The 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship went down in history as the most exciting in the sport’s existence. In the end it was Texas native Kyle Regal coming away with the championship, but not after some serious banter with championship runner-up finisher, Jacob Hayes. It was the beginning of a rivalry that will no doubt spill into the 2016 season. Although, with a little over 100 days until the onset of the new AMSOIL Arenacross season, Regal has a lot on his calendar. He has been riding and racing a 250cc two-stroke, has moved to California and will be attending one of the largest amateur motocross camps in the world next week. We caught up with Kyle on the phone and this is what he had to say.

Kyle, we’ve seen that you have been doing a lot of riding this summer. We also saw that you have been spending some time on a two stroke, what was that all about?

After AMSOIL Arenacross wrapped up I took some time off. It’s such a long championship, and after winning it I kind of just wanted to enjoy it for a little while. Then I started riding a little bit and got a phone call from Husqvarna in Canada and they wanted me to come up there and ride the 250cc two-stroke in the MX2 class. The thing is though, they have this rule that you cannot have scored points in the outdoor nationals within the last five years if you want to race in the MX2 class. So, in the end I had to race the 250cc two stroke in the MX1 (450 class) and obviously that was a little rough. But it was fun. Beyond that, I recently moved to California and I’m loving it. I also have a 450, so I’ve been riding them both and just keeping the fun into my riding until the 2016 season gets here, then I’ll really start cracking down.

So, have you gotten your 2016 bikes yet?

No, not yet, but I’m very excited to get ahold them for sure. They’re supposed to be almost 10 pounds lighter and come stock with four more horsepower, so I’m all over that.

We also just found out that you will be going to the Fall version of Moto Playground’s Camp Boom Diggity to work with young aspiring AMSOIL Arenacross riders. Talk to us a little about that.

Yes, if anyone knows my background they know I already spend my off-season training kids in Texas and do some riding schools. I got the phone call to go to Fall Diggity where a bunch of other trainers come together and break the track up into sections and teach the riders. The cool thing about my opportunity is I’ll be strictly on the AMSOIL Areancross track that they are going to build and work specifically on Arenacross techniques. It’s really cool because we are able to teach riders now, so they have their feet wet by the time the races start up in January. I mean, I feel like I know a little about AMSOIL Arenacross (laughs) so I think it’s a great program to have me involved with teaching the next generation of racers.

Speaking of AMSOIL Arenacross, let’s talk about 2016. How is your program shaping up heading into the new season? Are you going to be on the same team?

Well, it is still the off season so there is still a lot of time left to put everything together, but I know I still want to be on a Husqvarna for sure. I love everything about the bike and feel like it fits my style perfectly, especially for racing AMSOIL Arenacross. I thought about going to Monster Energy Supercross for 2016 but made the decision to run the number one plate for a season, and then try to go and race Supercross. I feel like that is where I belong. I got hurt a couple times, and right now I’m just trying to rebuild my career and it’s going very well with AMSOIL Arenacross, but eventually I want to make it back to Monster Energy Supercross for sure.

That said, there are a few kids that are turning pro like Chase Sexton and Austin Forkner that are trying to make it to Monster Energy Supercross as well. How to you handle the young hungry lions? Do you rough them up and let them know who is boss, or do you kind of mentor them and help them along?

Man, it’s tough because it’s racing and whatever happens is going to happen. But, I’m actually friends with Austin and Chase and have talked to them quite a bit. I have actually worked with Austin a little bit already at one of the tracks in Texas I was teaching at and he is a really good kid. But, I don’t know, those guys are only in the series to earn their #Road2SX points so I actually try to help them out. Last year Alex Frye was in there with us and I helped him out as much as I could with the whoops. It’s kind of weird, these kids come into the AMSOIL Arenacross series and it is a big step from the test tracks and wherever they have been riding and racing. In AMSOIL Arenacross, we are at a higher level of competition than they have experienced and it’s a tough deal. So, I’d say I have the best interests for guys like Austin and Chase.

Ok, let’s talk about a guy that you probably won’t be helping out. The rivalry between yourself and Jacob Hayes is pretty strong and building heading into the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship. It’s been four months since your dust up in Las Vegas at the finals, have those wounds healed or are things still tense between you two?

Honestly, it is what it is. It was one of those deals where you’re in the moment and things just happen really fast. If the roles were reversed, I guess I could say that I wouldn’t have done what he did. However, I wasn’t in his position and I don’t know what he was feeling or thinking so it’s hard for me to say. All of it aside, it is a long series next year and we’re going to have to race each other a lot. I’m not really going to think about it much until the Race to the Championship begins. I just want to hold on to my #1 plate and do my thing. I know I never put anyone on the ground all season except for one guy at the beginning and it wasn’t even my fault. What happened between Hayes and I in Las Vegas isn’t my type of racing and it’s a deal where it is actually hard for me to comment on this. Things should have happened differently, but it’s hard for me to complain the way things worked out. It did mess up my shoulder a little bit, but overall I didn’t get hurt and it was me who won the championship, you know? So, I wouldn’t say the wounds are fresh, but I’ll be watching my back in 2016. The thing is, I was riding very well at the end of the season and I’m concentrating on building on that and starting strong so I don’t have to worry about it.