The 2017 Supercross season was forgettable for multi-time Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers, as he unfortunately broke his femur during one of the opening rounds of the 250 West Coast championship. Bowers has since returned to riding again, and is receiving a little bit of help from Kawasaki through the summer after he was unable to lock in a contract for the 2017 outdoor championship. We caught up with the Arenacross Champ after a long day of motos at Glen Helen to discuss his return to racing along with the approaching birth of he and his wife’s first child.
The last time we caught up with you wasn’t long after your femur injury from SX, however, you’re back on the bike now and working on getting back into racing. How does the leg feel?
It feels good! I raced the Supercross series with 51Fifty Energy, and since they were a SX only team I was left trying to come up with a ride for outdoors. Frankly, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to race or not because of my leg. I got in contact with some people at Kawasaki and they’ve been generous enough to give me some support. I guess they’ve got my back, and it feels good to have them on my side. I picked up a bike from them and I’ve been riding for about three weeks now. I finally got my hands on some good suspension, too, so I’m feeling a lot better on the bike. I’m doing my best to stay ready by riding as much as I can right now. This is my job, so I have to stay with it.
What kind of support are you receiving from Kawasaki?
Kawasaki is letting me borrow a stock 450 for the summer. I guess maybe they’re thankful for those years that I won those Arenacross Championships for them. They are a bunch of great guys over there, and I really can’t think them enough for helping me out. Like I said, I just got some suspension and I also got my hands on a pro circuit exhaust, so it’s like the band is getting back together because all of my old sponsors are hooking me up (laughs).
During your time away from racing, did you taken any sort of vacation or time off?
No, not really. I’m just trying to get my shit together to go racing again (laughs). All I’ve been doing is thinking about dirt bikes and racing because it’s my life! My wife and I have a baby on the way, so I am a soon-to-be Dad! Sometime within the next six weeks is when I’ll be moving to the next chapter in my life. Hopefully I can figure this dad stuff out, too (laughs).
Are you getting nervous?
A little bit. We had been trying for a while, so we’re really excited to finally meet her. It’s definitely a little nerve-racking at times when I think about it, but I am truly looking forward to meeting her!
Do you guys have a name picked out?
No, not really. I had a few names that I liked, but when you’re the husband you don’t have much say (laughs). We’re having a girl, which I didn’t expect, so I didn’t really think of many names for a girl. My wife has come up with a few names that could work for either a boy or a girl, so we’ll see how this goes (laughs). However, we don’t really want to settle on a name just yet, so my wife said that she wanted to wait until she saw her for the first time. She even said, “I mean, you’re not going to pick a name for a dog before you get one, so why would you do it with a child.”
Obviously you’ve been following the outdoor series, so what is your take on the racing in the 450 class?
The racing in the 450 class has been incredible to watch. It’s really great to see a different set of guys up there winning motos like Blake Baggett, who is killing it right now. Blake was absolutely ripping in Colorado! Eli has obviously been nothing short of amazing, either. Like I said, it’s just great to see a different group of guys up there including JG, who has had such a good year. It’s fun to watch and everything, but I would much rather be out there dicing it up with them.
If all goes to plan, do you see yourself lining up at any of the nationals by the end of the series?
Maybe. I’m trying to put a few things together for Washougal because that’s somewhat of a local race, for me. The PIR race is the week before the national, so I can go up a little early and possibly make some money at that race. I just don’t think I will be able to get to any of the East Coast rounds.