Tyler Bowers Strengthens Championship Control as 2012 AMA Arenacross Series Heads West to Fresno
Reigning AMA Arenacross Series Champion Tyler Bowers’ homecoming last weekend in Lexington, Ky., proved to be a successful one, as the Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider grabbed his 10th win of the 2012 season, and the first inside Rupp Arena. With a 21-point lead over the field, Bowers brings the red number plate west this weekend as the championship returns to Fresno, Calif., and the Save Mart Center.
The 10th round of the championship is the AMA Arenacross Series’ first visit to Fresno since the 2010 season, and one captivating night of action this Saturday, February 11, will commence at 7 p.m. PT.
Last weekend, Bowers was faced with a tough challenge by his closest championship contender, FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson. After grabbing the holeshot, Gibson looked to gain some ground on his rival as the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series schedule prepares to hit the home stretch. Bowers responded early, fighting his way into the lead only to have Gibson fight back just one lap later. The duo paced one another for several laps before Bowers made his second pass for the top spot, this time making it stick for good.
Bowers brought his hometown crowd to its feet as he headed to victory, while Gibson fell into the clutches of Bella’s Cupcakes/Club MX Kawasaki’s Zach Ames. Falling from second to third cost Gibson an additional two points in the championship, and with only four main events remaining, he will need to average six points over Bowers if he’s to steal the championship away.
Gibson is a veteran of the sport and no stranger to pressure. As the 2009 champion, he knows firsthand what it takes to reach the pinnacle of the AMA Arenacross Series and he will surely welcome the challenge that lies ahead.
The AMA Arenacross Series’ annual trip west is always an anticipated part of every championship. Perhaps no team is looking forward to this weekend’s round from Fresno more than Airide KTM and its trio of Central California natives. Daniel Blair, of Lodi, Jake Locks, of Dixon, and Brian Alquist, of La Grange, make up this Golden State-fueled team and all three riders will be eager to grab some strong results in front of their hometown crowd. Blair heads to his home race on the heels of a season-best runner-up finish in the Arenacross Lites Class last weekend in Lexington.
The Western Regional Arenacross Lites Championship will also resume its season on Saturday night, kicking off a four race run to the finish. Currently, reigning Western Regional Champion Chad Cook leads the way aboard his House of Kawasaki machine, holding a 15-point lead over Letko KTM’s Tanner Moore.
The AMA Arenacross Series will make its anticipated return to the Save Mart Center on Saturday, February 11, with opening ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. PT.