|Round Two of the 2020 AMA Kicker Arenacross Series took place on Saturday at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.
Familiar faces took the top 3 spots of the 250 Pro Sport Heat One. Kyle Peters came in first, followed by Darian Sanayei in second and Gared Steinke in third. Heat Two was won by Jace Owen, followed by two new faces to the podium: Mason Kerr (2nd) and Zachary Butkiewicz (3rd).
Kyle Bitterman lead the charge in the 450 Pro Sport Heat One Class. He took first place, with Skyler Adams coming in second and Zachary Butkiewicz coming in third. Heat Two provided a little preview of the Main Race action with Kyle Peters and Jace Owen battling for the top spot. Owen edged out Peters for first place and Gared Steinke came in third.
The 250 Pro Sport Main was another intense battle between the Phoenix Racing Team & Team Babbitts riders. Jace Owen took the top of the podium in the 250 Pro Sport Main for the first time this weekend, but as race fans could see, winning isn’t going to come as easy to Owen this season as it did last year. Kyle Peters (2nd) and Gared Steinke (3rd) were the other two on the podium with Owen. Third place was decided between Steinke and Kyle Bitterman, when Bitterman was docked a lap after cutting a corner on the start (still under review with the AMA).
A new face to the podium and the series came to light in the 450 Pro Sport Main on Saturday Night when privateer Mason Kerr took third place overall. Kerr came out strong and edged out Darian Sanayei (4th) and Kyle Bitterman (5th) for the final spot on the podium. Jace Owen and Kyle Peters put on another exciting battle for the top spot in the class, with Owen crossing the finish line first, followed by Peters in second.
After the first two rounds of racing, Jace Owen leads the series over Kyle Peters by one point.
Quotes from the Weekend:
Jace Owen: “I made a mistake night one, I came in too hot. But I feel good about how I’m closing out the first two rounds. This season it’s not going to be easy, I know that. There’s some fast guys and we’re going to have to work for it. Thanks to the Phoenix Racing Honda team, I had a great bike and I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”
Kyle Peters: “I don’t know what it was tonight [Saturday], just not my night. I was feeling under the weather this morning but we’re going to get back at it next week. I know Jace will be tough but we’ll get there.”
Kyle Bitterman: “Using the berm was reactionary, not strategic. I don’t think it should effect the standings. This weekend we came out here with untested bikes, and I’m really happy with our results. ”
Gared Steinke: “I just want to focus on myself. I’m a veteran I know when to push, when to work and I have enough experience to know I should be up on the podium and that’s the goal this year.”
Mason Kerr: “Night one I learned to hold my line, I already knew that but I was reminded I need to do that, tonight finishing on the podium in the open [450 Pro Sport] class is really helping my confidence. I know I can run with these guys.”
Round One, Two and the Overall Standings are as follows: