Coming back from his first weekend off since the beginning of the 2011 racing season Tyler Bowers was ready to prove that his recent heavy duty Supercross practicing at Kawasaki’s test track had paid off – and shake off any bad luck he had suffered in Seattle with his broken brake lever.
Suffering from an early afternoon practice crash Bowers was running well within a qualifying position in his Heat Race until being taken out by another rider (Kyle Regal) and crashing. Eventually Tyler got back going again, and finished twelfth which required a trip to the Last Chance Qualifier. Rounding turn in in the top five, Tyler soon took control, and won the LCQ; later stating “ I finally relaxed a bit after the day and got some lines dialed in; which helped a lot.”
When the main event took off Tyler Bowers and his Babbitt’s KX450F would start just inside the top twenty. “Coming from a horrible gate pick, and resulting bad start I felt great, but I had some trouble adapting to Supercross where the pace in the early laps isn’t quite as intense as in Arenacross. So I got caught up with a couple of riders and got frustrated, and just had a few bad laps. Later I just relaxed more, and made up time but then the race was over” said Tyler. Bowers would eventually move up several positions and into fifteenth where Supercross series veterans Chris Blose, Michael Byrne, and Nick Wey were just ahead of him.
“I think that Tyler rode a solid race but I know that he will finish better as his confidence improves – we are really looking forward to Las Vegas” added Team Manager Denny Bartz.
Stay tuned for more from Team Babbitt’s as Tyler Bowers now tackles the Las Vegas Supercross finale next weekend. For more on the team, check out www.teambabbitts.com