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WMA: Steel City season finale summary

Fiolek Grabs Title with Overall Win at AMA/WMA Women's Motocross National at Steel City DELMONT, Pa. (August 31, 2008) -- American Honda/Red Bull/Alpinestars' rookie rider Ashley Fiolek claimed her first career title in the season finale of...

Fiolek Grabs Title with Overall Win at AMA/WMA Women's Motocross National at Steel City

DELMONT, Pa. (August 31, 2008) -- American Honda/Red Bull/Alpinestars' rookie rider Ashley Fiolek claimed her first career title in the season finale of AMA/WMA Women's Motocross National Championship Presented by Kawasaki from Steel City Raceway, earning her fourth win of the season at the T-Mobile Sidekick Final Round, part of the American Motocross Festival.

In the first moto of the weekend, Fiolek sped out of the gates to the Meterman Holeshot Award and held off the advances of American Honda/Honda of Houston/Fox Racing/Bad Boy Energy Drink's Jessica Patterson early on to take the win and seal the championship heading into Saturday's final moto.

Fiolek was the first to the line again in moto two, sweeping the holeshots for the weekend. With the title in hand, she rode conservatively as Patterson and Yamaha, Jayco, Etnies, FMF, Answer Racing's Tarah Gieger battled out front. In her best moto of the season, Gieger raced to the front and grabbed her first and only moto win of the season, helping her to third overall. Patterson's pair of runner-up finishes placed her second overall.

"After winning the moto yesterday, I just didn't want to force the issue today," explained Fiolek, who became the first deaf women's champion. "(I've) learned it takes a lot to be competitive in the WMA and it's been a learning experience all year. I thought there would be good battles, but I didn't (expect) the championship."

Fiolek edged out the five-time champion Patterson by 29 points in the final standings.

-credit: ama

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