Gibson kicked off the 25-lap Arenacross Class Main Event by grabbing the holeshot and an early lead, but was trailed closely by Bowers. Six laps in, while gaining considerable ground on Gibson, Bowers crashed in the rhythm section and allowed Gibson to lengthen his lead. Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Chad Johnson, of Whinelander, Wis., took over second, but was later passed by Bowers. Gibson went on to lead all 25 laps to take home the win with Bowers and Johnson finishing in second and third, respectively.
Gibson now sits 18 points behind Bowers as the AMA Arenacross Series continues its western swing.
BNTQ.Net/Tuf Honda Racing’s Kevin Markwardt, of Freeport, Ill., opened up the 18-lap main event in the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class by capturing the holeshot. Reed and Reese Racing KTM’s Michael McDade trailed in second and Mages in third. Four laps in, Markwardt and McDade were bar to bar, but a slight mishap dismounted McDade from his bike and allowed Mages to take over in second, while Markwardt still controlled the lead.
Behind Mages, Team Airide KTM’s Daniel Blair, McDade and Team Faith KTM’s Kevin Johnson traded places for several laps. With just nine laps to go, the top four riders were all side by side. Shortly after, Markwardt, who controlled the lead, made a mistake, allowing Mages to move in front, with Blair and Johnson in tow. Mages checked out, but the remaining laps hosted a tight battle for second between Johnson and Blair. Through it all, Blair managed to hold off Johnson to secure second place and Johnson rounded out the podium in third.
In the Dash for cash, Gibson started out in front, but went down three laps in. Bowers took over the vacated spot and held onto the lead to win the race. In total, $900 was donated, which marked an all-time high this season. Money went to local Fresno, Calif., charity Break the Barriers.
The 2012 AMA Arenacross Series season continues next weekend, with its 11th round of the championship from Reno, Nev., and the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Action kicks off next Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
2012 AMA Arenacross Fresno Results:
1. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
2. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
3. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
4. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
6. Travis Sewell, Westville, IN, KTM
7. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, Honda
8. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda
9. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM
10. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
2012 Arenacross Lites Fresno Results:
1. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
2. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
3. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM
4. Michael McDade, Edinburg, Pa, KTM
5. Casey Hinson, Clovis, Calif., Kawasaki
6. Kevin Markwardt, Freeport, Ill., Honda
7. Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., Kawasaki
8. Chris Proscelle, Dulzura, Calif., Honda
9. Daniel Meynet Santa Ynez, Calif., Kawasaki
10. Ricky Yorks, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
2012 AMA Arenacross Championship Points:
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (10 wins) – 352
2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda (3 wins) – 334
3. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki (2 wins) – 268
4. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (1 win) – 250
5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 236
6. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda – 223
7. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 191
8. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 141
9. Josh Demuth, North Richland Hills, Texas, Kawasaki – 127
10. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM – 125
2012 Western Regional Arenacross Lites Championship Points:
1. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki – 88
2. Kevin Markwardt, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 78
3. Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM – 63
4. Patrick Massie, Washington Court House, Ohio, Honda – 35
5. Cody Church, Grand Junction, Colo., Kawasaki – 34
6. Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM – 26
7. Brandon Marley, McEwen, Tenn., KTM – 24
8. Nick Myers, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki – 22
9. Casey Hinson, Clovis, Calif., Kawasaki – 16
10. Chris Proscelle, Dulzura, Calif., Honda – 13
Live timing and scoring from each round of the AMA Arenacross Series returns for the 2012 season! To follow the intense racing action live, log onto www.Arenacross.com.