Babbitt’s Monster Energy TiLube Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers Continues His Win Streak in Sacramento

Published March 1st, 2011

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Babbitt’s Monster Energy TiLube Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers won his fourth consecutive event during the eighth round of the AMA Arenacross series in Sacramento, Calif. With six wins under his belt and past the halfway point in the series, Bowers has stretched out his points lead to 22 for the championship. Feeling confident after dominating last weekend’s race in Reno, Bowers carried the momentum into Sacramento, bringing himself closer to his goal of beating his performance last year where he won seven consecutive races. Teammate Chad Johnson also put together a great performance, battling his way out of the thick pack of racers to finish behind Bowers in second place. Gray Davenport got off to a rough start, but was able to push his way through the field to finish in fourth, only seconds behind a podium finish.

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On a Roll


Looking to take control of the championship, Bowers came into Sacramento determined to extend his win streak. He got off to a great start, quickly getting out to the front of the pack. Once he was in the lead, he easily gapped the field, finishing nine seconds ahead of his teammate, Johnson.

“I got a good start and just tried to ride smart,” said Bowers. “I started off getting sandwiched between (Jeff) Gibson who was in front of me and Chad (Johnson) pressuring me from behind. I knew I had to get out of there pretty quick so I got around Gibson and did a hard sprint to get away. Once I got out front I relaxed a little bit, but still kept sprinting until I knew I had a solid lead. I’m really happy with how my Kawasaki KX™450F performed. I was able to fly through the whoops where other racers had to check their speed. That’s where I made my passes all night.”

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The Hitman Strikes Again


Known for his ability to muscle his way to the front of the pack, Bowers’ nickname as the “Hitman” is hard earned. Last year, after winning seven consecutive races, and with the championship title almost guaranteed, Bowers crashed breaking both femurs, taking him out for the rest of the season. Despite the severe injuries, he has come back with a vengeance. He’s working hard to get himself back into shape and is hungrier than ever to win the championship.

“I do what I need to do to win,” said Bowers. “I try to race clean, but it doesn’t always come out that way. It’s so tight and close in there. Sometimes the only way to pass someone is to rub a little. After getting injured last year, it made me a lot hungrier to win the championship. I have been working really hard to get back up to speed. I am stronger than ever now and even more determined to win the championship that I should have won last year.”

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Pushing Forward


Now third in the overall points, Johnson is closing the gap on the runner-up position. After the gate dropped in Arco Arena, he found himself in third place, amidst the thick of the pack. With two riders in front and a pack of hungry racers pushing from behind, he had to battle hard to get out of the traffic. Johnson escaped the pack mid-race to finish in second place behind teammate Bowers.

“I came around the first turn in fifth place, and tried working through the pack,” said Johnson. “Once you get out of the bar-banging stuff where everyone is trying to protect their lines, you’re really not going forward like you need to be. Only once you get freed up, can you make up any time. My KX450F was working great, I just need to get better starts.”

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Working Through the Pack


Davenport got off to a rough start, coming around the first corner mid-pack, but never stopped charging toward the front. He continued to maneuver through the thick traffic, gaining ground every lap. He eventually worked himself into fourth place, but ran out of time before having the opportunity to make the pass on third.

“The biggest thing is getting a good start,” said Davenport. “If you don’t put yourself in a good spot to begin with you’re chasing your tail the whole race. The start didn’t go how I wanted. If I would have gotten a little better start I know I would have made the podium. I worked my way up from the back into fourth and could see third, but just ran out of time. It would have been sweet to get the Babbitt’s sweep again this weekend.”

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Heading Back East


Next week the Babbitt’s Monster Energy TiLube Kawasaki team heads east, back across the country for Round 9 of the AMA Arenacross series in Wichita, Kansas. Bowers is looking to extend his winning streak to five in a row, while Johnson and Davenport will also be working to bump up to second and third, respectively, in the season standings to give team Babbitt’s Monster Energy TiLube Kawasaki a full sweep in the 2011 AMA Arenacross series.

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Results


AMA Arenacross Series


Arco Arena – Sacramento, Calif.


February 26, 2011

Arenacross Class Results (Saturday)


1. TYLER BOWERS, DANVILLE, KY., MONSTER ENERGY/TILUBE/BABBITTS KAWASAKI


2. CHAD JOHNSON, RHINELANDER, WIS., MONSTER ENERGY/TILUBE/BABBITTS KAWASAKI


3. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha


4. GRAY DAVENPORT, LEHI, UTAH, MONSTER ENERGY/TILUBE/BABBITTS KAWASAKI


5. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, Yamaha


6. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda


7. Nathan Skaggs, Chilicothe, Ohio, Honda


8. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki


9. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, Honda


10. Greg Carter, Renton, Wash., Honda

Arenacross Points Standings


1. TYLER BOWERS, DANVILLE, KY., MONSTER ENERGY/TILUBE/BABBITTS KAWASAKI, 252


2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda, 230


3. CHAD JOHNSON, RHINELANDER, WIS., MONSTER ENERGY/TILUBE/BABBITTS KAWASAKI, 220


4. GRAY DAVENPORT, LEHI, UTAH, MONSTER ENERGY/TILUBE/BABBITTS KAWASAKI, 171


5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, 165


6. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idado, Honda, 153


7. Nathan Skaggs, Chilicothe, Ohio, Honda , 146


8. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha, 144


9. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, Yamaha, 127


10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki , 118


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