Courtney Duncan

2019 FIM Women's Motocross World Champion

Born on 26 January 1996 in Otago, New Zealand 

© Nuno Laranjeira

© Nuno Laranjeira


New Zealand’s Courtney Duncan (Kawasaki) finally claimed the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship in 2019, after three years of near misses since bursting onto the scene as a race-winning rookie in 2016. Duncan stunned the motocross world when she won both motos on her professional debut in Qatar, but after two further wins, a freak accident ruled her out of two rounds of that season and meant she finished third, despite winning more races than any other rider. 

Courtney then missed the title by just two points in 2017, before injuring herself again in 2018 whilst holding a twenty-one point lead with two rounds to go. However, a change of manufacturer heralded a change of fortune in 2019. After taking victory in the opening moto of the season at Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, Duncan slipped to fourth in the second moto and allowed Dutch rider Nancy van der Ven (Yamaha) to claim top spot, but that would prove to be the only moment she would let her guard slip all season. 

Consecutive doubles in Portugal, Czech Republic and Italy set up a title shot at the final round in Turkey, where she wasted no time in wrapping things up with a dominant twelve-second victory in the first moto. Duncan signed-off her 2019 assault with a second race win, making it nine from ten for the season, as she followed in the footsteps of fellow Kiwi Katherine Oberlin-Brown (nee Prumm), who won the Women’s World Cup in 2006 and 2007, before the class was elevated to FIM World Motocross Championship status in 2008. 


World title – 2019