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Bowers Sweeps Sacramento Mains, Hometown Rider Steinke Wins Western Lites Opener

| 11 February 2014 11:40 am

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 6: Sleep Train Arena

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photo by ShiftOne Photography
SACRAMENTO, CA, FEB. 8, 2014

AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, made its West Coast debut on Saturday night, February 8, in the California State capital, inside Sleep Train Arena. The sixth round of the 2014 season produced a dominant performance from defending Arenacross-class Champion Tyler Bowers, who swept each of the night’s main events to capture his championship-leading fourth overall win of the season aboard his Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis machine. And in the first round of the Western Regional Arenacross Lites class, Sacramento-area native Gared Steinke of Woodland took the victory aboard his Motosport Hillsboro KTM.

Tyler Bowers (1) went wire to wire – twice – for a sweep of the main events at round six in Sacramento.

Tyler Bowers (1) went wire to wire – twice – for a sweep of the main events at round six in Sacramento.

Bowers grabbed the holeshot in the first Arenacross-class main event, with his teammate – and championship points leader – Zach Ames in second, and TiLube/ PBR/ TUF Racing Honda’s Jacob Hayes in third. The trio of riders opened a gap on the rest of the field and maintained their spots throughout the 15-lap main event to finish one, two, three.

Bowers selected the inversion for the second main event, picking no inversion and setting the tone for an intense battle for victory.

When the gate dropped for the final main event, Bowers once again inserted himself into the lead, with Ames on his rear fender. This time, local rider Daniel Blair of Lodi positioned himself in third, aboard his Frontier Lubricants KTM. Hayes got shuffled out of the gate and emerged in eighth place and was never a factor in the battle up front.

Bowers held a consistent advantage over his teammate throughout the race, and the duo widened their margin on the rest of the field every lap. Behind them, Farmers Insurance/ Reynard Mods Suzuki’s Cory Green took over third on lap two and maintained that spot through to the finish.

Zach Ames (3) was runner-up each time out, which means he still controls the points lead.

Zach Ames (3) was runner-up each time out, which means he still controls the points lead.

Bowers’ wire-to-wire effort in each main event resulted in his most dominant effort of the season, but the advantage he gained in the championship standings was minimal, as Ames’ pair of runner-up finishes gave up just two points. TiLube/ PBR/ TUF Racing Honda’s Kyle Regal (4-4) grabbed the final spot on the overall podium.

The Sacramento 450SX podium was comprised of Tyler Bowers (center), Zach Ames (right) and third-place finisher Kyle Regal (left).

The Sacramento 450SX podium was comprised of Tyler Bowers (center), Zach Ames (right) and third-place finisher Kyle Regal (left).

In Head-to-Head Bracket Racing, Bowers defeated Motosport.com/ MJM Express/ Spinechillers Racing Kawasaki’s Michael McDade to give him one additional championship point on the evening.

Ames’ lead in the Arenacross-class standings now sits at three points over Bowers.

The opening round of the Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship kicked off a 10-race battle for the title that will ultimately end at the final round of the season.

With the hometown crowd behind him, Blair moved into the early lead of the 18-lap main event, with KMS KTM’s Dave Ginolfi and TZR Woodstock KTM’s Scott Zont in tow. Steinke began the race in fourth.

Blair led the first six laps of the main event but experienced misfortune while fending off Ginolfi and dropped to seventh. Ginolfi, Zont and Steinke assumed the top three spots and began a captivating battle at the front of the field that carried on through the remainder of the race.

Ginolfi began the final lap with the lead in hand, but the battle intensified as Steinke, who’d moved into second, applied pressure and then made an aggressive move to steal the win. Gateway Cycles Kawasaki’s Steven Mages, who’d fought his way into podium position, slipped past for second, while Ginolfi fell to third.

Gared Steinke (10) takes over the lead in the Western Regional Arenacross Lites opener.

Gared Steinke (10) takes over the lead in the Western Regional Arenacross Lites opener.

AMSOIL Arenacross will continue next weekend with the seventh round of the season at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. Two nights of racing will begin on Friday, February 14, and continue on Saturday, February 15, at 9 p.m. ET each evening.

Sleep Train Arena
Sacramento, California
Results: February 8, 2014 (Round 6)

ARENACROSS CLASS MAIN 1: 1. Tyler Bowers (Kaw); 2. Zach Ames (Kaw); 3. Jacob Hayes (Hon); 4. Kyle Regal (Hon); 5. Travis Sewell (KTM); 6. Daniel Blair (KTM); 7. Willy Browning (KTM); 8. Nathan Skaggs (Kaw); 9. Colt Nichols (Kaw); 10. Steven Mages (Kaw).

ARENACROSS CLASS MAIN 2: 1. Tyler Bowers (Kaw); 2. Zach Ames (Kaw); 3. Cory Green (Suz); 4. Kyle Regal (Hon); 5. Travis Sewell (KTM); 6. Willy Browning (KTM); 7. Daniel Blair (KTM); 8. Gared Steinke (Kaw); 9. Colt Nichols (Kaw); 10. Jacob Hayes (Kaw).

ARENACROSS CLASS OVERALL: 1. Tyler Bowers (1-1); 2. Zach Ames (2-2); 3. Kyle Regal (4-4); 4. Travis Sewell (5-5); 5. Willy Browning (7-6); 6. Daniel Blair (6-7); 7. Jacob Hayes (3-10); 8. Cory Green (13-3); 9. Colt Nichols (9-9); 10. Nathan Skaggs (8-12).

ARENACROSS LITES: 1. Gared Steinke (KTM); 2. Steven Mages (Kaw); 3. Dave Ginolfi (KTM); 4. Kyle White (Hon); 5. Scott Zont (KTM); 6. Daniel Blair (KTM); 7. Dylan Rouse (Hon); 8. Lane Staley (KTM); 9. Ryan Breece (Kaw); 10. Gray Davenport (Kaw).

AMSOIL Arenacross Series Points Standings

ARENACROSS CLASS (After Race 9 of 19): 1. Zach Ames (239); 2. Tyler Bowers (236); 3. Jacob Hayes (198); 4. Michael McDade (177); 5. Willy Browning (169); 6. Cory Green (152); 7. Kyle Regal (150); 8. Travis Sewell (146); 9. Colt Nichols (138); 10. Kelly Smith (125).

WESTERN REGIONAL ARENACROSS LITES CLASS (After Race 1 of 10): 1. Steven Mages (15); 2. Dave Ginolfi (14); 3. Kyle White (13); 4. Daniel Blair (11); 5. Lane Staley (9); 6. Ryan Breece (8); 7. Gray Davenport (7); 8. Travis Smith (6); 9. Maxx Malatia (4); 10. Kyle Tigert (1).

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