LAS VEGAS (May 1, 2015) - AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross, brought the 2015 season to a dramatic conclusion on Friday night with its first ever season finale inside South Point Arena. The sixth and final round of the Race to the Championship featured a tie atop the point standings coming into the evening between Team Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Jacob Hayes and Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing's Kyle Regal, making it the closest title fight in history. When all was said and done at the conclusion of two Arenacross Class Main Events, Regal emerged with his first career AMSOIL Arenacross championship. In the inaugural Arenacross Lites Class East/West Shootout, Preston Plumbing Yamaha's Ryan Breece took the first win of his career with a wire-to-wire performance.

 

Season Finale Broadcast Alert:

Las Vegas broadcast will premiere on FOX Sports 1

Sunday, May 10, at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT

 

Las Vegas Race Photos

Las Vegas Race Highlights

 Interview with Las Vegas Race Winner Kyle Regal  

  

Kyle Regal won his first career AMSOIL Arenacross title on Friday night.

Photo Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

 

The action for the evening got off to an exciting start with stellar competition in the RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge in which Team Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Matt Goerke edged out Regal for the win and pivotal championship bonus point, giving him momentum heading into the Main Events.

 

As the Arenacross Class field launched out of the gate for the first of two Main Events, a handful of riders got together and went down, including championship contenders Goerke and Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing's Gavin Faith. Getting a clean start out front with the holeshot was Team Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Chris Blose, with Regal tucked in close behind. Motosport.com/Haeseker Racing KTM's Gared Steinke was third, fending off the early advances of Hayes in fourth.

 

Hayes wasted little time in getting around Steinke and moved into third on lap one. He then slowly closed in on Regal for second and just after the duo crossed the line to start Lap 4, Hayes attempted to make a pass on the inside, only to have Regal close the door. At that point, Regal picked up his pace and pulled away from Hayes while subsequently closing in on Blose. On Lap 6 Blose bobbled coming out of the whoops and crashed right in front of a hard-charging Regal, taking him to the ground as well. That allowed Hayes to slip past both riders and take control of the Main Event, with ThermoTec/FMC Racing Yamaha's Bobby Kiniry moving into second and Regal managing to quickly remount in third. Blose was unable to continue.

 

Knowing he needed to keep pace with Hayes, Regal put on a charge to pass Kiniry for second on Lap 10 and continued that push over the closing laps to close the deficit to Hayes. The two were just a couple bike lengths apart coming to the white flag and Regal set up a last lap surge through the whoops to get alongside Hayes in the final corner. Regal didn't have the momentum to make the pass and Hayes took a crucial Main Event win that ensured he would earn a season-ending tiebreaker, if necessary. Regal followed in second with Kiniry third, Steinke fourth and TZR Woodstock KTM's Travis Sewell fifth.


Jacob Hayes (2) had a one-point lead on Regal heading into the final Main Event, but an incident between both riders on the opening lap changed the complexion of the evening.

Photo Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

 

Another pileup out of the gate started the second Main Event, which allowed Steinke to claim the holeshot ahead of Faith and Slaka Wear KTM's Steven Mages. Both Regal and Hayes emerged unscathed as well and were nose to tail as the field settled in. Before they were even able to begin the first lap, the championship took a major turn as Hayes made heavy contact with Regal in the turn, forcing him to the ground. While Regal was left to pick up his bike and salvage the best finish he could, white smoke billowed out of Hayes' bike as he crossed the finish line. The Kawasaki rider rode around for a few laps until a broken water pump officially ended his night and his hopes of a championship.

 

Out front, Steinke had to keep both Faith and Mages at bay as the top three were separated by about a second for much of the early portion of the race. Faith attempted to make an inside pass on Steinke as they came to the line to start Lap 4, but lost traction, allowing Mages to take over second. That slight bobble allowed Steinke to open up some breathing room. Faith put the pressure on Mages over the next lap and was able to get back by Mages for second. Faith kept Steinke honest, but the KTM rider rode a clean and consistent race to earn his second Main Event win of the season. Faith was second, with Mages third. Regal stayed out of trouble and brought home a ninth-place finish, securing the title.

