Barcia, Fiolek victorious in other Washougal races
Barcia wins 250 class, while Fiolek is tops among women
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Washougal MX National 2012
Images from Saturday's Washougal MX National
WASHOUGAL — Now this is racing.
The 450 class in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is pretty much a one-man show these days, with Ryan Dungey winning the past six overalls.
Want competition? Go watch the 250 class.
Justin Barcia made a late pass to win the first moto, then came in second place in the second moto for the overall title Saturday at the 32nd Washougal MX National.
Eli Tomac finished second and third for a second-place overall, while Blake Baggett shook off a sixth-place finish in the first moto to win the second moto, claiming third place overall.
Eight rounds into the 12-round series, Baggett has an 11-point lead over Barcia in the season points race. Barcia picked up his second overall of the season. Baggett and Tomac each have three overalls.
"It was awesome. I had to ride really hard," Barcia said of that first moto. "I was behind (Marvin Musquin) and I got sick of the 'roost.' "
The roost is the term for the dirt that kicks up from the back tire of a lead bike to the trailing rider. Even with safety gear, it is not pleasant to get smacked in the facemask all moto.
So Barcia took over the lead, felt better about his position, and remained in first for the remainder of the moto.
He had the lead for most of the second moto, too, before Baggett made the pass on lap 14 of what would be 16. Barcia had one more shot to return the favor, but he went into a turn too hard and lost valuable time. Baggett cruised to the victory from there.
Still, a 1-2 finish is better than a 6-1, giving Barcia, riding for Honda, a surprise win in the Northwest.
"I don't want to say I was nervous but I definitely wasn't comfortable," Barcia said, noting he has never fared well in Washougal. "After today I'm happy. We've come a long way with our bike set-up."
Baggett, who rides for Kawasaki, had a logical explanation for his sixth-place finish in the first moto.
"I tried to go faster than I was able to go," he said with a smile, detailing his crash that left him too far behind to catch up to the leaders.
"I went back and regrouped (for the second moto)."
Baggett is thrilled with being in the points lead, but he knows it's too close to call going into the final four events of the year.
"Everyone is giving it everything they have every weekend," Baggett said. "It was definitely a fun race."
Ashley Fiolek could see the fans going wild, celebrating her victory.
Fiolek, a hearing-impaired athlete, won her third overall of the summer, taking both motos Saturday at the Washougal MX National.
Tied for the series lead in victories with Jessica Patterson, Fiolek is third in the points race after missing a round with an injury.
Patterson, meanwhile, is dealing with a broken hand and has struggled the past two rounds as Fiolek has won four consecutive motos.
In the middle of this is Tarah Geiger. She finished second at Washougal and is second in the season points race, two points behind Patterson.
Fiolek is 11 points off the pace with two rounds left in the women's series.
"I'm just trying to focus each round and hoping for the best and collecting as many points as I can," Fiolek said. "All the girls are really riding and stepping their games up."
WASHOUGAL MX NATIONAL RESULTS
At Washougal MX Park
250 Class (Moto Finish)
1, Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda (1-2)
2, Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (2-3)
3, Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (6-1)
4, Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (3-4)
5, Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM (4-7)
6, Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki (7-6)
7, Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (9-5)
8, Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (5-10)
9, Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha (8-8)
10, Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki (10-9)
250 Class Championship Standings
1, Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 355
2, Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 344
3, Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 323
4, Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 305
5, Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 256
6, Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 218
7, Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki, 185
8, Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M, Suzuki, 168
9, Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 144
10, Travis Baker, Temecula, Calif., Honda, 134
WMX Class (Moto Finish)
1, Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (1-1)
2, Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda (3-2)
3, Mariana Balbi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Honda (4-3)
4, Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki (2-8)
5, Sara Pettersson, Sweden, KTM (5-4)
6, Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., KTM (9-5)
7, Hailey Larson, Mill Valley, Calif., Honda (8-6)
8, Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda (7-7)
9, Alexah Pearson, Sacramento, Calif., KTM (6-9)
10, Amanda Brown, Baltimore, Md., Honda (10-11)
WMX Class Standings
1, Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 236
2, Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda, 234
3, Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 225
4, Mariana Balbi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Honda, 193
5, Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., KTM, 176
6, Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda, 174
7, Sara Pettersson, Sweden, KTM, 173
8, Sayaka Kaneshiro, Osaka, Japan, Honda, 137
9, Alexah Pearson, Sacramento, Calif., KTM, 127
10, Sade Allender, Sanford, Maine, Honda, 118