2016 AMSOIL Arenacross Preview

“The Most Intense Racing Series on the Planet Returns”

by

Andy Bowyer

The 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship was decided after a clash of plastic and steel, with a huge puff of smoke pouring out of Jacob Hayes’ machine and Kyle Regal sprawled out on the ground. Regal would get back up and charge, meanwhile Hayes’ machine failed and the Kawasaki rider would stomp back to the pits dejected with the background sound of the floor announcer screaming, “Kyle Regal is your new champion!” It was a moment that captivated fans around the world, and it all leads us to the new season to come in 28 days.

The entire look and feel of the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship has been molded around that moment. The season to come will offer a fresh look, with the largest production in Arenacross history taking place for 14 weekends beginning on January 9th in Cincinnati, Ohio. The biggest headline is easily the rivalry between the two aforementioned AMSOIL Arenacross superstars, but with the mega-exciting Race to the Championship beginning March 12th in Lafayette, Louisiana, the championship possibilities are almost endless. In 2015 the points reset allowed for a scenario with seven different racers having a mathematical shot at the title at the last round in Las Vegas. With the stakes higher and the competition more fierce than ever, the season to come will amaze thousands of fans across the country.

In addition, the new season will witness the arrival of two of the fastest amateur racers to climb to the pro ranks in years. Striving to earn their Road to Supercross points will be new factory riders Austin Forkner and Chase Sexton. Both multi-time amateur national champions, Forkner will race a Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki, while Sexton will mount a GEICO Honda. It will be a tall wall to climb for the rookies as they face the seasoned veterans of AMSOIL Arenacross. Although, their talent places their expectations upon winning, not just racing.

Another exciting element to the new season is the inclusion of 5-time Miss Monster Energy Supercross, Dianna Dahlgren who joins AMSOIL Arenacross as the pit reporter for FS1. Lady Dianna heats up any venue and she will be a welcome sight and sound for the fans all season long.

“With a whole new commitment to an already intense championship, AMSOIL Arenacross is poised to be a better experience than it already is for fans and riders alike” said Mike Muye Director of Arenacross. “With the addition of new show elements including ACM Nominated, Platinum Producer DJ KO to some incredibly challenging and exciting track designs for the 2016 season, AMSOIL Arenacross will be bigger and better than ever before"

Other headlines include some shake up among the factory teams. Hard charging privateer Gared Steinke will join 2015 champion, Kyle Regal, on the new Team Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna squad. Steinke made a big name for himself over the summer racing a two-stroke 125 and his efforts have landed him the best ride of his career. Keep in mind that Steinke won the last overall of 2015. He will be one to watch in 2016.

That said, 2016 will be the season that AMSOIL Arenacross grows its legs. The racing is outstanding, and no other motorsport in the world provides a more intiense setting for competition. Speaking of the setting, there will be an all-new podium that will span 28 feet wide and be vast enough to host the DJ Booth as well as the post race interviews. More than that, almost everything will be newer and more intense in 2016. Even the pyrotechnics has been given a facelift!

Only 28 days until the action begins!