The world’s best arenacross riders will vie for an open crown in the headlining Arenacross class as defending champion Josh Demuth suffered a season-ending injury prior to the start of the championship. As a result, series stalwarts like Chad Johnson, Tyler Bowers, Jeff Gibson, Nathan Skaggs and more are ready to put in their bids to assume possession of the coveted number one plate.
Based on last season’s results, the Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLube Kawasaki presented by Maxxis team will be the standard bearers throughout the 14-race season. After capturing all but one victory in 2010, the lineup will be headed by Johnson and Bowers who will take over for their fallen teammate in Demuth. Joining the potent roster in place of Demuth is longtime competitor Gray Davenport who will look take advantage of his opportunity and experience a breakthrough season.
Despite Babbitt’s past dominance, nothing is a sure thing in the AMA Arenacross Series, which has become known as one of the most unpredictable forms of motor sport in the world. On any given night, a surprise winner can prevail as all the competitors in the series are within close proximity to one another when it comes to speed. Consistency is key and in the end, will ultimately prove to be the deciding factor in who walks away the champion.
As a result, the Babbitt’s pair’s biggest threats are eager for the gates the drop and optimistic about their chances to come out on top. The 2011 championship is wide open and as a result, there is more excitement surrounding the season than in recent memory.
Last season in Tulsa, Bowers stood atop the rest, grabbing his sixth victory of the year and fully asserting himself as the rider to beat in the series. His performances last season have put him on the top of many critics lists heading into the championship and after suffering a season-ending injury prior to the end of the season and losing his chance at the title, his ability to bounce back will be a major storyline.
In addition to the high-octane action that will be produced by the Arenacross class, the Arenacross Lites Eastern Regional Championship will also kick off its chase to the championship. As a stage for the youngest stars of arenacross to shine, the on-track competition is sure to showcase bar-banging highlights for the thousands in attendance.
The BOK (Bank of Oklahoma) Center is the premier arena of Tulsa, Okla. Designed to host arena football, hockey, basketball and concerts, the BOK cut the ribbons with its first event on August 30, 2008.
Since becoming a staple on the AMA Arenacross Series schedule two years ago, the BOK Center has been one of the most anticipated venues in the championship. It’s state-of-the-art architecture is a welcome sight to fans and riders alike.
The 19,199 max seating, multi-purpose facility serves as the centerpiece of Tulsa County’s Vision 2025 development initiative. Operated by SMG, one of the nation’s leading arena management companies, the BOK Center is the permanent home to the Tulsa Oilers CHL hockey team and Tulsa Talons arena football team. It also hosts NBA preseason games, college basketball games, and continues to welcome additional national/regional sporting events like the AMA Arenacross Series.
The first gates drop on the Tulsa Arenacross at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and opening ceremonies begin at 7:00 p.m. The action concludes with Amateur Day on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.
Advance tickets are available for this weekend’s Tulsa Arenacross at the BOK Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone and ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $2 more the day of the race.
Fans in attendance also can take part in the Track Party on Saturday prior to the start of the show for the chance to meet the riders and get autographs. Simply recycle any MONSTER ENERGY can at the gate entrance for FREE admission. Must have valid Saturday event ticket to enter.
New for 2011! Live timing and scoring from each round of the AMA Arenacross Series. To follow the intense racing action live, log onto www.Arenacross.com. For all media requests, please contact Brandon Short firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-365-5750.