 

The wild night of action ultimately produced the seventh different overall winner of the 2015 season as Steinke's 4-1 results garnered him his first career overall victory in AMSOIL Arenacross, capping off a career night. Regal's 2-9 finishes gave him the runner-up position to go along with his championship, while Mages rounded out the top three (9-3).


Regal fought his way through the field in the final Main Event to finish night and end up second overall.

Photo Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

 

When the final points were tallied for the Race to the Championship, Regal edged out Hayes by just four points, one of the closest margins in AMSOIL Arenacross history. Faith's strong night allowed him to move from fifth to third (-17), while Babbitt's Online Suzuki's Cory Green moved up from sixth to fourth (-18). Goerke rounded out the top five (-19). 

 

"It was crazy on that first lap," explained Regal, who sat one point behind his rival heading into the final Main Event of the season. "I knew Jacob [Hayes] was close but I came into the corner before the finish and just got taken out. I've never been hit that hard in my life. I just tried to get up as fast as I could and went to work. After a few laps I passed Jacob as he was rolling the jump, so I knew something was wrong with his bike. I knew that was the championship right there, but I had to make sure I put in 15 laps to take the checkered flag and make it official, and here we are. Not necessarily the way I wanted to win it, but I'm just so happy and can't thank my team enough."

Gared Steinke became the seventh different overall winner of 2015.

Photo Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

 

The first ever Arenacross Lites Class East/West Shootout saw Mages capture the holeshot ahead of Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Champion Daniel Blair and his Motosport.com/Haeseker Racing KTM. Just after the finish line Blair made the pass for the lead but a crash behind him in the rhythm section collected nearly half of the field, bringing out the red flag and forcing a restart.

 

When the field got underway again, Breece grabbed the lead, with Blair in second once again. A&Y Racing Honda's Daniel Herrlein slotted into third, with Mages fourth and Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Champion Dave Ginolfi rounded out the top five aboard his College Hunks Hauling Junk/Spinechillers Racing KTM. Breece was able to pull away to a comfortable lead, while Blair fell into the clutches of Herrlein, who made the pass for second on Lap 4. Not long after, Blair lost third place to Mages. As Breece encountered lappers in the late stages of the race, Herrlein was able to close the gap and got to within just over a second, but time ran out and Breece raced to the first AMSOIL Arenacross win of his career. Herrlein finished in the runner-up spot while Mages completed the podium.

 

"I'm just trying to make a name for myself, so I decided to come out here and battle with these guys in AMSOIL Arenacross," said Breece, who finished third overall in the Arenacross Class last weekend. "I got a great start and I was able to just ride a consistent Main Event. It feels awesome." 


 Ryan Breece earned his first career Arenacross Lites Class win.

Photo Credit: Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

 

Arenacross Class Results - Main Event 1

  1. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki
  2. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna
  3. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha
  4. Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM
  5. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM
  6. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda
  7. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
  8. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
  9. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM
  10. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Results - Main Event 2

  1. Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM
  2. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna
  3. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM
  4. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
  5. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki
  6. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda
  7. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
  8. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM
  9. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna
  10. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha

Arenacross Class Results - Overall (Main Event Finishes)

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

RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge Results

  1. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (2 points)
  2. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (1 point)
  3. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (1 point)
  4. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (1 point)
  5. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (1 point)
  6. Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Yamaha (1 point)
  7. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (1 point)
  8. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM (1 point)

 Arenacross Lites Class East/West Shootout Results

  1. Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Yamaha
  2. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda
  3. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM
  4. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM
  5. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
  6. Axell Hodges, Encinitas, Calif., Kawasaki
  7. Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM
  8. RJ Wageman, Newhall, Calif., Yamaha
  9. Jonah Locks, Dixon, Calif., Kawasaki
  10. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM 

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

  1. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna - 164 (2)
  2. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki - 160 (3)
  3. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna - 147
  4. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki - 146
  5. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki - 145 (2)
  6. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki - 140 (3)
  7. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM - 131
  8. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha - 119
  9. Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM - 118 (2)
  10. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM - 102 

Final Arenacross Class Points (Race 20 of 20)

 

  1. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM - 215
  2. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM - 209
  3. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda - 132
  4. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM - 104
  5. Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM - 76