Kyle Peters did it! For the third season in a row, the Phoenix Racing Honda rider won the Kicker AMA Arenacross title. The title gives Phoenix Racing Honda four straight titles, after Jace Owen won the 2019 title with the Honda-backed team and Peters has now won the 2020, 2021 and 2022 titles.
The following press release is from Kicker AMA Arenacross:
Tulsa, Oklahoma—The Kicker AMA Arenacross hosted its 2022 AMA Series Championship in Denver, Colorado on Saturday night. It was preceded by Round 9 Friday night at the National Western Events Center. The championship weekend ended with one of the most exciting races of the series. Saturday night’s 450 Pro Main saw plenty of drama and plenty of action, including a win from behind from champ, Kyle Peters. It also brought out one of the best enduro and hard endurocross athletes, Cody Webb, who tried his hand at Arenacross racing for the first time.
Phoenix Racing Honda’s Kyle Peters swept the top four pros throughout the weekend, taking his all-time Arenacross win total to 54. He also earned his official AMA Arenacross Championship title, his third in a row and fourth for Team Phoenix Racing Honda (Jace Owen won the Arenacross title in 2019 for Team Phoenix Racing Honda). His teammate Cullin Park finished fifth overall in the 2022 AMA Arenacross series.
Kyle Bitterman of the Lasting Impression racing team returned to the final two rounds, having missed the previous two rounds for the birth of his son. Bitterman notched three podiums this weekend and finished second overall in the 2022 AMA Arenacross Series. Bitterman’s teammate Wristin Grigg finished third overall in the 2022 AMA Arenacross Series.
Besides the excitement brought to the weekend by the AMA National Championship titles, the presence of people like Cody Webb was another memorable element. The FactoryONE Sherco rider made the last minute decision to try his hand at Arenacross racing on his EnduroCross/SuperEnduro training bike. The bike was complete with super-smooth suspension, an 18-inch rear wheel, handguards, and a headlight. It wasn’t the most ideal setup for jumps and whoops, but it showed what a diverse rider he was.
On Friday night, Webb qualified for both main events and finished 12th and 14th overall. On Saturday night, Webb qualified for the 250 Pro Main via the Last Chance Qualifying Race, which he won on the final lap. Webb put in an impressive performance for his first ever Arenacross race and added to the atmosphere of the weekend.
The 250 Pro Heat races kicked off Round 9 Friday night at the National Western Events Center. Phoenix Racing Honda teammates Peters and Park both took first place in their respective series. The 450 Pro heat races followed the first, with Peters taking a win in moto one and Ben LaMay taking the win in moto two.
250 Pro Heat Results
Heat 1: (1) Kyle Peters (2) Kyle Bitterman (3) Wristin Grigg (4) Devin Xindaris (5) Collin Hinrichs
Second round: (1) Cullin Park (2) Ben LaMay (3) Brandon Marley (4) Brendan Sipple (5) Adam Conway
Heat 450 Pro Results
Heat 1: (1) Kyle Peters (2) Kyle Bitterman (3) Wristin Grigg (4) Brendan Sipple (5) Nate Mason
Second round: (1) Ben LaMay (2) Cullin Park (3) Collin Hinrichs (4) Devin Xindaris (5) Jake Bork
250 Pro LCQ Results: (1) Jake Bork (2) Cody Webb (3) Carlos Short (4) Jurek Rubalcava
450 Pro LCQ results: (1) Mitchell Gifford (2) Brandon Marley (3) Adam Conway (4) Cody Webb
The first main race of round nine was the 250 Pro Main. Kyle Peters took the holeshot and took an early lead. He continued his dominance of the 2022 series by retaining the lead throughout the 12 laps and securing the P1 spot. Bitterman and Park battled for most of the race for second place. Bitterman, who rode well the entire race, was able to stay ahead of Park and finish second in the race. Park crossed the finish line just behind him and took third place.
Next up was the 450 Pro Main. Mitchell Gifford got off to a good start alongside Peters. Peters and Gifford contested the first round side by side, with Bitterman, Park and Grigg not far behind. Peters started to pull away from the pack, leaving a close battle between Gifford, Bitterman and Park behind him. On lap seven, Bitterman pushed through the whoops to pass Gifford and take second, and unfortunately crashed in the process, allowing Park to pass him. He was able to get up quickly and keep pushing. This led to a battle between Park and Gifford for second place. Park makes a move on Gifford just before the finish line on lap ten to take second place. Meanwhile, Lamay had moved up the leaderboard and slipped behind Gifford. The battle was now for third place between Gifford and Lamay. These two were neck and neck for the rest of the race, on the last corner before the finish line Gifford tried to sneak on the inside to pass Lamay but was unsuccessful and crashed. crashed in the process. Lamay clinched the final podium spot and Bitterman squeezed through Gifford for fourth. Gifford finished fifth overall.