Livia Lancelot Ready To Defend Her Title
French Kawasaki rider Livia Lancelot is more than ready for the challenge to defend her title this season.
Livia Lancelot, the reigning WMX champion, will be taking part in the opening round of the FIM Women World Championship this weekend in Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia.
The men’s championship started one week for before the ladies’, and they will start the new season on a new facility built in Indonesia, this weekend. The series consists of six rounds, and Livia will be focusing her energy on starting the season on a good base.
“Coming here, I feel good as I had enough winter training. I had a big crash last year, just before Qatar, but this time everything is going perfectly so far and I’m physically fit and ready – and so is my Monster Energy Kawasaki,” Livia said.
The new venue does not bother her. “Coming to a new venue is never a problem, it’s more or less the same whether you discover a new track or not, but we don’t really know what to expect with the weather as it has been raining a lot the past few weeks and even the past few days. It’s not as hot as it was in Thailand in the past, but let’s hope that we won’t have too much rain, as the race could become a lottery. We don’t have all our equipment here in Indonesia – just one bike and some parts. If it rains too much it could be a disaster for some of us,” she added.
With two titles already under her belt, Livia has already achieved her dreams, especially when she claimed her second title last year.
“I had been fighting for this title for so many years, so it was a relief to finally get it. I now I feel less pressure. I’m the reigning world champion, and I have trained to be the champion again. I do want to defend my title, but I don’t feel any pressure. I know that the racing will be tough against Kiara (Fontanesi), Nancy (van de Ven) and Courtney (Duncan), but I’m ready for that battle. We will be four girls fighting for the title, may the best one get it,” she said.
“What can make a difference is the age, as I’m the oldest one, and maybe my age and my experience will help me. It can be an advantage or a disadvantage, but I’m sure I will feel less pressurized than Courtney or Nancy who have never been World Champion. I’m very relaxed about this race.”
After a very busy winter, travelling a lot to celebrate her titles and meeting partners and media, Livia had time to prepare for the new season in the best conditions.
“When I arrived here, I started to train, but I immediately felt very tired even when I had a break and didn’t ride for several weeks. Bruno, my trainer, gave me a good programme so that I can recover well, and I’m as fit as ever,” she explained.
Always running her private 114 team, Livia remains with the same partners for this new season.
“There’s no reason to change a winning team, and I am keeping all the same partners. They are more than simply partners. Most of them were behind me when I created the team and when I got this title – we have a strong relationship. I’m proud to ride for Kawasaki again, and to add Monster Energy as a new sponsor. We worked together in 2014, and now we are back together, which is great as they have a strong image and are already working with Kawasaki in other classes. The season will be long, but that’s not a problem for me,” she concluded.
Livia wears our Leatt GPX 6.5 Carbon Neck Brace, a brand new, sleek design that is ultra-light, when she is racing. A semi-rigid structure, it is super adjustable yet the structure remains very rigid during a crash. This helps to transmit energy from your helmet to your body, bypassing your neck – which is key for reducing neck forces.
All Leatt neck braces are CE tested and certified as Personal Protective Equipment.
We are looking forward to witness Livia’s performance this season! Wishing her all the best.
Read more about her here.
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