2022 Denver AMA Arenacross Kicker Results

Personal News Cycle | February 15, 2022

Kyle Peters wrapped up the 2022 Kicker AMA Arenacross Championship in style by sweeping all four main events over the weekend of February 11-12 at the National Western Complex Arena in Denver, Colorado.

Kyle Peters wrapped up his third straight Arenacross Championship after sweeping the last two rounds in Denver.

Pictures of Jack Jaxson

Peters started his winning weekend in the first 250cc main event on Friday night, where he passed Kyle Bitterman (Lasting Impression Race Team) for the lead on lap two and then never looked back. The Phoenix Honda-backed rider took the checkered flag 2.5 seconds ahead of the GasGas-ridden Bitterman, who returned to the series after the birth of his son.

Honda rider Cullin Park, teammate of Peters, was still three seconds in third position.

Ben Lamay (KTM) and Wristin Grigg (GasGas) complete the top 5.

In the 450cc main race, Peters had to work a little harder after starting the race in fourth position. By lap three, however, he was already in the lead and was pulling away. Peters took the win with a comfortable seven-second lead over Park.

Lamay finished third, followed by Bitterman and Kawasaki rider Mitchell Gifford (Kawasaki) of Colorado Springs.

Kyle Bitterman at Denver Arenacross
Kyle Bitterman returned to the series and got a few second places. He also finished the championship in second position.

The last round of the series took place on Saturday evening. Once again it was Peters and Bitterman battling for the 250cc win. Peters, however, remained in control throughout, crossing the finish line just two seconds ahead of Bitterman.

Lamay was third again, followed by Park and Grigg.

In the 450cc main race, Peters started fifth but raced and passed Park (who ran off the track) for the lead and eventual victory.

Lamay achieved his best result of the weekend with second place while Bitterman, who started the race in sixth place, took third place.

Gifford and Park went 4-5.

“That’s what we worked so hard for,” Peters said. “It’s an incredible feeling to win my third championship in a row. We’re not done yet and we’re already looking forward to defending again in 2023!

Peters finished the championship with 517 points, followed by Bitterman with 295 and Grigg with 265.

Wristin Grigg at Denver Arenacross
Wristin Grigg finished the season third in the Championship.

KTM rider Nate Mason took fourth in the championship with 239 points, while Park rounded out the top five just five points behind Mason.

Brendan Sipple (KTM) finished sixth in the championship, four points behind Park. NC

2022 Denver AMA Arenacross Kicker Results

FRIDAY

Top 250:

    1. Kyle Peters (honored)
    2. Kyle Bitterman (GG)
    3. Cullin Park (Hon)
    4. Ben Lamay (KTM)
    5. Wrist Grigg (GG)

450 main:

    1. Kyle Peters (honored)
    2. Cullin Park (Hon)
    3. Ben Lamay (KTM)
    4. Kyle Bitterman (GG)
    5. Mitchell Gifford (Kaw)

SATURDAY

Top 250:

    1. Kyle Peters (honored)
    2. Kyle Bitterman (GG)
    3. Ben Lamay (KTM)
    4. Cullin Park (Hon)
    5. Wrist Grigg (GG)

450 main:

    1. Kyle Peters (honored)
    2. Ben Lamay (KTM)
    3. Kyle Bitterman (GG)
    4. Mitchell Gifford (Kaw)
    5. Cullin Park (Hon)

Cody Webb crosses

Some might have thought that multiple-time EnduroCross/SuperEnduro champion Cody Webb was lost as he lined up at the start of the Kicker AMA Arenacross series at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado. With his FactoryONE Sherco proudly adorned with an 18-inch rear wheel, handguards and headlight, the extreme off-road specialist was ready for battle, only there were no rocks, logs or concrete culverts on the floor of the National Western Complex for him to show off his true talents on the weekend of February 11-12. But Webb was asked to step out of his comfort zone by the promoters of Kicker Arenacross (the same crew that now promotes AMA EnduroCross) during the final stage of the 2022 championship. Webb’s exposure marked a first for the manufacturer of off-road and trials Sherco. Until now, the brand had never been represented at an AMA Arenacross event.

Cody Webb at the 2022 Denver Arenacross
Old dog, new tricks? Hard enduro specialist Cody Webb tried his hand at Arenacross during the series finale in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Jack Jaxson

“I thought I would try and help promote both series and get the Sherco name where it’s never been before,” Webb said.

“I did my best to set up my EnduroCross training bike at the last minute. I bought an 18-inch motocross tire on Wednesday from my local dealer and adjusted the clickers almost completely. I had never hit a set of whoops before in my life, but I was more than willing to give it a try. I think I impressed some of the other riders on my “enduro” bike, so I was pretty happy with that.”

Webb qualified for the 250 and 450 main events on Friday (Round 9) and raced in the top 10 for much of the 250 race. But giving up the blue flag to the leaders inadvertently cost him several spots in the race, leaving him 14th. He fared slightly better in the 450 main with a 12th place finish, but bad luck and small mistakes kept his results modest throughout the weekend.

“I don’t know what I’m doing there with those guys, but it sure is fun,” Webb commented. “I really had a blast and honestly, I’ll probably give it a shot when they come to town next year.” NC

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