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Kiwi motorcross rider using past failures to fuel unstoppable run to first world title – 'I've failed, I've made mistakes, I've learned'

Halfway through the Women's Supercross World Championship, no one can stop Kiwi Courtney Duncan.

The 22-year-old's masterclass in Teutschenthal has seen her seal five wins in six races this year.

"It's great to get the win overseas," she said.

"Full 25 points, whether we win by three seconds or 30 seconds."

Duncan's form has given her a 15-point championship lead, which is crucial.

Last year she narrowly missed the world title when she went off course in race - the year before it was a similar story.

They're moments she reflects on back at her base in Belgium.

"Looking back at it now, I think it’s why I'm having a lot of success this year because I’ve failed and I've made mistakes and I've learned from that."

She's now a more patient rider, exhibiting that new mindset in one of her recent races where she was able chase down the defending champion for 10 laps.

"I just took my time and let it come to me and with a couple of laps to go I was able to make the pass and take the win so it was cool.

"I think they know that I'm the fastest and I have the most speed because I've shown that when I've been on form."

But the fastest woman in motocross is also the hardest working.

After four major knee surgeries, she's in the gym doing rehab for an hour every day.

A world title would make it all worthwhile, but there is still three events to go this season.

"It's been something I've wanted for a long time - to be world champion - but to look at that picture now is the wrong mentality to have, I think."

The focus instead is firmly on the next stop at Ottobiano in Italy where the women's event makes its debut.

Courtney Duncan has won five of the six races so far this year to hold a healthy lead in the competition. Source: 1 NEWS


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