Race Report: WMA Hangtown
2007 AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship Presented By Kawasaki

The women of the WMA traveled to Northern California this weekend for round two of the 2007 AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship Presented By Kawasaki. After a long day that started with practice at 9:30 am and didn’t conclude until the end of the second moto at 6:00 pm, Bad Power Drink/Pro30 Racing’s Jessica Patterson took another 1-1 overall win.


When the gate dropped on moto number one, it was Sarah Whitmore aboard her YZ250F at the front of the pack, followed by Jessica Patterson. Whitmore held the lead for most of the opening lap, but after being passed by Patterson, Sarah fell in a corner and dropped back to about fifth.

Once Patterson was out front she quickly opened up a comfortable gap on the field and rode to a seemingly easy win. Behind her for most of the race was Tarah Gieger, but with just a few laps to go, Gieger lost her front-end as she moved through lapped traffic, and was only able to get back up to sixth when it was all over.

Alisa Nix moved into second after Gieger’s fall, and behind her, Whitmore was able to move up through traffic to finish in third place in moto one.


After a parade lap to give the ladies a chance to check for track deterioration after a seven-hour delay between motos, the gate finally dropped and it was once again Jessica Patterson who grabbed the early lead. Just like in moto one, JP walked away with it in relative easy fashion, but there was plenty of good racing going on behind her. Sarah Whitmore held down the second spot for the majority of the moto, but a hard-charging Tarah Gieger came through the pack after a terrible start to throw down a pass with just a few laps to go. Just seconds later, Whitmore got spit off her YZ250F after hitting a gnarly braking bump while descending one of Hangtown’s many downhills. Whitmore remounted and finished the race, but not before losing a lap and a ton of positions. Gieger went on to take the second spot, with Alisa Nix several seconds back in third.

With both motos in the books, the overall tally scored Patterson with the win, Nix in second, and Gieger taking third.


  1. JessicaPatterson 1-1
  2. Alisa M. Nix 2-3
  3. Tarah Gieger 6-2
  4. Elizabeth Bash 4-4
  5. Mariana Balbi 7-5
  6. Tania Satchwell 5-7
  7. Tatum Sik 9-6
  8. Leah Cantrell 10-10
  9. Vanessa Florentino 13-8
  10. Ashely Boham 11-1