ELLENTON, Fla. (April 7, 2015) – The Race to the Championship reaches its halfway point this weekend, signifying a pivotal point in the season-ending battle to crown an AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, champion.
This Saturday night, April 11, the schedule begins a four-round west region tour that begins in Spokane, Wash., and concludes in Las Vegas. After earning his championship-leading fifth overall win of the season two weekends ago in Austin, Texas, Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal returned to the top of the Race to the Championship and will lead the Arenacross Class field into action inside Spokane Arena, which gets underway at 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT.
Fresh off its second and final break in competition for 2015, the 10 riders in the Race to the Championship and the rest of the Arenacross Class field are no doubt feeling refreshed and rejuvenated to close out the season with its own version of a final four showdown. Through its first two rounds, the Race to the Championship has produced the kind of drama and excitement expected from a win-at-all-costs battle. Every position and every point counts more than ever during the final six races, and thus far the top 10 riders in the championship are racing with that mindset.AX Spokane Prep
As a result of the exceptional competition, there has been considerable movement within the Race to the Championship through the first two weekends. Initially it was Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Chris Blose who took control early with a dominant win in New Orleans, but an off weekend at the previous stop in Austin dropped him to second and allowed Regal to reclaim the spot he held heading into the Race to the Championship as its top seed. The lead duo is separated by a mere four points heading into Spokane, with Team Babbitt’s rider Jacob Hayes sitting third, just six points out of the lead. An additional point back in fourth is ThermoTec/FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry, who is the final rider within single digits of the championship leader. While the remaining six riders, beginning with Team Babbitt’s Matt Goerke (-10), face double-digit deficits, just 27 points separate Regal in first from Slaka Wear KTM’s Steven Mages in 10th. With a total of 34 points available on Saturday night, there is ample opportunity for any of the riders in the Race to the Championship to make their presence felt not only in Spokane, but throughout the west region run to the season finale in Las Vegas, where a new champion will be crowned.
AMSOIL Arenacross as a whole is an every-man-for-himself competition, but that individuality takes on even greater significance in the Race to the Championship as every pass and every miscue could ultimately make a break a rider’s title hopes. As a result, each of the 10 contenders in search of his first career title is out for himself and ready to tackle the task at hand.
The 12th round of AMSOIL Arenacross and the third weekend in the Race to the Championship gets underway Saturday, April 11, inside Spokane Arena. Racing begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.