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AMA Arenacross Minneapolis Preview

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
AMA Arenacross Series
The AMA Arenacross Series season has seen the world’s best arenacross riders wage war inside the country’s most popular arenas since October. Now, following 11 rounds of intense bar-to-bar competition, a pair of champions will be crowned on Saturday night inside Minneapolis’ Target Center for the 12th and final round of the 2012 season.

On the heels of an impressive two-night sweep this past weekend in Reno, Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers needs just one point this weekend to secure back-to-back Arenacross Class Championships, which hasn’t happened since Darcy Lange accomplished the same feat in 2004 and 2005. Bowers’ 12 main event wins matches his total from last season and based on the way he’s been riding recently, he could very well improve on that impressive mark.

Last weekend in Reno, FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson was looking to capitalize on a big win he achieved one week prior and hopefully gain even more ground on Bowers in the premier class standings. Out of the gate in each of the weekend’s two main events. Gibson did what he needed to do, grabbing the early lead and trying to pull away from the field. On each night, however, Bowers followed Gibson in second and tactically put himself in position to win both times, gaining six points on his rival over the course of the weekend and putting himself as close as possible to clinching the 2012 championship.

In order to secure his second consecutive Arenacross Class crown, Bowers simply needs to qualify for the main event on Saturday night. In the world of arenacross, anything can happen at any given moment and while his task should be a relatively easy one to accomplish, Bowers still has some work to do inside the Target Center this weekend.

Along with the drama of the premier class, the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Championship is also being hotly contested heading into the AMA Arenacross Series finale. Thanks to back-to-back fifth-place efforts last weekend, BNTQ.net/TUF Honda’s Kevin Markwardt has moved to within four points of reigning Western Regional Champion Chad Cook, who rides for HOK Racing Kawasaki. In Reno, Cook experienced one of his roughest outings of the season, and saw his points lead shrink from 10 points to four.

With only one main event and 18 laps remaining for the 2012 season, both Cook and Markwardt will be ready to lay it all on the line on Saturday night for the chance to claim a coveted AMA title.

The 12th and final round of the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series season commences on Saturday, February 25, from the Target Center in Minneapolis. Opening ceremonies kick off at 7 p.m. CT.

Previous Round Results:

Livestock Events Center – Reno, Nev.
February 17-18, 2012
Round 11 of 12

Arenacross Class Results (Reno, Nev.) – Night One
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
3. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM
4. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
6. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
7. Travis Sewell, Westville, IN, KTM
8. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda
9. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki

Arenacross Lites Class Results (Reno, Nev.) – Night One
1. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
2. Tiger Lacy, Beaverton, Ore., Kawasaki
3. Michael McDade, Edinburg, Pa, KTM
4. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
5. Kevin Markwardt, Freeport, Ill., Honda
6. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatcong, N.J., KTM
7. Chris Proscelle, Dulzura, Calif., Honda
8. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., Honda
9. Cody Church, Grand Junction, Colo., Kawasaki
10. Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Results (Reno, Nev.) – Night Two
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
3. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
4. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM
5. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM
6. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, Honda
7. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
8. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
9. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
10. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM

Arenacross Lites Class Results (Reno, Nev.) – Night Two
1. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatcong, N.J., KTM
2. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
3. Michael McDade, Edinburg, Pa, KTM
4. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
5. Kevin Markwardt, Freeport, Ill., Honda
6. Tiger Lacy, Beaverton, Ore., Kawasaki
7. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., Honda
8. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
9. Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM
10. Cody Church, Grand Junction, Colo., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 18 of 19)
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (12 wins) – 402
2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda (3 wins) – 378
3. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki (2 wins) – 318
4. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (1 win) – 275
5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 272
6. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda – 245
7. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 206
8. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 173
9. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM – 161
10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 139

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 8 of 9)
1. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki – 98
2. Kevin Markwardt, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 94
3. Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM – 82
4. Cody Church, Grand Junction, Colo., Kawasaki – 57
5. Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM – 47
6. Chris Proscelle, Dulzura, Calif., Honda – 36
7. Patrick Massie, Washington Court House, Ohio, Honda – 35
8. Brandon Marley, McEwen, Tenn., KTM – 24
9. Tiger Lacy, Beaverton, Ore., Kawasaki – 22
10. Nick Myers, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki – 22

2012 Dash for Cash Winners:
Des Moines – Zach Ames
Baltimore Night One – Tyler Bowers
Baltimore Night Two – Tyler Bowers
Madison Night One – Willy Browning
Madison Night Two – Jeff Gibson
Wilkes Barre Night One – Tyler Bowers
Wilkes Barre Night Two – Nathan Skaggs
Grand Rapids Night One – Zach Ames
Grand Rapids Night Two – Jeff Gibson
Topeka Night One – Chad Johnson
Topeka Night Two – Nathan Skaggs
Dayton – Jeff Gibson
Cedar Park Night One – Kelly Smith
Cedar Park Night Two – Tyler Bowers
Lexington – Tyler Bowers
Fresno – Tyler Bowers
Reno Night One – Nathan Skaggs
Reno Night Two – Jeff Gibson

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.

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