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Regal Sweeps Southaven for Fourth Overall Victory of 2015

| 15 March 2015 4:36 pm

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 9, Night 2: Landers Center

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
SOUTHAVEN, MS, MAR. 14, 2015

The ninth round of the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, season came to a conclusion on Saturday night inside Landers Center, signifying the final race before the season-ending, playoff-inspired Race to the Championship.

Kyle Regal has earned back-to-back wins heading into the Race to the Championship.

Kyle Regal has earned back-to-back wins heading into the Race to the Championship.

One night after he earned his fourth Arenacross-class overall victory, Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal capped off a dominant weekend by winning again, becoming the first rider this season to sweep two consecutive nights of action. With the win, Regal also earned the top seed in the Race to the Championship.

Meanwhile, in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites class, Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Daniel Blair earned his fourth main-event win of the season.

Regal’s path to victory started in the first Arenacross-class main event of the evening, when he grabbed the holeshot. Behind him, a pile-up collected several of the division’s top competitors, including ThermoTec/ FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry, Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki teammates Matt Goerke and Jacob Hayes, Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Gavin Faith, and more. Team Babbitt’s Chris Blose was able to escape the fray and slot into second. As a result of the incident, Regal and Blose opened up a comfortable gap over the rest of the field, while TZR Woodstock KTM’s Travis Sewell moved into third.

The competition was intense all night in Southaven.

The competition was intense all night in Southaven.

While Regal and Blose gradually established an insurmountable gap out front, all eyes were on Hayes, Goerke and Faith, and their march toward the front. Hayes emerged from the first-lap incident in sixth, while Faith and Goerke sat eighth and ninth, respectively. Hayes broke into the top five on lap one and soon made the pass on Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green for fourth.

On lap seven, Hayes passed Sewell for third, and he then put on a charge over the remaining eight laps to try to catch the lead duo. Faith and Goerke paced one another in their climb through the field, taking control of fourth and fifth on lap nine and then battling one another, with Goerke getting the better of Faith on lap 12.

Regal and Blose crossed the line just over three seconds ahead of Hayes, in third. Goerke followed in fourth, with Faith rounding out the top five.

Regal then proceeded to select the inversion for the second main event, and with the help of the Landers Center crowd he chose the case with the number eight, which meant that half the field would be inverted.

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Hayes carried the momentum from his impressive run in the first main event into the start of the second main event, racing to the holeshot. A small mistake in the first turn allowed Blose to take control of the lead, but Hayes responded almost immediately, reclaiming the top spot heading into the whoops. Goerke, who’d started third, followed Hayes past Blose to move into second and then set his sights on his other teammate out front.

On lap three, Blose came under fire from the TUF Racing duo of Regal and Faith, losing two more spots and dropping to fifth. As that was happening, Goerke was mounting a challenge on Hayes for the lead, making the pass on lap four. Hayes didn’t lose touch with his teammate and kept him honest throughout the remainder of the race, reclaiming the top spot briefly on lap 11 but losing it again one lap later.

The battle up front allowed the Husqvarna teammates to close in. Regal used an outside line to his advantage on lap 13, preventing Hayes from jumping into a rhythm section and taking over the runner-up spot. Hayes’ loss of momentum also cost him control of third, as Faith followed Regal to grab that spot. As this unfolded, Goerke slipped away to take the win, with Regal second and Faith third. Hayes dropped to fourth and Kiniry was fifth.

Check out this video interview with Southaven Night Two winner Kyle Regal…

Regal’s impressive 1-2 effort was more than enough to earn the overall win. Goerke’s triumphant effort in the second main event allowed him to finish second overall via a 4-1 score, while Hayes (3-4) earned a hard-fought third-place overall finish. Faith (5-3) was fourth, with Blose (2-6) rounding out the top five.

Matt Goerke (36) and Jacob Hayes (2) will enter the Race to the Championship as the second and third seeds.

