2017 FIM Women's Motocross World Champion
Born on 10 March 1994 in Parma, Italy
'FONTA' FIGHTS TO FINISH FOR FIFTH TITLE
Kiara Fontanesi (Yamaha) returned to the top of women's motocross in 2017, clinching her fifth FIM WMX World Championship title after a gripping, emotional and tense final round, final moto decider that ended with the top three riders in the championship covered by just two points.
Fontanesi was already a four-times winner of a series that was born in 2008 and her reunion with Yamaha – the manufacturer with whom she celebrated all that success – bode well for the six-round 2017 campaign. She faced tough opposition from reigning champion Livia Lancelot (Kawasaki) and brand-mates Courtney Duncan (Yamaha) and Nancy Van der Ven (Yamaha) as the quartet swapped victories and podium results across the season.
Coming into the decisive Grand Prix of Pays de Montbeliard, just five points split the four riders in what was effectively a straight-up 'winner-takes-all' shootout for the championship. Fontanesi used her experience and determination to win the first moto on Saturday from Van de Ven and Lancelot, and then survived the atrociously muddy conditions to finish third in the second moto behind Duncan and Lancelot. That second place for Lancelot meant that she would agonisingly miss out on the title in her final professional appearance by a single point, as 'Fonta' secured a record fifth crown in six years.
5 World titles – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017