Bend, OR (Sept 5, 2005) ¿ The 2005 AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship wrapped up this weekend at the Steel City National with MotoXXX/Honda of Houston’s Jessica Patterson, taking home the Women’s Pro National Championship plate.
Patterson came into Steel City with a fairly comfortable 13-point lead over Bluestarrmx/Yamaha’s Sarah Whitmore. However, the points chase seemed to get a little more interesting after reports that Patterson injured her knee during practice on Friday’s amateur race day. Speculation about her ability
to ride the National was circulating in the women’s pits. After a night of icing the knee and riding her stationary bike, she was ready to race for the number one plate.
When the moto one gate dropped, Tania Satchwell who was riding a borrowed CRF250, got the holeshot with Sarah Whitmore following close behind. Patterson was in 5th position behind Jessica Gebhardt and Sherri Cruse.
While Whitmore was on the hunt for Satchwell, Patterson was working to get past Cruse and Gebhardt. Satchwell held off Whitmore for nearly two laps before Whitmore made her pass on the tabletop rhythm section. Then Patterson picked up her pace and started to reel in Satchwell and Whitmore. On the white flag lap Patterson passed Satchwell for second place by out jumping her on an uphill double. Whitmore won the moto by two bike lengths.
In Moto two, Patterson got the holeshot, but quickly surrendered the lead to Satchwell in the first off camber turn. Satchwell had her own position in the championship to fight for and needed to finish two-points ahead of Alisa Nix to take 3rd in the overall championship. Whitmore was in 5th position behind Nix and Bau and making a charge, but midway through lap one went over the bars in a really rough section of the track. Whitmore landed hard on her back taking herself out of the race. Meanwhile, Patterson was still tracking down Satchwell. Satchwell held her off for three laps, until being passed in the scorekeepers’ corner. Patterson lead the remainder of the moto taking first overall, Satchwell went 3-2 for second, and Nix 5-3 for third.
Whitmore was taken to the hospital at the recommendation of the track medical staff. Fortunately she was released later that night with no serious injuries.
Top 10 Results from Steel City
- Jessica Patterson Tallahassee, FL Hon 2-1
- Tania Satchwell Taupo, New Zealand Yam 3-2
- Alisa Nix Ukiah, CA Yam 5-3
- Jessica Gebhardt Johnstown, PA Suz 4-4
- Elizabeth Bash Riverside, CA Kaw 6-6
- Stefy Bau Tallahassee, FL Hon 8-5
- Sheena Patterson Dublin, CA Hon 7-8
- Kaide Garrett Canyon Lake, CA Yam 9-10
- Ashley Boham Loveland, CO Hon 11-9
- Sherri Cruse Bakersfield, CA Yam 13-7
Top 10 Final Championship Points
- Jessica Patterson 225
- Sarah Whitmore 190
- Tania Satchwell 160
- Alisa Nix 157
- Tarah Geiger 147
- Sheena Patterson 130
- Aubriana Dunn 89
- Jessica Gebhardt 88
- Stefy Bau 84
- Kaide Garrett 80
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