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WMA Releases Pro Start List For Round One

(May 10, 2006) Bend, Or: The 2006 Hitachi AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship presented by Hitachi kicks off this Saturday, May 13th, at the Glen Helen Raceway’s “Prequel” event, San Bernardino, CA and the WMA Pro starting grid is set to be the most competitive in women’s pro national motocross history.

The defending WMA Pro Champion, Jessica Patterson (Honda of Houston/Moto XXX), will have her hands full with this season’s field of racers as she shoots for her 3rd WMA Pro Championship. Sarah Whitmore (Richardson’s RV/Yamaha #4) is hungry to win the championship having been runner-up in 2005 and 2003. Whitmore has been in California most of the winter preparing for the outdoor nationals and has made the switch from 125cc to 250F. Tania Satchwell (Team Green Kawasaki #105) also relocated to California to get more track time in before the WMA Nationals. Satchwell has proven that she is capable of winning, having won the championship in 2001 and that she is a fierce competitor finishing numerous times on the podium these past few years. More “seat” time may just be what Satchwell has needed to win another championship.  Tarah Gieger (Richardson’s RV/Yamaha #68) was having a great season in 2005 before getting injured at Washougal, she is healed up and ready to contend the championship.

Up-and-comer Alisa Nix (Yamaha # 2), will be one to watch. She won the Women’s “A” class at Lake Whitney and Oak Hill in March of 2006,  and at only 16 years-old she has a great future in WMA pro racing. Leah Cantrell (VFM Racing Team/Suzuki #322), from Marietta, GA will be racing the WMA Championship for the first time. Cantrell finished 2nd at Loretta Lynn’s in 2005 behind Whitmore and is definite threat. Sherri Cruse (Zip Ty Racing/Yamaha #11) 17, from Bakersfield, CA has been dominating the WORCS races gearing up for the WMA Nationals and Elizabeth Bash (Team Green Kawasaki #33) 19, has been gaining momentum the past few seasons, they both could be title challengers.

The Championship upset could come from Team Green Kawasaki’s Katherine Prumm, 17 years-old, Auckland, New Zealand. Prumm is fresh off of a FIM Women’s World Cup win in Teutschenthal, Germany. She finished in front of French rider Livia Lancelot and Germany’s Steffi Laier. She will race the first two rounds of the Hitachi AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship presented by Kawasaki.

There is plenty of new talent to the field including rookies Vanessa Florentino (Bluestarrmx/Honda #75), 18, from New Mexico; Jacqueline Ross (American Honda #34)19, from Palm Beach, FL; Katie McGuire (Kawasaki #98), 16, from Lancaster, CA; Michele Collins (Kawasaki #249), Stephanie Cancilla (Honda #96) 18, from San Jose, CA;  Lindsey Scheltema (Kawasaki #130) 17, from Byron Center, MI; Lucy Freer (Yamaha # 154) 20, from Eldorado Hills, CA; and Chris Blewett (Suzuki #302) 21, from Oklahoma City, OK.

Although she will not be contending the title in 2006, Jacki Short WMA Pro # 7, will race the opening round of the WMA Championship at Glen Helen, on a Honda (of course), to retain her WMA Pro number.

The complete WMA pre-entry list is brought to you by WMA sponsors:  Sick Racing, Z1R Helmets, Honda, Scott USA, VP Fuels, Dunlop, Alpinestars, Thor, Northgate Auto and Pro Clean.

1

Jessica

Patterson

Hon

2

Alisa

Nix

Yam

4

Sarah

Whitmore

Yam

7

Jacki

Short

Hon

11

Sherri

Cruse

Yam

12

Ashley

Boham

Hon

13

Alison

Jones

Hon

14

Kaide

Garrett

Yam

22

Kelly

Spring

Yam

23

Bonnie

Warch

Yam

25

Penni

Cyrus

Kaw

33

Elizabeth

Bash

Kaw

34

Jacqueline

Ross

Hon

37

Tanya

Elbers

Suz

63

Jolene

Van Vugt

Suz

68

Tarah

Gieger

Yam

75

Vanessa

Florentino

Hon

88

April

Zastrow

Hon

96

Stephanie

Cancilla

Hon

98

Katie

Mcguire

Kaw

105

Tania

Satchwell

Kaw

120

Aubriana

Dunn

Hon

130

Lindsey

Scheltema

Kaw

154

Lucy

Freer

Yam

245

Jessye

Davis

Hon

249

Michele

Collins

Kaw

293

Josephine

Adlam

Yam

302

Chris

Blewett

Suz

322

Leah

Cantrell

Suz

552

Normajean

Jean

KTM

649

Katherine

Prumm

Kaw

723

Christian

Yellow Kidney

Yam

965

Mariana

Balbi

Hon

Check the WMA website for race results Saturday evening womensmxassociation.com or wmaracing.com.

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