AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Opener at Hangtown
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 1, 2008) – The AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship Presented by Kawasaki competed over the weekend with the opening round of its 2008 six-race championship with American Honda/Red Bull/Alpinestars’ Ashley Fiolek claiming her first career overall win.
Fiolek, who won Saturday’s first moto, grabbed the Meterman Holeshot Award in moto two and traded the lead with American Honda/Honda of Houston/Fox Racing/Bad Boy Energy Drink’s Jessica Patterson before falling on the second lap. Patterson would assume the lead for good while Answer/Yamaha/Etnies’ Tarah Gieger and Team Green Kawasaki’s Tatum Sik followed. Fiolek would battle back, eventually grabbing third and assuring herself the overall victory. Patterson’s moto win helped improve her to second place overall while Suzuki/Shift’s Sarah Whitmore finished in third.
“I’m very happy to be here,” said Fiolek. “I can’t believe I won the overall, beating the top riders in the world. This is more than I expected. I rode real tight and cautious (in the beginning), cased a jump, and fell. Then I just went to work and came in third (for the moto).”
The AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship Presented by Kawasaki resumes next weekend at Freestone County Raceway in Wortham, Texas. The series is also sponsored by: Honda Rider’s Club of America, Dunlop Tires, Alpinestars, The Original Pink Box, Thor MX Gear, Drill Tech Drilling and Shoring, Team Powermadd, Polisport, Bad Boy Turbo Shot and ZLT Racing.
AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship Presented by Kawasaki
Prairie City SVRA – Sacramento, Calif.
June 1, 2008
Round 1 of 6
AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship (Moto Finish)
Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 1-3
Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 8-1
Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, Mich., Suzuki, 2-5
Tatum Sik, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 4-4
Katie McGuire, Lancaster, Calif., Yamaha, 3-7
Tarah Gieger, Vero Beach, Calif., Yamaha, 10-2
Alisa Nix, Ukiah, Calif., Yamaha, 5-6
Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Kawasaki, 6-9
Sayaka Kaneshiro, Torrance, Calif., Suzuki, 7-10
Ayla Cabus, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 9-13
AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship Points
Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 45
Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda, 38
Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, Mich., Suzuki, 38
Tatum Sik, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 36
Katie McGuire, Lancaster, Calif., Yamaha, 34
Tarah Gieger, Vero Beach, Calif., Yamaha, 33
Alisa Nix, Ukiah, Calif., Yamaha, 31
Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Kawasaki, 27
Sayaka Kaneshiro, Torrance, Calif., Suzuki, 25
Ayla Cabus, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 20
For full results, log onto www.wmaracing.com.
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