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Three rounds strong, the K&N presents BooKoo Arenacross Championship Series is full of non-stop action.

The Selland Arena in Fresno, California hosted the first round. Many of the teams were still getting their bikes together at the onset, dialing in suspension and motors to make for a competitive series. The tracks, the teams and individual racers were all new to the series.

Darci Lange without helmet and Jeff Northrop with helmet
Darci Lange without helmet and Jeff Northrop with helmet

K&N Banners on Arenacross Floor
K&N's Banners on Arenacross Floor
&N Engineering sponsored Championship winner Babbitt’s Kawasaki last season. “Continuing our relationship with Babbitt’s Kawasaki, put us out in front early on,” said K&N Powersports Brand Manager Johnny Jump. “Darci Lange is riding really well and his teammate Jeff Northrop is right behind him.”

Lange won several main events in the opener at the Selland Arena where the guys were flying and riding hard. “Lange is the defending Canadian Motocross Champion,” said Jump. “He really has speed and timing and is not afraid to bang bars. That is key for this series.”

Team Babbitt's Darci Lange
Team Babbitt's Darci Lange
Points leader Darci Lange uses K&N
Points leader Darci Lange uses K&N
“We have a well oiled machine this year,” said Team Owner Eddie Babbitt. “We have good people, good bikes and good equipment. The competition is very good, but we have a need to win.”

RESULTS FRIDAY
250 Class:
1) Lange – Babbitt’s Sports Center Kawasaki
2) Dungey – Makita Suzuki
3) Lacey – MDK Speed Equipment Honda

450 Class:
1) Lange – Babbitt’s Sports Center Kawasaki
2) Bowers – MDK Speed Equipment Honda
3) Blose – Fun Center Suzuki

PIT Bikes:
1) Ripple – Two Brothers/GPS Racing Honda
2) Beat – Fiberwise/Sano Yamaha
3) Crater

RESULTS SATURDAY
250 Class:
1) Dungey – Makita Suzuki
2) Lange - Babbitt’s Sports Center Kawasaki
3) McCrummen – MDK Speed Equipment Honda

450 Class:
1) Lange - Babbitt’s Sports Center Kawasaki
2) Blose – Fun Center Suzuki
3) Ripple – Two Brothers/GPS Racing Honda

PIT Bikes:
1) Ripple - Two Brothers/GPS Racing Honda
2) Beat – Fiberwise/Sano Yamaha
3) Crater


The second round of the BooKoo Arenacross Series took place in Salem, Oregon at The New Pavilion on the Oregon State Fairgrounds. “Lange used the momentum from the first round to come back charging in the second round,” said Jump. “On Friday, former Arenacross National Champion and current point leader Lange finished 2nd in the 250 class, and 6th in the 450 class.”

On Saturday the Babbitt’s Kawasaki lead rider took wins in both the 250 and 450 classes. Jeff Northrop followed Lange across the line to take second as Brad Ripple hung on to 3rd in the 250 main.

RESULTS - FRIDAY
250 Class:
1) Nelson - Two Brothers/GPS Racing Honda
2) Lange - Babbitt’s Sports Center Kawasaki
3) Kurosky – Schafer Tracks/Fox/Dunlop

450 Class:
1) Nelson - GPS Racing Honda
2) Bowers - MDK Speed Equipment Honda
3) Humphrey - Fiberwise/Sano Yamaha

PIT Bikes:
1) Ripple – Two Brothers/GPS Racing Honda
2) Beat – Fiberwise/Sano Yamaha
3) Russell - Motoverte

RESULTS – SATURDAY
250 Class:
1) Lange - Babbitt’s Sports Center Kawasaki
2) Northrop - Babbitt’s Sports Center Kawasaki
3) Ripple - Two Brothers/GPS Racing Honda

450 Class:
1) Lange - Babbitt’s Sports Center Kawasaki
2) Bowers - MDK Speed Equipment Honda
3) Nelson - GPS Racing Honda

PIT Bikes:
1) Humphrey – Fiberwise/Sano Yamaha
2) Beat – Fiberwise Honda


The third round took place at Yakama, Washington. The Yakima Valley draws racers and spectators from Seattle, Spokane, Portland and Alaska. Cold weather, a light rain and some close racing made Yakama the place to be on Friday and Saturday. Injuries claimed a few riders, Riley Kurosky cracked a wrist and Josh Woods dislocated his shoulder. Team GPS Honda rider, Brad Ripple stepped it up taking his first Big Bike win in the Big Bikes Class. He also had good consistent finishes into Saturday night. Speed, good starts, confidence and luck gets you on the podium in Arenacross racing.

RESULTS FRIDAY
250 Class:
1) Ripple - Two Brothers/GPS Racing Honda
2) Lange - Babbitt’s Sports Center Kawasaki
3) Lacey - MDK Speed Equipment Honda

450 Class:
1) Lange - Babbitt’s Sports Center Kawasaki
2) Lacey - MDK Speed Equipment Honda
3) Woods – Fun Center Suzuki

PIT Bikes:
1) Ripple - Two Brothers/GPS Racing Honda
2) Humphrey - Fiberwise/Sano Yamaha
3) Crater

RESULTS SATURDAY
250 Class:
1) Lange - MDK Speed Equipment Honda
2) Ripple - Two Brothers/GPS Racing Honda
3) Blose - MDK Speed Equipment Honda

450 Class:
1) Bowers - MDK Speed Equipment Honda
2) Ripple - Two Brothers/GPS Racing Honda
3) Lacey - MDK Speed Equipment Honda

PIT Bikes:
1) Ripple - Two Brothers/GPS Racing Honda
2) Humphrey - Fiberwise/Sano Yamaha
3) Beat - Fiberwise/Sano Yamaha

“Arenacross riders have definitely stepped it up this year,” said Jump. “Everyone is going a lot faster and each regional area is becoming a proving ground for the up and coming riders in that area.”

In three weekends of Arenacross Racing, Team Babbitt has won 7 out of 12 main events. Going into the break, Darcy Lange has the lead with 56 points and Jeff Northrop is in a tie for 3rd, only ten points behind 2nd place.

“Results like these show our customers if you want to win, and you’re serious about racing, you choose K&N Products,” said Jump. “The teams that are winning and are on the podium are using K&N because it’s easy to work with, reliable, and builds power.”

“We use K&N because the products are bullet proof,” said Babbitt. “K&N Is easy to clean, easy to maintain and improves our power. We tested with K&N on our dyno and gained power.”

K&N supports the following teams in the 2006/2007 MKEG BooKoo Arenacross Series:
 Team Babbitt’s Sports Center Kawasaki
 Team Fiberwise/Sano Yamaha
 Team GPS Honda
 Team Schafer Tracks


The next round will be December 29 at Forth Worth, Texas.

Follow the BooKoo Arenacross Series throughout the racing season at the K&N news site. Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

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