51FIFTY Energy Drink/Yamaha Signs Bowers
51FIFTY Energy Drink/Yamaha announced today that Tyler Bowers and Hayden Mellross will make up the roster for the Yamaha support team. This comes as no surprise as both riders were previously listed for the team in the bLU cRU support teams announcement.
Bowers joins the team after riding for Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki squad full-time for two seasons and racking up four Amsoil Arenacross Championships before that.
"I'm excited to join 51FIFTY and the bLU cRU," said Bowers. "I've been riding and testing with the team for several weeks now and the bike is really strong. Right out of the gate I noticed how great the bike handled and was impressed at how well the team works together. I see great potential in the team and expect, working with our staff, to elevate the team as whole and put myself in position up front where I know I belong."
The signing of Bowers certainly elevates the Yamaha support team to potential race winners heading into the 2017 season as Bowers already has one supercross win to his name and has mixed it up with the other title contenders in the past.
"Tyler has an aggressive riding style, and is someone who will put up a fight for race wins," states team manager Craig Monty. "That's a great quality for a racer and an attribute that's important to the rest of the team. This is our sixth year in the supercross series and we continue to grow with each season. We're fired up to have a rider of Tyler's caliber join the team."
Hayden Mellross returns to the team for the second-straight year after putting in a solid rookie season effort. Hayden will continue training with Tim Ferry, as he did in '16.
“I’m stoked to return to the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha team,” said Mellross. “We had a solid rookie season together and it’s nice to be back with all the familiar faces. I’m fired up for this year and ready to keep the pre-season momentum rolling into Anaheim.”
Mellross is hungry heading into the season as he lost out on the Australian 250SX Championship this off-season due to a mechanical failure.
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.”