Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers Finishes Runner-up in Anaheim2015-01-19 19:19
Monster Energy AMA Supercross returned to Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday for Round 3 that saw the championship in the 250SX Western Region heat up. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers worked his way from a bad start to lead in the main event, but was bumped to finish second after a last lap battle. His teammate Chris Alldredge fought for position as high as second place before a crash at the halfway mark dropped him out of competition, but Motosport.com’s Josh Hansen had his best finish of the season in seventh on his KX™250F. In the 450SX class, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Davi Millsaps nearly grabbed the holeshot on his KX™450F and took over the lead on Lap 1. He fought the difficult and deteriorating track for 20 laps and finished in ninth place. Kawasaki had the majority market share of the 450SX main event with six Team Green riders aboard the KX450F.
Bowers had stayed consistent in the first two rounds and was ready for a breakthrough race in Anaheim. He posted top times throughout qualifying and finished runner-up in his heat race. When the gate dropped for the main event, Bowers got pinched back around the first turn but was able to work some magic on the first lap and got inside the top-10. He inherited the lead on Lap 6 and had a sizeable gap until the last lap where he came together for the lead and got pushed off the track. He recovered to finish second and sits second in the championship by only four points.
“It was a hard pill to swallow,” said Bowers. “But we could be in a worse spot. I got a terrible start and pulled some Houdini moves to get to the front quickly. I got handed the lead and rode by myself for most of the race, which I think hurt me. It was good to be up front and now I just need to work on keeping the pace up once I get there. We’ll get them next weekend.”
Millsaps did not have an easy day as he took most of qualifying to get comfortable, which led to posting the 12th fastest lap time. He turned it around in the night show as he rode to a solid third place finish in his heat and got another good start in the main event, nearly getting the holeshot. Millsaps quickly took the lead, led the first lap and continued to battle for the first half of the main event until a few mistakes dropped him to eighth place. From there he settled into a pace and rode to a top-10 finish.
“Tonight was tough,” said Millsaps. “I struggled to put the track together all day, which led to a poor qualifying time. I felt my best in the heat race. My start in the main event was great, but it was a battle immediately to stay up front and I started making mistake after mistake, which knocked me back. We still moved up in points so although it wasn’t a great finish we’re moving forward.”
Going for It
Alldredge has shown progression each week and continued to show promise in Anaheim despite being sick all week. He posted the eighth fastest qualifying time and transferred directly into the main event after finishing fifth in his heat. Alldredge got a top-three start in the main event and moved as high as second place in the early laps. He slid back to fifth place before disaster struck when he cased a triple that sent him over the bars and off the track. The rookie walked off on his own but was unable to finish the race.
“There are many positives to take from tonight,” said Alldredge. “I got great starts tonight and was up front where I know I belong. I made a costly mistake, but I proved to myself that I can run the pace and I believe I had a top-five finish had I stayed off the ground. We’ll look to stay up front for all 15 laps last week.”
With Alldredge out of the race, it was Hansen who moved into the top-five briefly. He fought to place another KX in the top-10 with his best finish of the season so far in seventh. In the 450SX class, Kawasaki led the class in market share with six KX-mounted riders in the main event. Team Tedder’s Jake Weimer was only credited 17th after an early crash sent him a lap down, but despite being back on the results sheet he was passing riders in the top 10, while Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsport’s Chad Reed and Josh Grant suffered misfortune early. In addition, Kyle Chisholm and Nick Wey made their first main events of the season in the talented 450SX class. They finished 13th and 14th, respectively.
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross season heads to Raider Nation in Northern California next Saturday for Round 4 at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland. Bowers will look to make up his four-point deficit while Millsaps continues to climb up the top-10 in the championship standings.
Source: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
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