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Championship-Leading Trio of Hayes, Goerke and Regal Closer than Ever as AMSOIL Arenacross Travels to Council Bluffs

| 4 March 2015 4:17 pm

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 8: Mid-America Center

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA, MAR. 3, 2015

After a wild night of action this past weekend in Kansas City, Missouri, the championship battle in AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, is arguably at its most intense. This weekend, the field will travel to Council Bluffs, Iowa, for two nights of action inside the Mid-America Center on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7.

After a tough outing last weekend, championship leader Jacob Hayes (2) will definitely be looking to refocus his efforts in Council Bluffs and get back on the podium.

After a tough outing last weekend, championship leader Jacob Hayes (2) will definitely be looking to refocus his efforts in Council Bluffs and get back on the podium.

In the Arenacross-class standings, there are fewer than 10 points between the three championship leaders: Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki teammates Jacob Hayes and Matt Goerke, and Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal. That proximity is sure to shift again at the eighth round of the 2015 season, with back-to-back nights of racing. The action inside the Mid-America Center will kick off at 8 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. CST/ 5 p.m. PST.

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Jacob Hayes has sat atop the Arenacross-class points standings and carried the red number plate since the fourth round of the season in Nashville, Tennessee. His consistency has played a major part in maintaining that position, allowing Hayes to withstand impressive efforts from both Goerke and Regal through the month of February.

However, misfortune struck Hayes in the second main event in Kansas City, when he appeared to experience a problem with his motorcycle and briefly pulled into the mechanics’ area. That opening was exactly what both Goerke and Regal needed to narrow their deficit in the points. Goerke’s second overall win of the season and Regal’s third-place overall effort brought both riders to within single digits of Hayes, who ultimately had to settle for eighth overall.

With his second win of the season last weekend, Matt Goerke (36) has the momentum heading into Council Bluffs; he sits just one point out of the points lead.

With his second win of the season last weekend, Matt Goerke (36) has the momentum heading into Council Bluffs; he sits just one point out of the points lead.

The recent shakeup plays into the excitement and anticipation over which of these three riders will ultimately earn the top seed in the Race to the Championship. While the points will be reset once the season-ending playoff begins, the opportunity to be the rider to beat over the final six rounds is something for which each of these three riders has trained relentlessly, and it is why they lay it all on the line every time the gate drops.

Another podium effort from Kyle Regal (4) has made the battle at the top of the Arenacross-class standings tighter than it’s been all season.

Another podium effort from Kyle Regal (4) has made the battle at the top of the Arenacross-class standings tighter than it’s been all season.

Currently, just one point separates the Babbitt’s teammates, each of whom has controlled the championship standings at some point this season. Goerke was the early front-runner in the title fight, and after enduring some inconsistent results, he is surging forward at just the right time. Regal has been in the picture since the opening round and has consistently been the biggest threat to Hayes and Goerke. All three riders have a pair of overall wins to their credit this season, only adding to the impending drama that is sure to unfold when the Race to the Championship begins in New Orleans on March 21.

Check out this interview with Kansas City winner Matt Goerke…

As the leaders in the Arenacross class continue to assert themselves, the battle to earn the 10th and final spot in the Race to the Championship continues to evolve as well. Just last week, Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Gavin Faith sat 10th in the points, but following a strong performance in Kansas City, in which he missed out on the overall victory as the result of a tie breaker, Faith gave himself some breathing room by jumping up to eighth. Now the fight for the final spot is coming down to Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Gared Steinke, in ninth; College Hunks Moving Junk/ Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Willy Browning, in 10th; and Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green, who is on the outside looking in, sitting in 11th.

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It was a mixed bag of results for these three riders in Kansas City. Steinke enjoyed a solid night en route to a seventh-place finish, while Green battled his way through each main event to ultimately finish 14th. Browning had the worst fortune of the three, failing to qualify for the main event and earning no points. Just two points separate Steinke from Browning, while Green will have his work cut out for him during the next couple weekends to overcome a 29-point deficit to Browning.

Check out these video highlights from the Kansas City round…

Council Bluffs will also be the site of the third round of the Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship. Currently, Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Daniel Blair maintains control of the points lead he’s held since the opening round of the championship, but a top-five finish by Team DirtBikeMike KTM’s Brandon Glenn last weekend has brought him to within five points of Blair.

Daniel Blair (125) hopes to keep possession of the red number plate as the Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class points leader.

Daniel Blair (125) hopes to keep possession of the red number plate as the Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class points leader.

The eighth round of AMSOIL Arenacross will gets under way this Friday, March 6, inside Council Bluff’s Mid-America Center and will continue on Saturday, March 7. Racing for both nights will begin at 8 p.m. EST/ 7p.m. CST/ 5 p.m. PST.

Broadcast Alert: The Tampa round of 2015 season will premiere on Fox Sports 1 this Sunday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. EST/ 9:30 a.m. PST

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

[For more from the Kansas City round of the Arenacross Series, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “Flawless Second Main Event Secures Second Overall SX Victory of Season for Goerke”… Editor]

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