Irivne, Calif. (June 4, 2008) – Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green™ rider Tatum Sik finished 4-4 and fourth overall in the AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship Presented by Kawasaki season opener at the Hangtown Classic in Sacramento, Calif. Sik , a 17-year-old high school senior, rode near the front all day to finish fourth overall, matching her career best as a pro.
“I just tried to stay consistent,” said Sik. “I got a really good start in the first moto and was running fourth. I moved my way up to second and I just wanted to stay up. The leader went down so I was up front. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I just hung it out and rode as hard as I could. Towards the end, I physically ran out of gas and just held on for fourth.”
While Sik is set to graduate from high school in a couple of weeks, she is learning on the track as well. After riding too hard too early in the first moto, Sik changed her strategy for the second race of the weekend.
“In the second moto I paced myself the whole race,” said Sik. “It was hard because I got another good start and I was battling for position all race. It was a good weekend and fourth place is a good result.”
Team Green riders Elizabeth Bash and Meika Cornelius finished 11th and 13th overall.
The women are now preparing for the second round of the WMA/AMA National Motocross Championship at Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas on June 7-8.