Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Road to Supercross Competitors Continue to Shine as AMSOIL Arenacross Makes Anticipated Return to Milwaukee

Courtesy of Feld Motorsports

Road to Supercross Competitors Continue to Shine as AMSOIL Arenacross Makes Anticipated Return to Milwaukee
Zach Ames and Tony Archer Maintain Leads in Championship Chases

AURORA, Ill. (January 28, 2014) – The start of the 2014 season of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, has been nothing short of captivating as four different riders have emerged with overall victories through the first four rounds and six nights of action in the Arenacross Class. The dramatic and unpredictable competition continues this weekend as the championship makes its first visit to Milwaukee, Wis., in over a decade for the fifth round of the season inside U.S. Cellular Arena on Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1.

Of the four different Arenacross Class overall winners this season, two have been rising stars from the groundbreaking Road to Supercross program. Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger made history by becoming the first rider in the Road to Supercross to capture an overall win during the second round of the season, and just this past weekend Brewer Cycles Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes broke through for his first career overall victory at his hometown race in Greensboro, N.C.

Adding to the excitement coming from the riders in the Road to Supercross program last weekend was a career-best runner-up finish from Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider Colt Nichols. The Oklahoma native enjoyed the most consistent performance of his rookie season by finishing with 3-1 Main Event results, which left him just a couple points shy of Hayes’ 1-2 scores. The 1-2 finish by Road to Supercross riders was a first in AMSOIL Arenacross.

The attention-grabbing efforts from the talented group of Road to Supercross riders have also added to the depth of the Arenacross Class. Reigning three-time champion Tyler Bowers has broke through for a pair of overall wins this season, but the Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki rider has also battled with his consistency against a much more aggressive field of riders. Motosport.com/MJM Express/Spinechillers Racing Kawasaki’s Michael McDade also has a pair of overall wins this season, but like Bowers it has been a challenge to find consistency.

Bowers recently revealed he has been racing all season with a broken tibia suffered following heavy contact with several riders at the opening round of the season. No stranger to racing through pain and even a broken bone, Bowers has shown that nothing should be taken for granted in today’s ultra-competitive world of AMSOIL Arenacross.

“Breaking my tibia early in the season set me back a bit, clearly,” said Bowers. “Unfortunately, after my collarbone last season, an injury in the fall, and now this I feel I’m getting too good at riding with injury for my own good. I feel like now I can almost deal with anything and keep my eyes set on the goal [the championship]. I’m getting back into things and feeling more confident on the bike, and I look forward to the rest of the season. I have that fire flaring inside!”

As a whole, consistency is still something every rider in the championship is currently looking for, healthy or not, and that constant battle is a direct result as to why the championship battle remains close. The rider that has proved to be the most consistent up to this point in the season is Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Zach Ames, who has sat atop the Arenacross Class standings for nearly the entire season. Thanks to a trio of overall runner-up efforts, Ames holds a two-point advantage in the championship even though he is still in search of his first overall win of the season.

The complexities of the premier division with its veteran talent overcoming the odds and the fearless determination of the Road to Supercross competitors have made for a compelling start to the season that should continue this weekend in Milwaukee and beyond.

The Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship has also seen four different winners emerge through the first six nights of action. Both Hillview Motorsports Suzuki’s Steve Roman and Triangle Cycles Yamaha’s Keith Tucker lead the way with two wins a piece, but its Traders Racing Kawasaki’s Tony Archer who holds possession of the championship lead.

Last weekend in Greensboro, Roman put forth an impressive ride to secure his second victory of the season, which helped move him into fourth in the title hunt. Archer enters this weekend’s action in Milwaukee with a 24-point advantage over Yamaha rider Jacob Williamson.

Friday and Saturday night’s action from U.S. Cellular Arena signifies the return of AMSOIL Arenacross to Milwaukee for the first time since the early part of the new millennium. The championship last visited the region in 2011, when Madison, Wis., hosted the world’s most intense form of racing.

Action from Milwaukee begins on Friday night at 7 p.m. CT, followed by a second night of action on Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

The entire AMSOIL Arenacross season will air on FOX Sports 1, including re-airs on FOX Sports 2. 
Previous round results:

Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, N.C.
January 25, 2014

Arenacross Class Results – Overall (Main Event Finishes)

  1. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki (1-2)
  2. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki (3-1)
  3. Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki (5-3)
  4. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki (4-4)
  5. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (2-7)
  6. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki (7-6)
  7. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (11-5)
  8. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (8-8)
  9. Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM (6-11)
  10. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda (9-9)

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results

1.     Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki
2.     Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
3.     Cheyenne Harmon, Olivia, Texas, Honda
4.     Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM
5.     Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda
6.     Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., Kawasaki
7.     Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
8.     Chad Wages, Frederick, Md., KTM
9.     Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM
10.  Josh Struebig, Crown Point, Ind., KTM

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 6 of 19)

  1. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 151
  2. Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki – 149
  3. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 145
  4. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki – 138
  5. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 121
  6. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki – 91 
  7. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 90
  8. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM – 86
  9. Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM – 85
  10. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 83

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 6 of 9)

1.     Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., Kawasaki – 78
2.     Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Yamaha – 54
3.     Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM – 51
4.     Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki – 50
5.     Michael Lang, Saugerties, N.Y., Honda – 41
6.     Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM – 36
7.     Keith Tucker, Furgacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha – 33
8.     Fredrik Noren, Sweden, KTM – 28
9.     Dylan Rouse, Verona, Ky., Honda – 20
10.  Travis Delnicki, Woodstock Valley, Conn., Suzuki – 20
11.  Chad Wages, Frederick, Md., KTM – 20 

Live timing and scoring from each round of the AMSOIL Arenacross season returns for the 2014 season! To follow the intense racing action live, log onto www.Arenacross.com.

For more information on the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross season, and to purchase tickets, 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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