Race Report:
2006 Hitachi AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship Round 4: Washougal, WA.

The fourth round of the AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship presented by Hitachi wrapped up this weekend—with quite a bit of drama—at Washougal Motocross Park in Washougal, Washington. And while Honda-mounted Jessica Patterson walked away with the overall, it wasn’t after a bit of a run-in with second-place finisher Tarah Gieger.

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Moto One

In the first moto, the holeshot went to Yamaha rider Tarah Gieger, while defending WMA Champion Patterson picked herself up after crashing in the first turn. From there, Gieger went on to pull out to a comfortable lead ahead of Honda rider Mariana Balbi and Kawasaki Team Green rider Tania Satchwell. By around the halfway mark, Patterson had climbed all the way back to second and began pushing to catch Gieger. With only a few laps to go, Patterson moved into the lead; however, Gieger stayed close behind, and in the last turn she block passed the Honda rider to take the lead and win. Mariana Balbi completed the podium after a hard-charging race.

Following the race, Patterson had a few words with Gieger about the pass. According to Tarah, Patterson hit her in the back after she crossed the line, then really got into it with her following the finish line.

Results:

  1. Tarah Gieger
  2. Jessica Patterson
  3. Mariana Balbi
  4. Alisa Nix
  5. Sherri Cruse
  6. Katherine Prumm
  7. Ashley Boham
  8. Jessye Davis
  9. Penni Cyrus
  10. Katie McGuire

Moto Two

Patterson was on a mission to take the win in this moto. The start of the moto saw Gieger take the holeshot once again, however, this time Patterson moved into second after only a few laps. She then found her way by Gieger to take first a few laps later, and from there, took off while Gieger was left to ride around alone in second. Behind Gieger, Katherine Prumm was slowly catching up, but the moto proved to be too short for the charging Kawasaki rider. In the end, Patterson took the moto win and the overall. Gieger finished second for second overall, and Prumm added her third place to her first moto sixth for third overall.

Results:

  1. Jessica Patterson
  2. Tarah Gieger
  3. Katherine Prumm
  4. Tania Satchwell
  5. Sherri Cruse
  6. Mariana Balbi
  7. Ashley Boham
  8. Penni Cyrus
  9. Jessye Davis
  10. Katie McGuire

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Overall Results:

  1. Jessica Patterson (Hon)
  2. Tarah Gieger (Yam)
  3. Katherine Prumm (Kaw)
  4. Mariana Balbi (Hon)
  5. Sherri Cruse (Yam)
  6. Ashley Boham (Hon)
  7. Penni Cyrus (Kaw)
  8. Jessye Davis (Hon)
  9. Alisa Nix (Yam)
  10. Katie McGuire (Kaw)

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Points Standings:

  1. Jessica Patterson (169/2 wins)
  2. Katherine Prumm (161/2 wins)
  3. Alisa Nix (138)
  4. Mariana Balbi (132)
  5. Tarah Gieger (123)
  6. Jessye Davis (105)
  7. Sherri Cruse (98)
  8. Leah Cantrell (95)
  9. Ashley Boham (83)
  10. Tania Satchwell (73)

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