Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLUBE Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers, of Danville, Ky., is looking to take complete control of the 2011 AMA Arenacross Series championship. The current Arenacross class points leader captured his fourth consecutive win from Sacramento’s ARCO Arena on Saturday night. In the Arenacross Lites class, Hillsboro Motorsport Kawasaki rider Tiger Lacey, of Spring Creek, Nev., made it three-in-a-row with yet another impressive win.
No one in the Arenacross class field had much for Bowers in the west coast finale. He effectively dominated the 25-lap main event, grabbing a good start and gradually distancing himself from his competitors. In the end, Bowers grabbed the checkers over nine seconds in front of his teammate Chad Johnson, of Rhinelander, Wis., and Team Faith Yamaha’s Kelly Smith, of Ludington, Mich., in third, resulting in a season-best effort for the veteran rider.
Bowers has won six races this season and now holds a 22-point lead over TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson, of Blacklick, Ohio, who posted a season-worst sixth-place finish in Sacramento.
The Arenacross Lites class kicked off its second half of the season with another strong performance from Lacey. He made his 2011 debut in Reno last weekend, and did so in impressive fashion by sweeping the weekend. He continued on Saturday night, taking over the lead from early front runner and Mob Syndicate Kawasaki rider Gared Steinke, of Woodland, Calif., and opening up a significant gap over the rest of the field en route to victory.
Arenacross Lites Western Regional Championship points leader Chad Cook, of Oklahoma City, Okla., finished second while Crater Racing Honda’s Jerry Lymburner, of Fairbanks, Alaska, finished third.
Throttle Jockey’s Vicki Golden made history this past weekend at the Sacramento Arco Arena by becoming the first female to qualify for an AMA Areancross Lites class main event.
In only her third career Arenacross pro race, Golden rode her Resner Builders and Hardware Honda featuring Powerband graphics to her first main event in notable style. She got the holeshot and transferred directly from her heat race with a 5th place finish. She had a little misfortune in the main event coming into contact with the rear tire of another racer in the whoops and stalling her bike. She was unable to gain much ground back but rode well to the checkers.
“We are proud and honored to be associated with Vicki and this historical moment in our sport. Her goal to be the best and progress as a racer is inline with our goal as a company to make the best product and stay on the cutting edge. She is a great compliment to our brand” said Throttle Jockey’s Matt Davis.
“I am really happy to have achieved another goal in Arenacross, I just want to keep improving and moving forward” said Golden. “I am thrilled to be the first woman to make a main in Arenacross. I hope that I can help bring more attention to women’s motocross and help it continue to grow our sport any way I can”.
Golden’s next race is at the Intrust Bank Arena in Witchita, Kansas on Saturday, March 5, 2011 with a bike provided by Tuf Racing.
Golden’s Arenacross sponsors also include: Resner Builders and Hardware, K & N Filters, Fox Racing, Throttle Jockey Graphics, Maxima, Works Connection, Hinson, Factory Connection, Leatt Neck Braces and X Factor.
The AMA Arenacross Series continues next weekend from its inaugural race from Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
2011 AMA Arenacross Sacramento Results:
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
2. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
3. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
4. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, 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
2011 AMA Arenacross Lites Sacramento Results:
1. Tiger Lacey, Spring Creek, Nev., Kawasaki
2. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
3. Jerry Lymburner, Fairbanks, Alaska, Honda
4. Patrick Massie, Washington Court, Ohio, Honda
5. Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., Kawasaki
6. Robert Noftz, Red Bluff, Calif., Yamaha
7. Travis Smith, Lancaster, Calif., Yamaha
8. Ricky Yorks, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
9. Tanner Young, Marland, Okla., Yamaha
10. Danny Pacini, Novato, Calif., Honda
2011 Arenacross Championship Points:
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 252
2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda – 230
3. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki – 220
4. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki – 171
5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Honda – 165
6. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, Ho nda – 153
7. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda – 146
8. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha – 144
9. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, Yamaha – 127
10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 118
2011 Arenacross Lites Western Regional Points:
1. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki – 127
2. Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM – 83
3. Travis Smith, Lancaster, Calif., Yamaha – 80
4. Aviery Hickey, Decatur, Texas, Kawasaki – 77
5. Tiger Lacey, Spring Creek, Nev., Kawasaki – 75
6. Tanner Young, Marland, Okla., Yamaha – 63
7. Jeremy Huddleston, Eustace, Texas, KTM – 50
8. Bobby Fitch, Littleton, Colo., Honda – 44
9. Ricky Yorks, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 42
10. Noa Quinabo, Riverside, Calif., Suzuki – 42
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