Arenacross

Michael McDade Makes It Two In-a-Row In Baltimore

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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The second round of the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael‰Ûªs Road to Supercross, got underway on Friday with the first of two nights of action from Baltimore inside the Baltimore Arena.

After capturing his first win of the season one week ago, Motorsport.com/Spinechillers Racing Kawasaki‰Ûªs Michael McDade made it two in-a-row thanks to a consistent effort capped off by a win in the second Arenacross Class Main Event.

McDade positioned himself at the front of the field all night and grabbed the holeshot in the first Arenacross Class Main Event of the evening. The Pennsylvania native paced the field for half of the 15-lap race before giving way to Aaron Plessinger, who won his first career AMSOIL Arenacross race mere minutes earlier.

Once out front, Plessinger carried the momentum through to the finish to take the win and put himself in position to achieve an improbable sweep of both divisions. McDade followed in second, with Babbitt‰Ûªs Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis‰Ûª Tyler Bowers in third.

This season signifies the official start of Ricky Carmichael‰Ûªs Road to Supercross, which features some of the sport‰Ûªs rising stars looking to make a name for themselves in the professional ranks. Already a breakout star on the amateur scene, Plessinger cemented himself as one of the most promising up-and-comers of the Road to Supercross program in his first career AMSOIL Arenacross race.

With factory support from Star Yamaha, Plessinger has become an instant bright spot in the early stages of the 2014 season and already looks to be a consistent contender.

Plessinger had the distinction of selecting the inversion for the second Main Event, picking eight and making his hopes of duplicating his effort slightly more challenging.

As the gate dropped on the second Main Event, McDade moved into the lead once again, this time with Honda rider Kyle Regal and Bowers in tow. Plessinger got caught in the pack entering the first turn and emerged in 10th place. Bowers wasted little time in getting past Regal and set his sights on McDade. Despite his best efforts, McDade held Bowers at bay and took the Main Event win to secure the overall with identical scores from his first win last weekend.

McDade was followed on the podium by Bowers (3-2), while Plessinger fought his way into the top five in the second Main Event to lock down his first career Arenacross Class podium in third (1-5).

Babbitt‰Ûªs Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki‰Ûªs Zach Ames, who entered the night as the championship points leader, showed his resiliency on Friday. After a trip to the LCQ, Ames overcame a start outside the top 10 in the first Main Event to finish fifth. He followed that up with a third-place finish in the final race of the night to secure fourth overall (5-3).

In Head-to-Head Bracket Racing, Regal outdueled McDade for the additional bonus point.

By virtue of his back-to-back wins McDade is now the new Arenacross Class points leader, holding a four-point lead over Ames heading into Night Two.

In the Eastern Regional Arenacross Class Main Event, MyPlash/Star Racing Yamaha‰Ûªs Aaron Plessinger made a name for himself as one of the Road to Supercross riders to watch following a dominant victory that was accompanied by a podium result in the Arenacross Class.

In the 18-lap Arenacross Lites Class Main Event, Plessinger moved into the lead early and never looked back. He consistently extended his advantage over the field throughout the race, ultimately going unchallenged and winning by over 10 seconds. BWREngines.com Honda‰Ûªs Maxx Malatia grabbed the runner-up spot with Frontier Lubricants KTM‰Ûªs Daniel Blair rounding out the podium in third.

Maryland native Tony Archer, who finished fourth in the Main Event, took over the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class points lead aboard his Traders Racing Kawasaki. He carries a seven-point advantage heading into Saturday night‰Ûªs action.

AMSOIL Arenacross‰Ûª annual visit to Baltimore continues tomorrow night with another night of dramatic competition. Racing begins at 7p.m. ET.

Arenacross Class Results ‰ÛÒ Main Event 1: Night 1
1. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
2. Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki
3. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
4. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
6. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda
7. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
8. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
9. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki
10. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Results ‰ÛÒ Main Event 2: Night 1
1. Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki
2. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
3. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
4. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
6. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda
7. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
8. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki
9. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki
10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 3 of 19)
1. Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 88 Pts
2. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 84 Pts
3. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 73 Pts
4. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM ‰ÛÒ 71 Pts
5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM ‰ÛÒ 63 Pts
6. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 61 Pts
7. Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM ‰ÛÒ 53 Pts
8. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 47 Pts
9. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki ‰ÛÒ 39 Pts
10. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 35 Pts

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results Night 1
1. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
2. Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda
3. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
4. Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., Kawasaki
5. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Yamaha
6. Chad Wages, Frederick, Md., KTM
7. Dylan Rouse, Verona, Ky., Honda
8. Michael Lang, Saugerties, N.Y., Honda
9. Cheyenne Harmon, Olivia, Texas, Honda
10. Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 3 of 9)
1. Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 41 Pts
2. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 34 Pts
3. Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki ‰ÛÒ 30 Pts
4. Fredrik Noren, Sweden, KTM ‰ÛÒ 28 Pts
5. Michael Lang, Saugerties, N.Y., Honda ‰ÛÒ 23 Pts
6. Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM ‰ÛÒ 21 Pts
7. Keith Tucker, Furgacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 16 Pts
8. Travis Delnicki, Woodstock Valley, Conn., Suzuki ‰ÛÒ 15 Pts
9. Tyler Wozney, Clayton, Del., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 15 Pts
10.Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM ‰ÛÒ 15
Two riders who will be looking for improved results this weekend at Phoenix are Team Honda Muscle Milk‰Ûªs Justin Barcia, who won two races last year, finished fifth overall after a lack-luster start and Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart who crashed out late at A1 after putting himself in the a position to take the lead.

‰ÛÏThe day started out awesome, but I‰Ûªm not really happy with how it ended,‰Û
Four Australians will line up for this weekend race in Phoenix with former two time SX champion Chad Reed leading the way on-board his Discount Tires Kawasaki KX450F. Reed raced to a podium finish at Anaheim last weekend and will be looking to equal or better that result this weekend.

Joining Reed in the 450SX class will be Matt Moss and Lawson Bopping. Moss will be back aboard a Yoshimura Suzuki supported RMZ 450, the same machine he raced to a 13th place at A1 after qualifying in 11th place earlier in the day.

Bopping was ruled out of A1 just days before the event after a shoulder injury suffered 7 days prior to the event made it to uncomfortable to attempt the season opening race. Bopping is in Phoenix, though will wait to see how his shoulder is on the day before committing to racing.

Australia's sole representative in the 250SX Western Regional class is Red Bull KTM's Dean Ferris. Despite being sick at A1, Ferris put in a solid performance to finish 14th in the nights main event in what was his first ever American Supercross race.

Catch all this weeks action live on ESPN on the Foxtel network in Australia on Sunday the 12th of July at 1.30pm AEDT. Check local guides for times in each state.

Top Image: Ken Roczen will be aiming to make it back to back wins in Phoenix

Credit: Hoppenworld

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