Illinois racer Boonie Knott lays his Honda 600 Hurricane on its side as he rips through a turn at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in a WERA race, probably in 1987. Honda was paying decent contingency money for racing the Hurricane and Knott, who had raced AMA Formula One and 250 Grand Prix, put away his GP bikes to chase Honda money in AMA Supersport and WERA C Production. Racers who ran the worn-out pavement of Blackhawk back in the day recognize that this is a pretty impressive lean angle, especially considering the tires of the era.
Willy Browning Takes First Arenacross Lites Victory of Season
MADISON, Wis. (November 12, 2011) – The 2012 AMA Arenacross Series championship took another turn on Saturday night from the Alliant Energy Center, as Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers, of Danville, Ky., grabbed his third win of the season. In the Arenacross Lites class, Foremost Insurance/Spinechillers/Storm Lake Honda KTM’s Willy Browning, of Pleasantville, Ohio, raced to his first win of the year.
One night after coming up short in his bid for win number three last night with a runner-up effort, Bowers bounced back with a strong effort. While Wisconsin native, and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki rider, Chad Johnson, of Rhinelander, Wis., grabbed the early lead, looking to take a big win in front of his hometown crowd, Bowers made a quick move to take over the top spot. Once out front, Bowers never looked back, winning by over eight seconds.
While Johnson held on to bring home a season-best result in second, a battle for third ensued. Throughout the majority of the 25-lap main event, this battle was between Friday night winner, and FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda rider, Jeff Gibson, of Blacklick, Ohio, and Foremost Insurance/Spinechillers/Storm Lake Honda’s Nathan Skaggs, of Chillicothe, Ohio. As Gibson attempted to pass, he and Skaggs made contact, allowing Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Josh Demuth, of North Richland Hills, Texas, and Team Faith KTM’s Kelly Smith, of Ludington, Mich., to slip past. In the end, Demuth fended off all challengers to give Team Babbitt’s its second podium sweep of the season.
In the Arenacross Lites class, Browning was the rider to beat throughout the 18-lap main event. He grabbed the lead out of the gates, and never looked back. Friday night winner, Michael Willard, of Newark, Ohio, kept Browning honest throughout the race aboard his Dragon Racing Fuels/AG Motorsports KTM. He looked to slip past his fellow KTM-mounted rival, but ultimately came up just short of sweeping the weekend with a strong second-place effort. Gateway Cycles Kawasaki’s Steven Mages, of Sardinia, Ohio, rounded out the podium in third.
In the Dash for Cash, Gibson took an impressive win, with proceeds going to the local Lussier Teen Center.
The 2012 AMA Arenacross Series continues on next month, on December 9-10, with Round 4 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes Barre, Pa. Opening ceremonies for two nights of action begin at 7 p.m. ET.
Arenacross Class Results (Madison, Wis.)
- Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
- Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
- Josh Demuth, North Richland Hills, Texas, Kawasaki
- Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
- Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
- Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM
- Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
- Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
- Tyler Bright, Hamer, S.C., KTM
- Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda
Arenacross Lites Class Results (Madison, Wis.)
1. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
2. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM
3. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
4. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM
5. T.J. Phillips, New Castle, Pa., Kawasaki
6. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
7. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatlong, N.J., KTM
8. Aaron Gulley, Jonesburg, Mo., Kawasaki
9. Patrick Massie, Washington Court House, Ohio, Honda
10. Sean Lipanovich, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki
Arenacross Class Points (After Race 5 of 19)
- Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda – 104
- Josh Demuth, North Richland Hills, Texas, Kawasaki – 98
- Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 97
- Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki – 84
- Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM – 77
- Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda – 72
- Tyler Bright, Hamer, S.C., KTM – 56
- Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 55
- Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 50
- Kurt McCabe, Marion, Iowa, Honda – 46
Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 4 of 10)
- Michael McDade, Indiana, Pa., Kawasaki – 70
- Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM – 69
- Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatlong, N.J., KTM – 64
- Travis Sewell, Westfield, Ind., KTM – 59
- Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki – 54
- T.J. Phillips, New Castle, Pa., Kawasaki – 44
- Sean Lipanovich, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 34
- Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM – 34
- Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda – 34
- Cody Robbins, Huntersville, N.C., Kawasaki – 33
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