2011 AMA WMX Thunder Valley Preview

June 23, 2011
By Motorcycle-USA Staff

Ashley Fiolek recieves the motorcycle superstore holeshot award.
Ashley Fiolek (top) took over the points lead in Texas. Will she maintain it and hold off Patterson (bottom) at Thunder Valley?
Jessica Patterson recieves the Motorcycle Superstore holeshot award.

Pure domination would be the best way to describe Jessica Patterson’s overall win at the first round of the AMA Motorcycle-Superstore.com Women’s Motocross Championship at the Hangtown track in Sacramento. Jessica rocketed to two separate holeshots and two moto wins – collecting $500 in Motorcycle-Superstore.com bonuses along the way. 2009 WMX champion, Ashley Fiolek finished a solid second in front of the Honda-mounted Tarah Geiger, but obviously could not run the blazing pace Patterson was setting.

Round Two at Freestone, Texas, was a different story and a reversal of fortunes as Ashley Fiolek grabbed both Motorcycle-Superstore.com holeshots and the first moto victory – and most importantly, the lead in the series. A combination of bad starts and soil sampling by Patterson netted her a 13th place finish in the first moto. She backed that up with a solid return to the top of the podium in Moto Two. Tarah Gieger ended the day with another pair of third place finishes – which was enough for second overall on the day. Maria Balbi took advantage of Patterson’s first moto crash by finishing second behind Fiolek. She finished a solid 4th in the second moto, which gave her third overall for the day.

This weekend the series moves to the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado. Fans can expect Fiolek and Patterson to go at it tooth and nail. Ashley currently holds an eight-point lead over Patterson but they are both tied in Motorcycle-Superstore.com holeshot awards with $500 each.

2011 Women’s Motocross Standings
Championship Point Standings