Up to Speed: Chris Blose


Andy Bowyer


In 2016, Chris Blose came within a few scant points of becoming AMSOIL Arenacross Champion. He battled his teammate Gavin Faith right down to the final main event of the season, but came up just short. Blose has enjoyed a long career and found a home in the AMSOIL Arenacross series. Chris made a big change in the off-season, moving to the new Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha squad and has his sights centered squarely on winning the title that he came so close to last year. One of the toughest and most intimidating racers in the field, Blose pulls no punches. We caught up with him and got up to speed on his thoughts for the season to come.

First off, you came painfully close to winning the AMSOIL Arenacross championship in 2016. How does that motivate you heading into the 2017 season, which is quickly approaching?Yeah, as you said it was painfully close in 2016. There was honestly nothing more I could do but limit one crash, which cost me the championship. I work harder then anyone out there. I am a vet in this sport so I try to use my experience to my full advantage. In 2017 I just have to limit the mistakes, but when competition is high and you have to ride all out, mistakes will be made.

New year. New team. How has the transition to the Yamaha been? How are things run differently than your previous team?

In all honesty the transition to the new team and new bike has been amazing. Yamaha has been a bike that I’ve been wanting to race for a while now, so now that I'm on it I'm super happy and in a great place mentally and physically. The Yamaha 250F is a very proven bike with Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin dominating on them, so its time Yamaha comes in swinging in AMSOIL Arenacross. The Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha team is very professional and they want to win as bad as the riders do. They have nothing but the best, so they give the riders the right tools and equipment to succeed. 

Talk about the new AMSOIL Arenacross “experience.” More pyro, new logo, DJKO and more of a producton. Are you enjoying yourself in the AMSOIL Arenacross championship?

Yes ever since I entered AMSOIL Arenacross in 2015 it has been an amazing time. Every year the AMSOIL Arenacross world grows and as an older rider who's been around a long time it is awesome to see and appreciate. Being a former SX rider for almost a decade, in my opinion, AMSOIL Arenacross is way more entertaining from a fan standpoint. I've asked lots of fans that have been to both SX and AX and they love the action packed experience they get over Monster Energy Supercross. In AX, there is always something going on and never a dull moment. 

How do you feel about the Race to the Championship? Its two-year history has produced a scenario where the title came down to the final main event!

I mean that's what its all about right? Nobody wants to see it won two or three rounds before its even over, and then it's boring. They want it to come down to the last race and the last corner to determine the champion. The last two years, AMSOIL Arenacross has accomplished that. So yes, I am a fan of it. 

You’ve battled your fair share of rookies in your career. Austin Forkner and Chase Sexton have earned their #R2SX points recently. Are you hard on the new guys, or do you take them under your wing and show the some tricks? 

You have to watch out for these young guns because when they come in, they are locked and loaded and come at you with their guns blazing. You have to be a little rough on them in my opinion. Nobody likes to get beat, especially when your a Chase Sexton or an Austin Forkner and have dominated your whole amateur career. They come in to AMSOIL Arenacross and then there are five dudes that are just as fast as you if not faster. I think it is good for them to go through that adversity because when they actually get to Monster Energy Supercross and the big show they'll be somewhat used to it and know how to deal with it. I was really impressed with Sexton, even though his results may have not been ideal; his riding was way more impressive. Can't wait to watch and see's what he does in Supercross.

Chris, you’ve made a great career racing a dirt bike and in AMSOIL Arenacross. How much would the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship mean to you?

The 2017 AMSOIL championship would mean a lot to me. I came into this sport knowing I can win not only races but also the championship. We came up a few points short in 2016 and now I'm on a new bike, new team and a newfound confidence. So, I’m really looking forward to 2017!!