The New Zealander needed just a couple of turns to move into second place in the second moto of the weekend at a significantly faster Frauenfeld track after workers had bulldozed Saturday's heavy ruts. A missed shift at the end of the lap temporarily cost her one position and she was content to settle into a good rhythm in a tightly-bunched leading trio before an inside-pass on lap three once again make second her own. With her twentieth career GP victory secure and few opportunities to make a further move she settled for second in moto to move to second in the championship standings, just one point shy of the series leader.
Courtney Duncan: "I was in my element on Saturday - I love long ruts and tricky conditions - but there weren't heaps of lines this morning and everyone could go fast after they bulldozed the track. I made a pretty good start but it was more difficult to make a difference. I was trying my best to win again but it just didn't happen; it was a little frustrating but we racked back good points in the championship this weekend and won the overall. Twenty career GP wins is awesome - I'm stoked - and I'm confident heading to Spain next month."
A fall had restricted fellow Kawasaki rider Lotte van Drunen to fifth place in the first moto on Saturday but the fifteen-year-old Dutch girl made no mistakes on Monday morning with a clear holeshot and led throughout the twenty-minute-plus-two-lap race to claim the second moto-victory of her young career by nine seconds. The win also ensured second overall over the weekend and, even more significantly, secured the series red-plate as championship leader.
Lotte van Drunen: "My first red-plate - it's amazing. I enjoyed the track already on Saturday and my riding was good but it was difficult to pass and I ended up crashing. But straight after the finish I told my dad I was going to win today. I'm not really thinking about the championship yet this year; I just want to get on the podium every weekend and see first how the season develops."
With 1-2 in the individual points standings Kawasaki has also established a healthy lead in the Manufacturers' Championship as the series heads to Spain for round three on May 6/7.