Hayes Goes Back to Back in Fresno to Force Tie Atop AX Standings, Ginolfi Goes Wire to Wire for Western AX Lites Victory
AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 14: Save Mart Center
Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
FRESNO, CA, APR. 25, 2015
AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, made its lone visit to California on Saturday, holding the second-to-last round of the 2015 season in Save Mart Center. The fifth round of the Race to the Championship featured a competitive evening of competition that saw Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes take his second consecutive overall win on the heels of a pair of consistent Arenacross-class main events. In the Western Regional Arenacross Lites class, College Hunks Hauling Junk/ Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Dave Ginolfi posted a dominant wire-to-wire victory.
Broadcast Alert: The broadcast of the Fresno round will premiere on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m. EDT/ 7:30 a.m. PDT.
Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Matt Goerke appeared to be the rider to beat in the opening Arenacross-class main event of the evening, as he grabbed the holeshot, ahead of Hayes and ThermoTec/ FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry. Goerke established himself as the leader, but Hayes was able to keep him within striking distance.
Behind the leaders, the battle for third picked up between Kiniry and Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Gavin Faith. On lap four, Faith was able to make the pass and move into podium position, and not long after that Kiniry came under fire from both Babbitt’s Kawasaki’s Chris Blose and Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Gared Steinke. Blose moved into fourth on lap six, and Steinke followed suit the following lap, moving up to fifth.
Check out these video highlights from the Fresno round…
Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal, the Race to the Championship points leader, started fifth in the main event and was solidly in contention with the lead group throughout the first half of the 15-lap race. Regal passed Kiniry and then began his attack on his teammate Faith for third. On lap six, Regal made a mistake while closing in on his Faith and went over the berm after the whoops, dropping to 15th.
Out front, Goerke maintained about a one-second advantage over Hayes, which he carried through to the finish. After fending off the initial pressure from his teammate Regal, Faith brought home a third-place finish. Blose was fourth, with Preston Plumbing Yamaha rider Ryan Breece fifth. Regal finished 11th.
Goerke’s victory meant he had the opportunity to select the inversion for the second main event. With the help of the Fresno crowd, Goerke selected the case with zero, which meant that no riders would be inverted.
As the second main event got under way, Regal and Kiniry headed into the first turn side by side before Kiniry lost traction and slid out. Regal was able to come away unscathed, but the incident with Kiniry also collected Goerke, Blose and several more riders. Faith and Hayes avoided the incident and battled for second, with Hayes making an aggressive move for the position that took Faith off the track. Breece worked his way into third after a solid fourth-place start.
While Regal sat comfortably out front, Hayes and Breece engaged in a thrilling battle for second, skirmishing side by side for most of the race. Behind this battle, Goerke overcame his involvement in the first-lap incident to slot into eighth, one spot ahead of Blose.
Regal took a much-needed win, with Hayes holding off Breece for second. Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green was fourth, while Ginolfi was fifth.
Hayes’ 2-2 finishes were enough to put him on top of the overall podium on what ended up being a big night in the points chase. Goerke’s resiliency in the second main event landed him second via a 1-7 tally, while Breece (5-3) enjoyed a career-best night in third. Green (6-4), who earned an additional championship bonus point for winning the RMATV/ MC Head 2 Head Challenge earlier in the evening, was fourth, followed by Regal (11-1) in fifth.
Regal entered the night with his largest points lead of the Race to the Championship, with eight, but Hayes’ strong, consistent effort, combined with Regal’s misfortune in the first main event, erased that gap. The two winningest riders of the 2015 season now sit deadlocked for the top spot in the Race to the Championship with one race remaining. Goerke is third, seven points back, with Blose and Faith tied for fourth (-16).
Check out this video interview with Fresno race winner Jacob Hayes…
The Metro PCS Blazing Fast Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class main event saw Dave Ginolfi take the early lead, and he never looked back, leaving the battle for the remaining spots on the podium to his fellow competitors.
