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Babbitt’s Monster Energy AX Race Report: Little Rock

MUSKEGON , Mi. - This past weekend the Team was at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. It appeared that a black cloud suddenly appeared over the Babbitt’s Monster TiLUBE Kawasaki presented by Maxxis Tire team as unfortunately there so successful win streak came to an ending.  None-the-less Chad Johnson captured a podium spot with third, and Tyler Bowers remains the point’s leader in the championship with just two weekends remaining.

Early in the evening program Bowers would win his Heat race with Johnson and Davenport also easily qualifying.  However, as Team Manager Denny Bartz would later say “The guys were riding great, and were determined to do well.  But with Tyler stalling his bike, and the tough track conditions, it was just too tuff to overcome”.      

Taking the team’s best start was Chad Johnson who would end up on the podium with third.  “My start was not too bad thanks to my Maxxis Tires, but I made a few mistakes early.  Later I regrouped and worked my way into third.  Of course I wanted better, but it was just a difficult night” added Johnson.

Talking about his night, and eventual ninth place finish, Gray Davenport said “I had about an fifth place start, but I couldn’t jump the finish line jump on the first lap – that put me back just inside the top ten.  From that point on I just tried to move forward, but the track was just very difficult to move through the pack on”.

“What can I say?  I just had a bad night.  I have to admit that I didn’t really care for the track a whole lot; it was just very tight, slow, and difficult for me to find a flow on.  Still the team did an excellent job for me; Maxxis Tires and our guys at Enzo really did an awesome job” added Tyler Bowers.  In spite of taking a poor start, and later stalling his bike and getting lapped, the series point’s leader still finished an incredible eleventh place.  

Tyler Bowers continues to lead the point standings with 362 points; 38 points over Jeff Gibson in second.  Chad Johnson continues to challenge Gibson for that runner-up spot in the championship, and has 318 points.  Gray Davenport is currently fifth in points with 236.

Now the Babbitt’s Monster Energy TiLUBE Kawasaki presented by Maxxis Tires Team will make its way to the penultimate round at the Metro Center in Rockford, Illinois this coming weekend.   For more on the team, check out www.teambabbitts.com
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