After Michael Willard narrowly edged out Pennsylvania's Steve Roman for the East AX Lites Championship the Arenacross Class main event 2 awarded the points to decide who was going to be in the top ten and be eligible to race for the 2013 AX Championship.
Willard never lost focus on this East AX Championship as he won both Friday and Saturday's main events. He didn't want to leave anything to chance because Steve Roman was only 6 points back going into Wilkes Barre and he had an experienced helper/mechanic with him this week. That experienced helper was none other than Mad Mike Jones. Mike Jones is a legend in the sport. He was the '89 World Champion of Supercross as well as the 1998 World Freestyle MX Champion and one of the founders of the whole freestyle movement which all started in arenacross in the '90's when they would have a jump contest as an intermission show between races. Mike Jones made his no-hander-lander a favorite back then as he did with his blindfold jump. He accomplished this by wearing his helmet bag over his helmet than taking off for the largest jump on the track hoping he could make it all from memory and the feel of the bike. He was successful at it most of the time. However, one year at the Paris-Bercy race in Paris France he had an unsuccessful attempt and hasn't tried it since.
The other tight battle in Wilkes Barre was for the tenth and final spot to be in the AX race to the championship. This race was between the number 19, Kyle White and the number 14, New Jersey's Dave Ginolfi. Unfortunately for Kyle his chances slowly slipped away when he finished 14-12 on Friday for 11th overall as Ginolfi's 10th overall came from a 12-9. Then on Saturday even though White made the top ten by finishing 10th in the first main and 11th in the second it wasn't enough because Dave Ginolfi finished 5th overall after making the podium in third in main event 1 and finishing 7th in the second main.
There is no doubt that Kyle White is a top ten AX rider but this year he is going to be racing for eleventh instead of racing for the AX Championship as the series head to the last four rounds. This weekend race is in Little Rock, AR but the Harrisburg Motocross Examiner will be heading to the Motorama in Harrisburg, PA for the largest indoor race and speed show in the northeast.