The AMA’s 2021 Arenacross season is over, and Kyle Peters is on top of the world. Or at least, he’s on top of the standings, going undefeated this season and successfully defending his Arenacross title.
Peters rode for Phoenix Racing Honda this season, in both the 250 Pro Sport and 450 Pro Sport classes. He won all 20 main events, with races in both classes; his team says that’s a first for the Arenacross series.
“Initially, I didn’t know how the season was going to go, because everything was just kind of up in the air,” Peters said after his win in a mid-pandemic race season.“I just made sure I just kept doing all my work week-in and week-out, and it worked out. With last year being my first Arenacross series, I didn’t really know what to expect, so I took a little bit of time to understand the tracks and suspension setup and all that. This year I already had that all figured out, and my training was different as well; my trainer and I worked a lot mentally along with physically, and I was also training with Justin Brayton and a few of the other guys at Club MX. I was more fit, and everything was just better than last year.”
One thing that worked in Peters’ favour was the shortened Arenacross season. There were only five venues for the 2021 season, with 10 rounds. Organizers pared the season down to a minimal schedule because of COVID-19.
The championship was third in a row for the Phoenix Racing Honda team; although Peters was the star, 19-year-old teammate Cullin Park took second overall. Joshua Osby, another teammate, is scoring podiums in the AMA’s 250SX East Supercross series. The future looks good, then, as Phoenix moves on to GNCC and AMA Supercross events.