Fiolek Grabs Title with Overall Win at AMA/WMA Women’s Motocross National at Steel City

American Honda/Red Bull/Alpinestars’ rookie rider Ashley Fiolek claimed her first career title in the season finale of AMA/WMA Women’s Motocross National Championship Presented by Kawasaki from Steel City Raceway, earning her fourth win of the season at the T-Mobile Sidekick Final Round, part of the American Motocross Festival.

In the first moto of the weekend, Fiolek sped out of the gates to the Meterman Holeshot Award and held off the advances of American Honda/Honda of Houston/Fox Racing/Bad Boy Energy Drink’s Jessica Patterson early on to take the win and seal the championship heading into Saturday’s final moto.

Fiolek was the first to the line again in moto two, sweeping the holeshots for the weekend. With the title in hand, she rode conservatively as Patterson and Yamaha, Jayco, Etnies, FMF, Answer Racing’s Tarah Gieger battled out front. In her best moto of the season, Gieger raced to the front and grabbed her first and only moto win of the season, helping her to third overall. Patterson’s pair of runner-up finishes placed her second overall.

“After winning the moto yesterday, I just didn’t want to force the issue today,” explained Fiolek, who became the first deaf women’s champion. “(I’ve) learned it takes a lot to be competitive in the WMA and it’s been a learning experience all year. I thought there would be good battles, but I didn’t (expect) the championship.”

Fiolek edged out the five-time champion Patterson by 29 points in the final standings.

AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship Presented by Kawasaki

Steel City Raceway – Delmont , Pa.

August 29-30, 2008

Round 6 of 6

AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship (Moto Finish)

Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine , Fla. , Honda, 1-3

Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee , Fla. , Honda, 2-2

Tarah Gieger, Vero Beach , Fla. , Yamaha, 4-1

Sherri Cruse, Bakersfield , Calif. , Suzuki, 3-4

Mariana Balbi, Brazil , Kawasaki , 6-5

Kirsten Raemisch, Madison , Wis. , 7-6

Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan , Mich. , Suzuki, 8-7

Elizabeth Bash, Riverside , Calif. , Kawasaki , 9-8

Kimberly Kocher, Paris , Ohio , KTM, 12-9

April Zastrow, Kuna , Idaho , Honda, 11-12

AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship Points

Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine , Fla. , Honda, 276

Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee , Fla. , Honda, 247

Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan , Mich. , Suzuki, 200

Tarah Gieger, Vero Beach , Calif. , Yamaha, 198

Sherri Cruse, Bakersfield , Calif. , Suzuki, 198

Mariana Balbi, Brazil , Kawasaki , 165

Elizabeth Bash, Riverside , Calif. , Kawasaki , 138

Tatum Sik, Murrieta , Calif. , Kawasaki , 126

Ayla Cabus, Riverside , Calif. , Yamaha, 115

Alisa Nix, Ukiah , Calif. , Yamaha, 105

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