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Team Green | 3/20/2014
Bowers Takes Control of the Arenacross Race to the Championship in Texas
Bowers Takes Control of the Arenacross Race to the Championship in Texas
Irvine, Calif. (March 20, 2014) – As the AMA Arenacross Race the to Championship comes down the wire, a familiar face rose to the top in Hidalgo, Texas. Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers put on a dominating performance by putting his No.1 Kawasaki out front each main event and sweeping both Friday and Saturday night. Zach Ames came into Texas as the points leader but crashes on both nights dropped him to third in the championship. Colt Nichols finished ninth overall on Friday and 11th overall on Saturday.
Back on Top
The reigning champion Bowers knew that this round was important to make a statement and take control of the championship. He did that by grabbing the holeshot in each main event and running away with the win each time with very few challenges. He was able to win the head-to-head bracket races on Saturday earning him an additional championship point and capping off a perfect night. Bowers now leads the championship by 18 points going into the final round.

“I made it easy on myself this weekend,” said Bowers. “I think I got every single holshot except for one of my heat races. I got caught up with some lappers on Friday and had guys close on me, but was able to get the win. Friday I actually didn’t feel that great, but was able to get the win and Saturday I felt much more on my game. Now I can just look to get a good finish at the final round and wrap this up.”
Carnage
Ames did not have the weekend he wanted in Texas as it began with a crash in practice. With a sore ankle, Ames could not avoid getting caught up in other riders carnage. He was forced to go to the LCQ on both nights to qualify for the main events and once in the mains the carnage continued. In the second main event on Friday, Ames was collected in a first turn crash that left him battered with a torn jersey but he recovered to a fourth place. The crash-filled weekend dropped Ames to third in the championship with one round remaining.

“This weekend wasn’t the best,” said Ames. “I had my share of crashes, but I just seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We lost a lot of ground this weekend, so all we can do is work to win in Salt Lake and let the pieces fall into place.”
Having Fun
After starting out the Race to the Championship at the front of the pack, Nichols has fallen from championship contention but that has not had a negative effect on the rookie. Nichols started off only a half-second off the top qualifying time on Friday and transferred to the main events through his heat. Starting mid-pack, Nichols went 10-9 on the night for ninth overall. On Saturday Nichols found himself in the LCQ with Ames, but they were both able to transfer out and he went on to finish 11th overall.

“I’m always learning new things out there,” said Nichols. “Obviously we want to win, but as long as I am able to take something away from he weekend, I’m happy. We’ll be looking to finish on a high note in Salt Lake City.”
Reverse
The track in Texas was a typical arenacross layout, but ran counterclockwise. This made it challenging for the riders, which led to multiples mistakes and crashes. The track also featured a long sweeping 180-degree sand corner that developed big berms.
Finale
AMA Arenacross will take a week off before making the final stop of the season at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, March 29th. Bowers will look to secure his fourth-consecutive Arenacross championship while Ames will look to steal his first title from the champ.
Results
AMA Arenacross
State Farm Arena – Hidalgo, Texas
March 14-15, 2014

Arenacross Class Friday Overall
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (1-1)

2. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Honda (2-2)
3. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda (3-3)
4. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (5-6)
5. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (7-5)
6. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (9-4)
7. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (6-10)
8. Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki (12-7)
9. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (10-9)

10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (4-16)

Arenacross Class Saturday Overall
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (1-1)

2. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda (3-2)
3. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (5-3)
4. Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki (4-6)
5. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Honda (2-7)
6. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (8-4)
7. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (9-5)
8. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (6-9)
9. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (10-8)
10. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (7-11)
11. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (14-10)

Arenacross Race to the Championship Standings
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki – 158

2. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Honda – 140
3. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki – 131
4. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda – 121
5. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 110
6. Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki – 104
7. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 103
8. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 102
9. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki – 90
10. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki – 89
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