Friday at Wells-Fargo Arena the dedicated Des Moines fans and riders enjoyed a sneak peek at the highly-anticipated 2012 AMA Arenacross Series.
The technical track inside Wells Fargo Arena is on the verge of completion, and a handful of the sports’ biggest names, and local riders, were able to log some laps for the Des Moines press.Fans eagerly awaiting the kick off round of the 2012 season have been showered with local television coverage in Des Moines, via the market’s ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates, showing the 150-load dirt dump inside Wells Fargo Arena, as well as features on local riders Devin Reed, of Indianola, and Brett McLaud, of Cedar Rapids.Additionally, the market has been heavy with radio interviews featuring Miss Arenacross Lindsey Scheltema, as well as articles in the local newspaper publications.Defending series champion Tyler Bowers, and his Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis teammates Chad Johnson and Josh Demuth, along with FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson and Cole Siebler were able to hit the track early, getting acclimated to the layout, and showing the skill, speed and excitement of the AMA Arenacross Series to the local media.For Reed and McLaud, it was a chance to be in the spotlight in front of family and friends who will be cheering them on from the stands on Saturday night.Devin Reed says: “This is so cool. I’m so excited to start the season right here in Des Moines. I raced arenacross for the first time last season and really fell in love with it. I’ve spent a lot of time preparing for Saturday night, and I’m looking forward to showing what I’ve got.”Brett McLaud will make his debut pro appearance Saturday night.Brett McLaud says: “I’ve been racing arenacross for many years as an amateur, and now I’m ready to take that next step. I couldn’t think of a better place to start my career, and while I’m a little nervous, I’m actually just really excited that this day has finally come.”Fans in attendance on Saturday night will be treated to an exceptional night of competition, as the world’s best Arenacross competitors go bar-to-bar in the first of 12 rounds to crown a champion at the end of February. Beginning in January, the high-octane action can be seen exclusively on SPEED, as the network will televise 13 broadcasts, beginning with this weekend’s opening round from Des Moines.