WORCESTER, Mass. — Night two of the season-opening round of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross from the DCU Center proved to be a showcase evening for defending champion Tyler Bowers, of Danville, Ky.
The Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider swept the pair of main events for the overall win and also assumed control of the points lead in the process.
In the Arenacross Lites Class, Ticketwow Honda’s Michael Lang, of Saugerties, N.Y., made a last-lap pass for the win.
A packed house was on hand on Saturday night to watch the brand new, action-packed competition format of AMSOIL Arenacross. To add to the excitement of the evening, the race was broadcast live on SPEED for the first time, bringing the close, bar-to-bar racing into hundreds of thousands of homes across the country, kicking off a groundbreaking broadcast schedule for AMSOIL Arenacross.
In the first main event of the evening, opening night winner Zach Ames, of Prospect, Ohio, jumped into the early lead with the holeshot aboard his Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki. Bowers asserted himself into second behind his teammate and began to position himself for a late race pass. After maintaining a gap of about one second, Bowers made a textbook inside pass on lap eight of 12 and carried it through to the finish. Ames held on for second, while Mosites Motorsports Kawasaki’s Michael McDade, of Edinburg, Pa., finished third.
With his second main event win in three attempts, Bowers awaited the outcome of the inversion for the second main event, where zero, eight, or the entire 16-rider field will have their gate selection reversed from their finishing order in the first Main Event. On Saturday night, the inversion changed the position of all 16 riders, meaning Bowers needed to come from the worst gate pick in order to win.
To make matters even more challenging, the Babbitt’s team discovered following the first Main Event that Bowers’ engine blew, forcing them to replace it in a matter of 21 minutes between Main Events to make sure Bowers was on the line.
In the final main event, Kawasaki rider Patrick Massie, of Washington Court House, Ohio, grabbed the holeshot and the early lead, but was passed by Motosport Hillsboro Kawasaki’s Gared Steinke, of Woodland, Calif., shortly thereafter. On lap eight, Bowers completed his climb through the field by making the winning pass on Steinke and racing to the finish. Friday’s second Main Event winner McDade made a late pass to finish in the runner-up spot, with Steinke in third.
In the overall classification for the evening, Bowers secured maximum points from the main events for first overall, with McDade second, and Ames third.
In the Arenacross Lites Class main event, TZR Woodstock KTM’s Scott Zont, of Algonquin, Ill., captured the holeshot and led the first six laps of competition. On lap seven, Patrick Massie moved into the lead and then engaged in battle with Lang through the remainder of the main event.
On the final lap, Massie went down in the last corner, allowing Lang to take the win. Massie rebounded to finish second with BWRengines.com Honda’s Maxx Malatia, of Itasca, Ill., in third.