Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers Regains Podium Form in San Diego

2015-02-09 12:15
Round 6 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship was a salute to the U.S. Military at Petco Park in San Diego. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers returned to the podium with a third-place finish in the 250SX main event running a special military appreciation graphics scheme. Motosport.com Kawasaki's Josh Hansen just missed the podium in fourth while Bower's teammate Chris Alldredge finished a career-best 10th. In the 450SX main event, Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsport’s Chad Reed won his semi and finished fourth in the main event. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Davi Millsaps got his best start of the season and was running third before the first of two crashes sent him back to finish 20th.

Back in the Saddle
Bowers got a great jump out of the starting gate and came out of the first turn right with the leaders. He would soon make his way to the front, leading the first nine laps of the 15-lap main event. Some mistakes on the 10th lap cost him two spots but the 4-time Arenacross champ was able to hold on for the podium
“I've been battling illness the last couple of weeks and I haven't had a lot of time on the bike,” said Bowers. “That caught up to me today. I was trying to hold on and get the win but I just couldn't. This break in the schedule is going to help and I'm going to be ready when the West Coast season picks up again.”

Kawasaki Support
Kawasaki supported riders Reed and Hansen both rode well during their respective main events with each of them just missing out on podium finishes. For Reed in the 450SX main, a good start and solid riding saw him slot into fourth place. In the 250SX main event, Hansen made contact with another rider at the start and had to fight his way up to fourth.


Ups and Downs

Millsaps looked strong all day qualifying fourth in the afternoon and then finishing second in his heat race. In the main event, he got his best start of the season and ran up front early before a small mistake sent him to the ground. He quickly remounted his KX™450F and was fighting in the top 10 before another fall sent him back again.
“There are definitely some positives to take out of tonight,” said Millsaps. “I was riding up front and charging before I ran into some bad luck. Things are getting better every week and I'm looking forward to Dallas.”

Show of Support
Both the Monster Energy Kawasaki and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teams ran special graphics to show support for the military. The factory team wove classic green camouflage with Flo Green plastic to create a unique look. The Pro Circuit squad incorporated a matte finish with digital camo and classic airplane nose art to make for a strong looking bike.

Military Appreciation
Bowers and Alldredge also showed their support for the troops by visiting Naval Base San Diego on Friday and getting a tour of the U.S.S. Peleliu. The riders met with sailors and Marines on board the ship and signed autographs while also getting a tour of the Tarawa class Amphibious Assault Ship.

Heading East
Next weekend’s race in Dallas marks the debut of the 250SX East Coast riders. Joey Savatgy and Arnaud Tonus will both make their Pro Circuit debuts at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Petco Park – San Diego, California
Saturday, February 7, 2015

450SX Main Even
1 Trey Canard, Honda
2 Ken Roczen, Suzuki
3 Ryan Dungey, KTM
4 Chad Reed, Kawasaki
5 Eli Tomac, Honda
6 Cole Seely, Honda
7 Blake Baggett, Suzuki
8 Andrew Short, KTM
9 Broc Tickle, Suzuki
10 Jason Anderson, Husqvarna
20 Davi Millsaps, Monster Energy Kawasaki

450SX Class Season Standings
1 Ryan Dungey, KTM, 127
2 Ken Roczen, Suzuki, 118
3 Trey Canard, Honda, 109
4 Eli Tomac, Honda, 100
5 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 85
6 Cole Seely, Honda, 82
7 Chad Reed, Kawasaki, 75
8 Justin Barcia, Yamaha, 71
9 Blake Baggett, Suzuki, 68
10 Andrew Short, KTM, 66
11 Davi Millsaps, Monster Energy Kawasaki, 55

Western Regional 250SX Class Results: San Diego
1 Cooper Webb, Yamaha
2 Shane McElrath, KTM
3 Tyler Bowers, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
4 Josh Hansen, Kawasaki
5 Alex Martin, Yamaha
6 Zach Osborne, Husqvarna
7 Zach Bell, Husqvarna
8 Jessy Nelson, KTM
9 Tommy Hahn, Honda
10 Chris Alldredge, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
1 Cooper Webb, Yamaha, 136
2 Jessy Nelson, KTM, 106
3 Tyler Bowers, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 104
4 Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 102
5 Shane McElrath, KTM, 86
6 Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 81
7 Justin Hill, KTM, 79
8 Josh Hansen, Kawasaki, 79
9 Alex Martin, Yamaha, 75
10 Malcolm Stewart, Honda, 69
17 Chris Alldredge, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 26

Source: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

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