Patterson Takes Over WMA Points Lead at Hangtown - News - Dirt Rider Magazine

Patterson Takes Over WMA Points Lead at HangtownRound two of the 2005 AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship was held this past weekend at the Hangtown MX National, on Saturday, May 21st. Moto XXX Honda's Jessica Patterson took over the championship points lead with a 1-1 finish. The WMA also confirmed that highlights of the WMA Pro races are to be included in the 125cc Motocross that air on OLN this summer.Patterson came into Round 2 of the AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship with a 12-point deficit to Yamaha's Tarah Gieger, but took over the points lead with her 1-1 finish. Moto one took off on schedule Saturday at 3:30pm. The gate dropped just as the 30-second board began turning, catching racers off-guard resulting in some controversy. Rookie pro Alisa Nix (Yam # 87) grabbed the Sick Racing holeshot and had the local crowd cheering. French rider Livia Lancelot (Yam # 19) was in hot pursuit of Nix, with MDK's Sheena Patterson (Hon #6), MXGirls' Aubriana Dunn (Yam # 120), Jessica Patterson, Team Green's Alex Haupt, Bluestarrmx's Sarah Whitmore and Stefy Bau in tow. Gieger went down in the first corner, got up quickly and began picking off riders. By lap two, Lancelot was in the lead being chased down by Patterson and Whitmore. The three put on an amazing race for several laps with Patterson and Whitmore changing places a few times, before Whitmore crashed and Patterson took the lead from Lancelot. In lap four, Bau seized her motor and was unable to finish the race. Patterson finished first, Lancelot second, and Whitmore third.Moto 2 was the last race of the day on a rough track following the men's qualifiers. Patterson got the holeshot and led the entire race with Whitmore, Dunn, Sherri Cruse (KTM # 774), Elizabeth Bash, Gieger, and Excel Yamaha's Tania Satchwell behind her. Whitmore was unable to jump the big step up double losing time to Patterson, finishing a solid second place. Unfortunately, Dunn crashed hard on the downhill double, chipping a tooth and getting a concussion. Satchwell moved up from ninth place finishing third.WMA Pro Top 10 Results:
1. Jessica Patterson Hon 1 1
2. Sarah Whitmore Yam 3 - 2
3. Livia Lancelot Yam 2 - 6
4. Tarah Gieger Yam 6 - 5
5. Alisa Nix Yam 5 - 9
6. Elizabeth Bash Kaw 9 - 7
7. Jessica Gebhardt Kaw 14 - 4
8. Kirsten Raemisch Kaw 13 - 8
9. Alex Haupt Kaw 4 - 17
10. Alison Jones Hon 12 - 10WMA Pro Top 10 Points Standings:
1. Jessica Patterson 88
2. Sarah Whitmore 82
3. Tarah Geiger 81
4. Livia Lancelot 60
5. Alisa Nix 58
6. Jessica Gebhardt 52
7. Elizabeth Bash 48
8. Alison Jones 41
9. Kirsten Raemisch 40
10.Alex Haupt 40The WMA also confirmed at the race that highlights of the WMA pro racing atHangtown will be included in the 125cc AMA Motocross show to air on OLN nextThursday, June 2, 2005. Additionally, highlights from all the AMA/WMANational Motocross Championship races will be included in select 125cc AMAMotocross shows.The WMA also promoted women's amateur racing on Saturday. AMA Youth Rider ofthe Year, Ashley Fiolek, took top honors in the Women's B class with12-year-old Jacqueline Strong in second and Tatum Sik in third. In thewomen's C, Natalie Eichner of Hawaii took first, Jolita Nava 2nd, and HaileyLarson 3rd. On Sunday, the WMA Pro trophy presentation took place duringintermission of the AMA Pro motocross event and many of the top WMA racerssigned autographs and copies of the WMA Racing Guide (produced by Racer XMagazine) in vendor's row earlier that day.The WMA is sponsored by Hitachi, Z1R Helmets, Honda, Kawasaki, Scott USA,Sick Racing, Alpinestars, VP Fuels, Thor MX, Scott USA, Engine Ice, ProClean, Mirage Trailers, Ready Filter, Northwest Motorsports, I PrecisionGraphic Imaging, and Champion Wheel.For full results go to www.womensmxassociation.comNext Round: July 23, 2005 at the Thunder Valley MX National, Lakewood, CO.

Rookie rider Alisa Nix (87) gets the holeshot in Moto 1 of the WMA Hangtown National.