News 24 Jul 2014

World championship on the line for Rutledge this weekend

Women's Motocross World Championship goes down to the wire.

Source: MXGP.

Source: MXGP.

Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge will be racing to become Australia’s first ever FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion at the final round of the 2014 series, the MXGP of the Czech Republic in Loket, this weekend.

Rutledge, now 18, has enjoyed a very successful season racing in Europe with the Bud Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy team this season, winning three rounds including four motos to date. She has also finished on the podium in 8 out of 10 races.

‘Mad Meg’ has been playing catch up however the last few rounds after a disastrous second moto at the second round in Trentino, Italy, where she secured no points due to disqualification after a race official helped her remount after crashing.

After a tremendous come back, Rutledge now sits just four points behind the series leader and defending champion, Chiara Fontanesi, heading into the series finale this weekend.

“I want nothing more than to become world champion,” she said. “I feel really good and know in myself that I can do it. I’ve been battling illness recently which has hampered me, but I’m 100 percent fit now and ready to go out there and do what I need to do. I really want this.”

With 25 points awarded to the moto winner and 22 points awarded to second place, Meghan can become world champion in Loket by finishing first place in each moto, regardless of where her closest rival, defending world champion Chiara Fontanesi, finishes.