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AX Points Leader Regal Surges into Spokane to Kick Off the Final Four Rounds

| 7 April 2015 12:31 pm

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 12:
Spokane Arena

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
SPOKANE, WA, APR. 7, 2015

The Race to the Championship will reach its halfway point this weekend, signifying a pivotal point in the season-ending battle to crown an AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, champion. This Saturday night, April 11, the schedule will begin a four-round western region tour that will begin in Spokane, Washington, and will conclude in Las Vegas.

Kyle Regal is back in possession of the red number plate as the championship points leader.

Kyle Regal is back in possession of the red number plate as the championship points leader.

After earning his championship-leading fifth overall win of the season two weekends ago in Austin, Texas, Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal returned to the top of the Race to the Championship standings and will lead the Arenacross-class field into action inside Spokane Arena, which will get under way at 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT.

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With the series fresh off its second and final break in competition for 2015, the 10 riders in the Race to the Championship and the rest of the Arenacross-class field are no doubt feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to close out the season with the series’ own version of a “final four” showdown. Through its first two rounds, the Race to the Championship has produced the kind of drama and excitement expected from a win-at-all-costs type of battle. Every position and every point counts more than ever during the final six races, and thus far the top 10 riders in the championship are racing with that mindset.

Check out this video interview with Austin Third-Place finisher Bobby Kiniry…

As a result of the exceptional competition, there has been considerable movement within the Race to the Championship through the first two weekends. Initially it was Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Chris Blose who took control early, with a dominant win in New Orleans, but an off weekend at the previous stop in Austin dropped him to second and allowed Regal to reclaim the spot he held heading into the Race to the Championship as its top seed. The lead duo is separated by a mere four points heading into Spokane, with Team Babbitt’s rider Jacob Hayes sitting third, just six points out of the lead.

An additional point back in fourth is ThermoTec /FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry, who is the final rider within single-digit margin of the championship leader. While the remaining six riders, beginning with Team Babbitt’s Matt Goerke (-10), face double-digit deficits, just 27 points separate Regal, in first, from Slaka Wear KTM’s Steven Mages, in 10th.

Steven Mages sits 10th in the Race to the Championship, 27 points out of the lead, but he is still well within striking distance with four rounds remaining.

Steven Mages sits 10th in the Race to the Championship, 27 points out of the lead, but he is still well within striking distance with four rounds remaining.

With a total of 34 points available on Saturday night, there is still plenty of opportunity for any of the riders in the Race to the Championship to make their presence felt not only in Spokane but throughout the western-region run to the season finale in Las Vegas, where a new champion will be crowned.

The action thus far in the Race to the Championship has been incredible.

The action thus far in the Race to the Championship has been incredible.

AMSOIL Arenacross as a whole is an every-man-for-himself competition, but that individuality takes on even greater significance in the Race to the Championship, as every pass and every miscue could ultimately make or break a rider’s title hopes. As a result, each of the 10 contenders in search of his first career title is out for himself and ready to tackle the task at hand.

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AMSOIL Arenacross’ journey to Spokane will also feature the Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship. Thanks to incredible consistency and three victories, Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Daniel Blair enjoys a comfortable margin in the points standings and will be looking to continue his path to an inaugural championship on Saturday night.

Check out these video highlights from the Austin round…

The 12th round of AMSOIL Arenacross and the third weekend of the Race to the Championship will get under way this Saturday, April 11, inside Washington’s Spokane Arena. Racing will begin at 10 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. PDT.

Broadcast Alert: The Spokane round of the Arenacross Series will premiere on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT.

Tickets for each round of AMSOIL Arenacross are on sale now!

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

[For more from the Austin, Texas, round of the Arenacross Series, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “Regal Earns Fifth Overall Victory of AX Season, Blair Grabs Another Western Win”… Editor]

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