Steffi Laier Continues Her Winning Streak at Washougal

Round 3 AMA/WML Altex Computers Motocross Championship Series
Washougal MX – Washougal, WA

Saturday, July 26, Moto One:

Germany’s Steffi Laier stole the holeshot, and then collided with Michigan’s Sarah Whitmore (Yam) after rounding turn one. The collision left Whitmore on the ground, remounting in last place and Laier with a clear track ahead of her KTM. Jessica Patterson (Kaw) and Tania Satchwell (Yam) were on Laier’s rear fender in hot pursuit with impressive starts as well. Laier extended her lead to four seconds over Patterson by lap three, while Sheena Patterson (Suz), Stefy Bau (Hon), and Tarah Geiger (Hon) had their own battle raging for fourth position. Whitmore began her charge towards the front after her first lap incident moving from twenty second to eighth position by lap five.

The front three of Laier, Patterson, and Satchwell held their positions through the middle laps, with Geiger now pressuring Bau for fourth position.


By lap eight Laier enjoyed a twelve second lead over Patterson, with Geiger finally motoring around Bau for fourth. Whitmore had now moved into sixth position with her sights set on Bau on Geiger. After passing Bau on lap nine, Whitmore pushed hard on the white flag lap to get around the stubborn Geiger, but was unable to. She ended her day in fifth position after charging from last. Laier took the checkers, with second place Patterson and third place Satchwell.


Sunday, July 27, Moto Two:

Nearly 23,000 spectators lined the fences for moto two, run on Sunday in conjunction with the AMA/Chevy Trucks US Motocross Championship. Rounding turn one, Jessica Patterson took the holeshot followed closely by Whitmore, Laier and Marisa Hampshire (KAW). At the completion of lap one Laier had once again taken control of the lead position, with Whitmore passing Patterson for second. Laier continued to stretch her lead during the middle laps, while Hampshire, Sheena Patterson (SUZ), Ashley Boham (HON), and Bau fought hard for positions four through seven. Bau eventually faded back to finish seventh, suffering from a malfunctioning rear shock, while Hampshire held her ground during the final laps for a solid fourth place moto finish.


At the checkers Laier crossed the finish line nearly eight seconds ahead of Whitmore with Jessica Patterson making her second trip to the podium of the weekend in third place. Laier’s third straight overall win of 2003 kept her firmly in the season points lead with three rounds remaining.


WML Pro Top 10 Results:

  1. Steffi Laier KTM GER 1-1
  2. Jessica Patterson KAW FL 2-3
  3. Sarah Whitmore YAM CO 5-2
  4. Tania Satchwell YAM CO 3-6
  5. Sheena Patterson SUZ CA 7-5
  6. Stefy Bau HON FL 6-7
  7. Marisa Hampshire KAW FL 10-4
  8. Tarah Geiger HON PR 4-10
  9. Jessye Davis YAM MD 9-9
  10. Alex Haupt KAW GER 8-12

WML Pro Top 10 Points Standings

  1. Steffi Laier 150
  2. Sarah Whitmore 119
  3. Stefy Bau 96
  4. Alex Haupt 92
  5. Marisa Hampshire 86
  6. Jessica Patterson 79
  7. Tania Satchwell 78
  8. Sheena Patterson 70
  9. Tarrah Gieger 67
  10. Jacki Hudson 61

In addition to impressive WML Pro racing, the WML Amateur and Mini classes had a record-breaking turn out with 68 sign-ups (making a total of 92 females signed up to race on Saturday). Shiri Howell of Spokane, WA had a flawless race day with 4 motos wins (she raced both Amateur and Mini) and Jennifer Jones of Gridley, CA won the second Division of Amateurs.

Highlights of WML Pro racing will be included in the AMA 125cc Motocross show scheduled to air on espn 2 August 2, 12:00pm Eastern.

The WML’s next evvent will be held at Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville, MN August 16-17.

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