After coming off of a strong and much-needed win at the RedBud National over Fourth of July weekend, Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ashley Fiolek was looking to repeat at round number five of the 2010 WMX series in Millville, Minnesota on Saturday. Unfortunately, a first moto crash would put an early end to her campaign for the overall at Spring Creek MX, but Fiolek would still throw down a gritty performance en route to second overall honors.
In moto one, Fiolek grabbed the holeshot as the pack rocketed down the start straight with Red Bull-backed TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Tarah Gieger rounding out the top-three to conclude lap one. In usual fashion, Fiolek and series points leader Jessica Patterson battled hard in the early going, trading the lead back and forth on several occasions.
Unfortunately for Fiolek, a slight bobble led to a tumble in the Millville soil while leading late in the moto, but she was able to remount and limp in for third place before all was said and done. Patterson inherited the win after the Fiolek crash, and Gieger cruised across the stripe for second in the moto.
Light rain would fall before the gates dropped for WMX moto two, but the Millville faithful hung tough to watch a drag race into the first turn between Fiolek and Patterson. Ashley narrowly snatched the holeshot, but Patterson snuck by during the exit of turn one to take over the lead.
On lap number two, Fiolek took advantage of a Patterson crash to regain the top spot, and she went on to check out for an impressive 22-second win by the wave of the checkers.
Able to remount and charge her way back up to second, Patterson hung on for the overall win with 1-2 moto scores. Ashley’s gutsy 3-1 performance resulted in second overall honors for the event.
Gieger was taken down after tangling with another rider early in the second moto, but she remounted to charge back up for fourth, earning third overall for the day.
The WMX series now takes a lengthy five-week break before returning for the Moto-X 338 National in Southwick, Massachusetts on August 28th.