Newly crowned Western Regional Champion Daniel Blair had an impressive climb through the field, methodically battling his way from sixth to move into second by the time the checkered flag flew.
TZR Woodstock KTM’s Scott Zont and Slaka Wear’s Steven Mages went back and forth throughout the main event, with Zont eventually securing the third and final spot on the podium.
The 15th and final round of the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross Series, and the deciding round of the Race to the Championship, will begin Friday, May 1, with the sport’s much-anticipated debut in Las Vegas. Racing in South Point Arena will kick off at 8 p.m. PDT/ 11 p.m. EDT.
For more information on the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross season, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.Arenacross.com.
Save Mart Center
Results: April 25, 2015 (Round 14 of 15)
ARENACROSS MAIN 1: 1. Matt Goerke (Kaw); 2. Jacob Hayes (Kaw); 3. Gavin Faith (Hsq); 4. Chris Blose (Kaw); 5. Ryan Breece (Yam); 6. Cory Green (Suz); 7. Travis Sewell (KTM); 8. Bobby Kiniry (Yam); 9. Dave Ginolfi (KTM); 10. Kinser Endicott (Kaw).
ARENACROSS MAIN 2: 1. Kyle Regal (Hsq); 2. Jacob Hayes (Kaw); 3. Ryan Breece (Yam); 4. Cory Green (Suz); 5. Dave Ginolfi (KTM); 6. Matt Goerke (Kaw); 7. Chris Blose (Kaw); 8. Willy Browning (KTM); 9. Gavin Faith (Hsq); 10. Travis Sewell (KTM).
ARENACROSS OVERALL: 1. Jacob Hayes (2-2); 2. Matt Goerke (1-7); 3. Ryan Breece (5-3); 4. Cory Green (6-4); 5. Kyle Regal (11-1); 6. Chris Blose (4-8); 7. Gavin Faith (3-10); 8. Dave Ginolfi (9-5); 9. Travis Sewell (7-11); 10. Bobby Kiniry (8-13).
RMATV/MC HEAD 2 HEAD CHALLENGE: 1. Cory Green (2 points); 2. Kyle Regal (1 point); 3. Bobby Kiniry (1 point); 4. Gavin Faith (1 point); 5. Jacob Hayes (1 point); 6. Matt Goerke (1 point); 7. Travis Sewell (1 point); 8. Gared Steinke (1 point).
ARENACROSS LITES: 1. Dave Ginolfi (KTM); 2. Daniel Blair (KTM); 3. Scott Zont (KTM); 4. Steven Mages (KTM); 5. Clay Elliott (KTM); 6. Jason McConnell (KTM); 7. R.J. Wageman (Yam); 8. Jake Locks (KTM); 9. Tanner Sisson (KTM); 10. Josh Struebig (KTM).
AMSOIL Arenacross Series Points Standings
RACE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP (After Race 5 of 6): 1. Jacob Hayes (140/ 2 main-event wins); 2. Kyle Regal (140/ 2 main-event wins); 3. Matt Goerke (133/ 2 main-event wins); 4. Chris Blose (124/ 3 main-event wins); 5. Gavin Faith (124); 6. Cory Green (123); 7. Travis Sewell (109); 8. Bobby Kiniry (97); 9. Gared Steinke (89/ 1 main-event win); 10. Steven Mages (78).
ARENACROSS CLASS (After Race 19 of 20): 11. Dave Ginolfi (205); 12. Willy Browning (188); 13. Daniel Herrlein (110); 14. Cody Van Buskirk (104); 15. Brandon Glenn (76).
WESTERN REGIONAL ARENACROSS LITES CLASS (After Race 9 of 10): 1. Daniel Blair (127/ 3 main-event wins); 2. Jake Locks (65); 3. Cody Van Buskirk (51); 4. Jason McConnell (49); 5. Brandon Glenn (48); 6. Clay Elliott (46); 7. Josh Struebig (41); 8. Mason Wharton (34); 9. R.J. Wageman (32); 10. Jonah Locks (29).