Babbitt’s Monster Energy Amsoil Kawasaki is proud to announce a star-studded 2012 Arenacross team set to dominate the AMA Arenacross series. Babbitt’s three-rider lineup comes stacked with champions including Tyler Bowers, Josh Demuth, and Chad Johnson. Additionally, Babbitt’s will add groundbreaking female rider Vicki Golden to the all-star roster to compete in the Arenacross Lites class.
“We are excited for the upcoming Arenacross season,” said Team Manager Denny Bartz. “We feel we have as strong a team as ever. They have been training hard and getting prepared for the 2012 season. With the change back to 250F’s for all classes, our riders have dropped 15-20 pounds each to prepare for the smaller bike size. They are feeling confident on the new Kawasaki KX(TM)250F’s and prepared dominate a third-consecutive season.”
For the past two years, the Babbitt’s team has proven an unstoppable force in the AMA Arenacross series. Armed with their Kawasaki KX(TM)450F’s, Bowers and Demuth decimated the competition and ran away with the 2011 and 2010 Arenacross championships, respectively. After capturing 12 wins last season, Bowers was crowned the undisputed champion one round early. This season, Bowers hopes to break his personal win-streak record, which he set last year at an impressive eight-consecutive wins. In 2010, Demuth’s championship run was complimented by team Babbitt’s sweep of the championship podium with Johnson and Bowers rounding out the podium in second and third, respectively. Demuth, a three-time AMA Arenacross series champion, returns to action in 2012 after sitting out the entire 2011 season with an injury. With such a successful resume, it’s likely that it wont take Demuth long to get back into his groove. Now embarking on his fourth season with the team, Johnson earned his last championship in 2008 and is hungrier than ever to get a fresh title under his belt. With both teammates looking to bring the pressure, Johnson plans to step it up and make big things happen this season.
Last season, Golden made history being the first woman to qualify for an Arenacross Lites main event. With nearly a full season of Arenacross experience under her belt already, this X Games 17 WMX gold medalist was preparing to make a run for the Arenacross Lites title. Unfortunately, while training for the upcoming season, Golden suffered an injury that will sideline her for part of the season.
This Saturday, the Babbitt’s Monster Energy Amsoil Kawasaki team heads to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, for Round 1 of the 2012 AMA Arenacross season. With all three riders feeling healthy and looking confident on their KX250F’s, this season opener is shaping up to be an action-packed weekend.