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Goerke Emerges Victorious from Three-Way Tie for First in Iowa AX

| 9 March 2015 12:06 am

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 8, Night 2: Mid-America Center

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA, MAR. 7, 2015

Matt Goerke has claimed the overall win in three of the last five races.

Matt Goerke has claimed the overall win in three of the last five races.

The eighth round of the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, came to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday inside the Mid-America Center. As has been the case on several occasions this season, a tie breaker was needed in order to determine the overall winner in the Arenacross Class, but this time it came down to a trio of riders. In the end, a dominant performance in the final main event of the evening allowed Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Matt Goerke to capture his third victory of the season, over Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing teammates Gavin Faith and Kyle Regal. Meanwhile, in the Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class main event, current championship points leader Daniel Blair raced to his third victory of the season aboard his Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM, extending his points lead.

Regal made the first statement of the evening by grabbing the holeshot in the first Arenacross-class main event, ahead of Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki teammates Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes. Earlier in the evening, Blose had claimed the win in the RMATV/ MC Head 2 Head Challenge, while Hayes was looking for his second straight win after claiming the overall victory on Friday night.

Hayes, who was the Arenacross-class championship leader entering the evening, encountered misfortune on lap two and crashed in the whoops, dropping to the tail end of the 16-rider field. That allowed Blose to assume control of second, while Faith took over third. Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Gared Steinke sat in fourth, while Goerke moved into fifth.

Several laps later, Goerke slotted himself into fourth to put himself in contention for a podium finish.

Regal maintained his lead over the rest of the field for the entirety of the 15-lap main event. Blose was pushing hard to catch him but ultimately went down in the whoops on lap 13. Faith took advantage of Blose’s misfortune to take over second, while Goerke moved into third.

When the checkered flag flew, the top three remained the same: Regal, Faith and Goerke. Hayes fought his way back up to eighth, while Blose had to settle for 10th.

Regal had the opportunity to select the inversion for the second main event and was fortunate enough to select the case with the number zero, which meant that no riders would be inverted.

Gavin Faith (617) claimed runner-up finishes on both nights of action at his hometown race.

Gavin Faith (617) claimed runner-up finishes on both nights of action at his hometown race.

When the second main event got under way, ThermoTec/ FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry raced to the holeshot, just ahead of Hayes and Goerke. On the opening lap, Hayes and Kiniry made contact in the whoops, forcing Hayes to fall and drop back to the tail end of the field, remounting nearly a lap behind. Kiniry stayed on two wheels but fell all the way back to eighth. Goerke seized the opportunity to put himself at the front of the field, taking took over the lead. Faith and Regal followed along to move into second and third, respectively, by the conclusion of lap one.

The torrid pace set by the top three riders and the consistency of Goerke, Faith and Regal meant there was little change up front throughout the duration of all 15 laps. Goerke took his fourth main-event win of the season, with Faith following in second and Regal in third. Hayes did all he could to recover from his early troubles and fought his way back to an 11th-place finish.

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The identical first- and third-place finishes by Goerke and Regal locked them into a tie for first in the overall classification, while Faith’s consistent pair of runner-up finishes made him a third player in the tie breaker. In the end, Goerke’s win in the second main event gave him the advantage over the other two, while Faith’s second-place finish slotted him ahead of Regal’s third-place effort. TZR Woodstock KTM’s Travis Sewell (5-4) finished fourth, and Steinke (4-5) rounded out the top five.

Kyle Regal (4) is the new Arenacross-class points leader.

Kyle Regal (4) is the new Arenacross-class points leader.

Regal, who entered the night 14 points out of the lead, took over the Arenacross-class points lead as a result of Hayes’ tough night; Hayes finished ninth overall. Hayes and Goerke now sit in a tie for second, just one point behind Regal, as the series heads into the final round before the season-ending Race to the Championship begins.

Jacob Hayes’ rough night caused him to lose the points lead for the first time since the sixth race of the season.

Jacob Hayes’ rough night caused him to lose the points lead for the first time since the sixth race of the season.

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Blair was dominant in the Western Regional Arenacross Lites main event, racing to the holeshot, ahead of TZR Woodstock KTM’s Scott Zont and ThermoTec/ FMC Racing Yamaha’s Josh Cartwright, and never looking back.

As Blair opened up a lead, Cartwright applied pressure on Zont for second and took that position on lap two.

Blair and Cartwright asserted themselves out front, while College Hunks Moving Junk/ Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Dave Ginolfi was putting on a charge through the field, overcoming a seventh-place start to move into podium position on lap 12.

When the checkered flag flew, Blair cruised to a wire-to-wire victory, ahead of Cartwright and Ginolfi.

Daniel Blair (125) went wire to wire in the Arenacross Lites class.

Daniel Blair (125) went wire to wire in the Arenacross Lites class.

Blair extended his lead in the championship standings to 19 points over TZR Woodstock KTM’s Cody Van Buskirk, who finished sixth. Team DirtBikeMike Yamaha’s Brandon Glenn, who finished fifth, now sits third, 21 points back.

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The 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross Series will continue next weekend with the ninth round of the championship, in Southaven, Mississippi, on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14. Both nights of action inside the Landers Center will begin at 5 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. CT/ 8 p.m. ET.

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

Mid-America Center
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Results: March 7, 2015 (Round 8, Night 2)

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

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

ARENACROSS OVERALL: 1. Matt Goerke (3-1); 2. Gavin Faith (2-2); 3. Kyle Regal (1-3); 4. Travis Sewell (5-4); 5. Gared Steinke (4-5); 6. Bobby Kiniry (6-7); 7. Cory Green (7-8); 8. Dave Ginolfi (9-9); 9. Jacob Hayes (8-11); 10. Steven Mages (16-6).

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

ARENACROSS LITES: 1. Daniel Blair (KTM); 2. Josh Cartwright (Yam); 3. Dave Ginolfi (KTM); 4. Scott Zont (KTM); 5. Brandon Glenn (Yam); 6. Cody Van Buskirk (KTM); 7. Dylan Rouse (KTM); 8. Tanner Moore (KTM); 9. Jake Locks (KTM); 10. Mason Wharton (Kaw).

AMSOIL Arenacross Series Points Standings

ARENACROSS CLASS (After Race 12 of 20): 1. Kyle Regal (308/ 4 main-event wins); 2. Jacob Hayes (307/ 6 main-event wins); 3. Matt Goerke (307/ 4 main-event wins); 4. Travis Sewell (248); 5. Bobby Kiniry (242/ 1 main-event win); 6. Chris Blose (230/ 4 main-event wins); 7. Steven Mages (227/ 1 main-event win); 8. Gavin Faith (225/ 4 main-event wins); 9. Gared Steinke (207); 10. Cory Green (168).

WESTERN REGIONAL ARENACROSS LITES CLASS (After Race 5 of 9): 1. Daniel Blair (69); 2. Cody Van Buskirk (50); 3. Brandon Glenn (48); 4. Jake Locks (26); 5. Mason Wharton (24); 6. Clay Elliott (22); 7. Dalton Oxborrow (18); 8. Benjamin Nelko (18); 9. Jason McConnell (18); 10. Tanner Moore (17).

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