New Record for Women’s Participation
(November 10, 2003) Bend, OR — The Women’s Motocross League (WML) is anticipating some of the greatest women’s racing to date at the upcoming Altex Computers/WML Cup, scheduled for Nov. 28 ¿ 30, at Cycle Ranch MX Park, in Floresville, Texas. The race will pay out $20,000 in cash, making it the “Richest Women’s Motocross Race in History”. In addition, the WML is set to establish a new record for women’s participation.
The stakes are high for the Altex Computers/WML Cup and not only because of the pay out amount. This race also represents the year’s last chance for the racers to establish themselves as an 04′ series contender. With the AMA/WML Altex Computers Motocross Championship Series points wrapped up for the season, the pro racers have an “all or nothing” approach for this upcoming race.
Undefeated WML Pro Champion, Steffi Laier, from Delheim, Germany is set to return to the States to continue her winning streak. Additionally, WML Pro runner-up and 2003 Loretta Lynn Champion, Sarah Whitmore of Cheboygan, Michigan, has been training hard and is ready to confirm herself as a threat. Jessica Patterson of Tallahassee, Florida, the 2000 WML Pro Champion, has her sights set for the top podium position as well. Patterson will be riding a KTM as she just made the move from Team Green Kawasaki. The new ride may give her the added edge to beat Laier, who is now her teammate. Both Whitmore and Patterson look to end Laier’s dominance and set the stage for WML Pro Racing in 2004.
The rest of the WML Pro line up is equally impressive, with all the top racers participating in the race: Sweden’s Elin Mann, a top five WML rider in the past; local Texan Dee Woods, who was the 1998 WML Champion; and third place WML Amateur Series finisher, Tanya Elbers of Bishop, CA, who will be turning pro at the Texas race.
In addition to notable Pro turn out, the women’s amateur classes are filling up. Over 130 entries are already in for the race¿a new record for women’s participation at a motocross race.
“GKA” will be filming a segment that will include coverage of the race¿and the preparation week preceding the race itself¿for a future broadcast on Fuel TV.
The WML is sponsored by Altex Computers, Honda Rider’s Club, Scott USA, Dunlop Tires, Alpinestars, Thor Racing, Racer X Illustrated, Sick Racing, Throttle Jockey, I Precision and OP Girls Learn to Ride. In addition Top 3 Bonus Awards are provided by Scott USA, Race Tech, Universal, Sunstar, Rite Tie and Pro Clean.