Video - AMSOIL Arenacross: Catching Up with Tyler Bowers
AURORA, Ill. (October 28, 2013) – Reigning three-time AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, Champion Tyler Bowers would likely agree that the 2013 season was the most memorable of his career. The Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki rider successfully captured his third consecutive Arenacross Class title and capped off the season with a surprise inaugural victory at the Eastern Regional 250SX Class finale of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. His successes were historic and it vaulted Bowers and AMSOIL Arenacross into the spotlight as a breeding ground for future talent.
With the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross season nearing, Bowers is already looking ahead to cementing himself as one of the all-time greats in the discipline. With a potential fourth championship in his sights, the current king of AMSOIL Arenacross is pulling out all the stops to ensure he’s at the top of his game come January. Part of that preparation was competing at the Monster Energy Cup this past weekend, going toe-to-toe against the world’s elite riders. AMSOIL Arenacross caught up with Bowers to see what he’s been up to and get his thoughts on another title defense.
Reigning Three Time Champion Tyler Bowers and Zach Ames Return to Babbitt’s Kawasaki Lineup for 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross Season
AURORA, Ill. (September 13, 2013) – Arguably the most formidable team in AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, the Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki team has set the standard in recent years, winning four consecutive titles. For the upcoming 2014 season, reigning three-time champion Tyler Bowers will once again lead the squad into action, flanked by close friend Zach Ames who returns for his second year with the team.
In four full seasons of AMSOIL Arenacross competition Bowers has captured three consecutive titles and amassed 53 career victories, placing fourth on the all-time wins list. Facing a brand new racing format last season in AMSOIL Arenacross – which was highlighted by two main events during each round of action and a playoff-inspired Race to the Championship – Bowers still rose to the occasion more often than not, and even overcame a broken collarbone to grab a total of 20 main event wins en route to the title.
Bowers’ incredible AMSOIL Arenacross season laid the groundwork for even greater success in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, where he claimed an impressive victory in the final race of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship. Bowers’ stellar substitute stint with the famed Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team vaulted him into the sport’s spotlight and also showcased the immense talent of the riders in AMSOIL Arenacross.
“The 2013 season was definitely the most memorable of my career,” said Bowers. “I had to deal with a little bit of everything last year, both bad and good, and we managed to come out of it all with our third consecutive AMSOIL Arenacross title and a supercross win. I’m not exactly sure how I even begin to try and top that for the 2014 season, but I’m looking forward to defending my crown and reasserting myself and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki as the rider and team to beat.”
The success Bowers has achieved in his time with Team Babbitt’s has also made him a mentor to his returning teammate Ames. The duo spends considerable time together both on and off the track and their friendship is evident in the amount of success each rider was able to achieve last season, with Ames claiming a pair of overall victories of his own and playing a significant role in the battle for the championship. With a full season of competition aboard the Babbitt’s Kawasaki under his belt, Ames’ expectations are even greater and his confidence is higher than ever.
“It was an incredible opportunity to race for Babbitt’s last season and see how they do things. It’s no wonder why they’ve been so successful,” said Ames. “I learned a lot racing alongside Tyler and I feel like I made huge strides as a rider last season. Now I’m more prepared than ever and I look forward to challenging the champ in 2014.”
With four AMSOIL Arenacross championships to its credit the past success of the team and the veteran status of its pair of riders make Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki the team to beat heading into the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross season. While the gap between them and the rest of the field continues to get smaller with each passing season, the team’s leadership helps its riders push the envelope even more in pursuit of continued success.
“I think we have the most talented lineup in AMSOIL Arenacross right now,” said Babbitt’s Team Manager Denny Bartz. “Tyler and Zach both had tremendous seasons last year and we are using all of that success to our advantage heading into the 2014 season. We know the field is going to be gunning for us, but we’re confident in our program and are looking forward to another great year.”
The Babbitt’s team will kick off their quest for a fourth championship when the first round of the series kicks off in Worcester, Mass. On January 3, 2014. Tickets and up-to-date information on AMSOIL Arenacross can be found at www.Arenacross.com.
Where He Belongs
Monster Energy Kawasaki rolled the dice last night at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas as Monster Energy Supercross came to a close. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers won his first main event in the East region.
Where He Belongs
Bowers is used to
dominating the Arenacross circuit so when he won his
first supercross main event, he was right at home on top
of the podium. The three-time Arenacross champion
made a statement in Vegas by being the top qualifier in the Eastern Region and
riding 15 mistake-free laps in the East main event to take his first career supercross win.
“It’s kind of a Cinderella story,” said Bowers. “I had no plans to race supercross after wrapping up the Arenacross championship, but after getting the call from Mitch Payton I was 100-percent committed. The team has worked so hard and I have as well, so it feels great to get my first win.”
Monster Energy Supercross – Round 17
Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, Nev.
May 4, 2013
250SX Eastern Regional Main Event
1. TYLER BOWERS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
2. Marvin Musquin, KTM
3. Wil Hahn, Honda
4. Blake Wharton, Suzuki
5. Gavin Faith, Honda
6. Vince Friese, Honda
7. Lance Vincent, KTM
8. Cole Thompson, Honda
9. Daniel Herrlein, Honda
10. AJ CATANZARO, KAWASAKI
250SX Eastern Regional Points Standings
1. Wil Hahn, Honda,
2. Marvin Musquin, KTM,
3. Blake Wharton, Suzuki,
4. Vince Friese, Honda,
5. Gavin Faith, Honda,
6. Cole Thompson, Honda,
7. DEAN WILSON, MONSTER ENERFGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI,
8. Lance Vincent, KTM,
9. Kyle Peters, Yamaha,
10. AJ CATANZARO, KAWASAKI,
12.JUSTIN HILL, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI,
16. TYLER BOWERS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI,
250SX East/West Shootout
1. Ken Roczen, KTM
2. Kyle Cunningham, Yamaha
3. Marvin Musquin, KTM,
4. MARTIN DAVALOS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
5. Blake Wharton, Suzuki,
6. Jason Anderson, Suzuki
7. Ryan Sipes, Suzuki
8. Cole Seely, Honda
9. Malcolm Stewart, KTM
10. TYLA RATTRAY, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
14. TYLER BOWERS, MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI