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Rider Interview: Chris Blose

| 13 February 2016 10:27 am

AMSOIL Arenacross Series

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by ShiftOne Photography
ELLENTON, FL, FEB. 12, 2016

The 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season has enjoyed historic levels of competition through its first eight races, and one of the riders who has been at the forefront of the Arenacross class since the opening weekend is Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Chris Blose. The veteran rider contested his first season of AMSOIL Arenacross last year, ultimately finishing sixth in the final standings. With a year under his belt, Blose has already shown tremendous improvement in the intense racing environment of the championship.

Blose currently has a pair of overall wins this season, tying him with his Team Babbitt’s teammates Jacob Hayes and Gavin Faith for the most in the Arenacross class. He sits in third in the championship standings heading into the sixth round of the season this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama, for the series’ debut visit to Legacy Arena on Saturday, February 13.

AMSOIL Arenacross caught up with Blose to discuss his 2016 season to date and his thoughts on the future.

Chris Blose is one of three riders to carry the red number plate this season.

Chris Blose is one of three riders to carry the red number plate this season.

Chris, you’ve had a strong start to the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season. You’ve got two overall wins and you sit third in points. How do you feel like things are going?
The season has had its ups and downs. The speed is obviously there, but the past couple weekends, it seems like anything that could go wrong has gone wrong, whether that’s bad starts or getting taken out. Hopefully this weekend in Birmingham, we can turn that around and get back on top of the podium.

What has been the key to your success to this point? You’ve been in contention for the podium almost every singe night.
I would say just getting good starts and staying out of trouble. Obviously, you’ve got fast guys like [Gavin] Faith, [Kyle] Regal, Jacob Hayes, and Travis Sewell is now going really fast. My starts have been pretty good, for the most part. We just need to keep getting those good starts and keep staying up front, and things should keep going the way they have been.

Do you feel like the competition in AMSOIL Arenacross this season is tougher than it was last year, your first in the championship? Is it that much harder to be consistent and get those good results?
Yeah, every year, everybody steps their game up, and if they have a weakness, they’ll work on it. You’ve got guys like Travis Sewell, who last year was a quick rider but now this year is getting wins. Definitely, the competition has gotten stronger, but then again you have [elite] guys like Matt Goerke and Zach Ames, who aren’t competing this year, which [in theory] helps a little bit. But now there are guys that have stepped up to the plate and taken their spots that will fight you for wins and aren’t scared to battle with you.

Chris Blose has two overall wins to his credit this season.

Chris Blose has two overall wins to his credit this season.

Has the success of your teammates Jacob Hayes and Gavin Faith pushed you as well? Are you that much more motivated to beat them and up your game each week?
That’s the goal: to go out there and win each week no matter who it is, whether it’s my teammates, Regal or Sewell. The goal is always to go out there and win races and do the best you can. With Jacob and Gavin being my teammates this year, they both have two overall wins each and are obviously very fast riders, fully capable of winning. It definitely keeps me on my toes and pushes me to keep pushing harder, working on the little things like starts or corners. It’s now gotten to the point where teeny, tiny, little things are separating everybody. Practice times and race times are within one-hundredth of a second between some guys, so the intensity is definitely getting higher and higher. When it comes to the Race for the Championship, [the competition] is going to be at an all-time high.

What is it going to take to make sure you have that momentum heading into the Race to the Championship, giving you that little extra edge it will take to make a run for the title?
Last year, I had the point lead going into the second round of the Race to the Championship and had a DNF after an incident with a lapped rider. Then I had a DNF in Las Vegas. I learned a lot from that. It’s going to be about keeping the momentum going and gunning for wins and podiums – staying consistent, but also fighting when you need to fight and not holding back at all.

How much have you learned from last year to this year when it comes to racing in AMSOIL Arenacross?
Last year to this has been dramatically different. I raced [Monster Energy Supercross] for nine years, and coming into [AMSOIL Arenacross] I didn’t think it would be that hard with the transition. But it was. It’s a lot different type of racing. It’s a lot more intense. You look at Supercross, where it’s a bigger stadium and bigger track. Everything is just bigger. But in Arenacross, you’ve got to fight. The intensity has got to be there, and that was the biggest learning curve: learning how to race arenacross and understanding what needs to be done. This year, coming into it, I knew how to race, and so far it’s paying off. We’ve just got to keep working on staying up front.

Chris Blose currently sits in third in the championship standings, 20 points out of the lead.

Chris Blose currently sits in third in the championship standings, 20 points out of the lead.

The sixth round of the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season will commence Saturday night in Birmingham’s Legacy Arena, starting at 5 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. CT/ 8 p.m. ET.

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