Round five of the Women's Motocross Championship (WMX) took place this weekend, June 19, at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, where CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha's Marissa Markelon grabbed her first victory of the season, edging out Team Green Kawasaki's Kylie Fasnacht for the big win.
The two riders split moto wins at the "Country Club of Motocross" and in the end Markelon's 2-1 moto performance trumped Fasnacht's 1-2 for the overall.
Once the gate dropped for the first moto, Fasnacht jumped out to the early lead grabbing the holeshot. Fasnacht's first moto was impressive, as the series point leader led the race from start to finish. However, the win did not come easy as she experienced pressure from Markelon just a few laps into the race.
After starting the moto in fourth, Markelon moved quickly into second and set her focus on Fasnacht. Markelon would pull up on Fasnacht multiple times, but would start to fade during the halfway point of the moto. With a last minute push in the last few laps, Markelon would be unable to put it all together and Fasnacht would take the moto one win, with Kawasaki rider Shelby Rolen finishing the race in third ahead of KTM's Eve Brodeur and Yamaha rider Kaitlyn Morrow.
"Kylie was never more than a bike length ahead of me for most of the race, but I just couldn't get close enough to make a pass," said Markelon.