**Tower of strength **
Laier, who won her first world title as a KTM-supported rider last season has been a tower of strength since the opening rounds of the 2010 competition, this year extended to seven rounds as the women's competition gains in stature and importance. Laier, 25, who first climbed on a bike at the age of four, only started racing in 1990 but has had a stellar career at regional national and international level, including an impressive list of titles in the women's competition in the USA. She was second to her Lancelot when the women's world title first commenced in 2008 after suffering injuries but came out hard and strong in 2009 and won the award. Her performance in the 2010 season, when she became a full factory rider for the Red Bull KTM Factory Team under the leadership of 10-times world champion Stefan Everts has been outstanding. Steffi won the first four GPs, followed by a fourth and third place in Germany and the Czech Republic before taking overall victory in the first moto at Fermo on Saturday.