Round four of the Women’s Motocross Championship (WMX), took place on May 19 and 20, in conjunction with the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Rancho Cordova, California. At the conclusion of the second moto, Team Green’s Kylie Fasnacht took home the overall after sweeping both moto wins.
The Women’s Professional Motocross Championship (WMX), an AMA National Championship, features the world’s fastest female outdoor motocross racers. The 10-round series begins with the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross at Daytona International Speedway in March and concludes with the Winter Olympics in November. It includes stops at premier motorsport facilities across America, with events in Florida, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey and Maryland. These top female pro racers compete in a two-moto format on machines ranging from 125cc to 250cc.
Once the first gate drop fell, Fasnacht found herself in a favorable position where she grabbed the holeshot and continue to lead every lap until the finish. “I sprinted my first four laps to get as big a lead as possible, but then I started making mistakes, so I backed it down a little,” said Fasnacht.
After Fasnacht slowed her pace to ensure the win, this allowed CycleTrader.com/ Rock River Yamaha’s Marissa Markelon to reel Fasnacht into her sights. However, by the time the checkered flag was thrown Markelon had to settle for second, while Obermeyer Suzuki’s Mackenzie Tricker followed in third.
Kylie Fasnacht earned another overall win at Hangtown, she now leads the WMX series by 24 points.
The second moto saw much of the same view when Fasnacht fought through the field of riders to come out of the first turn in second, behind Tricker who claimed the holeshot. “I spun a little bit out of the gate and I was probably going to come out in around sixth, but I held it on a little bit longer in the first turn and came out in second behind Tricker,” said Fasnacht. “I stayed behind MacKenzie for two laps and then I was able to get the lead, and I just worked on building a lead.”
In the meantime, Markelon and Stone/Fly/Scott/Cycle Shack North Yamaha rider Kaitlyn Morrow found themselves in their own battle for third right behind Fasnacht and Tricker. Both riders would end up going down in separate incidents, allowing Fasnacht to pull away and eventually make the pass on Tricker for the lead. Once she had a safe gap over the field, Fasnacht rode a safe and smart race to the finish.
The 10-round circuit travels across the United States to Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, for round five at High Point Raceway on Sunday, June 19.
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- Kylie Fasnacht (KAW) 1-1
- Mackenzie Tricker (SUZ) 3-2
- Marissa Markelon (YAM) 2-3
- Eve Brodeur (KTM) 5-4
- Amanda Brown (KAW) 7-5
- Mica Diaz (SUZ) 6-8
- Brittany Gagne (YAM) 9-6
- Lauren Woods (HON) 8-7
- Jaden Carlson (HON) 8-7
- Nicole Gaudern (KAW) 11-10
Series Points Standings:
- Kylie Fasnacht (186)
- Marissa Markelon (162)
- Mackenzie Tricker (159)
- Kaitlyn Morrow (130)
- Eve Brodeur (112)
- Amanda Brown (107)
- Brittany Gagne (98)
- Nicole Gaudern (71)
- Lauren Woods (71)
- Jade Carlson (60)
2016 Women’s MX Championship Schedule:
Round 5: June 19, High Point National, Mt. Morris, PA
Round 6: August 28, Ironman National, Crawfordsville, IN
Round 7: September 3, Baja Brawl, Millington, MI
Round 8: October 2, Kawasaki Race Of Champions, Englishtown, NJ
Round 9: October 9, Budds Creek, Mechanicsville, MD
Round 10: November 26, Winter Olympics, Alachua, FL