Coming into the race, DNA Shred Stix Star Racing Yamaha’s Jessica Patterson was carrying even more momentum than Dungey and Baggett. Besides winning the title last year, she romped at Hangtown to win both motos, even coming from behind in moto two after a crash.
But Honda’s Ashley Fiolek is determined to get her crown back from Patterson, and the complexion of that WMX Championship changed quickly in moto one in Texas. Fiolek got out front early, and Patterson was running in second.
“In the back section, there was a turn, and I hit a bump and I stalled,” explained Fiolek. “Jessica ran into the back of me and we both went down. Luckily, my bike started pretty fast, but unfortunately for her, she wasn’t able to get hers started as quickly. I was pretty surprised I won the moto.”
From there, Fiolek rode off with the lead and took the moto win. Patterson could only make it back to thirteenth, and although she returned to win moto two, the damage was done. After one small incident, Fiolek had taken away the points lead and momentum in the series.