Hayes, Hampshire Win in Reno

February 22, 2014 10:30am | by:

RENO, Nev. – The eighth round of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, kicked off on Friday night in Reno, Nev., inside the Livestock Events Center. PBR/TiLube/TUF Racing Honda’s Jacob Hayes captured his third overall victory and second straight win of the season to secure his position in the Race to the Championship. Factory Connection Honda’s R.J. Hampshire dominated the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class to take the win in his AMSOIL Arenacross debut.

PBR/TiLube/TUF Racing Honda’s Kyle Regal began the first 15-lap Arenacross Class Main Event with the holeshot, but was closely followed by his teammate Hayes and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider Tyler Bowers. Bowers took over second on the opening lap. Regal paced the field for the first four laps, but Bowers made his move on Lap 4 and instantly opened a gap on the field. Once out front, Bowers never looked back and went on to win by over three seconds. Behind him, the TUF Racing teammates battled it out for second with Hayes taking over the runner-up spot on Lap 9 and holding off Regal through to the finish. Arenacross Class points leader Zach Ames began the Main Event in fifth place aboard his Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki but experienced misfortune on Lap 3, dropping to the tail end of the field. He fought valiantly through to the finish to record an 11th-place result.

Bowers selected the inversion for the second Main Event, with all 16 riders inverting starting positions to decide who will emerge with the overall victory.

Regal overcame the inversion to grab the holeshot in the second Main Event with Hayes in second and Ames looking to rebound in third. Hayes took over the lead on lap 2  and never relinquished control through all 15 laps, but the drama unfolded behind him. Ames made the pass on Regal for second on Lap 3, while Bowers had to fight his way from a start outside the top 10. The defending champion progressively worked his way forward and positioned himself into the top five on Lap 7. Unfortunately, Bowers was unable to move any further up the rankings, which solidified the win for Hayes. Ames bounced back to finish second while Regal finished third.

Hayes’ 2-1 results secured the overall win while Regal helped give TUF Racing a sweep of the top two spots thanks to 3-3 scores. Bowers rounded out the overall podium in third (1-5).

Bowers took over the points lead as a result of his consistent outing and is now in position to earn the number-one position in the Race to the Championship heading into Night 2 from Reno. His advantage over Ames sits at four points.

Earlier in the evening, Team Faith/FLY Racing KTM’ Kelly Smith outlasted Frontier Lubricants KTM’s Daniel Blair in Head-to-Head Bracket Racing to secure a well-earned championship bonus point as he looks to secure his place in the Race to the Championship.

With just one night remaining to qualify for the Race to the Championship, Smith still sits on the outside looking in, facing an eight-point deficit to 10th-place, currently held by Motosport Hillsboro Kawasaki’s Gared Steinke. After foregoing Friday night’s competition with a wrist injury, Motosport.com/MJM Express/Spinechillers Racing Kawasaki’s Michael McDade fell from fifth to ninth in the standings and currently sits just nine points ahead of 11th, meaning he will likely be back in action on Saturday night.

The fourth race of the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship was a coming out party for RJ Hampshire. The Florida native grabbed the holeshot to start the 18-lap Main Event and went on to lead every lap, extending his lead for most of the race to cross the line over eight seconds ahead of the field. Defending Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Champion Maxx Malatia maintained the runner-up spot throughout the Main Event aboard his BWRengines.com Honda, while Gateway Cycles Kawasaki’s Steven Mages rounded out the podium in third after starting in fifth.

As a result of his podium finish, Mages took over the Western Regional Championship points lead and currently holds a two-point lead over BWRengines.com Honda’s Kyle White.

The Reno stop of AMSOIL Arenacross continues tomorrow with a second night of action. With the Race to the Championship looming, drama will be at an all time high as the riders take to the track. Racing begins at 10 p.m. ET.

Arenacross Class Results – Main Event 1

  1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
  2. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Honda
  3. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda
  4. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
  5. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki
  6. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
  7. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
  8. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki
  9. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda
  10. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM

Arenacross Class Results – Main Event 2

  1. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Honda
  2. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
  3. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda
  4. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki
  5. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
  6. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki
  7. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
  8. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
  9. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
  10. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda

Arenacross Class Results – Overall (Main Event Finishes)

  1. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Honda (2-1)
  2. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda (3-3)
  3. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (1-5)
  4. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (5-4)
  5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (4-7)
  6. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki (11-2)
  7. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki (8-6)
  8. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (7-8)
  9. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (6-9)
  10. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda (9-10)

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results

1.     R.J. Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda

2.     Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda

3.     Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki

4.     Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda

5.     Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki

6.     Michael Horban, Grant Pass, Ore., KTM

7.     Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM

8.     Axell Hodges, Encinitas, Calif., Honda

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

10.  Austin Ullrich, Estacada, Ore., Honda

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 12 of 19)

  1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 327
  2. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 323
  3. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki – 261
  4. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda – 230
  5. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 208
  6. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 208
  7. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki – 199 
  8. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 197
  9. Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki – 196
  10. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., KTM – 195

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 4 of 10)

1.     Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki – 53

2.     Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 51

3.     Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki – 46

4.     Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM – 43

5.     Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda – 40

6.     Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM – 30

7.     Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM – 26

8.     Brian Alquist, LaGrange, Calif., KTM – 21

9.     Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Kawasaki – 16

10.  Josh Struebig, Crown Point, Ind., KTM – 14