Laier Wins Big In Texas
Floresville, Texas (11/30/03) — Germany’s Steffi Laier continued her dominance in the WML series by winning both pro motos in Texas for the largest payout in women’s motocross history. The Altex Computers WML Cup boasted a $20,000 pro purse and drew a record-breaking 180 women’s rider entries for the three-day event at Cycle Ranch MX in Floresville, Texas.
At the drop of the gate in moto one Colorado’s Lindsey Jelitto (SUZ) stole the Sick Racing holeshot award as she led the field through turn one. Jelitto’s lead was short-lived as the KTM freight train of Jessica Patterson and Steffi Laier assumed the lead positions entering the back woods section with Honda CRF250 mounted Stefy Bau in tow. Lap one saw Patterson leading Laier by two bike lengths with Bau trailing the duo two seconds back. Laier passed Patterson midway through lap two while a mid-pack battle between Jelitto, Sweden’s Elin Mann (KTM), Germany’s Alex Haupt (KAW), Puerto Rico’s Tarah Geiger (HON) and Tori Klein (KTM) ensued, soon to be joined by Sarah Whitmore (YAM) making her way towards the front after a mid pack start.
Laier and Patterson continued their moto-war, never more than three bike lengths apart. Patterson once again regained the lead on lap three with both riders pushing their limits to a five-second lead over third place Bau. The lead once again changed on lap four with Laier two bike lengths ahead, and fourth place Jelitto now feeling heavy pressure from Mann, Haupt, Geiger and Whitmore. Laier continued to lead Patterson by less than two seconds though the middle laps, with Mann, Haupt, Geiger and Whitmore passing Jelitto who eventually finished in eighteenth position after a mishap in a triple jump section on lap nine. The closing laps saw Whitmore’s charge carry her into fourth place on the final lap, Bau finishing a solid third and Laier leading Patterson across the checkers by four seconds after hard fought ten lap battle.
The second moto of twenty minutes plus two laps got underway with Laier rocketing into the lead and Patterson once again in pursuit. Patterson pressured Laier until the beginning of lap two when she was forced to retire for the day after twisting her knee in a rutted turn. Stefy Bau assumed second position with Geiger close behind in third however Laier was now unchallenged and steadily increasing her lead for the remainder of the moto. Whitmore once again was on her charge through the pack after rounding lap one in tenth position, with Mann, Ashley Wheat (SUZ), Jelitto, and Haupt in a tight group battling for fourth place. Geiger rode the next three laps pressuring Bau for second position, with Wheat blazing into fourth place by lap five. Geiger finally made a pass stick to get around Bau on lap seven setting her sights towards the front, however Laier was in command and enjoying a twenty-second lead. The final lap found Whitmore pressuring Haupt, but the German rider held her ground for a hard earned fifth place. Laier once again crossed the finish with her fourteenth consecutive WML moto win of 2003 and the Queen’s share of the record $20,000 pro purse. Geiger finished a solid second , followed closely by Bau and Wheat.
Race Results — WML Pro Women
- Steffi Laier GER KTM 1-1
- Stefy Bau ITA HON 3-3
- Tarah Geiger PR HON 6-2
- Alex Haupt GER KAW 5-5
- Sarah Whitmore MI YAM 4-6
- Ashley Wheat MS SUZ 7-4
- Elizabeth Bash CA KAW 9-8
- Tori Klein IA KTM 10-9
- Elin Mann SWE KTM 8-11
- Jacqueline Short CA HON 13-10
The event will be aired on ESPN 2’s “Motoworld” the week of December 8th and on Speed Channel’s “Two Wheel Tuesday” December 16th.
The WML is sponsored by Altex Computers, Honda, Scott USA, Dunlop Tires, Alpinestars, Thor Racing, Racer X Illustrated, Sick Racing, Throttle Jockey, I Precision, and OP Girls Learn to Ride. Top 3 Bonus Awards are provided by Scott USA, Race Tech, Universal, Sunstar, Rite Tie, and ProClean.