian more misery as he hurt his ankle in the qualifying race so had to start each race with last gate pick, riding with pain Darian posted good times and was able to take a handful of points despite the injury. Gustavo got 21st in the First race, and in the second he crashed and damaged the bike so had to unfortunately retire"