Red Bull Honda’s Ashley Fiolek finally got her 2010 AMA WMX season on track in Buchanan, Michigan, over the July 4th weekend. E3 Motorcycle Spark Plugs fans cheered as the defending WMX National Champion and current series points leader Jessica Patterson battled for the lead in Moto One at the popular Red Bud MX National. DNA Shred Stix Yamaha’s Patterson tangled with a back marker late in the race giving Fiolek the cushion needed to take the win. Troy Lee Designs/Honda rider Tarah Geiger led Yamaha’s Vicki Golden to the line finishing third and fourth, respectively.
St. Augustine, FL native Fiolek gave notice to the talented WMX field in Moto Two when she grabbed the holeshot for Moto Two. Patterson wasted no time putting pressure on Fiolek early in the second race and last weekend’s podium finisher Sara Price moved her Monster Energy Drink Kawasaki into third. As the deep-rutted Red Bud MX track was taking its toll on the talented field, Patterson and Fiolek gapped the field leaving the pair to fight it out for the moto win. TLD/Honda-powered Geiger picked up her pace and moved past Price for third place on the rough Michigan motocross track.
With nothing but first place overall wins in 2010, Yamaha’s Patterson fought to keep her winning streak alive with a late moto charge on the rear wheel of Fiolek. But, the Red Bull Honda rider would show the same determination that landed her the Number One plate in ’09 and kept Patterson behind her all the way to the checkers. Geiger brought her Honda home in third place ahead of Price and Yamaha rider Mariana Balbi who posted 5-5 finishes for fifth overall on the day. The victory moved Fiolek to 20 points behind Patterson for the series championship followed by Geiger, Golden and Price.
WMX riders have two weeks off before teams travel to Millville, Minnesota, for the July 17th showdown at the Spring Creek Motocross track. This will be Round 6 for the lady motocrossers with only three races remaining to crown the 2010 WMX National Champion. Follow all the action to the final round at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, PA, by checking WMX race results at the E3 Spark Plugs news blog and remember to install E3 Car Spark Plugs in your favorite vehicle. Our patented DiamondFire technology delivers Energy, Efficiency and Ecology to any engine including your lawn & garden equipment.
2010 AMA WMX Motocross Pro Championship
AMA WMX – Red Bud National (Round 5)
1. Ashley Fiolek, Honda (1-1)
2. Jessica Patterson, Yamaha (2-2)
3. Tarah Geiger, Honda (3-3)
4. Sara Price, Kawasaki (7-4)
5. Mariana Balbi, Yamaha (5-5)
6. Sarah Whitmore, KTM (6-6)
7. Tatum Sik, Yamaha (9-7)
8. Alexah Pearson, Yamaha (8-8)
9. Vicki Golden, Yamaha (4-15)
10. Erica Cook, Yamaha (10-9)
AMA WMX National Championship Series
1. Jessica Patterson, Yamaha 194
2. Ashley Fiolek, Honda -20
3. Tarah Geiger, Honda -45
4. Vicki Golden, Yamaha -73
5. Sara Price, Kawasaki -74
6. Mariana Balbi, Yamaha -84
7. Sarah Whitmore, KTM -92
8. Alexah Pearson, Yamaha -98
9. Tatum Sik, Yamaha -100
10. Erica Cook, Yamaha -110