This past weekend the WMA held the fourth round of the AMA/WMA National Championship Series at Monster Mountain Motocross, in Montgomery, Alabama. This was the first time the WMA had been to the Southeast. The race is one of three WMA Nationals held independently from the AMA/Chevrolet Motocross Championship (the first being with the Glen Helen Prequel and the other being the $ 10,000 purse race at Cohocton MX). Monster Mountain lived up to every bit of their good reputation as a national-caliber track.
Most of the pro women were fresh from their racing at Loretta Lynn¹s and ready to take battle again. Pro moto one took off promptly at 1:00pm and along with the on sought of rain. The storm moved in quickly and did not relinquish until well after the moto, making for another muddy race (similar to Broome-Tioga and Budds Creek in year¹s past).
Local favorite, Jessica Patterson, riding for Honda of Houston, got the Sick Racing holeshot with Tarah Gieger, Stefy Bau, and Tania Satchwell in quick pursuit. After a few lead changes, the newly crowned Loretta Lynn¹s Champion, Gieger, took the lead for the remaining 20-minute moto and checked out after Patterson went down in a slick off-camber corner. AGPRacing.com/Yamaha¹s Tania Satchwell had been in a solid second place position before casing a slick-faced double and eventually gaining back for a final finish of 6th. Honda backed Stefy Bau finished an impressive second for one of her best finishes of the year. A great battle between Team Green Kawasaki¹s Elizabeth Bash and Suzuki mounted Jessica Gebhardt ensued for several laps. Eventually the hard-charging Patterson moved up through riders. After contact in the corner with Gebhardt that resulted in Gebhardt crashing, Patterson finished in third and while Bash finished in fourth.
Pro Moto two was under sunny skies and better conditions. Patterson again got the holeshot but was not going to surrender the lead for the entire moto. Gieger rode flawless for second and Satchwell finished a solid third. However, the final spot on the podium went to Bash who went 4-4. This was Bash¹s first podium in her short pro racing career. Bash also picked up the Wonder Warthog Racing Most Improved award.
The WMA pro race was thinner than normal with absence of Fox Racing¹s Jessye Davis who bruised her femur the week before the Monster Mountain race and FirePoliceMX.com¹s Jessica Snyder who is recovering from a back injury she got at Loretta Lynn¹s. DGY Sports¹s Philo Petricig, also was forced out of the racing when she crashed during practice on the big down hill dislocating her shoulder.
The WMA race was filmed for a future show on GKA, which airs on Fuel TV (www.fuel.tv), and for an upcoming segment on the Speed Channel¹s Two Wheel Tuesday.
Top 10 Results:
- Tarah Gieger 68 Hon 1-2
- Jessica Patterson 250 Hon 3-1
- Elizabeth Bash 17 Kaw 4-4
- Stefy Bau 211 Hon 2-6
- Tania Satchwell 105 Yam 6-3
- Jessica Gebhardt 16 Suz 5-5
- Jolene Van Vugt 63 Suz 7-8
- Ashley Boham 20 Hon 9-7
- Kaide Garrett 14 Yam 8-9
- Heather Williams 413 Hon 10-DNS
Top 10 Points Standings:
- Jessica Patterson 170
- Tarah Gieger 164
- Tania Satchwell 153
- Stefy Bau 118
- Elizabeth Bash 103
- Kaide Garrett 86
- Sarah Whitmore 84
- Jessye Davis 80
- Shiri Howell 73
- Ashley Boham 65
WMA is sponsored by Honda, KTM, Kawasaki, Scott USA, Dunlop Tires, Alpinestars, Thor Racing, Rite Tie, Sick Racing, Universal, VP Fuels, Racer X Illustrated, Pro Clean 1000, and I Precision.
Visit www.womensmxxassociation.com for more information on the WMA.
Next Round: August 29th Cohocton MX, Cohocton, NY.