Drag site icon to your taskbar to pin site. Learn More

Wilkes Barre Arenacross Friday Results 2012

Saturday, December 10, 2011
The AMA Arenacross Series returned to action on Friday night, following a month-long break in the schedule. The opening night of the fourth round of the championship from Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza saw two-time champion Chad Johnson, of Rhinelander, Wis., put forth an impressive effort to grab his first win of the season for Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis. In the Arenacross Lites Class, Dragon Racing Fuels/AG Motorsports KTM’s Michael Willard, of Newark, Ohio, secured his second victory of the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class championship.

AMA Arenacross Series
As the gate dropped on the 25-lap Arenacross Class main event, current championship point leader Jeff Gibson, of Blacklick, Ohio, grabbed the early lead aboard his FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda. Johnson followed closely in second, while his Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki teammate Tyler Bowers, of Danville, Ky., assumed third. The trio of riders began to inch away from the field, setting a torrid pace. While Gibson looked to extend his advantage, Johnson mimicked his every move, posting equally fast lap times.

After following Gibson for over half of the race, Johnson made his move on Lap 14, ultimately taking over the lead and establishing himself as the fastest rider on the track with an impressive 19-second lap time, three seconds quicker than the rest of the field. Johnson cruised to the checkered flag with over a six-second cushion on Gibson, who finished in the runner-up spot. Bowers encountered trouble while running third, falling to fifth by the end of the race and allowing FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Cole Siebler, of Emmett, Idaho, to take the final podium spot in third.

In the Arenacross Lites Class, Willard continued his strong start to the season. The Ohio native has been a staple at the front of the field this year, and after grabbing the early lead, he dominated the 18-lap main event to take over first place in the championship. Motostar Kawasaki’s Michael McDade, of Indiana, Pa., finished second, while HotRodsMXRacing.com Honda’s Austin Coon, of Spencer, W. Va., rounded out the podium.

In the Dash for Cash, Tyler Bowers grabbed the win in the exciting four-lap shootout. All proceeds went to Toys for Tots.

The Wilkes Barre Arenacross continues tomorrow, with the second night of action from Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. ET.
 
2012 AMA Arenacross Wilkes Barre Results:
1. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
3. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, Honda
4. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
5. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
6. Michael McDade, Indiana, Pa., Kawasaki
7. Josh Demuth, North Richland Hills, Texas, Kawasaki
8. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM
9. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
10. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
 
2012 AMA Arenacross Lites Wilkes Barre Results:
1. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM
2. Michael McDade, Indiana, Pa., Kawasaki
3. Austin Coon, Spencer, W. Va., Honda
4. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatlong, N.J., KTM
5. Dylan Slusser, Butler, Pa., Honda
6. Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., KTM
7. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
8. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda
9. Michael Lang, Saugerties, N.Y., Honda
10. Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda
 
2012 AMA Arenacross Championship Points:
1. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda (2 wins) – 126
2. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (3 wins) – 113
3. Josh Demuth, North Richland Hills, Texas, Kawasaki – 112
4. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki (1 win) – 109
5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM – 95
6. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda – 72
7. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 66
8. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 62
9. Tyler Bright, Hamer, S.C., KTM – 56
10. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 52
 
2012 Arenacross Lites Eastern Regional Championship Points:
1. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM (2 wins) – 94
2. Michael McDade, Indiana, Pa., Kawasaki (1 win) – 92
3. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatlong, N.J., KTM – 82
4. Travis Sewell, Westfield, Ind., KTM – 69
5. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki – 68
6. Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda – 45
7. T.J. Phillips, New Castle, Pa., Kawasaki – 44
8. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM – 43
9. Austin Coon, Spencer, W. Va., Honda – 35
10. Sean Lipanovich, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 34

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.

For more information on the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series, log on to www.Arenacross.com. For all media requests, please contact Brandon Short brandon@nextlevelsportsinc.com or 949-365-5750.

Never miss out on the latest news! Follow the AMA Arenacross Series on Facebook and Twitter! Log on to http://www.facebook.com/AMAarenacross and http://twitter.com/arenacross today!
AMA Arenacross Championship Points
Arenacross
Arenacross Lites East

Login or sign up to comment.