Livia Lancelot became the first ever female world champion in the history of motocross, winning the inaugural FIM Women's Motocross World Championship in 2008. Her landmark season included a win in the Grand Prix of Bulgaria. However, a shoulder injury sustained during a midweek practice session the following year meant she was unable to defend her title, and she has since made a conscious decision to restrict her participation in the world series. Although not able to challenge for the overall title in 2012, she was still able to win three of the four WMX world series races she contested. She has also won five French national titles, and featured on the podium at the X Games in 2011 and 2012. The popular 25-year-old from St Denis in France started riding in her family’s garden at the age of four on a PW50, and soon progressed to local events, winning two regional titles in the 60cc class and later two more in the 85cc division. She made her debut in the Women’s World Cup in 2005 and her results improved steadily over the next three years, culminating in a second place finish in 2007. Her absence from much of the world championship has allowed her to act as an ambassador for women’s motocross in many high profile events around the world. Among the new challenges that she has taken on to expand her field of competition have been the strenuous high-profile French beach races at Hossegor and Le Touquet, in both of which she made impressive debuts.
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