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Bowers Dominates Two Nights of Arenacross in Albuquerque


Irvine, Calif., (March 12, 2014) – The AMA Arenacross Race to the Championship continued this past weekend with two nights of racing from Albuquerque, N.M. Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers captured his seventh and eighth overall victories with a 2-1 main event finish on Friday and a 1-2 finish on Saturday. Zach Ames continues to hold the championship points lead after finishing third overall on both nights, putting Kawasaki on two steps of the podium. Colt Nichols finished 10thon Friday and sixth on Saturday and now sits fifth overall in the Race to the Championship.

 

Making Up Ground
 
After a disappointing first round of the Race to the Championship, Bowers was determined to make up the ground he lost in Tulsa. The reigning champion took the lead in the first main event and led for 12 laps trying to build a gap, but a mistake dropped him to second with not enough time to counter. Bowers was able to rebound from the eight-rider inversion and take the second main event win. Tying for the overall, Bowers’ extra point earned from winning the head-to-head bracket races gave him the overall on Friday. On Saturday Bowers put a hurt on the field by running away with the first main event win, but after selecting the 16-rider inversion he had to fight through the field and finished second to take the overall for the second consecutive night. Bowers now sits just three points behind his teammate.
 
“This weekend we did what we had to do to stay alive in the championship,” said Bowers. “Everybody on the gate is going for it right now and no one is willing to ease up. It’s going to be a battle to the finish and we just need to stay out of trouble and we should be fine. We’re in a good position.”

 

Continuing to Lead
 
Ames returned to the familiar red plates that he has run for the majority of the year that signified the points leader in Albuquerque. Ames won his heat race on Friday but had to fight for position in the main events. He worked his way into podium position in the first main event on both nights but could not replicate that performance after the eight and 16-man inversions reach night. Ames finished third overall on both nights and won the head-to-head bracket races on Saturday to earn an additional championship point. With two rounds remaining and three nights of racing, Ames will continue to run the red plates as they head to Texas next weekend.
 
“The track got pretty torn up by the second main events each night,” said Ames. “It made it extremely difficult to pass since there was really only one fast line and everyone started jumping through the whoops. There was one rhythm that I was hesitant to triple into but I got it by the main events and that helped.”

 

Patience
 
Nichols kicked off the Race to the Championship with an impressive ride for a rookie and left his hometown race of Tulsa tied for second in the championship points. Anxious to stay in the title hunt, Nichols did not get the greatest of starts on Friday and made some over-aggressive moves that put him on the ground. He finished 10th on Friday but was able to rebound on Saturday and finish 4-9 for sixth overall. Nichols is now fifth in points and will need a good weekend in Texas to bounce back into the title hunt.
 
“This weekend wasn’t quite what I was looking for,” said Nichols. “I was really excited to be back in the championship and I think I rode a little too excited. Had I taken my time, I could have made some better, faster passes. I couldn’t make passes as fast as I wanted to and when you get a bad start you can’t waste any time. I lost some points but I can bounce back next weekend.”

 

Down to the Wire
 
AMA Arenacross heads to the final two-night round before the final in Salt Lake City. This weekend takes Team Babbitt’s to the U.S.A/Mexico border in the town of Hidalgo, Texas. Ames and Bowers will continue to duel for the points lead while Nichols will attempt to make up ground and join his teammates in the mix.

 

Results
 
AMA Arenacross Race to the Championship
Tingley Coliseum – Albuquerque, N.M.
March 7-8, 2014
 
Arenacross Class Friday Overall

Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (2-1)
Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Honda (1-2)
Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (3-5)
Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (6-4)
Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki (4-7)
Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (8-3)
Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda (7-6)
Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (5-9)
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (10-10)
Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (15-8)

 
Arenacross Class Saturday Overall

Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (1-2)
Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Honda (3-1)
Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (2-5)
Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (5-6)
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (9-4)
Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (4-9)
Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (7-7)
Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki (12-3)
Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (8-8)
Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (6-14)

 
Arenacross Class Race to the Championship Standings

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki – 94
Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki – 91
Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Honda – 83
Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 68
Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki – 65
Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki – 64
Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda – 62
Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 60
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 59
Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki – 45


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