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Babbitt’s Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Arenacross Team Sweeps the Podium in Maryland

November 8, 2011

Irvine, Calif. (November 8, 2011) – Babbitt’s Monster Energy Amsoil Kawasaki’s Arenacross team swept the podium at Round 2 of the AMA Arenacross series at First Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Md. Tyler Bowers led the all-green podium aboard his KX™250F, while Josh Demuth took runner-up, and Chad Johnson rounded out the podium in third. On the following day, at Round 3, Bowers finished on the podium in second, Demuth took fourth, and Johnson finished sixth.

Surprise Attack
After winning the first round of the series, Bowers came to Baltimore with momentum. At Round 2 on Friday night, Bowers started off the night on the right foot taking the win in the Dash for Cash. After the gate dropped in the main event, Bowers found himself mid-pack, but put his head down and fought his way to the front of the pack. Once out front he never looked back until the checkers, and took home his second-consecutive win of the season. The following night at Round 3, Bowers finished on the podium in the runner-up spot.

“I started out the weekend pretty strong,” said Bowers. “On Friday night, I started out around fifth and immediately began making some aggressive passes. The track was pretty tight, so everyone was packed in really close. I maneuvered into second behind Demuth and just kept the pressure on him. I made a couple attempts to get around him, but just couldn’t get them to stick at first. I had to launch a surprise attack to get around him. I just came out of nowhere, and ended up getting around him. After that I just tried to avoid the lappers, who were pretty bad. It was tough getting around lappers who were trying to make passes themselves. Overall it was a good race, I was happy to win on Friday night with my parents in the stands.”

Heated Battle
Demuth got off to a great start on Friday night by grabbing the holeshot on his KX250F. He led for several laps, holding off the pack until Bowers moved into second. Demuth battled with Bowers for several laps, fending off numerous pass attempts until he made an error that allowed Bowers by. Demuth ended the night on the podium in second place. On Saturday, Demuth got a mid-pack start and finished the race in fourth place.

Rounding Out the Sweep
On Friday night, Johnson got a mid-pack start and began picking off riders. He moved his way through the field into third, behind teammates Bowers and Demuth. Johnson finished on the box in third place, completing Babbitt’s Monster Energy Amsoil Kawasaki’s podium sweep of Round 2. On Saturday, Johnson got another mid-pack start and finished in sixth.

Forward to Wisconsin
Next weekend, Babbitt’s Monster Energy Amsoil Kawasaki’s Arenacross team heads to Round 4 of the AMA Arenacross series at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Bowers hopes to get back on top of the podium to stretch his points lead. Currently sitting third in the points, Demuth looks to grab his first win of the season and move into the number two spot on the leaderboard. Johnson aims to get back on the box and continue his march up the leaderboard.
Results
2012 AMA Arenacross Series
First Mariner Arena – Baltimore, Md.
November 4-5, 2011


Arenacross Class Results – Round 2
1. TYLER BOWERS, BABBITT’S MONSTER ENERGY AMSOIL KAWASAKI
2. JOSH DEMUTH, BABBITT’S MONSTER ENERGY AMSOIL KAWASAKI
3. CHAD JOHNSON, BABBITT’S MONSTER ENERGY AMSOIL KAWASAKI

4. Jeff Gibson, Honda
5. Nathan Skaggs, Honda

Arenacross Class Results – Round 3
1. Jeff Gibson, Honda
2. TYLER BOWERS, BABBITT’S MONSTER ENERGY AMSOIL KAWASAKI
3. Nathan Skaggs, Honda
4. JOSH DEMUTH, BABBITT’S MONSTER ENERGY AMSOIL KAWASAKI
5. ZACH AMES, KAWASAKI


Arenacross Class Points -
1. TYLER BOWERS, BABBITT’S MONSTER ENERGY AMSOIL KAWASAKI, 72

2. Jeff Gibson, Honda, 63
3. JOSH DEMUTH, BABBITT’S MONSTER ENERGY AMSOIL KAWASAKI, 62
4. Nathan Skaggs, Honda, 54
5. CHAD JOHNSON, BABBITT’S MONSTER ENERGY AMSOIL KAWASAKI, 42

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