AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
ELLENTON, FL, APR. 21, 2015
The journey to crown a champion in this season of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, has produced arguably the most parity-driven and competitive racing the sport has ever seen. Since it began just a few weeks ago, the Race to the Championship has been filled with drama and aggression as the fastest 10 riders in the Arenacross class have faced off in search of their first AMSOIL Arenacross championship.
With four rounds down and two remaining in the Race to the Championship, everything will come down to the final night of competition inside Las Vegas’ South Point Arena on Friday, May 1. In a city built by risk takers willing to push their luck, the 10 riders in the Race to the Championship will enter Sin City with the exact same mentality: ready to lay everything on the line and go “all in” for the chance to emerge as AMSOIL Arenacross Champion.
While Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal has essentially been the number-one seed for most of the Race to the Championship, by no means has his ability to maintain possession of the red number plate been easy. Since the first round of the playoffs in New Orleans, success has been as much a matter of survival as being in the right place at the right time. Regal has done all he can to keep his front fender clean and earn every valuable point possible. Even in the face of adversity, Regal has shown tremendous patience, choosing to take opportunities as they arise rather than force the issue. As a result, he currently sits atop the standings with a slim eight-point lead.
With two overall wins through the first four rounds, Regal has established himself as the rider to beat. However, he has faced consistent and heavy pressure from the Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki trio of Jacob Hayes, Matt Goerke and Chris Blose.
In New Orleans, it was Blose who made the first statement of the Race to the Championship by posting a dominant victory. He maintained a consistency that kept him within a handful of points of Regal until a crash last Saturday night in Tacoma, Washington, left him with a ninth-place-overall finish and dropped him to fourth in the championship standings.
Filling that void are Blose’s Babbitt’s Kawasaki teammates Hayes and Goerke. This duo controlled the points standings for the bulk of the season prior to the Race to the Championship, and while they each got off to a bit of a slow start once it began, they’re starting to peak at an opportune time. Hayes dominated in Tacoma to take his first win of the Race to the Championship, with Goerke right behind him in second. As a result, they vaulted into second and third, respectively, in the standings and sit well within striking distance of Regal for the lead.
Currently, 45 points separate first from 10th in the Race to the Championship standings, and a total of five different riders have taken the checkered flag in eight main events thus far. This boils down to what is destined to be a spectacular showdown for the AMSOIL Arenacross title inside South Point Arena. Never before have both AMSOIL Arenacross and Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, hosted their respective season finales on the same weekend, in the same city. What better place to make history than the most excitement-driven city in the country?
The 15th and final round of the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross Series, and the deciding night of the Race to the Championship, will begin Friday, May 1, at South Point Arena. Racing will kick off at 11 p.m. EDT/ 8 p.m. PDT.
Tickets are available at the South Point Arena box office or online at SouthPointCasino.com, or you can charge by phone at 866/796-7111.
For more information on the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross season, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.Arenacross.com.