Regal Keeps Rolling with Sixth Overall AX Win of the Season, Blair Snares Western AX Lites Championship
AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 12: Spokane Arena
Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
SPOKANE, WA, APR. 11, 2015
AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, made its first visit to Spokane Arena on Saturday for the third round of the playoff-inspired Race to the Championship. One race after earning his class-leading fifth overall win of the season and reclaiming the top spot in the Arenacross-class standings, Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal cemented his status as the rider to beat in the Race to the Championship by earning his sixth overall victory.
Meanwhile, in the Western Regional Arenacross Lites class, a resilient third-place effort by Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Daniel Blair allowed the veteran rider to clinch the first championship of his career with three races remaining.
The tone for the night was established early in the heat races for the Arenacross class, as aggression and physicality played major roles among the title contenders, including Regal, Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Matt Goerke and Jacob Hayes, and Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Gavin Faith. This set the stage for what was ultimately an exciting battle throughout each of the two main events.
In the first of two Arenacross-class main events, Hayes grabbed the holeshot, ahead of the each of the top contenders in the Race to the Championship – Goerke, Team Babbitt’s Chris Blose, Faith and Regal.
Things remained the same at the front of the field for the majority of the 15-lap main event, but tension was brewing, and on lap 12 the entire complexion of the race changed when Goerke took the inside on Hayes and the two touched, causing Hayes to crash out of the lead right before the finish line. While he was able to remount quickly, Hayes gave up the lead to Goerke and dropped back to fifth.
Once out front, Goerke was able to fend off his teammate Blose for the win, with Regal completing the top three as a result of a late pass on his teammate. Faith followed in fourth, while ThermoTec/ FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry also made a pass on Hayes to grab fifth.
As the winner, Goerke then had the distinction of selecting the inversion for the second main event. With the help of the standing-room-only crowd inside Spokane Arena, Goerke ultimately chose the full field inversion of 16, which would have a major impact on the outcome of the evening.
Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Gared Steinke took advantage of his improved gate pick to nab the holeshot in the second main event, just ahead of College Hunks Hauling Junk/ Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Dave Ginolfi and Regal, who emerged with the best start of the top finishers from the first main event. Kiniry followed in fourth, with Goerke fifth. Faith slotted into eighth, while both Hayes and Blose found themselves outside the top 10 and near the tail end of the field.
Regal took full advantage of his strong start and took over second from Ginolfi on lap four when Ginolfi encountered the misfortune of a broken chain; he eventually dropped out of the race. That allowed Kiniry to take over third. As this occurred, Blose made his way around Hayes, and the teammates soon broke into the top 10.
Blose continued his forward progress, but Hayes still battled just to stay inside the top 10.
On lap eight, Goerke attempted a pass on Kiniry, but the two made contact and went down, allowing Faith to take over the position. Kiniry and Goerke were able to resume racing, but they soon fell outside the top 10 following another incident that took them both to the ground again.
While Steinke was able to maintain his advantage over both Regal and Faith out front, Blose broke into the top five on lap 12. Steinke held on to take the first main-event win of his career. Regal second was and Faith finished third. Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green earned a solid fourth-place finish, and Blose rounded out the top five.
Check out this video interview with Gared Steinke…
Regal’s pair of podium finishes (3-2) ultimately earned him the overall win, edging out his teammate Faith (4-3), who was able to secure the runner-up spot in the overall results thanks to his triumphant effort in the RMATV/ MC Head 2 Head Challenge, which awarded him an additional championship bonus point. With his resilient top-five finish in the second main event, Blose (2-5) slotted into third overall. Green (7-4) was fourth and Goerke (1-10) was fifth.
Regal carried a four-point lead coming into the evening, but he has extended his advantage to six points over Blose in the Race to the Championship. Faith sits in third, 12 points back, while Hayes (-15) and Goerke (-16) complete the top five.
The Western Regional Arenacross Lites main event kicked off with a holeshot by Slaka Wear KTM’s Steven Mages, ahead of College Hunks Hauling Junk/ Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Dave Ginolfi and TZR/ Woodstock KTM’s Scott Zont. Blair found himself midpack, completing the first lap in eighth.
Mages’ impressive pace allowed him to keep Ginolfi at bay throughout the 15-lap main event. While Ginolfi was able to keep his fellow KTM rider honest, he was never able to mount a serious challenge for the top spot.
