2014 Worcester Arenacross | Kawasaki’s Bowers Begins Title Defense Friday

Kawasaski's Tyler Bowers

Kawasaski’s Tyler Bowers

2014 Arenacross: Worcester Friday Results

Following three years of domination in AMSOIL Arenacross, Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider Tyler Bowers began 2014 in the most optimal position – on top of the podium.

Bowers, who chases his fourth straight title in 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, swept both main events Friday evening at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.

Joining Bowers on the overall podium was his teammate Zach Ames (4-2) and Brewer Cycles Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes (3-5), making for a Kawasaki sweep of the podium.

Winning the opening round of the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Championship was Triangle Cycle Yamaha’s Keith Tucker.

During the first Arenacross main event, Motorsport.com/Spinchillers Racing Kawasaki’s Michael McDade grabbed the lead, with Ames and Bowers following second a third, respectively.

McDade opened a small lead over the field and maintained it through the majority of the 15-lap race. Behind him, Bowers made a pass on his teammate for second on Lap 2 and patiently waited for his opportunity to attack McDade for the lead. On Lap 11, Bowers made his move and took over the lead, carrying it through to the finish ahead of McDade and Hayes.

Bowers selected an inversion of zero riders heading into the second Main Event, meaning he and his rivals carried an advantage into the 15-lap race.

As the gate dropped on the final race of the evening, Hayes got a good jump to grab the early lead with Team Faith/FLY Racing KTM’s Gavin Gracyk and Bowers close behind. McDade didn’t fare as well when contact pushed him deep in the 16-rider field. Bowers moved into second on Lap 5 and needed four laps to make the winning pass on Hayes. Ames followed his teammate into the lead duo, assuming second. The pair maintained their spots through to the finish, with Gracyk fending off a stiff challenge from Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Colt Nichols to finish third.

Bowers’ perfect 1-1 scores secured the overall, with Ames (4-2) and Hayes (3-5) rounding out the podium.

In the first Head-to-Head Bracket Racing of the season pitted the top four finishers from each Arenacross Class Heat Race against one another in a battle for coveted championship bonus points. While all eight riders secured a single bonus point for their efforts, it was Hayes who emerged victorious to secure the additional bonus point awarded to the winner.

In the Arenacross Lites Class Main Event, Honda rider Kyle Bitterman took the early lead with Ticketwow/TUF Honda’s Michael Lang and TZR/Woodstock KTM’s Scott Zont in tow. It didn’t take long for the excitement to begin as Lang took over the top spot early with Bitterman crashing out of the 18-lap race.

The following lap, Lang and Hillview Motorsports Suzuki’s Steve Roman engaged in battle for the top spot, ultimately making contact and allowing Yamaha rider Jacob Williamson to take over the top spot. Swedish rider Fredik Noren followed into second aboard his KTM.

Williamson maintained a narrow lead over Noren for the next six laps, before Noren closed in on Lap 12 and took advantage of misfortune by Williamson. Noren attempted to open a gap on the field, but his possession of the top spot was short lived when Tucker made the winning pass the following lap. Tucker maintained his advantage for the remainder of the Main Event to take his first career win. Noren followed in second, with Roman rebounding to finish third.

The opening round of AMSOIL Arenacross from Worcester’s DCU Center continues with a second night of action Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Arenacross Class Results – Main Event 1 (Worcester)

  1.     Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
  2.     Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki
  3.     Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki
  4.     Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
  5.     Keith Tucker, Fugacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha
  6.     Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM
  7.     Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
  8.     Gavin Gracyk, Cairo, Ga., KTM
  9.     Fredrik Noren, Sweden, KTM
  10.     Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Results – Main Event 2 (Worcester)

  1.     Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
  2.     Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
  3.     Gavin Gracyk, Cairo, Ga., KTM
  4.     Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki
  5.     Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki
  6.     Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
  7.     Keith Tucker, Fugacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha
  8.     Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM
  9.     Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki
  10.     Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM

Arenacross Class Results – Overall (Main Event Finishes)

  1.     Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2.     Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki (4-2)
  3.     Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki (3-5)
  4.     Gavin Gracyk, Cairo, Ga., KTM (8-3)
  5.     Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki (2-9)
  6.     Keith Tucker, Fugacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha (5-7)
  7.     Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (7-6)
  8.     Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM (6-8)
  9.     Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki (15-4)
  10.     Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (11-10)

Arenacross Lites Class Results (Worcester, Mass.)

  1.     Keith Tucker, Furgacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha
  2.     Fredrik Noren, Sweden, KTM
  3.     Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki
  4.     Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., Kawasaki
  5.     Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM
  6.     Sunny Drake, Fulton, N.Y., Kawasaki
  7.     Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM
  8.     Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Yamaha
  9.     Aaron Lampi, Fishkill, N.Y., Suzuki
  10.     Tyler Wozney, Clayton, Del., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 1 of 19)

  1.     Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 33
  2.     Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 29
  3.     Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki – 28
  4.     Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki – 24
  5.     Gavin Gracyk, Cairo, Ga., KTM – 23
  6.     Keith Tucker, Fugacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha – 23
  7.     Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 22
  8.     Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM – 20
  9.     Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki – 16
  10.     Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM – 13
  11.     Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki – 13

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 1 of 9)

  1.     Keith Tucker, Furgacy-varina, N.C., Yamaha – 16
  2.     Fredrik Noren, Sweden, KTM – 15
  3.     Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki – 14
  4.     Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., Kawasaki – 13
  5.     Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM – 12
  6.     Sunny Drake, Fulton, N.Y., Kawasaki – 11
  7.     Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Yamaha – 9
  8.     Aaron Lampi, Fishkill, N.Y., Suzuki – 8
  9.     Tyler Wozney, Clayton, Del., Kawasaki – 7
  10.     Logan Pfleiderer, Galion, Ohio, KTM – 6

The entire AMSOIL Arenacross season will air on FOX Sports 1, including re-airs on FOX Sports 2.

Live timing and scoring from each round of the AMSOIL Arenacross season returns for the 2014 season. To follow the intense racing action live, log onto Arenacross.com.

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