Irvine, Calif. (January 29, 2014) – Round 4 of AMA Arenacross filled Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday where Kawasaki dominated the field. The main event wins were split by Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes and Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki’s Colt Nichols. Hayes’ 1-2 score beat Nichols’ 3-1 to give him the overall win at his hometown race, the first of his career. Completing the Kawasaki sweep of the podium was Michael McDade who finished 5-3 on his KX™250F. Current points leader Zach Ames finished sixth overall to retain the points lead while reigning champion Tyler Bowers followed up his teammate with seventh overall.
Where He Belongs
As a rookie Nichols has had his ups and downs this season and finally found himself on the podium Saturday. The first main saw Nichols trailing his two teammates until Bowers made a mistake and collected the entire team. Nichols was able to get going first and pushed his way into third place at the checkered flag. He grabbed the holeshot on his KX250F in the second main event and led wire to wire to take his first career win.
“This week I really concentrated on my starts,” said Nichols. “With the races being short and the tracks difficult to pass on, the start is crucial. I’m really happy with the result because this is where I belong and where I should have been from the start of the season. The team expects me to be battling for the podium and so do I. We’ll keep the ball rolling from here.”
Leading the Charge
Four rounds in and Ames continues to lead the points standings despite a less than ideal weekend. After getting caught up with his teammates in the first main event, he did his best to cut through the field and finished seventh, which he backed up with sixth place in the second main after a mid-pack start. Ames holds a two-point lead over McDade in the points standings.
“This weekend was tough for me,” said Ames. “It was extremely difficult to pass guys as there were no obstacles on the track that really separated anyone. With a crash and bad start I’m happy to still leave with the points lead and I’ll look to spring back next weekend.”
Whatever it Takes
On Sunday following Greensboro Bowers let the cat out of the bag that he had been racing through the pain of a broken ankle since the very first round. Bowers had a quick surgery and has not let it slow him down any as he still has the most wins of any rider this season and sits third in points. A crash in the first main event was not what he was looking for, but was able to salvage seventh overall and sits in good position for the Race to the Championship.
“My goal is to stay consistent,” said Bowers. “I don’t need to win every race because those points will just get taken away when the Race to the Championship begins. I can afford to have a weekend like this and we look to be back on top next weekend.”
The Kawasaki KX250F was unstoppable at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday. Not only did Kawasaki win both main events, but in the second main event Kawasaki finished first through sixth place with Nichols leading the way. The KX250F swept the overall podium and sits 1-2-3 in the points standings. Round 5 brings Arenacross to Milwaukee, Wis., and will return to a two-night format.