Ashley Fiolek and Tarah Gieger finish 2-3 on the Moto-X 338 track in Southwick, Massachusetts.
After a five-week hiatus from racing, the women of the Moto USA WMX Championship took to the notoriously rough and demanding track of Moto-X 338 in Southwick, MA. With only 22 points separating Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ashley Fiolek from series leader Jessica Patterson, it was set to be an epic day of racing in the sand.
Moto one saw Fiolek grab a commanding holeshot over the field, with Red Bull teammate Tarah Gieger in tow. An aggressive Gieger gave chase to the number-one factory Honda of Fiolek’s, but an unfortunate bobble sent Tarah tumbling to the sand. Fiolek eventually cruised to the win, leading wire-to-wire for a first in the moto with Geiger in third.
Into the first turn for moto two, and Fiolek found herself back near the front, battling it out with point leader Patterson for the first spot. A mere two seconds separated the two for much of the moto, as Fiolek attempted to reel in Patterson for those much-needed championship points.
Meanwhile, Gieger fended off the rest of the women to match her moto one score of third, leaving the Red Bull duo of Fiolek and Gieger to finish strong for the day in second and third overall, respectively.
With only two rounds remaining in the series, the championship could go down to the last moto at Pala Raceway on September 11th in San Diego, CA. Stay tuned to catch all the racing action in the final weeks!