Arenacross

Kyle Regal Relies on Head 2 Head Triumph to Claim Third Overall Victory of 2015

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The ninth round of the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross, got underway on Friday night from Landers Center.

Two highly competitive Arenacross Class Main Events produced another dead heat for the overall win, but thanks to his triumph in the RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge, Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing's Kyle Regal was able to cement himself as the championship points leader by earning his third victory of the 2015 season.

As the gate dropped on the first Arenacross Class Main Event, Team Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Chris Blose asserted himself out front ahead of ThermoTec/FMC Racing Yamaha's Bobby Kiniry and the Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing duo of Regal and Gavin Faith. However, it didn't take long for Kiniry to put the pressure on Blose. They went side-by-side before Kiniry made the pass for the lead coming to the line. He was quickly followed by Regal, causing Blose to drop two positions in the span of a couple laps.

The top three remained the same for the majority of the 15-lap Main Event until Blose fell into the clutches of Faith in a battle for third. The two battled one another until Faith made the pass stick on Lap 10. From there, Kiniry raced to the win a little over two seconds ahead of Regal. Faith was a solid third, with Blose fourth and TZR Woodstock KTM's Travis Sewell rounding out the top five.

Kiniry had the distinction of selecting the inversion for the second Main Event, and with the help of the Southaven crowd he chose the case with the number eight, meaning half the field would be inverted.

As the field stormed out of the gate for the second Main Event, Faith emerged from the fray with the lead ahead of Regal and Team Babbitt's Jacob Hayes. Lap 1 was filled with action as Blose overcame a fifth-place start to move into third, while Hayes ended up dropping three spots to sixth.

Out front, the Husqvarna duo established a comfortable lead over the field, but the rider to watch was Kiniry. After starting sixth, the Yamaha rider methodically worked his way to the front, moving into the top five on Lap 1 and then into fourth on Lap 4. On Lap 10 the top spots shifted again when Regal briefly went off the track and lost a spot to Blose. He was able to regroup and take the position back just one lap later. As he fell back to third Blose came under fire from Kiniry, who made the pass on Lap 12 to steal the final spot on the podium. Faith took the checkered flag nearly three seconds ahead of Regal, with Kiniry a close third. Blose finished fourth while Hayes held on to finish fifth.

In the Head 2 Head Challenge earlier in the evening, Regal and Kiniry put on a show for the Landers Center crowd in the final pairing. The two riders both shared the lead over the course of the two-lap sprint, making passes all over the track. In the end Regal got the upper hand to take the win and additional championship bonus point. Coincidentally enough the outcome of the race played a major role in determining the overall classification.

Regal's 2-2 results combined with his extra bonus point from the Head 2 Head Challenge gave him the advantage in what was a three-way tie for first at the conclusion of the Main Events. He edged out Faith in second (3-1), who earned second by virtue of his better finish in the second Main Event, and Kiniry in third (1-3) by just a single point. Blose finished fourth (4-4), while Team Babbitt's Matt Goerke rounded out the overall top five (6-7).

Regal, who entered the night with a one-point lead in the championship standings, moved to 12 points ahead of Goerke. Hayes, who finished seventh overall (9-5), is third, 13 points out of the lead.
Dave Ginolfi is the 2015 Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Champion. - Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography
In the return of the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship, College Hunks Moving Junk/Spinechillers KTM's Dave Ginolfi needed just a third-place finish to capture his second Eastern Regional title with two rounds remaining.

The Metro PCS Blazing Fast Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Main Event was about as ideal of an effort as Charboneau could ask for. The GEICO Honda rider grabbed the holeshot and seized control of the 15-lap race ahead of ThermoTec/FMC Racing Yamaha's Josh Cartwright and Sizemore's Garage Honda's Drayke Sizemore.

Charboneau and Cartwright were in a class of their own out front, but all eyes were on Ginolfi and his run to the championship. The points leader started the Main Event in fifth, but patiently moved his way toward a podium result.

After three-way battle took place between Sizemore, Motosport.com/Haeseker Racing KTM's Daniel Blair and Ginolfi, both Blair and Ginolfi got the better of Sizemore on Lap 3. After that Ginolfi put the pressure on Blair for third for several laps, making the pass for the position on Lap 6.

Charboneau and Cartwright maintained their spots out front for the entirety of the Main Event while Ginolfi secured the title with a third-place finish.

Ginolfi has been nothing short of impressive in his run to the Eastern Regional title, earning two wins, six podium finishes and finishing no worse than fourth in eight nights of racing.

The ninth round of the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross season in Southaven continues tomorrow night with a second night of racing inside Landers Center.

Arenacross Class Results - Overall (Main Event Finishes)
Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (2-2)
Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (3-1)
Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha (1-3)
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (4-4)
Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (6-7)
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (5-9)
Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (9-5)
Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM (8-6)
Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (7-10)
Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM (11-8)

Arenacross Class Points (Race 13 of 20)
Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna - 340 (4 Main Event wins)
Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki - 328 (4 Main Event wins)
Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki - 327 (6 Main Event wins)
Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha - 273 (2 Main Event wins)
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM - 269
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki - 257 (4 Main Event wins)
Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna - 256 (5 Main Event wins)
Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM - 235 (1 Main Event win)
Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM - 227
Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki - 186

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results
Tristan Charboneau, Tenino, Wash., Honda
Josh Cartwright, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM
Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Yamaha, KTM
Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM
Drayke Sizemore, Tamaroa, Ill., Honda
Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki
Clay Elliott, Buford, Ga., KTM
Josh Struebig, Crown Point, Ind., KTM

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 8 of 11)
Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM - 117 (2 Main Event win)
Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki - 65
Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM - 63
Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda - 56
Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki - 51
Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki - 47 (1 Main Event win)
Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM - 45
Dave Blanchet, Quebec, Canada, Kawasaki - 41
Darian Sanayei, Orting, Wash., Kawasaki - 35 (2 Main Event wins)
Mitchell Harrison, Cairo, Georgia, Kawasaki - 33 (1 Main Event win)
Tristan Charboneau, Tenino, Wash., Honda - 33 (1 Main Event win)
Josh Cartwright, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha - 33v
Top Image: Regal's first night as the Arenacross Class points leader ended with a win.

Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

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