Arenacross

Kyle Regal Keeps Rolling with Sixth Overall Win of 2015

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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.

The tone for the night was established early in the Heat Races for the Arenacross Class, as aggression and physicality played a major role amongst the title contenders, including Regal, Team Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Matt Goerke, Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing's Gavin Faith and Team Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Jacob Hayes. It set the stage for what was ultimately an exciting battle throughout each of the two Main Events and the eventual win.

In the first of two Arenacross Class Main Events, Hayes grabbed the holeshot ahead of the each of the top contenders in the Race to the Championship - Goerke, Team Babbitt's Chris Blose, 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 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. Faith followed in fourth while ThermoTec/FMC Racing Yamaha's Bobby Kiniry also made a pass on Hayes to grab fifth.

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.
Gared Steinke won the first Main Event of his AMSOIL Arenacross career. - Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography
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 4 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 8, 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.
Daniel Blair clinched his first career title with a third-place finish in the Arenacross Lites Class. - Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography
In the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class, a resilient third-place effort by Motosport.com/Haeseker Racing KTM's Daniel Blair allowed the veteran rider to clinch the first championship of his career with three races remaining.

The Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Main Event kicked off with a holeshot by Slaka Wear KTM's Steven Mages, ahead of College Hunks Hauling Junk/Spinechillers Racing KTM's Dave Ginolfi and TZR/Woodstock KTM's Scott Zont.

Blair found himself mid-pack, completing the first lap in eighth. Mages' impressive pace allowed him to keep Ginofli at bay throughout the 15-lap Main Event. While Ginolfi was able to keep his fellow KTM rider honest, he was never able to mount a serious challenge for the top spot.

While the battle for the lead quieted, all eyes were on Blair, who was on an incredible march towards the front. The veteran gradually began picking his way through the field, moving into seventh by Lap 2, into sixth by Lap 4, and into the top five on Lap 5. He settled into fifth for the bulk of the race but put on a late charge in the closing laps to take over fourth on Lap 11 and break into a podium spot with two laps remaining.

Mages extended his lead over Ginolfi to win comfortably, while Blair surged to a third-place effort to clinch that elusive championship. Zont finished fourth, while R-One/Spokeskins Yamaha's R.J. Wageman rounded out the top five.

Arenacross Class Results - Overall (Main Event Finishes)
Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (3-2)
Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (4-3)
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (2-5)
Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (7-4)
Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (1-10)
Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM (10-1)
Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (6-8)
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (8-7)
Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM (9-6)
Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha (5-12)

Race to the Championship Standings (Race 3 of 6) Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna - 91 Pts
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki - 85 Pts
Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna - 79 Pts
Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki - 76 Pts
Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki - 75 Pts
Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki - 72 Pts
Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha - 71 Pts
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM - 66 Pts
Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM - 63 Pts
Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM - 53 Pts
Steven Mages dominated the Arenacross Lites Class Main Event. - Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography
Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results
Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM
Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM
Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM
RJ Wageman, Newhall, Calif., Yamaha
Kinser Endicott, Red Bluff, Calif., Kawasaki
Jason McConnell, Canonsburg, Pa., KTM
Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM
Jonah Locks, Dixon, Calif., Kawasaki
Collin Jurin, Monroe, Wash., Kawasaki

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 7 of 10)
Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM - 99 Pts
Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM - 51 Pts
Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM - 48 Pts
Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM - 48 Pts
Clay Elliott, Buford, Ga., KTM - 34 Pts
Jason McConnell, Canonsburg, Pa., KTM - 33 Pts
Josh Struebig, Crown Point, Ind., KTM - 30 Pts
Jonah Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM - 27 Pts
Mason Wharton, Brush Prairie, Wash., Kawasaki - 24 Pts
Dalton Oxborrow, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki - 18 Pts
Benjamin Nelko, Aliquippa, Pa., KTM - 18 Pts

Top Image: Kyle Regal's recent run of consistency continued in Spokane, giving him back-to-back wins.

Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

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