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Hayes Dominates in Tacoma for First Overall Win in AX Race to the Championship

| 20 April 2015 1:17 pm

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 13: Tacoma Dome

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
TACOMA, WA, APR. 18, 2015

AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, hosted the second of back-to-back visits to the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, inside the Tacoma Dome. The fourth round of the playoff-inspired Race to the Championship featured a dominant outing by Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes, who claimed his fourth overall win of the 2015 season and his first win of the Race to the Championship with a 1-1 sweep of the Arenacross-class main events. Meanwhile, in the Western Regional Arenacross Lites class, Slaka Wear KTM’s Steven Mages posted a sweep of both races in the Pacific Northwest, racing to his fourth main-event win of the season.

Jacob Hayes (2) was dominant on Saturday, leading every lap of the two Arenacross-class main events.

Jacob Hayes (2) was dominant on Saturday, leading every lap of the two Arenacross-class main events.

Hayes made his presence felt early by grabbing the holeshot in the first Arenacross-class main event, with his Team Babbitt’s teammates Chris Blose and Matt Goerke in tow. While Hayes opened a slight gap over his fellow Kawasaki riders, Goerke slipped past Blose into second on the initial lap. From there, the top three settled into a rhythm out front.

Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal, the Race to the Championship points leader, had to overcome an eighth-place start, so he fought to work his way forward, moving into sixth on lap six.

Just a couple of laps later, Blose went off the track and crashed while navigating the track’s wall obstacle, dropping to ninth.

Hayes went on to take the win, ahead of Goerke and Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Gared Steinke. Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green finished fourth, while Regal fought his way into a fifth-place finish. Blose’s misfortune left him with a 10th-place finish.

Hayes’ victory provided him with the privilege of selecting the inversion for the second main event. With the help of the Tacoma Dome crowd, Hayes selected the case with eight, meaning that half the field would be inverted.

Despite the eighth gate pick, Hayes was still able to put himself out front in the second main event, once again taking the holeshot, this time ahead of Mages and ThermoTec/ FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry. Goerke was able to slot into fourth, with Regal in fifth. It didn’t take long for Hayes to once again seize control of the race, leaving the battle to the others behind him.

Goerke was the rider on the move in the early laps, passing Kiniry for third on lap three and then pressuring Mages for second for a handful of laps before taking the spot on lap eight. That same lap, Kiniry pulled off the track with an apparent issue and was unable to continue; that allowed Regal to move into fourth and his Husqvarna teammate Gavin Faith into fifth.

Matt Goerke’s (36) pass on Steven Mages (12) secured the runner-up spot overall, giving Babbitt’s a one-two sweep.

Matt Goerke’s (36) pass on Steven Mages (12) secured the runner-up spot overall, giving Babbitt’s a one-two sweep.

Regal took advantage of the opportunity to break into podium contention by passing Mages for third on lap 11. On the ensuing lap, Mages lost a couple more positions and dropped out of the top five.

Hayes took the checkered flag just over three seconds ahead of Goerke, with Regal third, TZR Woodstock KTM’s Travis Sewell in fourth, and Faith fifth.

Points leader Kyle Regal (4) had another solid night and finished on the overall podium.

Points leader Kyle Regal (4) had another solid night and finished on the overall podium.

When the overall standings were tallied, Hayes was the clear winner, while Goerke’s pair of runner-up finishes gave Team Babbitt’s a one-two sweep. Regal’s podium result in the second main event moved him into third overall with a 5-3 effort, earning the tie breaker for the position over Sewell (6-4), who earned an additional championship bonus point for winning the RMATV/ MC Head 2 Head Challenge earlier in the evening. Green (4-6) rounded out the top five.

Check out this video interview with Tacoma winner Jacob Hayes…

Regal, who’d entered the night with a six-point lead, extended his advantage in the Race to the Championship to eight points over Hayes, who moved from fourth to second. Goerke moved from fifth to third (-11) while Blose, who finished ninth overall, fell from second to fourth (-15). Faith sits in a tie with Blose in fifth (-15).

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The Western Regional Arenacross Lites main event saw College Hunks Hauling Junk/ Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Dave Ginolfi take the early lead, over Mages and Art of Smiles/ Kropp Construction KTM’s Josh Struebig.

Steven Mages (12) has four Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class main-event wins this season.

Steven Mages (12) has four Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class main-event wins this season.

While a battle for the lead was starting to take shape, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Mark Worth moved into third on lap three. Ginolfi and Mages then began to battle for the lead, with Mages gaining the upper hand on lap five.

Once out front, Mages maintained control of the position. Meanwhile, Worth eventually made his way around Ginolfi for second on lap 10.

Mages crossed the line ahead of Worth, while Ginolfi rounded out the podium in third.

Check out these video highlights of the Tacoma Arenacross…

The 14th round of the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross, and the penultimate round of the Race to the Championship, will begin Saturday, April 25, with the sport’s anticipated return to Fresno, California. Racing inside the Save Mart Center will kick off at 7 p.m. PDT/ 10 p.m. EDT.

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Tacoma Dome
Tacoma, Washington
Results: April 18, 2015 (Round 13 of 15)

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

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

ARENACROSS OVERALL: 1. Jacob Hayes (1-1); 2. Matt Goerke (2-2); 3. Kyle Regal (5-3); 4. Travis Sewell (6-4); 5. Cory Green (4-6); 6. Gavin Faith (7-5); 7. Gared Steinke (3-9); 8. Steven Mages (8-7); 9. Chris Blose (10-8); 10. Dave Ginolfi (11-10).

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

ARENACROSS LITES: 1. Steven Mages (KTM); 2. Mark Worth (Kaw); 3. Dave Ginolfi (KTM); 4. Daniel Blair (KTM); 5. Gregory Crater (Hon); 6. Collin Jurin (Kaw); 7. R.J. Wageman (Yam); 8. Mason Wharton (Kaw); 9. Jake Locks (KTM); 10. Mitch Keezer (Yam).

AMSOIL Arenacross Series Points Standings

RACE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP (After Race 4 of 6): 1. Kyle Regal (117/ 1 main-event win); 2. Jacob Hayes (109/ 2 main-event wins); 3. Matt Goerke (106/ 1 main-event win); 4. Chris Blose (102/ 3 main-event wins); 5. Gavin Faith (102); 6. Cory Green (97); 7. Travis Sewell (92); 8. Gared Steinke (86/ 1 main-event win); 9. Bobby Kiniry (83); 10. Steven Mages (72).

ARENACROSS CLASS (After Race 18 of 20): 11. Dave Ginolfi (185); 12. Willy Browning (175); 13. Daniel Herrlein (110); 14. Cody Van Buskirk (104); 15. Brandon Glenn (76).

WESTERN REGIONAL ARENACROSS LITES CLASS (After Race 8 of 10): 1. 1. Daniel Blair (112/ 3 main-event wins); 2. Jake Locks (56); 3. Cody Van Buskirk (51); 4. Brandon Glenn (48); 5. Jason McConnell (38); 6. (TIE) Clay Elliott (34)/ Josh Struebig (34); 8. Mason Wharton (33); 9. Jonah Locks (27); 10. R.J. Wageman (22).

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