ELLENTON, Fla. (April 7, 2015) - The Race to the Championship will reach its halfway point this weekend, signifying a pivotal point in the season-ending battle to crown an AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross, champion. This Saturday night, April 11, the schedule will begin a four-round west region tour that begins in Spokane, Washington, and will conclude in Las Vegas. After earning his championship-leading fifth overall win of the season two weekends ago in Austin, Texas, Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing's Kyle Regal returned to the top of the Race to the Championship and will lead the Arenacross Class field into action inside Spokane Arena, which will get underway at 10 p.m. EDT /7 p.m. PDT.

 

Race to the Championship Broadcast Alert:

Spokane round will premiere on FOX Sports 1

on Sunday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m. EDT /11:00 a.m. PDT

 

Austin Race Highlights

Interview with Austin Third-Place Finisher Bobby Kiniry

Kyle Regal is back in possession of the red number plate as the championship points leader.

Photo: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

 

Fresh off its second and final break in competition for 2015, the 10 riders in the Race to the Championship and the rest of the Arenacross Class field are no doubt feeling refreshed and rejuvenated to close out the season with its own version of a final four showdown. Through its first two rounds, the Race to the Championship has produced the kind of drama and excitement expected from a win-at-all-costs type of battle. Every position and every point counts more than ever during the final six races and thus far the top 10 riders in the championship are racing with that mindset.

 

As a result of the exceptional competition, there has been considerable movement within the Race to the Championship through the first two weekends. Initially it was Team Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Chris Blose who took control early with a dominant win in New Orleans, but an off weekend at the previous stop in Austin dropped him to second and allowed Regal to reclaim the spot he held heading into the Race to the Championship as its top seed. The lead duo is separated by a mere four points heading into Spokane, with Team Babbitt's rider Jacob Hayes sitting third, just six points out of the lead. An additional point back in fourth is ThermoTec/FMC Racing Yamaha's Bobby Kiniry, who is the final rider within single digit of the championship leader. While the remaining six riders, beginning with Team Babbitt's Matt Goerke (-10), face double-digit deficits, just 27 points separate Regal in first from Slaka Wear KTM's Steven Mages in 10th. With a total of 34 points available on Saturday night, there is still plenty of opportunity for any of the riders in the Race to the Championship to make their presence felt not only in Spokane, but throughout the west region run to the season finale in Las Vegas, where a new champion will be crowned.

The action thus far in the Race to the Championship has been incredible.

Photo: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

 

AMSOIL Arenacross as a whole is an every man for himself competition, but that individuality takes on even greater significance in the Race to the Championship as every pass and every miscue could ultimately make a break a rider's title hopes. As a result, each of the 10 contenders in search of his first career title is out for himself and ready to tackle the task at hand.

 

AMSOIL Arenacross' journey to Spokane will also feature the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship. Thanks to incredible consistency and three victories, Motosport.com/Haeseker Racing KTM's Daniel Blair enjoys a comfortable margin in the point standings and will look to continue his path to an inaugural championship on Saturday night.

 

The 12th round of AMSOIL Arenacross and the third weekend in the Race to the Championship gets underway this Saturday, April 11th, inside Spokane Arena. Racing begins at 10 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. PDT.

 

Steven Mages sits 10th in the Race to the Championship, 27 points out of the lead, but is still well within striking distance with four rounds remaining.

Photo: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

 

Previous Round Results

Frank Erwin Center - Austin, Texas

March 28, 2015

 

Arenacross Class Results - Overall (Main Event Finishes)

 

  1. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (1-3)
  2. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (3-2)
  3. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha (2-4)
  4. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (7-5)
  5. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (5-7)
  6. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (14-1)
  7. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (8-6)
  8. Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM (4-10)
  9. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (6-11)
  10. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM (10-8)

 

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results

 

1.     Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM

2.     Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM

3.     Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM

4.     Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM

5.     Clay Elliott, Buford, Ga., KTM

6.     Brian Alquist, LaGrange, Calif., KTM

7.     Josh Struebig, Crown Point, Ind., KTM

8.     Bradley Lionnet, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki

9.     Jonah Locks, Dixon, Calif., Kawasaki

10.  Steven Lopez, Los Banos, Calif., Yamaha

 

Race to the Championship Standings (Race 2 of 6) (R2C Main Even Wins)

 

  1. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna - 61 (1)
  2. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki - 57 (3)
  3. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki - 55
  4. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha - 54
  5. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki - 51
  6. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna - 50
  7. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki - 48
  8. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM - 46
  9. Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM - 40
  10. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM - 34

 

Arenacross Class Points (Race 16 of 20)

 

  1. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM - 164
  2. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM - 156
  3. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda - 110
  4. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM - 102
  5. Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM - 76

 

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 6 of 10) (Main Event wins)

 

  1. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM - 85 (3)
  2. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM - 50
  3. Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM - 48
  4. Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM - 39
  5. Clay Elliott, Buford, Ga., KTM - 34
  6. Josh Struebig, Crown Point, Ind., KTM - 26
  7. Mason Wharton, Brush Prairie, Wash., Kawasaki - 24
  8. Jason McConnell, Canonsburg, Pa., KTM - 23
  9. Jonah Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM - 19
  10. Dalton Oxborrow, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki - 18
  11. Benjamin Nelko, Aliquippa, Pa., KTM - 18