Championship leading trio of Hayes, Goerke and Regal Closer than ever

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Four Nights Remain Until Race to the Championship Reset

ELLENTON, Fla. – After a wild night of action this past weekend in Kansas City, the championship battle in AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, is arguably at its most intense.

This weekend, the field will travel to Council Bluffs, Iowa, for two nights of action inside the Mid-America Center on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7. In the Arenacross Class standings, there are fewer than 10 points between the three championship leaders: Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki teammates Jacob Hayes and Matt Goerke, and Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal. That proximity is sure to shift again at the eighth round of the 2015 season and back-to-back nights of racing. The action inside the Mid-America Center kicks off at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST/ 5 p.m. PST.

Broadcast Alert:

Tampa round of 2015 season premieres on FOX Sports 1

this Sunday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. EST/9:30 a.m. PST

 

Kansas City Photos

Kansas City Video Highlights

Interview with Kansas City winner Matt Goerke

After a tough outing last weekend, championship leader Jacob Hayes (2) will definitely be looking to refocus in Council Bluffs and get back on the podium.

Photo: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

Jacob Hayes has sat atop the Arenacross Class point standings and carried the red number plate since the fourth round of the season in Nashville, Tennessee. His consistency has played a major part in maintaining the position, allowing Hayes to withstand impressive efforts from both Goerke and Regal through the month of February. However, misfortune struck for Hayes in the second Main Event in Kansas City, when he appeared to experience a problem with his motorcycle and briefly pulled into the mechanics area. That opening was exactly what both Goerke and Regal needed to narrow their deficit in the points. Goerke’s second overall win of the season and Regal’s third-place overall effort brought both riders to within single digits of Hayes, who ultimately settled for eighth overall.

The recent shakeup plays into the excitement over which of these three riders will ultimately earn the top seed in the Race to the Championship. While the points will reset once the season-ending playoff begins, the opportunity to be the rider to beat over the final six rounds is something each of these three riders has trained relentlessly for and it is why they lay it all on the line every time the gate drops.

Currently, just one point separates Babbitt’s teammates, each of whom have controlled the championship standings at some point this season. Goerke was the early frontrunner in the title fight, and after enduring some inconsistent results, he is surging at the right time. Regal has been in the picture since the opening round and has consistently been the biggest threat to Hayes and Goerke. All three riders have a pair of overall wins to their credit this season, only adding to the impending drama that is sure to unfold when the Race to the Championshipbegins in New Orleans on March 21.

With his second win of the season last weekend, Matt Goerke has the momentum heading into
Council Bluffs and sits just one point out of the points lead.

Photo: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

As the lead group in the Arenacross Class continues to assert themselves, the battle to earn the tenth and final spot in the Race to the Championship continues to evolve as well. Just last week, Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing’s Gavin Faith sat tenth in the points. But following a strong performance in Kansas City, in which he missed out on the overall victory as the result of a tiebreaker, Faith gave himself some breathing room by jumping up to eighth. Now the fight for the final spot is coming down to Motosport.com/Haeseker Racing KTM’s Gared Steinke, in ninth, College Hunks Moving Junk/Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Willy Browning, in tenth, and Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green, who is on the outside looking in sitting 11th.

It was a mixed bag of results for these three riders in Kansas City. Steinke enjoyed a solid night en route to a seventh-place finish, while Green battled his way through each Main Event to ultimately finish 14th. Browning had the worst fortune of the three, failing to qualify for the Main Event and earning no points. Just two points separate Steinke from Browning, while Green will have his work cut out for him during the next couple weekends to overcome a 29-point deficit to Browning.

Another podium effort from Kyle Regal has made the battle at the top of the Arenacross Class
standings tighter than it’s been all season.

Photo: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

Council Bluffs will also signify the third round of the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship. Currently, Motosport.com/Haeseker Racing KTM’s Daniel Blair maintains control of the points lead he’s had since the opening round of the championship, but a top-five finish by Team DirtBikeMike KTM’s Brandon Glenn last weekend has brought him to within five points of Blair.

The eighth round of AMSOIL Arenacross gets underway this Friday, March 6, inside Council Bluff’s/
Mid-America Center and will continue on Saturday, March 7. Racing for both nights begins at 8 p.m. EST/ 7p.m. CST/ 5 p.m. PST.

Daniel Blair hopes to keep possession of the red number plate as the
Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class points leader.

Photo: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

 

Previous Round Results

Sprint Center – Kansas City, Missouri

February 28, 2015

Arenacross Class Results – Overall (Main Event Finishes)

  1. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (3-1)
  2. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (1-2)
  3. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (2-3)
  4. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha (6-4)
  5. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM (9-5)
  6. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (7-6)
  7. Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM (8-7)
  8. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (4-12)
  9. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM (10-9)
  10. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (5-15)

 

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results

  1. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM
  2. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM
  3. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM
  4. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
  5. Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM
  6. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
  7. Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM
  8. Benjamin Nelko, Aliquippa, Pa., KTM
  9. Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM
  10. Clay Elliott, Buford, Ga., KTM

Arenacross Class Points (Race 10 of 20)

  1. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki – 259 (5 Main Event wins)
  2. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki – 258 (3 Main Event wins)
  3. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna – 250 (3 Main Event wins)
  4. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha – 212 (1 Main Event win)
  5. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM – 199 (1 Main Event win)
  6. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 198
  7. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki – 190 (4 Main Event wins)
  8. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna – 163 (3 Main Event wins)
  9. Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM – 158
  10. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 156

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 3 of 9)

  1. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM – 41
  2. Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM – 36
  3. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM – 26
  4. Mason Wharton, Brush Prairie, Wash., Kawasaki – 17
  5. Chase Marquier, Newcastle, Okla., Honda – 13
  6. Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM – 13
  7. Travis Bannister, Calhan, Colo., Honda – 12
  8. Josh Struebig, Crown Point, Ind., KTM – 12
  9. Dalton Oxborrow, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki – 11
  10. Clay Elliott, Buford, Ga., KTM – 11

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