Fiolek 1-5 in Season Opener
WMX MOTO 1
+ The women of the WMX series kicked off the racing program at Hangtown at just after 12:15pm local time, and it was reigning National Champion Ashley Fiolek aboard her Red Bull-backed factory Honda who grabbed the holeshot and early lead.
+ Though passed early on by series rival Jessica Patterson, Fiolek came back strong to regain the lead, and eventually began extending a comfortable gap back to Patterson in second.
+ After setting the quickest lap time during the morning practice sessions, TLD Honda Red Bull’s Tarah Gieger put in a solid third-place effort in WMX Moto 1 to finish just behind Fiolek and Patterson.
WMX MOTO 1 RESULTS
1. Ashley Fiolek 2. Jessica Patterson 3. Tarah Gieger 4. Jacqueline Strong 5. Kasie Creson
WMX MOTO 2
+ A carbon copy of Moto 1, the second and final WMX race of the day started with another Fiolek holeshot, with Patterson close behind in second.
+ Midway through lap number one, Patterson put an inside move on Fiolek down one of Hangtown’s rough downhills to steal the lead.
+ On lap two, Fiolek went down while trying to avoid a lapped rider, and unfortunately dropped four positions back to sixth before remounting.
+ With Patterson holding down the lead, TLD Honda Red Bull’s Gieger moved her way into third behind Meghan Rutledge on lap three.
+ Just seconds later, Patterson went down while out front all alone, allowing Rutledge and Gieger to sneak by for first and second, respectively.
+ As the track continued getting rougher, Gieger made a few mistakes that allowed Patterson to get back by late in the moto, but held strong to finish the day comfortably in third.
+ Unable reel the top-three back in after recovering from her earlier crash, Fiolek piloted her Red Bull-backed Honda in for a respectable fifth-place finish when all was said and done.
+ Up front, Australia’s Rutledge crossed the checkers to take her first-ever WMX win, with Patterson close behind in second.
+ Patterson’s 2-2 moto finishes were good for first overall on the day, with Fiolek taking the second spot with her 1-5, and Gieger third after a solid 3-3 effort.
WMX MOTO 2 RESULTS
1. Meghan Rutledge 2. Jessica Patterson 3. Tara Geiger 4. Sayaka Kaneshiro 5. Ashley Fiolek
WMX OVERALL RESULTS
1. Jessica Patterson 2. Ashley Fiolek 3. Tarah Gieger 4. Meghan Rutledge 5. Sayaka Kaneshiro