Bowers Finishes Eighth after a Disappointing Start at Indy
Irvine, CA (April 9, 2016) - Saturday night played host to Round 13 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, and FIM Championship in Indianapolis.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Tyler Bowers started his night out well as he punched his Kawasak ticket to the 250 Main Event, qualifying third. Bowers would ride smooth and consistent to an eighth place finish.
“Indy is always a technical track where you have to accept the deep ruts,” said Bowers. “My heat race went great with a third place finish and I was looking forward to the main event. Unfortunately, I spun off the gate and came around Turn 1 near the back of the pack. I put my head down and began making passes and came home with an eighth place. I’m Looking forward on improving next week.
Tyler Bowers earned his first Heat Race win of the season - Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac Scores Another Top Five in Toronto
Irvine, CA (March 13, 2016) – Eli Tomac of the Monster Energy® Kawasaki team headed to Toronto, Ontario this weekend for Round 10 of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. Hot off his win at Daytona, Tomac carried momentum into a dominating win in 450 Heat 1. Narrowly escaping an incident on Lap 1, Tomac pushed his way to the front early in the 450 Main Event. By the end of the night Tomac rode a smooth, consistent race to bring his Kawasaki home in fifth.
“We’re leaving Canada with a fifth place,” said Tomac. “We had a great practice, rode really well in the heat and tried to carry that speed into the Main Event. Once the Main Event started I got my KX™450F out of the gate really well, avoided the incident on the first lap and then made the pass into the lead. From there I just didn’t feel exactly how I needed to get the job done. I’m looking forward to next weekend and will build off what I learned tonight.
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Arnaud Tonus and Tyler Bowers headed to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, looking to continue building momentum and speed. Bowers started the night off strong by taking his first heat win of the season in commanding fashion, while Tonus transferred out of 250 Heat 1 as well. In the 250 Main Event Tonus unfortunately tangled up with another rider and ended Lap 1 in 15th, while teammate Bowers came through in fourth. Bowers raced his way into second by Lap 8 when he was unfortunately involved in an incident, re-joining competition inside the top ten. When the checker flag flew, Tonus had raced his KX™250F up to a 10th place finished while Bowers crossed the line in 11th.
Tonight was an improvement,” said Bowers. “I felt really good in practice and had a good plan for the night, which paid off with a heat win. I tried to stick with the same plan and keep it smooth for the Main Event, when I decided to make my move for the lead I made a mistake and went down. I picked myself up and fought back for as many points as possible. All things considered I’m happy to have my Heat Race win, next up is the Main Event.”.
“The weekend had its ups and downs,” said Tonus. “I rode a little tight early on but started to get my rhythm later in the day. In the Main Event I was forced off track on the first lap and from that point on I had a few issues due to the crash that were holding me back. I’m looking forward to Detroit and moving forward.”
Tyler Bowers Issues Open Letter on Injury
I was planning on releasing this statement after the East/West shootout in Vegas, but unfortunately things have had to move up. I will be unable to compete in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and the remaining rounds of Monster Energy Supercross to undergo surgery to my lower back. I have been dealing with two compressed discs as well as displacement of the L5 vertebrae resulting in sharp pain and numbness down my leg while sitting, driving, bending over, twisting or when I lower my chin.
The pain has now become constant and I have been unable to find any relief through medication, therapy, exercise, etc. I wear flip flops often because I am unable to bend down to put on or tie my shoes without severe pain. I have been mis-shifting my bike which led me to try a smaller boot size, but it was actually me losing the ability to control my foot. I now have sensations that something is crawling up my leg, but when I look down there is nothing there. My leg has now begun to tremble and it gives out on me as well. Never wanting to quit, I went to Houston to give it my best effort. Throughout practice, I struggled to deal with the pain as well as frustration from the limits my body has placed on me. I pushed myself during the Heat race and felt horrible afterwards. In the Main, it was evident that it was not safe for myself or the other racers to have me on the track. Mitch, Dr. Navarro and I spoke after the race and it was decided that I should move my surgery up and allow me to be able to recover from my back issue sooner, allowing me to focus on a strong future rather than continuing to struggle through this current season.
I feel gutted having to pull out of the series knowing how much work goes into my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. This opportunity has been a dream come true for me considering at one point in my career I was forced to split and sell firewood to make ends meet. I told Mitch when he signed me that I will not be sidelined by broken bones as I have raced three days after having collarbone surgery and five days after having ankle surgery in the past. However, it is difficult to not feel like I have let my team down. Every member of the team from the crew at the shop to the race team work so hard each day and I will be thinking of them as I do my part to get back to being able to make their efforts pay off.
I want to say thank you to my team and sponsors for their continued support. My fans have been awesome and are one of the reasons I pushed so hard to continue to be at the races. I’d like to congratulate Cooper on his championship. I want to thank my doctors and staff including Dr. Navarro, Nataly & Amanda who worked so hard to get me through as long as possible. A heartfelt thank you to my Queen and future wife, Bradi for all that she does to get me through everyday, it’s always an adventure!
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