TACOMA, Washington (April 18, 2015) – AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, hosted the second of back-to-back visits to the Pacific Northwest on Saturday inside the Tacoma Dome. The fourth round of the playoff-inspired Race to the Championship featured a dominant outing by Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes, who claimed his fourth overall win of the 2015 season and his first of the Race to the Championship with a 1-1 sweep of the Arenacross Class main events.
Hayes made his presence felt early by grabbing the holeshot in the first Arenacross Class main event, with his Team Babbitt’s teammates Chris Blose and Matt Goerke in tow. While Hayes opened a slight gap over his fellow Kawasaki riders, Goerke slipped past Blose into second on lap one. From there, the top three settled into a rhythm out front.
Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal, the Race to the Championship points leader, had to overcome an eighth-place start and fought to work his way forward, moving into sixth on lap six. Just a couple laps later Blose went off the track and crashed while navigating the track’s wall obstacle, dropping to ninth. Hayes went on to take the win ahead of Goerke and Motosport.com/Haeseker Racing KTM’s Gared Steinke. Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green finished fourth, while Regal fought his way into fifth. Blose’s misfortune left him with a 10th-place finish.
Hayes’ victory provided him with the privilege of selecting the inversion for the second main event. With the help of the Tacoma Dome crowd, Hayes selected the case with eight, meaning half the field would be inverted.
Despite the eighth gate pick, Hayes was still able to put himself out front in the second main event, once again taking the holeshot ahead of Mages and ThermoTec/FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry. Goerke was able to slot into fourth, with Regal fifth. It didn’t take long for Hayes to once again seize control of the race, leaving the battle to ensue behind him.
Hayes was the clear winner when the overall standings were tallied, while Goerke’s pair of runner-up finishes gave Team Babbitt’s a 1-2 sweep. Regal’s podium result in the second main event moved him into third overall (5-3), earning the tiebreaker for the position over Sewell (6-4), who earned an additional championship bonus point for winning the RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge earlier in the evening. Green rounded out the top five (4-6).
Regal, who entered the night with a six-point lead, extended his advantage in the Race to the Championship to eight points over Hayes, who moved from fourth to second. Goerke moved from fifth to third (-11) while Blose, who finished ninth overall, fell from second to fourth (-15). Faith sits in a tie with Blose in fifth (-15).