This year’s Women’s Motocross Championship title was to be decided at the series finale in which Kawasaki’s Kylie Fasnacht and Marissa Markelon had just two points separating them in the championship standings as they made their way to round eight at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
In the end, it was Team Green Kawasaki’s Kylie Fasnacht dethroning defending champ Markelon, to claim the 2015 Women’s Motocross WMX Championship. However, it would be Kaitlyn Morrow claiming the Ironman victory with a 2-1 moto score. Morrow would finish the season fourth overall in the championship standings.
“It definitely feels good to win the title and get that out of the way, it was pretty tight,” said Fasnacht. “I injured myself about a week and a half before I went into that last round, so I was kind of stressing about it, but I was able to salvage just enough points to get the title. In the first moto, I got an excellent jump off the line but when I went to shift up to third, I accidentally shifted down, so I was at the back of the pack when we got to the first turn. I had to work my way back through the pack and I was able to get back up to fourth.”
Yamaha’s Mackenzie Tricker put in an impressive ride at Ironman earning second overall with a 3-2 moto score. Tricker made some late moto charges through the pack to secure her finishing position. Tricker also holds the third overall position in the 2015 points championship standings.
Jessica Patterson of N-Fab AmPro Yamaha rode what was most likely her last professional Women’s Motocross WMX race at Ironman putting in a solid finish of fifth overall with a 6-5 moto score. Patterson will continue to race in the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship.
Italy’s Kiara Fontanesi, who was giving the US series a go, added a bit of international flare to the event, winning the first moto, but the Yamaha rider suffered mechanical issues on the second moto sight lap. Her team worked furiously to try and revive the bike, but when the gate dropped Fontanesi was unable to rejoin the Women’s Motocross WMX pack. She suffered a DNF in moto 2, but earned a 10th overall with her win in moto 1.
Congratulations to Kylie Fasnacht on winning the 2015 WMX Championship!
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|1||2||Kylie Fasnacht||Port St. Lucie, FL||271|
|2||1||Marissa Markelon||Ansonia, CT||267|
|4||65||Kaitlyn Morrow||The Woodlands, TX||251|
|5||4||Shelby Rolen||Blaine, TN||194|
|6||6||Amanda Brown||Pasadena, MD||176|
|7||5||Amber Felicio||Orangevale, CA||144|
|8||887||Madison Seguin||Norfolk, NY||116|
|9||75||Mikayla Inman||Niles, MI||93|
|10||9||Christel Allen||Hesperia, CA||56|
|*The Top 10 standings are based on championship points eligibility, where the best 6 of 8 rounds are counted.|