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Misano Adriatico, Italy – June 16, 2024 – Nicole van Aswegen delivered a commendable performance in the first round of the Inaugural FIM Women’s World Championship, held at the Misano World Circuit. Despite challenging conditions and several on-track incidents, van Aswegen showcased her resilience and racing acumen over the weekend.

Race 1: Saturday Drama and Determination

The first race was marred by multiple accidents, reflecting the unfamiliarity many riders had with the track. Nicole started in 14th position and made an early move to 13th on lap 1. However, she briefly slipped back to 14th and subsequently to 15th and 16th as the race progressed. A red flag incident paused the race, offering a brief respite and a chance for strategic adjustments.

Upon the race’s restart, Nicole demonstrated her tenacity, steadily climbing back to 15th position and ultimately finishing 11th by the end of the day. Post-race, she expressed her mixed feelings about the result:

“I’m happy with the progress I made today, but I know I need to build more confidence in the bike. This is my first time racing this particular model, and it’s been a learning experience,” van Aswegen commented. She also acknowledged the difficult conditions and wished her fellow riders a swift recovery from any injuries sustained.

Race 2: Sunday’s Steady Performance

Sunday’s race saw Nicole starting again from 14th position in row 4. She had a remarkable start, quickly advancing to 11th place. Although she lost a position on lap 2, dropping to 12th, she maintained this position with consistency and skill for the remainder of the race, ultimately finishing in 13th place.

Nicole’s performance across the weekend was a testament to her adaptability and determination in the face of adversity. The opening round presented unique challenges, particularly with many riders, including Nicole, having no prior experience or testing at Misano.

Looking Ahead

As the championship progresses, Nicole van Aswegen is focused on building her confidence and familiarity with her bike. The experience gained from this weekend is invaluable as she prepares for the upcoming races.

“This weekend was tough but full of learning opportunities. I’m looking forward to refining my approach and coming back stronger,” she added.

Nicole extends her best wishes to all the injured riders for a speedy recovery and is eager to continue competing in this historic championship.

Massive thank you to everyone who has assisted Nicole on this journey whether through corporate sponsorships or through her Back-a-Buddy campaign. Including: ETL Group, Amalgum Welding Shop, Andalaft Racing, Bikewise, Department of Sports and Culture, MotorSport South Africa, FIM Africa, Hi-Tech Elements, ONE X, SBK official eyewear, Arai, Baker Baynes and Stefanutti Stocks

Published by: Motorsport Marketing Services

Picture Caption: Nicole van Aswegen

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