Fiolek Goes 2-6 for a 3rd Overall at Thunder Valley
WMX MOTO 1
+ The women of the WMX series kicked off the racing program at Thunder Valley 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 lap one by series rival Jessica Patterson, Fiolek wasn’t giving up easy, applying pressure to Patterson from the get-go.
+ Fiolek and Patterson opened up a huge lead on the rest of their competition while they waged war on one another. Fiolek’s Red Bull teammate Tarah Gieger quietly held down the third and final podium spot behind the gals.
WMX MOTO 1 RESULTS
1. Jessica Patterson, 2. Ashley Fiolek 3. Tarah Gieger 4. Jacqueline Strong 5. Sara Pettersson
WMX MOTO 2
+ Just as she did in the first moto, Ashley Fiolek rocketed her works Honda CRF250R to the top of the Thunder Valley start hill in the number-one position.
+ Instead of series rival Patterson applying pressure from the start, this time around it was Tarah Gieger who was in second and pressuring Fiolek on the extremely rough track.
+ Just when it looked like Fiolek might run away with a fairly easy moto victory, Ashley went down hard and rejoined the race outside of the top-10.
+ Meanwhile, TLD Honda Red Bull’s Gieger inherited the lead, and did her best to fend off charges from Patterson.
+ Midway through the race, on lap four, Patterson made her move and took the lead from Gieger.
+ Tarah held on for second place and second overall at the finish line, while Fiolek worked her way through as much of the pack as possible to finish sixth in the moto, and third on the day.
WMX MOTO 2 RESULTS
1. Jessica Patterson 2. Tarah Gieger 3. Sayaka Kaneshiro 4. Mariana Balbi 5. Jacqueline Strong 6. Ashley Fiolek
WMX OVERALL RESULTS
1. Jessica Patterson, , 2. Tarah Gieger, 3. Ashley Fiolek, 4. Sayaka Kaneshiro, 5. Jacqueline Strong