ELLENTON, Fla. - AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross, observed its first off weekend of the 2015 season and with an early season break now under their belts, the entire championship field is feeling refreshed and ready to get back in action on Saturday night. The first ever visit to Tampa, Florida's Amalie Arena on February 21 will serve as a pivotal point in the championship and the action will kick off at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST.

Through the first eight nights of Arenacross Class competition this season, six different riders have emerged with an overall victory, making the 2015 one of the most parity driven seasons in history despite having yet to even reach the halfway point. With a week of downtime, the contenders have had the opportunity to rest, and in some cases heal up, setting the stage for one of the most anticipated races of the championship right in the backyard of Feld Motor Sports®.

Adding to the anticipation of Saturday's race will be a special guest appearance by none other than the legend Ricky Carmichael, a five-time Monster Energy AMA Supercross an FIM World championship title holder and creator of the highly successful Road to Supercross program. As a native of Tallahasse, Florida, the inaugural visit to Tampa is as close to home as it gets for Carmichael, who will be celebrated for the recent announcement that he's an inductee for the 2015 American Motorsports Hall of Fame. The racing icon will lend his continued support to AMSOIL Arenacross and the rising stars of the Road to Supercross by taking part in the pre-race track party, opening ceremonies and more.

At the previous stop of the 2015 season in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, two weeks ago, two nights of action produced two first-time overall winners in AMSOIL Arenacross competition. While both ThermoTec/FMC Racing Yamaha's Bobby Kiniry and Team Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Matt Goerke are veterans in the racing world, this year marks their full-time debut in AMSOIL Arenacross. Both riders have proven to be formidable contenders since the championship began and their continued pursuit of victory paid off in a big way.

Kiniry narrowly missed out on his inaugural overall win earlier this season and in Wilkes-Barre he seized the opportunity to break through with his first Main Event win, which ultimately proved to be the deciding factor in his victorious effort. For Goerke the win was long overdue after an incredible start to the 2015 season in which he finished inside the top-five through the first five races of the year and led the championship standings early on.

Despite the break in action, this duo has the momentum coming into Tampa and will be ones to keep an eye on as they look to join the Team Babbitt's duo of Jacob Hayes and Chris Blose as the only two-time winners this season. The inaugural visit to Tampa also holds extra significance for Goerke, who is a native of nearby Lake Helen. As the hometown rider, the crowd will surely be on his side as he looks to claim back-to-back wins and continue to close the deficit he faces to Hayes in the championship standings, where he currently sits second.

The Arenacross Class has been as unpredictable as it could be through five rounds and there's no reason to think that trend won't continue with one night of action inside Amalie Arena.

Complementing the edge-of-your-seat action that will highlight the Arenacross Class is the closing stages of the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship. A total of four nights remain in the title fight where Spinechillers Racing KTM's Dave Ginolfi has seized control of the points thanks to a win and runner-up effort in Wilkes-Barre. The former Arenacross Lites Class champion is arguably the most experienced rider in the division, and it's proving to be a significant benefit as he begins to close in on another title.

The sixth round of AMSOIL Arenacross gets underway this Saturday, February 21, for the first time ever inside Tampa's Amalie Arena. Racing begins at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST. 

Previous Round Results

Mohegan Sun Arena - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

February 6-7, 2015

 

Night One - February 6, 2015

 

Arenacross Class Results - Overall (Main Event Finishes)

  1. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha (1-6)
  2. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (7-2)
  3. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (4-4)
  4. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (10-1)
  5. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM (2-10)
  6. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (6-7)
  7. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Honda (13-3)
  8. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (5-12)
  9. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM (12-5)
  10. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (3-14)

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results

  1. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM
  2. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM
  3. Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki
  4. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Honda
  5. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki
  6. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM
  7. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
  8. Chase Marquier, Newcastle, Okla., Honda
  9. Robert Piazza, Easton, Pa., Honda
  10. Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM

 

Night Two - February 7, 2015

 

Arenacross Class Results - Overall (Main Event Finishes)

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

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results

  1. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM
  2. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Honda
  3. Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki
  4. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
  5. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki
  6. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
  7. Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM
  8. Jeremy Hand, Mantua, Ohio, Kawasaki
  9. Dave Blanchet, Quebec, Canada, Kawasaki
  10. Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM

Arenacross Class Points (Race 8 of 20)

  1. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki - 211 (4 Main Event wins)
  2. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki - 197 (1 Main Event win)
  3. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna - 189 (3 Main Event wins)
  4. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki - 166 (4 Main Event wins)
  5. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM - 163 (1 Main Event win)
  6. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha - 159 (1 Main Event win)
  7. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM - 153
  8. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM - 132
  9. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna - 126 (2 Main Event wins)
  10. Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM - 115

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 6 of 10)

  1. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM - 88 (2 Main Event win)
  2. Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki - 65
  3. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda - 56
  4. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM - 48
  5. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasak - 46 (1 Main Event win)
  6. Darian Sanayei, Orting, Wash., Kawasaki - 35 (2 Main Event wins)
  7. Mitchell Harrison, Cairo, Georgia, Kawasaki - 33 (1 Main Event win)
  8. Dave Blanchet, Quebec, Canada, Kawasaki - 32
  9. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki - 30
  10. Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM - 30

 

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