Two Nights of Action Slated at Alliant Energy Center
The second round of the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series produced a pair of highly-competitive nights of competition from Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena. Following big wins by Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers and FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson, the championship picture in the premier Arenacross class is beginning to take shape, and it isn’t surprising to see three former title holders leading the way.
With two wins to his credit through three races, reigning series champion Bowers brings a nine-point lead into Madison, Wis., and the Alliant Energy Center. Gibson, the 2009 champion, occupies second in the standings, while 2010 title winner, and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki rider Josh Demuth sits just one additional point behind in third. While his pair of victories serve as Bowers’ biggest advantage, he also remains the only rider in the series to secure a podium result in each main event. Both Gibson and Demuth share two podium finishes apiece, subsequently placing them within striking distance of Bowers in the early going.
The opening night in Baltimore featured a showdown between the Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki duo of Bowers and Demuth. After strong starts from both riders, the pair simply pulled away from the field. Despite missing out on the chance to slip past his teammate, Demuth kept Bowers honest throughout all 25 laps and showed he will be a factor in the title fight.
In night two, Gibson took his turn in the spotlight, looking to rekindle his championship magic from 2009 and bounce back from a fourth place finish the previous evening. Finding his way into the lead just a handful of laps into the main event, Gibson was under heavy pressure from Bowers throughout the race. However, he withstood all his rival had to offer, making a huge statement in the championship.
With three of the most successful riders of the past three seasons within 10 points of one another coming into two nights of competition this weekend, the excitement is guaranteed to continue. While Bowers has shown he’s prepared to defend his title by any means necessary, both Gibson and Demuth have shown they will not be intimidated by their rival’s aggressive style. Both riders have responded well to pressure early in the season, and will undertake any challenge every time the gate drops. Should any of the riders falter, Foremost Insurance/Spinechillers/Stormlake Honda’s Nathan Skaggs and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Chad Johnson will take full advantage, with both riders boasting a podium finish of their own this season.
The 2012 AMA Arenacross Series visit to Madison signifies the first visit to the “Badger State” in nine years, and with a strong motocross following throughout the region, the intimate action of the sport will be well received.
After an exciting opening round in Baltimore, the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites season will continue in Madison. Currently, Motocross Ministries Kawasaki’s Michael McDade leads the way in the standings after a stellar opening weekend in which he posted first and second-place finishes.
The Madison Arenacross kicks off back-to-back nights of professional action from the Alliant Energy Center on Friday, November 11, before coming to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday, November 12. Opening ceremonies for both nights begin at 7 p.m. CT.