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BATTLE OF THE BARNS – ON TRACK WITH SPENCER KNOWLES

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GA Checkpoint Yamaha’s Spencer Knowles leads the pack heading in to rounds 7 and 8 of Canadian Arenacross Championships. (Darrin Marr Photo)

BATTLE OF THE BARNS – ON TRACK WITH SPENCER KNOWLES
The big red barns of BC are about to come alive again with the sights and sounds of the KTM Canadian Arenacross Championships this weekend for Rounds 7 and 8 at Chilliwack’s Heritage Park. Future West caught up with current overall points leader GA Checkpoint Yamaha’s Spencer Knowles.
Hi Spenny, Happy New Year! It’s been 8 weeks since the last round of the KTM Canadian Arenacross Championship are you ready to come out swinging in Chilliwack next week?
Of course, everybody else will and I have to be if I intend to keep my points lead in the series.
How do you prepare after a long break like this?
I came back from work a week early to get comfortable on my bike again and make sure Im ready. I’ve been going to the gym and keeping my cardio up over the holidays as I wasn’t able to ride at all over the break.
Have you made any changes to the bike for the rest of the series?
The bike is set up well and has been working great for me so there haven’t been any need for changes.
You are on top of the points at the moment but one DNF could bump you down to second place. You went down pretty hard at the last race in Chilliwack, will we be seeing a conservative Spenny protecting his points lead or is it going to be all or nothing for the rest of the series?
I always go out there planning to do my best and try to be out front, but I’m just going to try to ride smart and be consistent.
Nauditt and Abrigo came in to Chilliwack and put in some great rides, who do you see as your main competition and threat to the title heading in to the last half of the series?
Nauditt and Abrigo will both be top contenders on a race to race basis, but they have not been at every round. As long as I can maintain top 3 finishes in my races, Hoyer and Lockhart are the only ones that will be a threat to me winning the title.
Like most guys in the series you have chosen to run the 250f in both classes. What are the advantages running the one bike in both?
Personally, the main advantage to staying on my 250F for me is comfort. The lighter weight makes it easier to throw around on the tight indoor track.
Is there a chance we could see you on a 250 two stroke at anytime?
I’m not going to say that it will never happen, but I prefer the smooth consitent power of the 4 stroke and unless the 250 2 strokes are at a clear advantage, I most likely won’t be switching over.
Our new BC Motocross Championship schedule was just released with 8 rounds across the province, will we see you racing the series and what do you think to the no licence fee concept?
Regrettably I won’t be able to race the entire series as I will be training in California this year. I hope to make it back as much as I can but I won’t be able to commit to the whole series at this point. As for the no licence fee concept, I think it will make it more attractive for the people who want to come out and try it for the first time or like to do only a couple races a year.
Time to pay the bills Spenny. Who’s supporting your efforts this year?
GA Checkpoint Yamaha, Yamaha Canada, Axo, Atlas Brace, 100% goggles, Ogio, Printworks, FMF, Big O Tires Poco, and Enzo suspension have all be helping me out and I cant thank them enough.
Thanks for your time and good luck with the rest of the series! See you in Chilliwack!
Overall Pro Points (after 6 rounds)
1 28 Spencer Knowles 244
2 1 Brock Hoyer 219
3 2 Ryan Lockhart 209
4 402 Ryan Abrigo 157
5 96 Jake Anstett 137
6 620 Brad Nauditt 122
7 33 Eric Jeffery 118
8 476 Colin Jurrin 117
9 54 Josh Allen 78
10 22 Dylan Kaelin 70
11 12 Kavin Benoit 70
12 96 Kirk Hawes 64
13 380 Kevin Lepp 63
14 8 Dylan Delaplace 62
15 15 Jeremy Medaglia 42
16 4 Brayden Stuart 40
17 621 Kyle Springman 14
18 491 Ethan Ladd 13
19 777 Jake Barker 12

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Find out what happened at Rounds 5 and 6 of the KTM Canadian Arenacross Championships.

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2012/2013 KTM Canadian Arenacross Championship Schedule
Round 1 Friday October 19th – Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Surrey, BC
Round 2 Saturday October 20th – Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Surrey, BC

Round 3 Friday November 2nd – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 4 Saturday November 3rd – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC

Round 5 Friday November 9th – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 6 Saturday November 10th – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC

Round 7 Friday January 18th – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 8 Saturday January 19th – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC
Round 9 Friday February 1st – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 10 Saturday February 2nd – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 11 Friday February 8th – Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Surrey, BC
Round 12 Saturday February 9th – Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale Fairground, Surrey, BC

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