WMA Releases Pro Start List For Round One

Bend, OR (May 10, 2006) The 2006 Hitachi AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship presented by Hitachi kicks off this Saturday, May 13th, at the Glen Helen Raceway’s “Prequel” event, San Bernardino, CA and the WMA Pro starting grid is set to be the most competitive in women’s pro national motocross history.

The defending WMA Pro Champion, Jessica Patterson (Honda of Houston/Moto XXX), will have her hands full with this season’s field of racers as she shoots for her 3rd WMA Pro Championship. Sarah Whitmore (Richardson’s RV/Yamaha #4) is hungry to win the championship having been runner-up in 2005 and 2003. Whitmore has been in California most of the winter preparing for the outdoor nationals and has made the switch from 125cc to 250F. Tania Satchwell (Team Green Kawasaki #105) also relocated to California to get more track time in before the WMA Nationals. Satchwell has proven that she is capable of winning, having won the championship in 2001 and that she is a fierce competitor finishing numerous times on the podium these past few years. More “seat” time may just be what Satchwell has needed to win another championship. Tarah Gieger (Richardson’s RV/Yamaha #68) was having a great season in 2005 before getting injured at Washougal, she is healed up and ready to contend the championship.

Up-and-comer Alisa Nix (Yamaha # 2), will be one to watch. She won the Women’s “A” class at Lake Whitney and Oak Hill in March of 2006, and at only 16 years-old she has a great future in WMA pro racing. Leah Cantrell (VFM Racing Team/Suzuki #322), from Marietta, GA will be racing the WMA Championship for the first time. Cantrell finished 2nd at Loretta Lynn’s in 2005 behind Whitmore and is definite threat. Sherri Cruse (Zip Ty Racing/Yamaha #11) 17, from Bakersfield, CA has been dominating the WORCS races gearing up for the WMA Nationals and Elizabeth Bash (Team Green Kawasaki #33) 19, has been gaining momentum the past few seasons, they both could be title challengers.

The Championship upset could come from Team Green Kawasaki’s Katherine Prumm, 17 years-old, Auckland, New Zealand. Prumm is fresh off of a FIM Women’s World Cup win in Teutschenthal, Germany. She finished in front of French rider Livia Lancelot and Germany’s Steffi Laier. She will race the first two rounds of the Hitachi AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship presented by Kawasaki.

There is plenty of new talent to the field including rookies Vanessa Florentino (Bluestarrmx/Honda #75), 18, from New Mexico; Jacqueline Ross (American Honda #34)19, from Palm Beach, FL; Katie McGuire (Kawasaki #98), 16, from Lancaster, CA; Michele Collins (Kawasaki #249), Stephanie Cancilla (Honda #96) 18, from San Jose, CA; Lindsey Scheltema (Kawasaki #130) 17, from Byron Center, MI; Lucy Freer (Yamaha # 154) 20, from Eldorado Hills, CA; and Chris Blewett (Suzuki #302) 21, from Oklahoma City, OK.

Although she will not be contending the title in 2006, Jacki Short WMA Pro # 7, will race the opening round of the WMA Championship at Glen Helen, on a Honda (of course), to retain her WMA Pro number.

The complete WMA pre-entry list is brought to you by WMA sponsors: Sick Racing, Z1R Helmets, Honda, Scott USA, VP Fuels, Dunlop, Alpinestars, Thor, Northgate Auto and Pro Clean.

1

Jessica Patterson

Hon

2

Alisa Nix

Yam

4

Sarah Whitmore

Yam

7

Jacki Short

Hon

11

Sherri Cruse

Yam

12

Ashley Boham

Hon

13

Alison Jones

Hon

14

Kaide Garrett

Yam

22

Kelly Spring

Yam

23

Bonnie Warch

Yam

25

Penni Cyrus

Kaw

33

Elizabeth Bash

Kaw

34

Jacqueline Ross

Hon

37

Tanya Elbers

Suz

63

Jolene Van Vugt

Suz

68

Tarah Gieger

Yam

75

Vanessa Florentino

Hon

88

April Zastrow

Hon

96

Stephanie Cancilla

Hon

98

Katie Mcguire

Kaw

105

Tania Satchwell

Kaw

120

Aubriana Dunn

Hon

130

Lindsey Scheltema

Kaw

154

Lucy Freer

Yam

245

Jessye Davis

Hon

249

Michele Collins

Kaw

293

Josephine Adlam

Yam

302

Chris Blewett

Suz

322

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Yam

75

Vanessa Florentino

Hon

88

April Zastrow

Hon

96

Stephanie Cancilla

Hon

98

Katie Mcguire

Kaw

105

Tania Satchwell

Kaw

120

Aubriana Dunn

Hon

130

Lindsey Scheltema

Kaw

154

Lucy Freer

Yam

245

Jessye Davis

Hon

249

Michele Collins

Kaw

293

Josephine Adlam

Yam

302

Chris Blewett

Suz

322

Leah Cantrell

Suz

552

Normajean Jean

KTM

649

Katherine Prumm

Kaw

723

Christian Yellow Kidney

Yam

965

Mariana Balbi

Hon

Check the WMA website for race results Saturday evening womensmxassociation.com or wmaracing.com.

About the WMA

Women’s Motocross Association, Inc. (WMA) is an Oregon based company dedicated to the promotion and development of women’s motocross with an emphasis on the promotion of women’s professional motocross and creating opportunities for women professional racers. The WMA organizes and promotes the AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship which determines the Women’s AMA Pro Champion, and the WMA Cup ¿ the largest women’s motocross event in history. In addition the WMA works with the media to create greater exposure for women’s motocross. All WMA events are AMA Sanctioned.

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Suz

552

Normajean Jean

KTM

649

Katherine Prumm

Kaw

723

Christian Yellow Kidney

Yam

965

Mariana Balbi

Hon

Check the WMA website for race results Saturday evening womensmxassociation.com or wmaracing.com.

About the WMA

Women’s Motocross Association, Inc. (WMA) is an Oregon based companny dedicated to the promotion and development of women’s motocross with an emphasis on the promotion of women’s professional motocross and creating opportunities for women professional racers. The WMA organizes and promotes the AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship which determines the Women’s AMA Pro Champion, and the WMA Cup ¿ the largest women’s motocross event in history. In addition the WMA works with the media to create greater exposure for women’s motocross. All WMA events are AMA Sanctioned.