NATALIE KANE TAKES SECOND OVERALL AT SEASON OPENER
March 8, 2014 by Tony Gregory
HM Plant KTM UK’s Natalie Kane was pleased to have made a solid start to the 2014 FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship yesterday, as the Irish lady took two strong results with a second and third place for second overall at the Grand Prix of Qatar in Losail.
It’s been a long off-season for Kane, who took her first overall Grand Prix win last year, and with no race time ahead of the start of the championship, the 22-year-old was certainly nervous going into the overseas event. Kane delivered though, and despite the competition deepening in the Women’s series, which runs alongside MXGP & MX2 championships again, the KTM rider took fourth in qualifying on Friday.
In the opening race of Saturday Kane didn’t get the best of starts and took time to settle into the 20-minute plus two-lap moto. The KTM racer made good passes and rode a smart race to take second position around the ultra-rough, floodlit Qatari circuit.
In race two Kane gated into third and tussled with the front of the pack in the opening few laps. A problem with the rear brake on her machine made it hard for Kane to get stopped into the turns, but the Irish star rode a sensible race without pushing too hard to take third position behind Meghan Rutledge and Livia Lancelot for second overall, which is Kane’s best result at the first round of the World series since she began racing at a professional level.
The next World Championship outing for Kane is on the 13th of April at the Arco Di Trento track in Italy.
Natalie Kane #44: 2nd overall
“It’s been a good way to start the series, and I can certainly go home happy. In the first race it took me a while to settle in, and because I haven’t raced in the off-season I had to find my rhythm and get used to riding a Grand Prix track again this weekend. It worked out well though and I rode sensibly around what was quite a tough track for second place. In the second race I had a problem with the rear brake after the third lap, and although it’s not an excuse, it did mean I couldn’t get the bike stopped into the turns and over the jumps. My riding style relies on the brakes quite a lot, so I just thought to myself that I needed a solid result and not to take any risks. It’s really good to come away with a podium at the first round and be healthy, apart from a little strain in one of my legs; I felt good out there, the speed was okay, and it’s a positive way to start the year. I now can judge what work I need to do for the next round and I’m looking forward to continuing the improvements. Thanks of course to my family, supporters, sponsors and everyone in the HM Plant KTM UK team.”