While the battle for the lead quieted, all eyes were on Blair, who was on an incredible march toward the front. The veteran gradually began picking his way through the field, moving into seventh by lap two, into sixth by lap four, and into the top five on lap five. He settled into fifth for the bulk of the race but then put on a late charge in the closing laps to take over fourth on lap 11 and break into a podium spot with two laps remaining.
Mages extended his lead over Ginolfi to win comfortably, while Blair surged to a third-place effort to clinch that elusive championship. Zont finished fourth, while R-One/ Spokeskins Yamaha’s R.J. Wageman rounded out the top five.
Check out these video highlights from the Spokane Arenacross round…
Broadcast Alert: The Spokane broadcast will premiere on Fox Sports 1 next Sunday, April 19, at 11 a.m. PDT/ 2 p.m. EDT.
The 13th round of the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross, and the fourth round of the Race to the Championship, will begin on Saturday, April 18, with the series’ inaugural visit to Tacoma, Washington. Racing inside the Tacoma Dome will kick off at 7 p.m. PDT/ 10 p.m. EDT.
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Results: April 11, 2015 (Round 12)
ARENACROSS MAIN 1: 1. Matt Goerke (Kaw); 2. Chris Blose (Kaw); 3. Kyle Regal (Hsq); 4. Gavin Faith (Hsq); 5. Bobby Kiniry (Yam); 6. Jacob Hayes (Kaw); 7. Cory Green (Suz); 8. Travis Sewell (KTM); 9. Steven Mages (KTM); 10. Gared Steinke (KTM).
ARENACROSS MAIN 2: 1. Gared Steinke (KTM); 2. Kyle Regal (Hsq); 3. Gavin Faith (Hsq); 4. Cory Green (Suz); 5. Chris Blose (Kaw); 6. Steven Mages (KTM); 7. Travis Sewell (KTM); 8. Jacob Hayes (Kaw); 9. Willy Browning (KTM); 10. Matt Goerke (Kaw).
ARENACROSS OVERALL: 1. Kyle Regal (3-2); 2. Gavin Faith (4-3); 3. Chris Blose (2-5); 4. Cory Green (7-4); 5. Matt Goerke (1-10); 6. Gared Steinke (10-1); 7. Jacob Hayes (6-8); 8. Travis Sewell (8-7); 9. Steven Mages (9-6); 10. Bobby Kiniry (5-12).
RMATV/MC HEAD 2 HEAD CHALLENGE: 1. Gavin Faith (2 points); 2. Kyle Regal (1 point); 3. Cory Green (1 point); 4. Matt Goerke (1 point); 5. Chris Blose (1 point); 6. Steven Mages (1 point); 7. Travis Sewell (1 point); 8. Jacob Hayes (1 point).
ARENACROSS LITES: 1. Steven Mages (KTM); 2. Dave Ginolfi (KTM); 3. Daniel Blair (KTM); 4. Scott Zont (KTM); 5. R.J. Wageman (Yam); 6. Kinser Endicott (Kaw); 7. Jason McConnell (KTM); 8. Jake Locks (KTM); 9. Jonah Locks (Kaw); 10. Collin Jurin (Kaw).
AMSOIL Arenacross Series Points Standings
RACE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP (After Race 3 of 6): 1. Kyle Regal (91/ 1 main-event win); 2. Chris Blose (85/ 3/ main-event wins); 3. Gavin Faith (79); 4. Jacob Hayes (76); 5. Matt Goerke (75/ 1 main-event win); 6. Cory Green (72); 7. Bobby Kiniry (71); 8. Travis Sewell (66); 9. Gared Steinke (63/ 1 main-event win); 10. Steven Mages (53).
ARENACROSS CLASS (After Race 17 of 20): 11. Dave Ginolfi (172); 12. Willy Browning (167); 13. Daniel Herrlein (110); 14. Cody Van Buskirk (104); 15. Brandon Glenn (76).
WESTERN REGIONAL ARENACROSS LITES CLASS (After Race 7 of 10): 1. Daniel Blair (99/ 3 main-event wins); 2. Cody Van Buskirk (51); 3. (TIE) Brandon Glenn (48)/ Jake Locks (48); 5. Clay Elliott (34); 6. Jason McConnell (33); 7. Josh Struebig (30); 8. Jonah Locks (27); 9. Mason Wharton (24); 10. (TIE) Dalton Oxborrow (18)/ Benjamin Nelko (18).