Championship Tie Between Bowers and Gibson Highlights AMA Arenacross Series Debut in Topeka

2012-01-10 01:52
The AMA Arenacross Series rang in the New Year with a weekend full of excitement last weekend, and now, a tie atop of the Arenacross Class standings leads the storylines heading into this weekend’s series debut from Topeka, Kan., and the Kansas Expocentre. Two nights of competition will leave a lasting impression in the Kansas capital, as current championship co-leader Tyler Bowers, aboard his Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis, and FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson lead the world’s best into action on Friday, January 13, and Saturday, January 14.

Last weekend in Grand Rapids, AMA Arenacross Series hosted its first round of the 2012 calendar. The fifth round of the season was highlighted by a dominant pair of efforts by Bowers over the course of two evenings. The reigning AMA Arenacross Series champion swept the weekend’s main events to give him a series-leading six wins, and move into a tie with Gibson atop the point standings. Gibson also put forth a strong weekend of his own, following Bowers across the line each night with back-to-back runner-ups. A tip over while leading on opening night may have cost Gibson a win last Friday, but despite the mistake, he rebounded strongly to minimize the loss of points.

Both Bowers and Gibson have proven to be the class of the field through five rounds this season, and between the two, have won all but one of the nine main events. Now that they sit deadlocked in the championship, expect both riders to take their riding to even new heights, beginning this weekend at the Expocenter.

Topeka also serves as the hometown race for Auburn native Tanner Moore, who rides for Letko KTM. With just one round complete in the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship, Moore serves as the current points leader, holding just a one-point lead over Venning Motorsports KTM’s Kevin Markwardt.

The weekend serves as an ideal opportunity for Moore to extend his lead, and put forth a memorable effort in front of his family and friends. Additionally, Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Vicki Golden will begin her quest for even more history as she attempts to capture the Western Regional title. Golden returned to action for the first time in 2012 last weekend, after being forced to delay the start of her season because of a broken collarbone she suffered in preparations for the year. A lot of eyes will be on this pair of riders throughout the weekend.

Back-to-back nights of action from the Kansas Expocentre kick off on Friday, January 13, before coming to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday, January 14. Opening ceremonies for both nights begin at 7 p.m. CT.


Previous Round Results:
Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, Mich.
January 6-7, 2012
Round 5 of 12

Arenacross Class Results Night One (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM
Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda
Brad Ripple, Cypress, S.C., Honda
Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results Night One (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
1. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatlong, N.J., KTM
2. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM
3. Michael McDade, Indiana, Pa., Kawasaki
4. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM
5. Austin Coon, Spencer, W. Va., Honda
6. Patrick Massie, Washington Court House, Ohio, Honda
7. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
8. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
9. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
10. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., Honda

Arenacross Class Results Night Two (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda
Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
Brad Ripple, Cypress, S.C., Honda
Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM
Patrick Massie, Washington Court House, Ohio, Honda

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results Night Two (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatlong, N.J., KTM
Michael McDade, Indiana, Pa., Kawasaki
Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM
Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM
Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda
Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., Honda
Patrick Massie, Washington Court House, Ohio, Honda

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 9 of 19)
Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (6 wins) – 188
Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda (2 wins) – 188
Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki (1 win) – 167
Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM – 143
Josh Demuth, North Richland Hills, Texas, Kawasaki – 127
Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 117
Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda – 115
Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 93
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 74
Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 59

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 1 of 9)
Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM – 15
Kevin Markwardt, Freeport, Ill., KTM – 14
Aviery Hickey, Southlake, Texas, Honda – 11
Dalton Carlson, Dayton, Minn., KTM – 10
Brandon Marley, McEwen, Tenn., KTM – 9
Shawn Rife, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, Honda – 7
Devin Reed, Indianola, Iowa, Honda – 6
Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki – 5

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 8 of 10)
Michael McDade, Indiana, Pa., Kawasaki (1 win) – 156
Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatcong, N.J., KTM (2 win) – 150
Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM (3 wins) – 137
Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki – 115
Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM – 97
Travis Sewell, Westfield, Ind., KTM – 91
Austin Coon, Spencer, W. Va., Honda – 69
Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM – 62
Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 58
Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda – 52

Source: Feld Motor Sports

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