Matt Goerke (36) and Jacob Hayes (2) will enter the Race to the Championship as the second and third seeds.

Earlier in the evening, the Southaven crowd was treated to a thrilling final in the RMATV/ MC Head 2 Head Challenge, between Sewell and Faith. The two riders went bar to bar throughout the two-lap sprint, but an aggressive move by Sewell halted Faith’s progress momentarily and gave the KTM rider the advantage. Faith recovered quickly and put the pressure on Sewell, attempting a couple of inside moves that ultimately left him just inches short at the checkered flag. Sewell earned his first Head 2 Head win of the season.

Regal entered the night as the points leader and, thanks to his triumphant effort, he will now carry the number-one seed and the red number plate into the start of the six-round Race to the Championship. The points have been reset for the top 10 riders in the points standings, and just five points separate Regal, in first, from Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green, the 10th and final rider to qualify.

Cory Green (5) claimed the 10th and final spot in the Race to the Championship.

Cory Green (5) claimed the 10th and final spot in the Race to the Championship.

Daniel Blair took the Arenacross Lites win.

Daniel Blair took the Arenacross Lites win.

In the Metro PCS Blazing Fast Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites-class main event, Sizemore’s Garage Honda’s Drayke Sizemore grabbed the holeshot, with Blair hot on his rear fender.

After consistent pressure, Blair made what would end up being the winning pass on lap three. With Blair out front, Sizemore came under pressure from College Hunks Moving Junk/ Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Dave Ginolfi, who had clinched the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Championship on Friday. Ginolfi made the pass for the runner-up spot on lap six.

On the ensuing lap, MMCR Kawasaki’s Jacob Williamson took over third.

While Ginolfi stayed within striking distance of Blair for the lead, the top three stayed the same all the way through to the finish. Blair took the win by just over a half-second on Ginolfi, while Williamson earned the first podium finish of his career, in third.

The 10th round of the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross Series and the opening round of the Race to the Championship will begin next Saturday, March 21, with the series’ inaugural visit to New Orleans. Racing kicks off 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.

Landers Center
Southaven, Mississippi
Results: March 14, 2015 (Round 9, Night 2)

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

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

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

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

ARENACROSS LITES: 1. Daniel Blair (KTM); 2. Dave Ginolfi (KTM); 3. Jacob Williamson (Kaw); 4. Drayke Sizemore (Hon); 5. Scott Zont (KTM); 6. Jake Locks (KTM); 7. Clay Elliott (KTM); 8. Zachary Bishop-Burnett (Kaw); 9. Ben Nelko (KTM); 10. Josh Struebig (KTM).

AMSOIL Arenacross Series Points Standings

RACE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. Kyle Regal (6); 2. Matt Goerke (5); 3. Jacob Hayes (4); 4. Bobby Kiniry (4); 5. Travis Sewell (3); 6. Chris Blose (3); 7. Gavin Faith (2); 8. Gared Steinke (2); 9. Steven Mages (1); 10. Cory Green (1).

ARENACROSS CLASS (After Race 14 of 20): 11. Willy Browning (156); 12. Dave Ginolfi (148); 13. Daniel Herrlein (110); 14. Cody Van Buskirk (102); 15. Brandon Glenn (76).

EASTERN REGIONAL ARENACROSS LITES CLASS (After Race 9 of 11): 1. Dave Ginolfi (132/ 2 main-event wins); 2. Scott Zont (75); 3. (TIE) Steve Roman (65)/ Jacob Williamson (65); 5. Daniel Herrlein (56); 6. Steven Mages (47/ 1 main-event win); 7. Dylan Rouse (45); 8. Dave Blanchet (41); 9. Darian Sanayei (35/ 2 main-event wins); 10. Mitchell Harrison (33/ 1 main-event win); 11. Tristan Charbonneau (33/ 1 main-event win); 12. Josh Cartwright (33).

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