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Flawless Second Main Event Secures Second Overall SX Victory of Season for Goerke

| 1 March 2015 2:11 pm

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 7: Sprint Center

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
KANSAS CITY, MO, FEB. 28, 2015

The seventh round of the 2015 season of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, featured the championship’s return to Sprint Center on Saturday night. After highly competitive night of competition in a pair of Arenacross-class main events, Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Matt Goerke earned his second overall victory of the season via a tie breaker over Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Gavin Faith. And, in the second round of the Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship, Slaka Wear KTM’s Steven Mages took his second main-event win of the season with a wire-to-wire effort.

Matt Goerke now has two overall wins in 2015.

Matt Goerke now has two overall wins in 2015.

ThermoTec/ FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry grabbed the holeshot in the first Arenacross-class main event, leading a freight train of past winners that included Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal, Faith, Goerke, and Team Babbitt’s Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes, the current points leader.

On lap two, Regal and Kiniry made contact in the track’s sand section, causing Kiniry to crash. This allowed Faith to take over the lead by taking advantage of the opportunity that presented itself, while Regal continued on in second. Hayes moved into third. Kiniry remounted in sixth place.

The lead group paced one another for the bulk of the main event, until Goerke made his move into a podium spot with a pass on Hayes on lap 10, before the rhythm section. When the checkered flag flew, Regal and Goerke followed Faith in second and third, respectively, while Hayes and Team Babbitt’s Kawasaki’s Chris Blose rounded out the top five.

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Faith had the opportunity to select the inversion for the second main event, and with the help of the crowd, he chose the case with the number zero, which meant that no riders would be inverted.

Matt Goerke (36) scored the win in the second main event, and that was the key to his overall victory.

Matt Goerke (36) scored the win in the second main event, and that was the key to his overall victory.

As the second main event got under way, Goerke made the initial move by grabbing the holeshot and sprinting out to an early lead, ahead of Regal, Kiniry and Faith.

Just a few laps into the main, Hayes encountered some issues while running seventh and pulled off into the mechanics’ area with what appeared to be a problem with his bike. He re-entered the race and would ultimately finish the main event with a 12th-place result.

Goerke maintained control of the lead throughout the entirety of the main event, but the Husqvarna teammates were not far behind. After taking control of third early in the race, Faith applied consistent pressure on Regal for several laps. On lap 12, Faith took the inside line on his teammate just after the finish line and secured second. He tried to put a charge on Goerke, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Goerke raced to the second main-event win, with Faith second and Regal third.

Check out this video interview with overall winner Matt Goerke…

Earlier in the evening, Goerke had taken the win in the RMATV/ MC Head 2 Head Challenge, which awarded him an additional championship bonus point, and that ultimately put him into a tie with Faith for the overall win. With a tie breaker needed to determine the winner, Goerke’s second main-event victory was the edge he needed to surpass Faith in the overall classification. Goerke (3-1), Faith (1-2) and Regal (2-3) comprised the overall podium, with Kiniry (6-4) fourth and Mages (9-5) fifth.

Gavin Faith (617) narrowly missed out on his second overall win.

Gavin Faith (617) narrowly missed out on his second overall win.

Goerke’s success, combined with Hayes’ misfortune, brought him to within a single point of his teammate in the championship standings. Regal maintains control of third, nine points out of the lead.

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The start of the MetroPCS Blazing Fast Western Regional Arenacross Lites main event saw Mages seize control right out of the gate, ahead of TZR Woodstock KTM’s Scott Zont and Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Daniel Blair, the championship points leader. Mages secured a solid lead up front, but the battle for the remaining spots on the podium was intense.

Steven Mages (12) was dominant in the Arenacross Lites main event.

Steven Mages (12) was dominant in the Arenacross Lites main event.

On lap four, College Hunks Moving Junk/ Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Dave Ginolfi made the pass on Blair for third; subsequently, Blair eventually dropped to sixth. Ginolfi then proceeded to pressure Zont, in second, for several laps before making the pass on lap eight.

