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Blose Dominates Dramatic First Round of AX Race to the Championship!

| 24 March 2015 1:31 pm

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 10: Smoothie King Center

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
NEW ORLEANS, LA, MAR. 21, 2015

Local legend Kevin Windham served as the event’s grand marshal and rode for the fans during the opening ceremonies inside Smoothie King Center.

Local legend Kevin Windham served as the event’s grand marshal and rode for the fans during the opening ceremonies inside Smoothie King Center.

The first round of the playoff-inspired, season-ending Race to the Championship of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, fittingly featured a wild night of competition inside Smoothie King Center on Saturday night. In the end, following a pair of Arenacross-class main events, it was Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Chris Blose who emerged victorious with a dominant 1-1 effort to make the first statement of the Race to the Championship and take control of the points standings. Meanwhile, in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites class, Slaka Wear KTM’s Steven Mages earned his fourth main-event win of the season.

While Blose was able to seize the moment and control his own destiny in New Orleans, the battle for the remaining positions in the main event featured some wild competition, setting the stage for what is sure to be a tremendously competitive run to the championship.

The Race to the Championship has officially begun, and the main event was filled with all 10 contenders, sporting green backgrounds on their numbers.

The Race to the Championship has officially begun, and the main event was filled with all 10 contenders, sporting green backgrounds on their numbers.

In the first Arenacross-class main event, Team Babbitt’s Jacob Hayes raced to the holeshot, ahead of Blose and points leader Kyle Regal, aboard his Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing machine. Blose made a quick pass on Hayes in the whoops to take the lead from his teammate. Regal made an aggressive move on Hayes for second shortly before the catapult, taking the position, but the contact between the two caused the entire field to miss the finish-line jump and allowed Blose to pull away.

Blose held an impressive pace out front and maintained his gap over the rest of the field, which left the battle for second to Regal, Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green, Hayes, and TUF Racing’s Gavin Faith.

After Hayes was able to work his way around Green for third, he and Regal engaged in a heated battle for second. Hayes slipped past Regal heading to the line on lap 10, and just moments later Regal encountered trouble in the whoops and went down, dropping to ninth.

Blose retained control through to the checkered flag, while Hayes was able to lock in a runner-up finish. Faith claimed third, with Team Babbitt’s Matt Goerke and Green rounding out the top five. Regal did his best to recover with an eighth-place effort.

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Thanks to the win, Blose had the opportunity to pick the inversion for the second main event, and he relied on the assistance of the Smoothie King Center crowd to select the case with the number zero, which meant that there would be no inversion heading into the second and final main event of the evening.

Chris Blose was perfect on Saturday night, winning both main events and taking over the points lead.

Chris Blose was perfect on Saturday night, winning both main events and taking over the points lead.

With the first gate pick to his advantage, Blose kicked off the second main event by grabbing the holeshot out of the gate, ahead of Hayes, Regal, Goerke and Faith.

As the field shuffled into their places, Regal made the pass on Hayes for second before the whoops. The pass allowed Faith to make time on Hayes, whom he attempted to pass with an inside line through the whoops. The two made contact, which forced Hayes to go down before the rhythm section and drop to the tail end of the 16-rider field, losing a lap in the process. That pass allowed Faith to move into third and set his sights on his teammate, Regal, in second.

After making the pass on his teammate for second on lap five, Faith lost control in the whoops and went down, falling back to eighth. Regal briefly retook control of second, while Goerke moved into third.

After he and Goerke made their way around Faith, Regal then lost second to Goerke, and soon he would have to deal with Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Gared Steinke, in fourth.

Blose cruised to his second main-event win of the night to earn the overall in definitive fashion. Goerke followed in second. Steinke was able to make a late pass on Regal for third, after the Husqvarna rider went down in the whoops on lap 12, losing just one spot, while Faith rebounded from his earlier trouble to earn fifth.

Check out this video interview with New Orleans winner Chris Blose…

Blose’s 1-1 tally easily gave him the overall win, while Goerke’s runner-up effort in the second main event helped him secure second overall via a 4-2 score. Despite his trouble in the second main event, Faith (3-5) captured third overall.

