Yamahas Chad Johnson Wins Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series Title - News - Dirt Rider Magazine

Two high-risk moves set Yamaha-backed Chad Johnson apart from his rival Brock Sellards (Thor/Honda/TUF Racing) this past Friday and Saturday night in Denver. An aggressive pass on Friday night that sent Sellards off the track and a

Yamaha rule' came into play there. KJ (Kevin Johnson) was by far the fastest guy all weekend, but then he was on the brakes on Saturday. Chad never beats Kevin. But there was nothing I could do." Chad Johnson would end up in third place on Saturday, while Kevin Johnson—Friday's winner—would finish in fourth."Though he sympathizes with Sellards' loss, Hansen was quick to point out that he didn't feel there was any Yamaha `teamwork' going on to undermine Sellards. "In my opinion KJ didn't want to be the deciding factor in the title chase," said Hansen. "Yeah, they were both on Yamahas, but they're also both completely private teams."The two biggest highlights of the weekend were made by Chad and he deserves to be champion."Hansen went on to say that having the title chase come down to the final night of the AMA Arenacross class' 20-race season—and decided by one point—is a testament to how well the new scoring system works."Obviously the new points system works because we've never had a points battle like this—ever," said Hansen. "Chad lead early, Brock caught up, we have a difference of opinion on the racing tactics and the championship went down to the very last main event. You couldn't ask for a better script."Also backing Hansen's confidence in the system was the fact that local Denver racer Bobby Fitch (Suzuki) scored a podium finish in the AMA Arenacross Lites class on Friday, which sent the crowd into a frenzy. Fitch then followed that up with an AMA Arenacross Lites class win on Saturday, making for one heck of an opening act for Johnson and Sellards to follow."Bobby Fitch would have never made the podium, much less won, had it not been for the new scoring system," said Hansen. "Had KJ, Chad, Brock, Jeff Northrop and those guys been racing the AMA Arenacross Lites class as well, we'd have never had a local racer step up and win in front of his hometown fans. And this really made for a magical ending of the Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series in Denver this weekend."

|||| |---|---|---| **Arenacross Class Overall **Points **Wins |1.) Chad Johnson |417 | 7 | |2.) Brock Sellards |416 |8 | |3.) Kevin Johnson |368 |4 | | 4.) Jeff Northrop |340 |1 | |5.) Greg Schnell |338 | | |6.) Jim Neese |308 | | |7.) Shawn Clark |262 | | |8.) Zach Ames |236 | | |9.) Scott Metz |189 | | |10.) Travis Hodges |157 |

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In its 22nd year, the Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series is the premier indoor motocross series in the U.S. playing to sold-out arenas nationwide. In addition to the marquee national tour, the Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series is supported by a regionally based Arenacross tour which provides both professional and amateur motocross riders the opportunity to race in front of sold-out arenas. Information on the Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series and other Arenacross events may be found at www.arenacross.com.About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.