ELLENTON, Fla. - The journey to crown a champion in this season of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross, has produced arguably the most parity-driven and competitive racing the sport has ever seen. Since it began just a few weeks ago, the Race to the Championship has been filled with drama and aggression as the fastest ten riders in the Arenacross Class have faced off in search of their first AMSOIL Arenacross championship.
With four rounds down and two remaining in the Race to the Championship, everything will come down to the final night of competition inside Las Vegas' South Point Arena on Friday, May 1. In a city built upon risk takers willing to push their luck, the 10 riders in the Race to the Championship will enter Sin City with the exact same mentality, ready to lay everything on the line and go "all in" for the chance to emerge as AMSOIL Arenacross Champion.
While Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing's Kyle Regal has essentially held serve as the number one seed for most of the Race to the Championship, by no means has his ability to maintain possession of the red number plate been easy. Since the first round of the playoff in New Orleans, success has been as much a matter of survival as being in the right place at the right time. Regal has done all he can to keep his front fender clean and earn every valuable point possible. Even in the face of adversity, Regal has shown tremendous patience, choosing to take opportunities as they arise rather than force the issue. As a result, he currently sits atop the standings with a slim eight-point lead.
With two overall wins through the first four rounds, Regal has established himself as the rider to beat. However, he has faced consistent and heavy pressure from the Team Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki trio of Jacob Hayes, Matt Goerke, and Chris Blose. In New Orleans it was Blose who made the first statement of the Race to the Championship by posting a dominant victory. He maintained a consistency that kept him a handful of points within Regal until a crash last Saturday night in Tacoma, Washington, left him with a ninth-place overall finish and dropped him to fourth in the championship standings.
Filling that hole are Blose's Babbitt's Kawasaki teammates Hayes and Goerke. This duo controlled the point standings for the bulk of the season prior to the Race to the Championship and while they each got off to a bit of a slow start once it began, they're starting to peak at an opportune time. Hayes dominated in Tacoma to take his first win of the Race to the Championship with Goerke right behind him in second. As a result, they vaulted into second and third in the standings and sit well within striking distance of Regal for the lead.
Currently, 45 points separate first from tenth in the Race to the Championship standings and a total of five different riders have taken the checkered flag in eight Main Events thus far. This boils down to what is destined to be a spectacular showdown for the AMSOIL Arenacross title inside South Point Arena. Never before have both AMSOIL Arenacross and Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, hosted its respective season finales on the same weekend, in the same city. What better place to make history than the most excitement-driven city in the country.
The fifteenth and final round of the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross, and the deciding night of Race to the Championship, begins Friday, May 1, at South Point Arena. Racing kicks off at 11 p.m. EDT/ 8 p.m. PDT.
Friday, May 1st
Monster Energy fueled Track Party from 6-7 p.m.
- FREE entry with Friday 8 p.m. race ticket.
Pro Racing at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
- P1 Reserved - $40 (all seats)
Facility, Convenience, Service, Handling and other fees may apply.
The entire AMSOIL Arenacross season is currently airing on FOX Sports 1, including re-airs on Fox Sports 2.
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