AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 13: Tacoma Dome
Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
TACOMA, WA, APR. 15, 2015
Three rounds down, three to go in the Race to the Championship as AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, inches ever closer to crowning a champion in 2015. Following another intense night of action in Spokane, Washington, last weekend, Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal will be bringing his two-race winning streak and the points lead back to the Pacific Northwest this Saturday, April 18, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. The action will get under way at 10 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. PDT.
Entering the Race to the Championship as the top seed, Regal has undoubtedly made the most of the momentum he carried into it. While Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Chris Blose was able to make the first statement by winning the first of the six rounds in New Orleans and take over the points lead, Regal has been a picture of consistency, and that has allowed him to return to the top of the standings.
Blose remains close to Regal, with just six points separating the two, but with back-to-back overall wins heading into Tacoma, Regal is the most confident rider in the Arenacross class.
Halfway through the Race to the Championship, the lead contenders for the 2015 title are beginning to establish themselves at the top of the points standings as the finale in Las Vegas quickly approaches.
While Regal and Blose have been fixtures at the front, some incredible competition is unfolding between the riders from third to seventh.
Regal’s TUF Racing teammate Gavin Faith jumped from sixth to third in the championship (-12) as a result of a runner-up effort last weekend, giving him the biggest gain in Spokane. Team Babbitt’s Jacob Hayes battled through some adversity and fell one spot to fourth (-15) and is followed by his teammate Matt Goerke in fifth (-16), and Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green in sixth (-19). Sitting in seventh is ThermoTec/ FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry (-20), who ultimately dropped three spots.
With these five riders separated by eight points, more movement is sure to come in Tacoma. The question that remains is whether they will be able to close the double-digit deficit to Regal and Blose with time running out. With that window slowly closing, the aggression on the track is guaranteed to pick up, and last week provided a glimpse into the battles that lie ahead inside the Tacoma Dome.
Check out these video highlights from the Spokane race…
Physical competition is one of the trademarks of AMSOIL Arenacross, and the Race to the Championship contenders weren’t shy about their aggression in Spokane. Should any one of these riders be able to steer clear of conflict this Saturday night, you can bet he’s going to have a good chance at not only claiming the overall victory but also gaining considerable ground in the already tight points chase in the Race to the Championship.
Veteran Daniel Blair clinched the Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship last weekend with three races remaining. The Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM rider has by far been the rider to beat throughout the Western Regional season, and with his first career professional title now wrapped up, he’s coming into Tacoma solely in search of a victory, as are the rest of the competitors in the Arenacross Lites class.
The 13th round of AMSOIL Arenacross and the fourth weekend of the Race to the Championship will get under way this Saturday, April 18, inside the Tacoma Dome. Racing will begin at 10 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. PDT.
Broadcast Alert: The Spokane round will premiere on Fox Sports 1 this Sunday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. EDT/ 10:30 a.m. PDT.
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[For more from the Spokane round of the Arenacross Series, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “Regal Keeps Rolling with Sixth Overall AX Win of the Season, Blair Snares Western AX Lites Championship”… Editor]