WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The sixth round of the 2013 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, season came to a conclusion on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki rider Tyler Bowers earned his eighth overall victory of the season, as the points leader’s triumphant effort also set the 10-rider field for the inaugural Race to the Championship, scheduled to kick off next weekend.
In addition to the excitement of the Arenacross Class, a champion was crowned in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class as Fun Mart Cycle KTM’s Michael Willard made it a weekend sweep in Wilkes Barre to secure the title.
In the first Arenacross Class Main Event of the evening, last night’s winner Jeff Gibson grabbed the early lead aboard his Team Faith/FLY Racing KTM with Bowers in tow. After applying consistent pressure on the lead, Bowers took advantage of his longtime rival and established a comfortable margin, ultimately claiming the checkered flag. Gibson followed in second, while KMS KTM’s Dave Ginolfi finished third.
For the second consecutive night, Bowers selected the inversion for the final Main Event. After choosing no inversion on Friday, Bowers selected his least-favorite inversion of eight on Saturday.
Bowers lined up on the outside of the first row for the second Main Event and out of the gate, he took advantage of his size and aggression to take over the early lead. Behind him, Pennsylvania native and Mosites Motorsports Kawasaki rider Michael McDade battled through the pain of an injured wrist to assert himself into second. Motosport.com/JBR/Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Willy Browning battled to finish third.
Neither Gibson nor Ginolfi were able to overcome their inverted starting positions, finishing ninth and seventh, respectively.
Bowers’ convincing sweep of the Main Events helped him bounce back from a fall on Friday night and makes him the number one seed in the Race to the Championship. His Babbitt’s Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Zach Ames followed in second overall, while McDaded secured a third overall finish in front of his hometown crowd.
Bowers will head into the Race to the Championship as the top seed. He will be followed by Ames, Gibson, Team Faith/FLY Racing KTM’s Kelly Smith, Motosport.com/JBR/Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Nathan Skaggs, McDade, Browning, Ankle Savers Kawasaki’s Gared Steinke, Advocare Suzuki’s Daniel Blair, and Ginofli.
With only seven points separating the top two riders in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship, Saturday night provided a dramatic showdown between both Willard and Hillview Motorsports Suzuki’s Steve Roman. Willard emerged with the early lead out of the gate with Roman in tow. The pair set the pace of the field before Roman moved into the lead just past the halfway point of the 18-lap Main Event. Just a few laps later Roman went down, allowing Willard reclaim the lead and carry it through to the finish, winning the title on a high note.
Roman rebounded to secure the runner-up finish for the second consecutive night, while BWRengines.com Honda’s Maxx Malatia posted back-to-back third-place results.