WMX title contender ousted after receiving flag marshal assistance.
Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge has explained her disqualification from the Trentino round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship in Italy on Sunday, costing her the series lead after a frustrating turn of events.
Rutledge won Saturday’s opening moto to extend her series lead (click here for report), however a crash while leading on Sunday saw officials ultimately strip her of any potential point-scoring finish.
The 19-year-old has been the class of the field to date in 2014 after storming to victory in Qatar’s season-opening round, now five points off the world title lead after assistance from a flag marshal led to her DQ.
“I’m so happy with how I’m riding, but so disappointed with the disqualification,” she explained. “I felt good all weekend but went down in a big way in the second moto. I was trying to tell the flag marshal not to assist me, I just wanted to roll down the hill to get started again, but there was definitely a language barrier in the way.
“He meant well but I was disqualified so I’m very disappointed. You don’t know how hungry I am to make up for this at Valkenswaard.”
The WMX will reach its halfway point with round three of six at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands on 4 May.