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Vicki Golden Pala WMX Report

Friday, September 16, 2011
Vicki Golden finished fifth overall in the 2011 WMX Championship after a rocky start.
Vicki Golden finished fifth overall in the 2011 WMX Championship after a rocky start to the season.
I finished out the MotorcycleSuperstore.com Women¹s Motocross Nationals this weekend at Pala Raceway with 4-4 moto scores and rounded out the Nationals fifth overall in points.

Season Recap

My season started off rough due to an ankle injury I sustained racing during the second moto at Hangtown (Round 1). Fortunately, as my ankle got better so did my results, which were just a bit inconsistent. I would have a really good moto and then a really bad one. Right before Thunder Valley (Round 3) I started training with Sean Hamblin and that made a big difference in my riding. We also made some improvements to the bike during the break and my ankle was nearly healed up. I earned third place in Moto 1 at Lakewood, but unfortunately in Moto 2, while I was in position for a podium, I made a mistake on the last lap - it put me way back for the overall result.

At Red Bud (Round 4) and Millville (Round 5) I rode consistently for fourth in both rounds, and I gained some valuable championship points. After Millville I switched to Supercross to train for X Games. Kawasaki was nice enough to prep their test track and give Livia Lancelot, Sara Price, and myself the opportunity to practice on it as much as we liked. Dunlop came out to the practice track and helped with tire selection. X Games obviously went perfect. I won my heat
Vicki Golden  #4  had a solid start in the first moto and made a pass on Tarah Gieger on the final lap for a podium finish.
After training with Sean Hamblin, Golden landed a podium finish at Thunder Valley in the first moto.
race and the Gold in the main event. I was really happy to finally be able to show what I can do and represent my sponsors the way that they deserve.

After a few weeks break it was back to the outdoor series. We returned to a mud race at Southwick and it definitely didn¹t go how I wanted. I ended up crashing and just struggling in both motos. It was especially disappointing for me in Moto 2 because I was running in second. The following weekend at Steel City (Round 7) I continued to struggle. I felt like I had lost my rhythm. My results were better than the previous round. I went 6-5, but it just wasn’t what I was capable of.

Finally, coming back home to race the last National at my local track was great. I felt a lot more comfortable and went 4 - 4 just behind Fiolek, Gieger, and Patterson. I ended up fifth for the year. It¹s not what I wanted, but considering all the struggles I am happy to be able to salvage WMX National #5.

It is amazing how many people it takes to go race the Nationals. I want to thank everyone for their support, for the occasional express product need and for all the positive words of encouragement.

My 2011 Team Sponsors: 
MotoUSA.com
Langston Motorsports
Kawasaki
Parts Unlimited Thor MX
MBM
FMF
MotoUSA sponsored Vicki Golden won her first X Games gold medal in Womens Moto X.
One of the highlights for Golden was winning the X Games 17 Women's Moto X competition ahead of Tarah Geiger.

Dunlop Tires
HRT
Spy
NTS-inc
Dirt Freak
Zeta
DRC Hardware
Alpinestars
Resner Builders and Hardware
SPY Optic
Maxima
MotoTassinari
Factory Connection
Vortex
RK Chains
Excel Rims
Hinson
One Industries
LightSpeed
Applied Racing
K&N Filters
DVS
Viper Tool Box

Special Thanks To: 

Suzuki City for transporting my bike to the races.

Friends and Family, my trainer Rob of X Factor, Riding Coach Sean Hamblin, my woman friend Tania Satchwell, my agent Miki Keller, my mechanic¹s Charles Marchant (congrats on your new job), Chad Goodwin (see you at Arenacross) and Andrew Bauer (for making my last race go so smoothly).

Now it¹s off to Arenacross training!

Sincerely,
Vicki Golden
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