Bowers Perfect at Grand Rapids AMSOIL Arenacross
January 22, 2013
Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki rider Tyler Bower's was simply dominant last weekend as the 2013 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross, season headed for two nights of racing in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The first main event left little doubt that Bowers was going to be the rider to beat on Friday night. After positioning himself in second out of the gate behind Nathan Skaggs, Bowers made a quick move to take over the lead prior to the conclusion of the opening lap and never looked back. Behind him, Skaggs and Jeff Gibson engaged in battle for the runner-up spot, with Gibson eventually crossing the line in second, while Skaggs settled for third.
As a result of his victorious effort in the first main event, Bowers held the responsibility of picking the number of riders that would be inverted prior to the second main event. Surely to his displeasure, Bowers’ selection inverted the entire 16-rider field, giving him the last gate pick for the 12-lap finale.
Despite lining up on the back row, Bowers emerged from the first turn inside the top five as the second main got underway. Out front, Gared Steinke grabbed the early lead. It wasn’t long before Bowers began to make his climb through the field, moving into third almost immediately and then taking over second on lap three. Once he set his sights on Steinke, it was only a matter of time before he found himself at the front of the field, assuming control of the race on lap 6 and riding to another victory. Steinke held on to finish second, while Dave Ginolfi finished third.
After a dominant night on Friday Bowers kept the momentum going on Saturday, once again winning each of the main events. The impressive performance was Bowers’ fourth overall victory this season and extended his lead in the championship.
The first main 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. Jeff Gibson followed in second, while Michael McDade 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. He was accompanied on the podium by Gibson and Nathan Skaggs.
In the overall classification, Bowers was followed by Gibson, while Skaggs finished third.
The perfect weekend moved Bowers to 35 points ahead of his teammate Zach Ames in the overall championship. 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.
The 2013 AMSOIL Arenacross season continues next weekend from Tulsa, Okla., and the BOK Center with one night of action on Saturday, January 26. Fourth round broadcast coverage can be seen on SPEED next Sunday, January 27, at 6 p.m. ET.
Feld Motor Sports/AMSOIL Racing