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Cycle News 2022 Issue 02 January 11

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Kobusch, Peters Top Arenacross Opener T he 2022 Kicker AMA Aren- across Series kicked off the first two rounds in Loveland, Colorado, at the Budweiser Events Center, January 7-8. The series saw the return of the Phoenix Racing Honda team and its defending champion Kyle Pe- ters, along with Cullin Park, Mike Alessi and Kyle Bitterman, to name a few. The opening rounds also debuted a handful of new- comers to the series, bringing a lot of talent with them. Round one was held on Friday, and the first heat of the qualify- ing races for the 250 Pro class kicked off the event. Texan Lance Kobusch made his debut at the Kicker AMA Arenacross Series and took first place in the first heat, followed by newcomer Ben Lamay in second and Heath Harrison, the former mechanic for Phoenix Racing Honda, in third. Harrison finished ahead of teammate Cullin Park, who finished fourth in the heat. Heat two was won by defend- ing champion, Peters, followed by Michael Hicks and Kyle Bitter- man. The final heat was a battle between Mike Alessi, Chase Mar- quier and newcomer, Izaih Clark. Alessi came out on top followed by Marquier and Clark. The 450 Pro qualifying racers were up next which saw Peters win the first heat, followed by Lamay (second) and Marquier (third). Kobusch, Hicks and Mat- thew Curler went 3-4-5. Alessi took another win in the final heat of the 450 Pro qualifier, with Park coming in second and Bitterman third. The first main race of the season, the 250 Pro class, was stacked with talent. Peters continued his winning streak into 2022, but not as easily as he'd been doing in 2021. Ultimately Peters finished in first place, fol- lowed by Hicks and Kobusch. IN THE WIND P50 Defending Arenacross Champion Kyle Peters dominated the opening round of the 2022 season but did see his winning streak, which was carried over from last year, came to an end. PHOTOS: JACK JAXSON

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