Kylie Fasnacht Tops WMX Las Vegas Round

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Kylie Fasnacht Tops WMX Las Vegas Round
Onsia Sound Art Women's Motocross Championship - Round 4

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (May 8, 2017) – The ONSIA Sound Art Women's Motocross Championship (WMX) rolled into Las Vegas this weekend as part of the AMSOIL Arenacross series. This was Round Four of the eight-round series, and although the Arenacross format was a bit different than their conventional two-moto motocross format, a full gate of the fastest women motocross racers in the country were on hand to take on the challenge - including two-time and current WMX champion Kylie Fasnacht.

Kylie Fasnacht has been the most consistent finisher, earning more MyLucasOil.com holeshots and overall wins to date. Australia's Mackenzie Tricker finished 2nd followed by Brandy Richards.
Kylie Fasnacht has been the most consistent finisher, earning more MyLucasOil.com holeshots and overall wins to date. Australia's Mackenzie Tricker finished 2nd followed by Brandy Richards. Trystan Guard Photography

The WMX series fit perfectly into the Arenacross schedule with practice rounds held on Saturday, and the qualifiers and main event on Sunday. Factory KTM's Mackenzie Tricker was first to strike by winning the first heat race. Tricker was followed by Brandy Richards, Jaymie Hajewski and Lauren Woods. Tricker was a last-minute entry as her scheduled GNCC event was rescheduled to a later date due to extreme weather conditions. "This weekend was very last minute," explained Tricker. "I haven't been riding much motocross and absolutely no Arenacross since Vegas last year. After the GNCC was postponed I quickly put together everything with KTM to come and race."

Kylie Fasnacht (1) grabbed the holeshot in the Main followed by Shelby Rolen (445), Lauren Woods (8) and Brandy Richards (19).
Kylie Fasnacht (1) grabbed the holeshot in the Main followed by Shelby Rolen (445), Lauren Woods (8) and Brandy Richards (19). Trystan Guard Photography

In Heat 2, Eve Brodeur took the holeshot followed by Shelby Rolen who went on to lead the first couple laps with Fasnacht in tow. It was obvious both riders had previous Arenacross experience - or it at least it looked like it as they proceeded to cut inside each other, banging bars and putting on a great show for the crowd. Fasnacht took the heat race win, followed by Rolen, Amanda Brown and Marissa Polencheck.

Amanda Brown, who flew in on a red-eye Friday night from Pasadena, Maryland, was styling through the dragonback section on Sunday's main event.
Amanda Brown, who flew in on a red-eye Friday night from Pasadena, Maryland, was styling through the dragonback section on Sunday's main event. Trystan Guard Photography

The stage was now set for the main event with 16 women representing 11 different states and Canada. It was a ten-lap main event with Fasnacht grabbing the MyLucasOil.com holeshot followed by Rolen, Woods and Richards. By the end of lap two, Richards worked her way up to second and Tricker, who was buried back in the pack off the start, quickly caught up to third followed by Rolen. While Fasnacht set the pace out front, Richards and Tricker started trading 2nd and 3rd place positions. Tricker eventually got by Richards and made it stick, setting her sights on Fasnacht, but the current WMX champion was too far in front to reel in and took the overall win. Tricker finished second, Richards third and Rolen put in a solid, consistent ride, finishing fourth. Eve Brodeur finished 5th followed by Carrie Killebrew, Lauren Woods and Jamie Astudillo, who took a serious header in the whoops during her heat race and soldiered through a wrist and hand injury to earn valuable series points.

It was an exciting moment for Katie Benson when WMX Champion Kylie Fasnacht presented her with the #1.
It was an exciting moment for Katie Benson when WMX Champion Kylie Fasnacht presented her with the #1. Trystan Guard Photography

The pace was fast and the ladies quickly adapted to the tight confines of the Arenacross style racing. "It was awesome to switch it up for the weekend and get to race an Arenacross event," said Fasnacht. "Going to an Arenacross format was a change, but I loved it and I hope we get a chance to do it again."

Jamie Astudillo looked strong chasing Brandy Richards in Heat One - but a crash in the whoops and and injuried wrist/hand slowed her down in the Main.
Jamie Astudillo looked strong chasing Brandy Richards in Heat One - but a crash in the whoops and and injuried wrist/hand slowed her down in the Main. Trystan Guard Photography

"Overall, I'm pretty happy with my results," said Tricker. "I won my heat and took second in the Main. I got off to a bad start but made it to second place, and then I actually got passed and was in third for a few laps, but then made it back to second. All in all it was fun to race and I had an okay weekend."

Eve Brodeur lead the pack at the start of Heat 2.
Eve Brodeur lead the pack at the start of Heat 2. Trystan Guard Photography

"My main even went pretty well," explained Richards, who splits her time between racing WMX, WORCS and the Big 6 series. "I was fourth off the start and made my way up to second, but I was struggling a little bit in the whoops and fell back to third. Overall it was a pretty good race and fun to do."

Kylie takes the MyLucasOil.com Holeshot awrad and the overall win.
Kylie takes the MyLucasOil.com Holeshot awrad and the overall win. Trystan Guard Photography

Kylie Fasnacht now has a solid lead in the WMX points standings, followed by Astudillo and Canada's Eve Brodeur. Round five of the WMX series will be held in conjunction with the first round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series at the annual Hangtown Classic opener in Rancho Cordova, California, on Friday, May 19.

Brandy races and is leading both the Women's Pro class in the WORCS and Big 6 Series - and still finds time to race a few WMX events.
Brandy races and is leading both the Women's Pro class in the WORCS and Big 6 Series - and still finds time to race a few WMX events. Trystan Guard Photography

For more information, please visit the official website at ww.racewmx.com or call (304) 284-0101. Also, follow the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for exclusive content and to catch the latest news. 

Woods always has great starts and is improving each race.
Woods always has great starts and is improving each race. Trystan Guard Photography

Event Results:

  1. Kylie Fasnacht (KAW)
  2. Mackenzie Tricker (KTM)
  3. Brandy Richards (YAM)
  4. Shelby Rolen (KAW)
  5. Eve Brodeur (KTM)
  6. Carrie Killebrew (HSQ)
  7. Lauren Woods (YAM)
  8. Jamie Astudillo (KTM)
  9. Amanda Brown (HON)
  10. Jaymie Hajewski (SUZ)

Series Points Standings:

  1. Kylie Fasnacht (183)
  2. Jamie Astudillo (135)
  3. Eve Broduer (135)
  4. Amanda Brown (109)
  5. Shelby Rolen (106)
  6. Brandy Richards (100)
  7. Hannah Hodges (94)
  8. Lauren Woods (82)
  9. Mikayla Inman (81)
  10. Mackenzie Tricker (79)

About Women's Professional Motocross Championship

The Women's Professional Motocross Championship (WMX), an AMA National Championship, features the world's fastest female outdoor motocross racers.  The 8-round series begins with the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross at Daytona International Speedway in March and concludes at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in August. It includes stops at premier motorsport facilities across America, with events in Florida, Texas, California, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Tennessee. These top female pro racers compete in a two-moto format on machines ranging from 125cc to 250cc. The WMX series is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, a West Virginia-based company and industry leader in power sports event production. For more information, please visit www.racewmx.com or call (304) 284-0101.

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