LEXINGTON, Ky. — The ninth round of the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series season signified the series’ debut from Rupp Arena, and to commemorate the occasion, a champion was crowned as Motostar Kawasaki’s Michael McDade, of Edinburg, Pa., captured his first career American Motorcyclist Ass’n title in the Arenacross Lites Eastern Regional Championship.
In the premier Arenacross Class, Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers, of Danville, Ky., grabbed his 10th win of the season in front of his hometown crowd, extending his championship lead.
McDade entered the night with a 17-point lead over Dragon Racing Fuels/AG Motorsports KTM’s Michael Willard. When the gate dropped on the 18-lap main event, McDade took the holeshot and looked to pull away from the field. On Lap 2, Team Faith KTM’s Kevin Johnson, of Spring, Texas, slipped past McDade and asserted himself out front. As McDade attempted to battle back, he went down, allowing Airide KTM’s Daniel Blair, of Lodi, Calif., and Reed & Reese KTM’s Dave Ginolfi, of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., to slip past.
Johnson continued to pull away, while Blair and Ginolfi rounded out a podium sweep for KTM in second and third, respectively. McDade remounted but fell again on Lap 9, ultimately bringing home a 13th-place finish. Despite his misfortune, McDade was still able to secure the title.
In the 25-lap Arenacross Class Main Event, FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson, of Blacklick, Ohio, grabbed the holeshot and early lead, with Bowers in tow. On Lap 2, Bowers passed Gibson, only to have his rival fight back one lap later.
The pair paced one another for the next eight laps before Bowers made another pass on Lap 11. Once he worked his way back into the lead, Bowers stayed out front while Bella’s Cupcakes/Club MX Kawasaki’s Zach Ames, of Prospect, Ohio, moved into second. Gibson finished third.
Bowers extended his point lead to 21 over Gibson, as the series heads west.BREAKING NEWS: SPEED SPORT is back in print with a new monthly format! Subscribe for just $24.95. Special offer for former subscribers.