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AX Toledo Race Report

By: Anthony Sansotta

Toledo was this weekend’s host of the AMA Arenacross Series. Mother Nature blasted the city with over a foot of snow leading up to the event, but that didn’t stop fans from packing into the Huntington Center for rounds 6 and 7 of the series. The track was slick and the hard packed conditions made smooth riding important for the weekend.

Tuf Honda’s Jeff Gibson came into the second double header round of the series with 113 points and just a 6 point lead over Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLUBE Kawasaki’s Chad Johnson. Chad’s teammate Tyler Bowers was sitting in third and coming out of Denver with momentum. He seemed to be focused and ready to battle.

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The first race at the Huntington Center filled the arena with fans both nights.
Photo Anthony Sansotta

Friday night Jeff Gibson jumped out into the early lead of the 25-lap main on his Tuf Racing Honda with Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLUBE Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers close behind. Bowers stayed on him for the first half of the race. He was able to capitalize on a mistake by Gibson in the whoops and take over the lead on lap sixteen. He soldiered on to the win. Foremost Insurance/Spinechillers/Hondaoffairfield.com’s Zach Ames worked his way into third place on lap 8 and put his head down and finished right behind Gibson and secured his spot on the podium.

Tuf Racing Honda’s Jeff Gibson still holds a slight points lead heading into the Louisville, Kentucky round of the 2011 season.

Arenacross Lites action saw Adam Gulley take his third consecutive win on Friday night aboard his Double Vision Kawasaki. Hot Rod’s Racing Honda rider Austin Coon gave chase but came under pressure late from the Gateway Cycle’s/Trentman Racing Kawasaki rider Steven Mages, Coon would hold on to take second and leave Mages with third for his second podium of the season.

Saturday night the action heated up when Bowers got tangled up with another rider on the first lap of his heat and was forced to go to the LCQ after his Babbitt’s Monster Energy TiLUBE Kawasaki suffered a smashed pipe. He would remain focused and dominate the LCQ to start second row for the main event.

The gate dropped on the main and Tuf Racing’s Cole Siebler took the holeshot and got out to a comfortable lead. Utah’s Gray Davenport would fall into second spot on his Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLUBE Kawasaki but come under immediate pressure from Siebler’s teammate Gibson.

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Cole Siebler led the Arenacross class main event from start to finish in route to his first AMA arenacross win.
Photo Anthony Sansotta

Bowers diced through the pack making it all the way up to third. He caught Gibson, who was in second, and dove to the inside at the start of lap fourteen. The two would swap spots for the next two laps through lap traffic, until Bowers pulled the trigger and got clear of Gibson. He set his sights on Siebler, who was just 2.6 seconds out front with five laps left. He closed the gap but came up just short, leaving Tuf Honda with First and Third on the podium.

In Arenacross Lites action Adam Gulley’s streak came to an end. He would finish third and head off to the Monster Energy Supercross East Coast Lites series with confidence from his Arenacross success. Heat race winner Patrick Massie jumped out to an early lead on his Foremost Insurance/Spinechillers/Hondaoffairfield.com Honda. He was pressured by Steven Mages on the last 2 laps. Mages would fall just short and settle for second.

Friday Results :

Arenacross Class Results: Toledo

  1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
  2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
  3. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Honda
  4. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, Yamaha
  5. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki
  6. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
  7. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
  8. Brock Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Honda
  9. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
  10. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatlong, N.J., Suzuki

AMA Arenacross Lites Eastern Regional Class Results: Toledo

  1. Adam Gulley, Jonesburg, Mo., Kawasaki
  2. Austin Coon, Spencer, W.Va., Honda
  3. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
  4. Patrick Massie, Washington Court, Ohio, Honda
  5. Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Kawasaki
  6. Tyler Sehr, Belleville, Ill., Honda
  7. Kyle Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Suzuki
  8. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., Honda
  9. Austin Primavera, Larue, Ohio, Suzuki
  10. Kenneth Henry, Ashtabula, Ohio, KTM

 

Saturday Results :

Arenacross Class Results: Toledo

  1. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, Honda
  2. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
  3. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
  4. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
  5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Honda
  6. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki
  7. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
  8. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatlong, N.J., Suzuki
  9. Daniel Aulsaybrook, Ortonville, Mich., Suzuki
  10. Nathan Skaggs, Chilicothe, Ohio, Honda

AMA Arenacross Lites Eastern Regional Class Results: Toledo

  1. Patrick Massie, Washington Court, Ohio, Honda
  2. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
  3. Adam Gulley, Jonesburg, Mo., Kawasaki
  4. Kyle Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Suzuki
  5. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., Honda
  6. Michael Lang, Saugerties, N.Y., Honda
  7. Tyler Sehr, Belleville, Ill., Honda
  8. Austin Primavera, Larue, Ohio, Suzuki
  9. Tanner Young, Marland, Okla., Yamaha
  10. Kenneth Henry, Ashtabula, Ohio, KTM

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 6 of 19)

  1. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda – 155
  2. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 152
  3. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki – 140
  4. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki – 112
  5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Honda – 112
  6. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, Ho            nda – 109
  7. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda – 89
  8. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, Yamaha – 82
  9. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha – 79
  10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 73

Arenacross Lites Class Eastern Regional Points (After Race 4 of 10)

  1. Adam Gulley, Jonesburg, Mo., Kawasaki – 95
  2. Patrick Massie, Washington Court, Ohio, Honda – 83
  3. Steve Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki – 64
  4. Tyler Sehr, Belleville, Ill., Honda – 54
  5. Austin Coon, Spencer, W.V., Honda – 53
  6. Kyle Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Suzuki – 40
  7. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., Honda – 40
  8. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 38
  9. Austin Primavera, Larue, Ohio, Suzuki – 30
  10. Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Kawasaki – 29
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