From there, the top three remained unchanged, with Mages first, Ginolfi second and Zont third. TZR Woodstock KTM’s Cody Van Buskirk narrowly missed out on the podium, finishing in fourth after overcoming a 10th-place start. Team DirtBikeMike KTM’s Brandon Glenn was fifth.

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Mages’ victory gives him an exclusive distinction: He is the only rider in AMSOIL Arenacross to earn a main-event win in every class of competition – the Arenacross class, the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites class and the Western Regional Arenacross Lites class.

Blair, who entered the night with a six-point lead and finished sixth in the main event, now holds a five-point advantage over Glenn, with Van Buskirk third, 15 points behind.

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The 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross season will continue next weekend with the eighth round of the championship on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, in Council Bluffs, Iowa’s Mid-America Center. Action will begin at 5 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. CT/ 8 p.m. ET.

Tickets for each round of AMSOIL Arenacross are on sale now!

For more information on the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross season, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.Arenacross.com.

Sprint Center
Kansas City, Missouri
Results: February 28, 2015 (Round 7)

ARENACROSS MAIN 1: 1. Gavin Faith (Hsq); 2. Kyle Regal (Hsq); 3. Matt Goerke (Kaw); 4. Jacob Hayes (Kaw); 5. Chris Blose (Kaw); 6. Bobby Kiniry (Yam); 7. Travis Sewell (KTM); 8. Gared Steinke (KTM); 9. Steven Mages (KTM); 10. Dave Ginolfi (KTM).

ARENACROSS MAIN 2: 1. Matt Goerke (Kaw); 2. Gavin Faith (Hsq); 3. Kyle Regal (Hsq); 4. Bobby Kiniry (Yam); 5. Steven Mages (KTM); 6. Travis Sewell (KTM); 7. Gared Steinke (KTM); 8. Brandon Glenn (KTM); 9. Dave Ginolfi (KTM); 10. Dylan Rouse (KTM).

ARENACROSS OVERALL: 1. Matt Goerke (3-1); 2. Gavin Faith (1-2); 3. Kyle Regal (2-3); 4. Bobby Kiniry (6-4); 5. Steven Mages (9-5); 6. Travis Sewell (7-6); 7. Gared Steinke (8-7); 8. Jacob Hayes (4-12); 9. Dave Ginolfi (10-9); 10. Chris Blose (5-15).

RMATV/MC HEAD 2 HEAD CHALLENGE: 1. Matt Goerke (2 points); 2. Jacob Hayes (1 point); 3. Kyle Regal (1 point); 4. Chris Blose (1 point); 5. Gavin Faith (1 point); 6. Steven Mages (1 point); 7. Gared Steinke (1 point); 8. Cory Green (1 point).

ARENACROSS LITES: 1. Steven Mages (KTM); 2. Dave Ginolfi (KTM); 3. Scott Zont (KTM); 4. Cody Van Buskirk (KTM); 5. Brandon Glenn (KTM); 6. Daniel Blair (KTM); 7. Jake Locks (KTM); 8. Benjamin Nelko (KTM); 9. Tanner Moore (KTM); 10. Clay Elliott (KTM).

AMSOIL Arenacross Series Points Standings

ARENACROSS CLASS (After Race 10 of 20): 1. Jacob Hayes (259/ 5 main-event wins); 2. Matt Goerke (258/ 3 main-event wins); 3. Kyle Regal (250/ 3 main-event wins); 4. Bobby Kiniry (212/ 1 main-event win); 5. Steven Mages (199/ 1 main-event win); 6. Travis Sewell (198); 7. Chris Blose (190/ 4 main-event wins); 8. Gavin Faith (163/ 3 main-event wins); 9. Gared Steinke (158); 10. Willy Browning (156).

WESTERN REGIONAL ARENACROSS LITES CLASS (After Race 3 of 9): 1. Daniel Blair (41); 2. Brandon Glenn (36); 3. Cody Van Buskirk (26); 4. Mason Wharton (17); 5. (TIE) Chase Marquier (13)/ Jake Locks (13); 7. (TIE) Travis Bannister (12)/ Josh Struebig (12); 9. (TIE) Dalton Oxborrow (11)/ Clay Elliott (11).

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