JP Takes Over WMA Points Lead at Hangtown

WMA Highlights in OLN’s 125cc AMA Pro Motocross Show 

(May 23, 2005)-Bend, OR- Round two of the 2005 AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship was held this past weekend at the Hangtown MX National, on Saturday, May 21st. Moto XXX Honda’s Jessica Patterson took over the championship points lead with a 1-1 finish. The WMA also confirmed that highlights of the WMA Pro races are to be included in the 125cc Motocross that air on OLN this summer.

Patterson came into Round 2 of the AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship with a 12-point deficit to Yamaha’s Tarah Gieger, but took over the points lead with her 1-1 finish. Moto one took off on schedule Saturday at 3:30pm. The gate dropped just as the 30-second board began turning, catching some racers off-guard resulting in some controversy. Rookie pro Alisa Nix (Yam # 87) grabbed the Sick Racing  holeshot and had the local crowd cheering. French rider Livia Lancelot (Yam # 19) was in hot pursuit of Nix, with MDK’s Sheena Patterson (Hon #6), MXGirls’ Aubriana Dunn (Yam # 120), Jessica Patterson, Team Green’s Alex Haupt, Bluestarrmx’s Sarah Whitmore and Stefy Bau in tow. Gieger went down in the first corner, got up quickly and began picking off riders. By lap two, Lancelot was in the lead being chased down by Patterson and Whitmore. The three put on an amazing race for several laps with Patterson and Whitmore changing places a few times, before Whitmore crashed and Patterson took the lead from Lancelot. In lap four, Bau seized her motor and was unable to finish the race. Patterson finished first, Lancelot 2nd, and Whitmore 3rd.

Moto 2 was the last race of the day on a rough track following the men’s qualifiers. Patterson got the holeshot and led the entire race with Whitmore, Dunn, Sherri Cruse (KTM # 774), Elizabeth Bash, Gieger, and Excel Yamaha’s Tania Satchwell behind her. Whitmore was unable to jump the big step up double losing time to Patterson, finishing a solid 2nd place.  Unfortunately, Dunn crashed hard on the downhill double, chipping a tooth and getting a concussion. Satchwell moved up from 9th place finishing third.

WMA Pro Top 10 Results:

  1. Jessica Patterson      Hon      1 – 1
  2. Sarah Whitmore       Yam      3 – 2
  3. Livia Lancelot       Yam     2 – 6
  4. Tarah Gieger              Yam  6 – 5
  5. Alisa Nix            Yam     5 – 9
  6. Elizabeth Bash     Kaw     9 – 7
  7. Jessica Gebhardt       Kaw     14 – 4
  8. Kirsten Raemisch       Kaw     13 – 8
  9. Alex Haupt          Kaw  4 – 17
  10. Alison Jones     Hon     12 – 10

WMA Pro Top 10 Points Standings:

  1. Jessica Patterson    88
  2. Sarah Whitmore       82
  3. Tarah Geiger         81
  4. Livia Lancelot       60
  5. Alisa Nix            58
  6. Jessica Gebhardt     52
  7. Elizabeth Bash       48
  8. Alison Jones         41
  9. Kirsten Raemisch     40
  10. Alex Haupt           40

The WMA also confirmed at the race that highlights of the WMA pro racing at Hangtown are to be included in the 125cc AMA Motocross show to air on OLN Thursday, May 23, 2005. Additionally, highlights from all the AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship races will be included in select 125cc AMA Motocross shows.

The WMA also promoted women’s amateur racing on Saturday. AMA Youth Rider of the Year, Ashley Fiolek, took top honors in the Women’s B class with 12-year-old Jacqueline Strong in second and Tatum Sik in third. In the women’s C, Natalie Eichner of Hawaii took first, Jolita Nava 2nd, and Hailey Larson 3rd. On Sunday, the WMA Pro trophy presentation took place during intermission of the AMA Pro motocross event and many of the top WMA racers signed autographs and copies of the WMA Racing Guide (produced by Racer X Magazine) in vendor’s row earlier that day.

The WMA is sponsored by Hitachi, Z1R Helmets, Honda, Kawasaki, Scott USA, Sick Racing, Alpinestars, VP Fuels, Thor MX, Scott USA, Engine Ice, Pro Clean, Mirage Trailers, Ready Filter, Northwest Motorsports, I Precision Graphic Imaging, and Champion Wheel.

For full results go to www.womensmxassociation.com

Next Round: July 23, 2005 at the Thunder Valley MX National, Lakewood, CO.