Patterson Takes Home Silver In Women's Moto X Super X
Ashley Fiolek went from X Games rookie to instant icon as the first hearing impaired medalist in competition history, taking the Moto X Super X Women’s Final gold in front of an emotionally charged crowd at The Home Depot Center.
On the heels of a recent ESPY nomination for Best Female Action Sports Athlete, Fiolek maintained her seasonal roll with a dramatic last minute win. On Jessica Patterson’s heels throughout the race, Fiolek finally made her move on a masterful pass.
“I can’t believe that I’m here,” said Fiolek. “The X Games is a big deal for women to come here. I’m very excited I won and had a lot of fun. It’s great that ESPN has added women racing.”
Patterson led for the race’s majority, but eventually succumbed to the pressure being applied by Fiolek.
“I knew she was close and that it was going to be a battle with the slick track,” admitted Patterson. “I made little mistakes. I thought jumping the finish line jump was faster, but that’s where she passed me.”
Despite finishing just short of her goal, Patterson was able to take pride in recognizing how she and her fellow riders were raising the profile of Women’s Moto X.
“It means a lot. It’s getting us a lot of exposure. People are seeing that we are going to be here for a while.”