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Courtney Duncan – Interview

Courtney Duncan is a two time back to back FIM Women’s Motocross Championship Champion with Dixon Racing Team run by Steve Dixon. Duncan who had her second season with the UK based Kawasaki motocross team had outstanding final round of the WMX Championship in Italy last month.

We caught up with Courtney to recap on the final round and becoming a two time World Champion.

Live Motocross: Firstly, congratulations on taking a back to back World Championship title for the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship. How does it feel? 

Courtney Duncan: “It feels amazing to clench my second World Championship and even more so given the circumstances of the season, as it wasn’t an easy one for me with having the big crash at Mantova with the first turn crash. I think to be able to win on years that are tougher makes it even greater.” 

Live Motocross: We guess the team are extremely happy with your performance this year and walking away with another title for them? 

Courtney Duncan: “The team are very happy; we have been together for two seasons and have achieved two world championships together. We have had a lot of success and hopeful we can continue on this roll in the future.”

Live Motocross: Timed practice you were on the gas and managed to get pole position going into the first moto with a best laptime of 1:51.203. How was qualifying for you? 

Courtney Duncan: “Qualifying was good for me which was a surprise as normally qualifying is not one to put in a hot lap, but I went P1 early on in the session and dropped to P3 or P4 and on the last lap I decided to put another lap in and it was the fastest which was really cool.”

Live Motocross: First moto you crashed on the start which put you in 12th in the opening lap, however you managed to push it through the pack and went into the final lap in 2nd before Papenmeier made a mistake which cost her the race win giving you the chequered flag. How was it for you? 

Courtney Duncan: “Yes I mean the first moto was incredible to go from last place with the first turn crash and to come through and win the race. It makes it speechless and it’s not often you do that. It was one of those races where you don’t give up. I was in the zone and I was clicking off the laps and wasn’t worried what position I was in, I just going to keep going and where I ended up was where I ended up.” 

Live Motocross: Second and final moto you had an okay start being 4th in the opening lap before pushing it up to second place battling with Kiera Fontanesi until lap 10 when Kiera managed to get the pass with you ending the final moto in 3rd which gave you the GP overall. How was the final moto for you?

Courtney Duncan: “Final moto was also good before the race I had worked out what I needed to do as far as what the worst position was and if I holeshot maybe I go for the win but I was happy to finish third in the race which was enough to give me the Championship. If I needed to do more, I would have but that was all to get the Championship title.” 

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