The AMA Arenacross schedule for the new season has been released, courtesy of Feld Motor Sports:
Feld Motor Sports has announced the 2011-2012 AMA Arenacross Series schedule, which begins on October 29, 2011 at the famed Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa and concludes, for the first-time ever, at the Target Center in Minneapolis on February 26, where the AMA Arenacross Series champion will be crowned.
The 12 stop tour, which showcases the most intimate form of indoor, off-road motorcycle racing, will host four races before January 1 for the first time since 2008. Additionally, the AMA Arenacross Series stops in three new venues, including the Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas, SRC Arena in Syracuse, N.Y., and the Target Center in Minneapolis.
“After an epic 2011 AMA Arenacross Series, we are excited to build off of last year’s success, which included 26 hours of television coverage on SPEED,” said Todd Jendro, Senior Director of two-wheel operations, Feld Motor Sports. “Last year, the sport witnessed a milestone when Vicki Golden became the first female to qualify for an AMA Arenacross Series main event. She kept the momentum going when she captured the Gold Medal at the X-Games this summer, and we look forward to watching her run up front in 2011 – 2012.”
Two-time AMA Arenacross Series champion Chad Johnson looks forward to using the 2011 – 2012 schedule as a road map to a hopeful third AMA Arenacross Series championship.
“I am pumped on the new schedule for the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series, starting at the end of October is awesome,” said Johnson. “Visiting three totally new venues and with the final round taking place in Minneapolis is a great addition, especially for me because it is only four hours from my home in Wisconsin. I look forward to racing in front of my family and friends.”
Date – Venue – City
*10/29-10/30 – Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, Iowa
11/4-11/6 – First Mariner Arena – Baltimore, MD
11/11/-11/3 – Alliant Energy Center – Madison, Wis.
12/9-12/11 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Wilkes Barre, PA
1/6-1/8 – VanAndel Arena – Grand Rapids, Mich.
1/13-1/5 – KS Expo Centre – Topeka, Kan.
# 1/21-1/22 – Nutter Center – Daytona, Ohio
1/27-1/29 – Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, Texas
2/3-2/5 – SRC Arena – Syracuse, NY
* 2/11-2/12 – Save Mart Center – Fresno, Calif.
2/17-2/19 – Livestock Events Center – Reno, Nev.
* 2/25-2/26 – Target Center – Minneapolis, Minn.
*Denotes Saturday Pro, Sunday Amateur Event
The 2011 – 2012 season will build off an amazing 2011 championship saw Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLUBE Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers race to a near-perfect season with 12 wins to earn his first Arenacross class championship. In addition, TUF Honda-supported rider Vicki Golden made history as she became the first female in the sport’s 27 year history to qualify for an Arenacross Lites class main event, and in doing so finished in the top 10.
Throughout the 2011 season, the AMA Arenacross Series drew over 170,000 fans, averaging 12,200 fans per race. On the television side, SPEED TV will broadcast 26 hours of AMA Arenacross Series action, with 13 one-hour segments and 13 repeat broadcasts. In addition to the racing action, each broadcast brings fans behind the scenes as well as showcases the current and rising stars of the sport.