ArenaX: Round #3 Preview - Louisville, KY (Video)

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Arenacross Media Press Release:

As a result of the groundbreaking Ricky Carmichael Road to Supercross program that has been implemented for the 2014 season and beyond, AMSOIL Arenacross was privileged to host the memorable professional debut of one of its rising stars. Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger took advantage of lessons learned from a podium result in his very first night of Arenacross competition to earn an impressive underdog victory on the final night of action inside Baltimore Arena during the second round of the championship.

This weekend, Plessinger, championship points leader Zach Ames, and reigning three-time champion Tyler Bowers will lead their competitors into the third round of the season from Louisville, Ky., and the Freedom Hall. The first one-night round of 2014 will commence on Saturday, January 18, signifying Arenacross’ first visit to “Derby City” since the 2011 season. Racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.

The purpose of the Road to Supercross is to not only establish a formal development system for riders looking to compete in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, but also showcase the talents of the future stars of the sport. New pros now have the ability to hone their talents on highly technical tracks while adding depth to the field of competitors in AMSOIL Arenacross.

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Plessinger emerged as one of the most promising amateurs in the country late last year and he showed quickly that his talents are enough to make him a surefire up-and-comer. In his professional debut last Friday, Plessinger acclimated himself to Arenacross by winning the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Main Event. He carried the momentum into the Arenacross Class, winning the opening Main Event in his very first attempt and following it up with a fifth-place result in the second Main Event, which ultimately landed Plessinger third overall.

On Saturday, Plessinger’s desire to win was obvious. He controlled his own destiny the night prior and came up just a few points short of an historic feat. Plessinger asserted himself at the front of the field throughout the night and even took himself out of contention in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Main Event on Saturday to focus on claiming victory in the premier division. He started strong by finishing fourth in the first Main Event and grabbed the hole-shot in the second Main Event, leading all 15 laps to cement his inaugural overall victory as a professional.

Now, Plessinger has already assumed control of ninth place in the Arenacross Lites point standings and is arguably the hottest rider in Arenacross. As a native of Ohio, Plessinger has roots in arenacross racing so his quick adaption to the professional ranks isn’t a complete surprise. However, his quick ascension to the top of the experienced field of competitors is, and he has put his new rivals on alert.

The rider eagerly looking to end Plessinger’s wave of momentum is Ames and his Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki squad. Ames has been the most consistent rider through the first four nights of action and as a result carries an eight-point lead into Louisville as the Arenacross Class points leader.

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Additionally, both Kawasaki’s Bowers and Kawasaki’s Michael McDade are hoping to bounce back from rough outings on Saturday night in Baltimore. McDade’s ninth-place overall finish cost him the points lead, while Bowers is still looking to get his title defense on track, despite winning the opening night of the 2014 season just over one week ago.

In the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship, Kawasaki’s Tony Archer posted solid results during both nights of action at his hometown race in Baltimore to take over the early points lead. While he’s still in search of his first win of the season, Archer’s consistency has him carrying a five-point lead into Louisville.

Louisville has always been one of Arenacross’ most beloved stops. At the championship’s previous visit to the Freedom Hall in 2011, Kentucky native Bowers emerged victorious in front of the hometown crowd for his third win of the season en route to his first career AMSOIL Arenacross title.

Action from Louisville begins at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday night.

Ricky Carmichael on Exciting Factors of the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross Season!:

The entire AMSOIL Arenacross season will air on FOX Sports 1, including re-airs on FOX Sports 2.

Previous round results:

Baltimore Arena

** Baltimore, Md.**

** January 10-11, 2014**

Arenacross Class Results – Night One Overall (Main Event Finishes)

Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki (2-1)

Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (3-2)

Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (1-5)

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki (5-3)

Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda (6-6)

Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (4-7)

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (8-4)

Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (7-10)

Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki (10-8)

Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki (9-11)

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results – Night One:

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

Arenacross Class Results – Night Two Overall (Main Event Finishes)

Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (4-1)

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki (3-4)

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (7-2)

Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki (1-12)

Keith Tucker, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Yamaha (11-5)

Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (9-6)

Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (2-14)

Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (6-10)

Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki (16-3)

Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda (10-8)

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results – Night Two:

Keith Tucker, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Yamaha

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki

Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda

Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Yamaha

Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM

Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., Kawasaki

Dylan Rouse, Verona, Ky., Honda

Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM

Cheyenne Harmon, Olivia, Texas, Honda

Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 4 of 19)

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 112

Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki – 104

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 96

Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 92

Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki – 83

Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM – 67

Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM – 63

Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki – 60

Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 59

Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki – 54

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 4 of 9)

1.   Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., Kawasaki – 52

2.   Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Yamaha – 47

3.   Keith Tucker, Furgacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha – 32

4.   Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki – 30

5.   Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM – 30

6.   Michael Lang, Saugerties, N.Y., Honda – 29

7.   Fredrik Noren, Sweden, KTM – 28

8.   Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM – 22

9.   Dylan Rouse, Verona, Ky., Honda – 20

10.  Travis Delnicki, Woodstock Valley, Conn., Suzuki – 20

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