SPOKANE, Wash. (April 11, 2015) – AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, made its first visit to Spokane Arena on Saturday for the third round of the playoff-inspired Race to the Championship. One race after earning his class-leading fifth overall win of the season and reclaiming the top spot in the Arenacross Class standings, Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal cemented his status as the rider to beat in the Race to the Championship by earning his sixth overall victory.
In the first of two Arenacross Class main events, Hayes grabbed the holeshot ahead of each of the top contenders in the Race to the Championship – Team Babbitt’s Chris Blose & Matt Goerke, Faith and Regal. Things remained status quo at the front of the field for the majority of the 15-lap main event, but tension was brewing and, on lap 12, the entire complexion of the race changed when Goerke took the inside on teammate Jacob Hayes and the two touched, causing Hayes to crash out of the lead right before the finish. While he was able to quickly remount, he gave up the lead to Goerke and dropped to fifth. Once out front, Goerke was able to fend off his teammate Blose for the win, with Regal completing the top three as a result of a late pass on his teammate. .
As the winner, Goerke then had the distinction of selecting the inversion for the second main event. With the help of the standing-room-only crowd inside Spokane Arena, Goerke ultimately chose the full field inversion of 16, which would have a major impact on the outcome of the evening.
Motosport.com/Haeseker Racing KTM’s Gared Steinke took advantage of his improved gate pick to nab the holeshot in the second main event, just ahead of College Hunks Hauling Junk/Spinechillers Racing KTM’s Dave Ginolfi and Regal, who emerged with the best start of the top finishers from the first main event. Kiniry followed in fourth, with Goerke fifth. Faith slotted into eighth, while both Hayes and Blose found themselves outside the top 10 and near the tail end of the field.
Regal took full advantage of his strong start and took over second from Ginolfi on lap four when Ginolfi encountered misfortune with a broken chain and eventually dropped out of the race. That allowed Kiniry to take over third. As this occurred Blose made his way around Hayes, and the teammates soon broke into the top 10.
Blose continued his forward progress, but Hayes still battled just to stay inside the top 10. On lap eight, Goerke attempted a pass on Kiniry, but the two made contact and went down, allowing Faith to take over the position. Kiniry and Goerke were able to resume, but soon fell outside the top 10 following another incident that took them both to the ground again. While Steinke was able to maintain his advantage over both Regal and Faith out front, Blose broke into the top five on lap 12. Steinke held on to take his first main event win of his career, with Regal second and Faith third. Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green earned a solid fourth-place finish and Blose rounded out the top five.
Regal’s pair of podium finishes (3-2) ultimately earned him the overall win, edging out his teammate Faith (4-3), who was able to secure the runner-up spot in the overall thanks to his triumphant effort in the RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge, which awarded him an additional championship bonus point. Blose’s resilient top-five finish in the second main event slotted him third overall (2-5). Green was fourth (7-4) with Goerke fifth (1-10).
Regal carried a four-point lead into the evening, but has extended his advantage to six points over Blose in the Race to the Championship. Faith sits third, 12 points back, while Hayes (-15) and Goerke (-16) complete the top five.
The next round takes place April 18 in Tacoma, WA.