10 Questions with Newly Crowned Eastern Regional AX Lites Champion Tony Archer

| 7 February 2014 6:33 pm

Rider Interview: Tony Archer
AMSOIL Arenacross Series

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos courtesy of Kawasaki and ShiftOne Photography
AURORA, IL, FEB. 7, 2014

Throughout the first eight nights of the nine-race Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship, there wasn’t a rider more consistent than Traders Racing Kawasaki’s Tony Archer. A native of southern Maryland, Archer rose to the forefront of the highly competitive division, and although he didn’t win a main event, his consistency at the front of the field established him as the rider to beat in the title fight.

In eight main events, Archer averaged a finish of 4.38, with a pair of runner-up efforts that ultimately helped him capture the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites-class crown with one race still remaining on the schedule. It was Archer’s first career title, professional or amateur, and it has proved to be a landmark achievement for him.

The new Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Champion – Tony Archer.

The new Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Champion – Tony Archer.

You’ve been racing at the professional level for several years but are relatively new to AMSOIL Arenacross. What appealed to you to focus on this discipline?
I liked seeing the growth of the series and the quality of riders racing. That was the main reason for putting my effort towards Arenacross.

How was your adjustment to AMSOIL Arenacross?
I felt like I adjusted pretty quickly. It took a little time to figure it all out, but once I got the basics down, I progressed from there.

What is the most difficult adjustment to make in the discipline?
The close, bar-banging racing and tight corners were definitely the hardest things to get used to.

When did you start feeling like you were at the level to be consistently competitive?
It was after the first round in Worcester, where I qualified well and ended up on the podium. That’s when I really felt like I could continue to be competitive and put in consistent results.

What were your goals coming into the season?
My goals, honestly, were to come in and try to get on the podium as many times as possible, make sure I got in every main event, and stay consistent.

Tony Archer used “consistency and smart riding” to clinch the title.

Tony Archer used “consistency and smart riding” to clinch the title.

At what point in the season did you start to realize that this was your championship to lose?
After the Louisville round, I knew there was a great possibility to win the title. It kind of hit me that it was real to be able to do it as long as I stayed consistent week in and week out.

What does it mean to you to ultimately emerge with your first career title?
It means a lot, because this is my first title, amateur or professional, so it’s an amazing feeling. I put in a lot of hard work before and during the season, so it was nice to see the hard work paying off, because I felt like I got better every weekend.

What have you learned from your experience this season?
I learned consistency and smart riding. Instead of being wide open, trying to win every round, and hitting the dirt, I learned it’s better to be smooth and consistent. I also figured out how to make passes on the tighter tracks. Like I said before, the racing is close, and bar banging happens a lot. I didn’t want to be the guy taking everyone down, but I did learn to be aggressive.

Are you looking to take a shot at full-time competition in the Arenacross class next season?
That is the goal right now. I figured out a lot this year, and I just want to carry the momentum into next year and try to make a run at some good results in the premier class.

You’re still in search of your first win this season. Is that your only goal at the final Eastern Regional race of the season, now that the title is wrapped up?
Yeah, pretty much. I had a couple races this year where I ended up second, right behind the leader, after fighting through the pack. It felt like I let a win slip away in those races, so I definitely want to make my way to the top of the podium if possible. I also want to put a lot more focus into the premier class at the round in Tulsa, since there is no pressure for the Arenacross Lites class.

The sixth round of action this weekend in Sacramento, California, will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday night.

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