Earlier in the evening, the New Orleans crowd saw Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing teammates Regal and Faith do battle for the win in the RMATV/ MC Head 2 Head Challenge. Regal outdueled his teammate in the two-lap sprint to earn a much-needed win and an extra championship bonus point. As a result of that win in the Head 2 Head Challenge, Regal (8-4) finished fourth overall, with Green (5-6) rounding out the top five.

Kyle Regal (4) entered the night as the points leader but fell to third in the points standings after a fourth-place finish.

Kyle Regal (4) entered the night as the points leader but fell to third in the points standings after a fourth-place finish.

Regal entered the night as the top seed in the Race to the Championship, but Blose’s dominance allowed him to jump from sixth to first in the points. The Kawasaki rider holds a three-point lead over his Team Babbitt’s teammate Goerke, in second, and a six-point lead over Regal, in third. Faith and Hayes round out the top five.

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Fresh off his championship-winning effort the week prior, College Hunks Hauling Junk/ Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Dave Ginolfi raced to the holeshot in the Metro PCS Blazing Fast Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites main event, but after a crash in his heat race earlier in the night left him with a sore wrist, he pulled off. That allowed Steven Mages to take control of the race, and once out front, he was able to maintain his advantage throughout the entirety of the 15-lap main event.

Steven Mages took a convincing win in the Arenacross Lites class.

Steven Mages took a convincing win in the Arenacross Lites class.

Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Daniel Blair was impressive, overcoming an off-track excursion on the opening lap that resulted in a sixth-place start to move into a podium position on lap one and into the runner-up spot on lap two. Blair kept Mages honest, but Mages held him off for the win.

Team Babbitt’s/ MMCR Kawasaki’s Jacob Williamson made a pass on Sizemore’s Garage/ Honda’s Drayke Sizemore for third on lap three and held on to that spot all the way through to the finish.

Check out these video highlights from the New Orleans round…

The 11th round of the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross Series, and the second round of the Race to the Championship, will begin next Saturday, March 28, with the series’ inaugural visit to Austin, Texas. Racing in the Frank Erwin Center will kick off at 5 p.m. PDT/ 7 p.m. CDT/ 8 p.m. EDT.

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

Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
Results: March 21, 2015 (Round 10)

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

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

ARENACROSS OVERALL: 1. Chris Blose (1-1); 2. Matt Goerke (4-2); 3. Gavin Faith (3-5); 4. Kyle Regal (8-4); 5. Cory Green (5-6); 6. Bobby Kiniry (6-7); 7. Jacob Hayes (2-12); 8. Travis Sewell (7-8); 9. Gared Steinke (13-3); 10. Steven Mages (9-9).

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

ARENACROSS LITES: 1. Steven Mages (KTM); 2. Daniel Blair (KTM); 3. Jacob Williamson (Kaw); 4. Drayke Sizemore (Hon); 5. Ben Nelko (KTM); 6. Jason McConnell (KTM); 7. Brian Alquist (KTM); 8. Jake Lowry (Kaw); 9. Jonah Locks (Kaw); 10. Clay Elliott (KTM).

AMSOIL Arenacross Series Points Standings

RACE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. Chris Blose (36); 2. Matt Goerke (33); 3. Kyle Regal (30); 4. Gavin Faith (29); 5. (TIE) Jacob Hayes (25)/ Bobby Kiniry (25)/ Cory Green (25); 8. Travis Sewell (23); 9. Gared Steinke (20); 10. Steven Mages (18).

ARENACROSS CLASS (After Race 15 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 10 of 11): 1. Dave Ginolfi (134/ 2 main-event wins); 2. Jacob Williamson (79); 3. Scott Zont (75); 4. Steve Roman (65); 5. Steven Mages (63/ 2 main-event wins); 6. Daniel Herrlein (56); 7. Dylan Rouse (45); 8. Dave Blanchet (41); 9. Drayke Sizemore (36); 10. Darian Sanayei (35/ 2 main-event wins).

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