ArenaX: Round #1 Race Report - Cincinnati

Chris Blose race action shot

Arenacross Media Press Release:

The highly anticipated 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross, kicked off on Saturday night from Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena. With a wide open field of competitors ready to do battle for the vacant Arenacross Class title this season it was any rider's race to win, but in the end Team Babbitt's Monster Energy Kawasaki's Chris Blose emerged victorious in his first career start in full-time Arenacross competition.

Blose led the way for a dominant night for the Babbitt's squad, claiming the top four spots overall. In the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider and Road to Supercross competitor Darian Sanayei broke through for his first win of his professional career.

The night started off with adversity for Team Babbitt's most experienced riders as both Zach Ames and Jacob Hayes were forced to qualify for the Arenacross Class Main Event via the Last Chance Qualifier. In the first 15-lap Main Event for the premier class, Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing's Kyle Regal grabbed the hole-shot and held on to the early lead with Blose and Bobby Kiniry close behind. Regal soon encountered trouble and crashed out of the lead, allowing Blose to assume control of the race. The Arizona native went relatively unchallenged the rest of the way, with Kiniry in second and Matt Goerke in third.

Zach Ames race action shot

Heading into the second Main Event Blose chose how many riders would be inverted - 0, 8 or 16 - ultimately selecting the full field of 16.

As the gate dropped on Main Event 2, Slakawear KTM rider Steven Mages came away with the hole-shot to the delight of the hometown crowd. Hayes, who finished 10th in the first Main Event, followed in second with Steve Roman in third. Blose slotted into seventh, with Ames eighth, Kiniry 10th and Goerke 13th.

Hayes wasted little time in taking control of the race, passing Mages on Lap 1 for the lead, and was soon followed by Road to Supercross competitor Jordon Smith, who put his Honda into second one lap later. The rider to watch in the charge to the front was Ames, who passed Blose and then marched his way into podium position on Lap 4 in third. Several laps later, Ames took second away from Smith, bringing Blose with him. The move by Blose to take over third is what assured him the overall victory. Out front Hayes cruised to the Main Event win, with teammates Ames and Blose rounding out the podium.

Blose's 1-3 finishes were enough to edge out Ames' 3-2 effort overall. Goerke finished third (2-7) with Hayes completed the Babbitt's sweep in fourth (10-1). Kiniry rounded out the top five (6-5).

In the Head 2 Head Challenge, Regal edged out Goerke for the win to earn the extra championship bonus point and a $250 dollar bonus.

Blose carries a slim one-point lead over Ames in the Arenacross Class standings, with Goerke five points behind in third.

Darian Sanayei race action shot

In the opening Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Main Event of the season, Sanayei made it look easy, grabbing the top spot off the start and leading all 15 laps. In his second season of competition, Sanayei knows he has the speed to win and he made a statement with his performance. Sanayei's teammate Mitchell Harrison started right behind him in second to start the Main Event, with Mages running third. Mages made the pass for second on the opening lap, but Dave Ginolfi was on a charge, starting sixth and eventually taking over second on Lap 10 and finishing in the runner-up spot. Daniel Herrlein rounded out the podium following a pass for third late in the race.

Ginolfi leads the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship standings by one point over Herrlein, with Mages in third, just two points out of the lead.

Arenacross Class Results - Main Event 1

Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki

Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM

Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda

Robert Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha

Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna

Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki

Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Results - Main Event 2:

Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki

Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki

Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda

Robert Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha

Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., KTM

Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki

Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM

Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda

Arenacross Class Results - Overall (Main Event Finishes)

Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (1-3)

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki (3-2)

Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (2-7)

Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (10-1)

Robert Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha (6-5)

Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda (5-10)

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki (9-8)

Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (8-9)

Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda (14-4)

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (4-16)

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results:

Darian Sanayei, Orting, Wash., Kawasaki

Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM

Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki

Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki

Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM

Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM

Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM

Mitchell Harrison, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki

Randy Woodring, Spring Lake, Mich., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Points (Race 1 of 20)

Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki - 30

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki - 29

Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki - 25

Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki - 23

Robert Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha - 23

Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda - 19

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki - 17

Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM - 17

Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda - 16

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM - 14

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 1 of 10)

Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM - 15

Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda - 14

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasak - 13

Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki - 12

Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM - 11

Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM - 10

Randy Woodring, Spring Lake, Mich., Kawasaki - 7

Dave Blanchet, Quebec, Canada, Kawasaki - 3

Josh Cartwright, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha - 2

Tyler McSwain, Shelby, N.C., Kawasaki - 1

AMSOIL Arenacross continues next weekend with the second round of the 2015 season from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Van Andel Arena. Two nights of action kick off on Friday, January 16, and continue on Saturday, January 17. Racing begins at 7 p.m. ET each night.

The entire AMSOIL Arenacross season will air on FOX Sports 1, including re-airs on Fox Sports 2.

AMSOIL Arenacross - Coming to a City Near You in 2015:

Tickets for each round of AMSOIL Arenacross are on sale HERE

For more information: www.arenacross.com

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