Courtesy of Red Bull USA
by Ryan Cooley/MCG
A true icon in American Motocross, the RedBud National in Buchanan, Michigan has hosted Fourth of July weekend for as long as most can remember, and is no doubt among the most celebrated events on the 12-race schedule (8 for the WMX series) by riders and fans alike.
True to form, the Michigan motocross faithful came out in droves to cheer on their heroes on Saturday afternoon despite grueling temperatures in the high 90s and high humidity, and Red Bull’s own Ashley Fiolek gave them all a show. She dominated the day from start to finish with impressive 1-1 moto scores to take her second overall win of the series.
In the 450 class, Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi put a mediocre first moto behind him to battle back for a solid fourth in moto two, securing a confidence-inspiring fifth overall when the final results were tallied.
Read on for more details from round number six at the famed RedBud National…
The Perfect Day
In the midst of a tight championship battle, nothing feels finer than a dominant performance in some of the most challenging conditions of the series, and that’s exactly what Ashley Fiolek served up on her factory Honda at RedBud on Saturday.
Though loved by the majority of the riders on tour, the RedBud circuit can be brutal and unforgiving thanks to rutted, choppy terrain and hot and humid conditions, but Fiolek triumphed and proved once again why she is one of the top female MXers in the world by dominating the WMX action.
Starting with practice, Fiolek laid down the quickest laps in both timed qualifying sessions, and then went on to holeshot and lead every lap of both motos to take the overall win in convincing fashion, extending her championship points lead to eight over series rival Jessica Patterson (RedBud’s second-place finisher).
Behind Fiolek and Patterson, TLD/Red Bull/Honda’s Tarah Gieger battled to impressive 3-3 moto scores to finish the day in third overall.
REDBUD WMX OVERALL RESULTS
1. Ashley Fiolek (1-1)
2. Jessica Patterson (2-2)
3. Tarah Gieger (3-3)
4. Vicki Golden (4-4)
5. Sayaka Kaneshiro (6-6)
6. Jacqueline Strong (5-7)
7. Marissa Markelon (9-5)
8. Kasie Creson (8-8)
9. Lindsey Palmer (7-10)
10. Jackie Ives (10-11)