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A Single Point Separates Top Three in AMSOIL AX Entering Final Round Before Race to the Championship Begins

| 11 March 2015 2:35 pm

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 9: Landers Center

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
SOUTHHAVEN, MS, MAR. 10, 2015

The top three riders in the Arenacross class – Kyle Regal (4), Matt Goerke (36) and Jacob Hayes (2) – are separated by just one point heading into Southaven.

The top three riders in the Arenacross class – Kyle Regal (4), Matt Goerke (36) and Jacob Hayes (2) – are separated by just one point heading into Southaven.

Arguably the most impactful race of the 2015 season of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, took place last weekend in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Now the championship is tighter than ever entering this weekend’s ninth round in Southaven, Mississippi, the final stop before the Race to the Championship begins. Two nights of action inside Landers Center will begin on Friday, March 13, and continue on Saturday, March 14, with both nights starting at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CST/ 5 p.m. PST.

Three riders have sat atop the Arenacross-class points standings prior to the Council Bluffs stop, all from the same team: Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Chris Blose made the first statement; then teammate Matt Goerke established himself as a contender; but neither controlled the points longer than third member Jacob Hayes, who took over the points lead in Nashville, the fourth round.

After Council Bluffs, a fourth rider has been added to the list at a key time in the season.

Check out this video interview with Council Bluffs Night One winner Jacob Hayes…

After winning the first night in Council Bluffs last Friday, Hayes was hit by misfortune in each main event on Saturday, ultimately finishing ninth overall. That opened up an opportunity for Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal and Goerke to seize the moment and shake up the points standings. Goerke grabbed his third overall win of the season, while Regal’s third-place finish catapulted him to the top the Arenacross-class standings. Goerke also moved up in the standings and is now tied with Hayes for second.

Check out this video interview with Council Bluffs Night Two Winner Matt Goerke…

All three riders are separated by just one point heading into a pivotal race of the season in Southaven, which serves as the final round before the season-ending, playoff-inspired Race to the Championship gets under way. The opportunity to be the top seed heading into the Race to the Championship can serve as not only just a physical advantage but also a mental one, as confidence will be high for the leader. Regal has never led the Arenacross-class standings before, but he will be carrying the red number plate for the first time this weekend – and looking to keep possession of it heading into the Race to the Championship opener in New Orleans.

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Another heated battle in the Arenacross-class points standings is the one for the 10th and final spot to qualify for the Race to the Championship. Currently, Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green sits in 10th, having moved into the final spot following a seventh-place finish on Saturday in Council Bluffs.

Cory Green (right) currently has possession of the 10th and final spot heading into the Race to the Championship.

Cory Green (right) currently has possession of the 10th and final spot heading into the Race to the Championship.

As a result, the rider now on the outside looking in is College Hunks Moving Junk/ Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Willy Browning. Unfortunately for Browning, he was forced to sit out the Council Bluffs round while nursing an injury, and he will now need a strong effort in Southaven to give himself a shot at breaking back into the top 10. Currently 12 points separate Green and Browning, and with two nights of racing providing four main events, there will be plenty of opportunity for drama.

Willy Browning (6) is on the outside looking in for the Race to the Championship, 12 points out of 10th.

Willy Browning (6) is on the outside looking in for the Race to the Championship, 12 points out of 10th.

Southaven will signify the return of the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship, which will host its sixth of eight rounds. Currently, College Hunks Moving Junk/ Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Dave Ginolfi sits atop the championship standings, bringing a 38-point lead into the weekend. Ginolfi will be looking to add to his lead this weekend in an attempt to secure the championship before the season-ending finale in Las Vegas on May 1.

Dave Ginolfi (13) has a pair of main-event wins in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship, giving him a comfortable points lead.

Dave Ginolfi (13) has a pair of main-event wins in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship, giving him a comfortable points lead.

Check out these video highlights of the second night of action in Council Bluffs…

The ninth round of AMSOIL Arenacross will get under way this Friday, March 13, inside Southaven’s Landers Center and will continue on Saturday, March 14. Racing on both nights will begins at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT/ 5 p.m. PT.

Broadcast Alert: The Kansas City round of the 2015 season will premiere on Fox Sports 1 this Sunday, March 15, at 11 a.m. ET/ 8 a.m. PT.

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

[For more from the Council Bluff events, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “Hayes Adds to AX Points Lead with Third Win of 2015” and “Goerke Emerges Victorious from Three-Way Tie for First in Iowa AX”… Editor]

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