Rd 6 AMA/WML Altex Computers Women’s Motocross Championship Series

Steel City – Delmont PA – 08.31.03

Laier Rivets Championship At Steel City

Germany’s Steffi Laier (KTM) rode into the history books with her sixth consecutive overall win to clinch the 2003 Altex Computers Women’s Motocross Championship.

Saturday’s moto one was rescheduled due to inclement weather, and run under sunny skies on Sunday in front of 20,000+ spectators during the AMA Chevy Trucks Men’s Motocross Championship program. At the drop of the gate Sarah Whitmore (YAM) edged Laier for the holeshot, leading the field at the end of lap one with Jessica Patterson (KAW) and Laier close behind. Jessica Gebhardt (SUZ) and Tarah Geiger (HON) were having a battle of their own with Gebhardt moving into fourth place. Lap two saw Whitmore slide out on an uphill right-hander with Laier moving into the lead. Patterson continued to chase Laier the entire moto, never more than two seconds behind. On the final lap Patterson was on Laier’s rear fender but the KTM rider crossed the finish line three bike lengths ahead for the win. Whitmore rounded out the top three with Gebhardt a solid fourth.

Sunday’s second moto saw Whitmore once again edging Laier for the holeshot with Sheena Patterson (SUZ) and Jessye Davis (YAM) chasing the leaders. Laier didn’t waste any time making the pass on Whitmore after four turns with Davis charging past Patterson on a downhill section to secure third. Laier continued to stretch her lead over Whitmore to five seconds, while Davis increased her gap over Patterson. Jessica Patterson suffered a poor start in moto two and found herself in seventh after the first lap, eventually finishing fifth in the moto for third overall. Laier crossed the checkers for her twelfth consecutive WML moto win and first championship with Whitmore in second position securing second overall in the WML championship standings.

Tania Satchwell did not race due to an injury she sustained while riding the week before Steel City.

Results – WML Pro Women

1. Steffi Laier KTM GER 1-1
2. Sarah Whitmore YAM MI 3-2
3. Jessica Patterson KAW FL 2-5
4. Jessye Davis YAM MD 6-3
5. Jessica Gebhardt SUZ GER 4-6
6. Sheena Patterson SUZ CA 7-4
7. Ashley Wheat SUZ MS 8-8
8. Marisa Hampshire Kaw FL 10-7
9. Tarah Geiger HON PR 5-12
10. Jessica Snyder YAM IL 9-10

Season Points – WML Pro Women

1. Steffi Laier GER 300
2. Sarah Whitmore MI 249
3. Alex Haupt GER 171
4. Tarah Geiger HON 164
5. Marisa Hampshire KAW 159
6. Sheena Patterson CA 156
7. Tania Satchwell NZ 150
8. Jessye Davis MD 127
9. Jessica Patterson FL 117
10. Jacki Hudson TX 117

Highlights of WML Pro racing will be included in the AMA 125 Motocross show scheduled to air on espn2 Sept 6th.

The WML’s next event will be held at Cycle Ranch in San Antonio TX Nov 27-30

For more information visit www.wml-mx.com.

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Highlights of WML Pro racing will be included in the AMA 125 Motocross show scheduled to air on espn2 Sept 6th.

The WML’s next event will be held at Cycle Ranch in San Antonio TX Nov 27-30

For more information visit www.wml-mx.com.