Irvine, Calif. (April 1, 2015) – Back-to-back weekends of Amsoil Arenacross have kicked off the Race to the Championship and Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki are in position to claim their sixth consecutive championship title. At the first round of the Race to the Championship in New Orleans it was Chris Blose dominating both main events followed by his teammate Matt Goerke in second overall. At Round 2 in Austin, Texas it was Jacob Hayes leading the team with second overall, while Blose took a main event win and finished sixth. With two of the six rounds of the Race to the Championship complete, Blose sits second overall by a deficit of four points, followed by Hayes another two points back and Goerke is fifth overall only 10 points from the leader.
Leading the Charge
Blose came out swinging in New Orleans and had a near-perfect night on his KX™250F. He qualified with the fastest lap time, won his heat race, and swept both main events to take the win. The only thing he missed was the head-to-head bracket race where he finished fourth, scoring one extra point. At Round 2, Blose won his heat race and was sitting second in the first main event until a crash late in the race. A 16-man inversion put Blose back on the front row for the second main event where he grabbed the holeshot and led every lap to take the win. Blose’s misfortune in the first main gave him sixth overall and he sits just four points back from the championship lead.
Consistency is Key
Hayes was on the heels of his teammate Blose throughout the entire night in New Orleans. He qualified two- tenths of a second off Blose, won his heat race and finished a close second in the first main event. Unfortunately in the second main event Hayes crashed on Lap 3 but recovered to 12th place. In Austin, Hayes stayed out of trouble and used consistency to lead Team Babbitt’s to second overall with a 3-2 finish. Hayes is third overall in the Race to the Championship by a mere six points.
Not to Be Counted Out
Goerke’s night in New Orleans was not ideal as he was forced to qualify through the LCQ following a mistake in his heat race. He rode smooth in the first main event to finish fourth, but really turned it on in the second main. He moved into second place at the halfway mark and set the fastest lap of the race as he reeled in his teammate and finished on his wheel for second. Goreke carried his speed into Austin and narrowly missed setting the fastest qualifying time by four one-thousandths of a second. He got a mid-pack start in the first main and was able to move his way up to finish sixth. In the second main event, Goerke was up front with Blose leading the field when a red flag caused a single file restart. With the pack now back together, Goerke began to battle to hold second place which resulted in both riders going down. He remounted to finish 11th and now sits fifth overall in the Race to the Championship.
Race to the Championship
With two of six Race to the Championship rounds complete, Team Babbitt’s is confident as the remaining rounds bring Amsoil Arenacross to the West Coast. Back to the back rounds will hit Washington state followed by Fresno, California and the finale in Las Vegas on May 1st.
Amsoil Arenacross – Race to the Championship
New Orleans Overall
Race to the Championship Standings