GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Saturday night signified the conclusion of the third round of the 2013 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, season with a second night of action inside Van Andel Arena.
After a dominant night on Friday in which he swept each of the two Arenacross Class Main Events, Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider Tyler Bowers, of Danville, Ky., kept the momentum going on Saturday, once again winning both races.
The impressive performance was Bowers’ fourth overall victory this season and extended his lead in the championship.
In the Arenacross Lites Class, Motosport.com/JBR/Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Steven Mages, of Sardinia, Ohio, also made it a clean sweep of the weekend, capitalizing on a late-race pass to take his second consecutive win.
The first main event provided a glimpse of what lied ahead for Bowers’ competitors when he grabbed the holeshot to post a wire-to-wire finish without much of a challenge from any rival. Team Faith/Fly Racing KTM’s Jeff Gibson, of Pataskala, Ohio, followed in second, while Mosites Motorsports Kawasaki’s Michael McDade, of Edinburg, Pa., rounded out the podium in third.
Once again, Bowers held the distinction of being the rider to select the inversion for the second Main Event. On Friday night, Bowers’ selection inverted the entire 16-rider field, but on Saturday, the top eight riders had their gate picks altered.
Pitted on the far outside position of the first row, Bowers still managed to pass the field out of the gate and grab another holeshot. Once in the lead, Bowers never let up, putting forth another wire-to-wire effort to claim his ninth main event win in 12 attempts, including a perfect four victories this weekend. He was accompanied on the podium by Gibson and Motosport.com/JBR/Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Nathan Skaggs, of Chillicothe, Ohio.
In the overall classification, Bowers was followed by Gibson, while Skaggs finished third.
With his second straight night earning maximum Main Event points, Bowers moved to 35 points ahead of his teammate Zach Ames, of Prospect, Ohio. The countdown to the Race to the Championship has now reached its halfway point, with only three rounds remaining until the four-round showdown to crown a champion.
In the Arenacross Lites Class Main Event, Hillview Motorsports Suzuki’s Steve Roman, of Apollo, Pa., grabbed the holeshot with Mages and Millview Motorsports Yamaha’s T.J. Philips, of New Castle, Pa., in tow. Roman led for most of the 18-lap Main Event, but a bobble inside the final five laps allowed Mages to slip by, followed by BWRengines.com Honda’s Kyle White, of Freeport, Ill., in second. Mages held on for the win, with White grabbing the runner-up spot. Roman finished in third.