Moto XXX Rider Jessica Patterson Perseveres Despite Injury

Winning championships is a thrilling business, especially for privateer motocross teams. Outside the factory ranks, there aren¿t many realistic title shots, but Moto XXX¿s Jessica Patterson sealed up the 2005 Women¿s Motocross Association championship last weekend in Pennsylvania. As if simply winning the #1 plate wouldn¿t be enough, ¿JP$¿ sealed the deal in extremely dramatic fashion.

Not long after a crash in Unadilla men¿s practice seemingly put her title defense in jeopardy, Patterson suffered an even scarier get-off on the final weekend of the series. During practice on Friday, she came over a blind jump and hit a group of downed riders head-on. She was then rammed by another rider who couldn¿t see what was happening. The result was a severe knee (ACL) injury. While most riders would have go! ne straight to the hospital and then the operating room, Patterson was determined to defend her points lead and wrap up the WMA championship. Although the injury seemed impossible to overcome, Jessica got up every hour during the night and rode a stationary bike between icing her knee, just trying to keep it loose enough to move.

On Saturday, the severely winged Patterson went to the line to race the motos that would determine the championship. She started slowly, hoping to `baby¿ the knee and score enough points to keep her lead. Somewhere in the first few laps, though, adrenaline kicked in and she started moving up through the pack. In a performance that can only be described as surreal, she moved all the way up to second by the end of the race.

With adrenaline still pumping, Patterson got the holeshot in the second moto, but surrendered the lead soon after. Even though no one would have blamed her for nursing it home, her competitive nature would not be d! enied. After hounding the leader for laps, Patterson regained the lead and stayed there until the checkers flew. Not only had she won the title for the second consecutive year, but she did it with an overall victory at the final race.

¿I¿m so happy to have won the WMA Championship,¿ she said afterward. ¿To successfully defend the title is even better. I couldn¿t have done it without Moto XXX and Honda of Houston. Being on the team has not only helped me get to the races, but also gave me a great resource for advice and support throughout the season.¿

As the first team on the men¿s national scene to back a WMA rider, Moto XXX is thrilled with the Patterson¿s results. Even without the championship, though, Jessica¿s work ethic, dedication and bravery were more than enough to make the investment pay off.

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