ArenaX: Round #5 Night Two Race Report - Wilkes-Barre (Video)

Matt Goerke race action shot

ArenaCross Media Press Release:

The fifth round of the 2015 season of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross, came to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday inside Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. As has been the trend thus far in the championship, another new named emerged with the overall victory in the Arenacross Class as Team Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Matt Goerke earned the first win of his Arenacross career, becoming the sixth different winner in eight races. In the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class, points leader Dave Ginolfi took the win aboard his Spinechillers Racing KTM to extend his advantage in the championship.

In his first full season of AMSOIL Arenacross competition, Goerke has been one of the most formidable contenders in the Arenacross Class and in the first Main Event of the evening he put himself in position to earn the overall victory. Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing's Kyle Regal began the Main Event in the lead, just ahead of Goerke and KTM's Gared Steinke. Regal and Goerke established themselves out front while Kawasaki's Chris Blose moved past Steinke on Lap 3 to take over third. Shortly thereafter, fellow Team Babbitt's rider Jacob Hayes slotted into fourth, setting his sights on his teammate.

2015 Wilkes-Barre Round 5 - Saturday Overall Winner Matt Goerke:

Regal maintained his advantage over Goerke for half of the Main Event, but the gap between the two slowly narrowed in the closing laps. As the battle up front intensified, Hayes was able to make his way around Blose just after the finish line on Lap 10. Out front, Goerke was looking for a way around Regal and after several attempts, made the pass stick after the whoops on Lap 13.

Regal attempted a counter move, resulting in contact between the two riders that briefly paused their momentum. Hayes closed in quickly as a result and ultimately made contact with Goerke, causing Hayes to fall to the ground. Both Goerke and Regal resumed out front, with Goerke in the lead, while Hayes ended up losing several positions. Goerke took the win with Regal second and Blose third. It was Goerke's first Main Event win of the season.

Thanks to his triumph, Goerke had the opportunity to select the inversion of the second Main Event, picking the number eight. As a result, half of the field was inverted heading into the final race of the evening.

Matt Goerke Arenacross Podium Shot

Regal seized the opportunity again out of the gate in the second Main Event and took early control of the lead ahead of teammate Gavin Faith and Hayes. Blose wasn't far behind in fourth, while Goerke settled into fifth. In an effort to run down his teammate for the lead, Faith made a mistake in the rhythm section on Lap 2, allowing both Hayes and Blose to pass. In the ensuing laps, Hayes closed in on Regal for the lead and made an aggressive pass coming out of the whoops on Lap 6 that caused heavy contact between the two riders and forced Regal off the track.

Once out front, Hayes was able to slowly and consistently build a gap over Blose, with Faith in third and Goerke in fourth. The top four remained the same until Lap 11, when Faith made a move on Blose to reclaim the runner-up spot. Hayes cruised to the win with Faith and Blose completing the top three.

Goerke finished fourth and his consistency on the evening (1-4), combined with a win in the Head 2 Head Challenge, gave him the overall win ahead of Blose (3-3). Faith's late pass for second helped him secure third overall (5-2). Regal rebounded from his incident with Hayes to finish sixth in the final Main Event and claim fourth overall (2-6), with Hayes rounding out the top five (8-1).

Goerke took a chunk out of his deficit to Hayes in the Arenacross Class championship standings, and now sits 14 points out of the lead. Regal maintained his hold on third, 22 points back. Blose and KTM's Steven Mages round out the top five.

Dave Ginolfi race action shot

On Friday night Ginolfi finished second in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Main Event, but on Saturday he enjoyed a near-perfect performance by going wire-to-wire. The KTM rider started the 15-lap Main Event with the hole-shot ahead of Honda's Kyle Bitterman and Suzuki's Steve Roman. The top three went unchanged throughout the entirety of the Main Event, but Ginolfi and Bitterman were never separated by more than a second. The Honda rider put on the pressure in the final laps, but Ginolfi held him off to claim his second Main Event win of the season.

Ginolfi added to his Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class points lead and now sits 23 points ahead of Roman. Honda's Daniel Herrlein sits third.

Arenacross Class Results - Main Event 1:

Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki

Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna

Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM

Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna

Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM

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

Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM

Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki

Arenacross Class Results - Main Event 2:

Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki

Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna

Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki

Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki

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

Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM

Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM

Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki

Arenacross Class Results - Overall (Main Event Finishes)

Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (1-4)

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

Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (5-2)

Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (2-6)

Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (8-1)

Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha (7-5)

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM (4-9)

Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (6-8)

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (9-7)

Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (10-10)

RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge Results:

Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (2 points)

Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., KTM (1 point)

Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (1 point)

Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (1 point)

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM (1 point)

Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (1 point)

Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (1 point)

Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (1 point)

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results:

Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM

Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Honda

Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki

Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM

Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki

Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM

Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, KTM

Jeremy Hand, Mantua, Ohio, Kawasaki

Dave Blanchet, Quebec, Canada, Kawasaki

Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM

Arenacross Class Points (Race 8 of 20)

Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki - 211 (4 Main Event wins)

Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki - 197 (1 Main Event win)

Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna - 189 (3 Main Event wins)

Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki - 166 (4 Main Event wins)

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM - 163 (1 Main Event win)

Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha - 159 (1 Main Event win)

Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM - 153

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM - 132

Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna - 126 (2 Main Event wins)

Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM - 115

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 6 of 10)

Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM - 88 (2 Main Event win)

Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki - 65

Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda - 56

Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM - 48

Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasak - 46 (1 Main Event win)

Darian Sanayei, Orting, Wash., Kawasaki - 35 (2 Main Event wins)

Mitchell Harrison, Cairo, Georgia, Kawasaki - 33 (1 Main Event win)

Dave Blanchet, Quebec, Canada, Kawasaki - 32

Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki - 30

Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM - 30

AMSOIL Arenacross will take its first break in action of the 2015 season next weekend before returning for the sixth round of the championship on Saturday, February 21, from Tampa, Florida, and Amalie Arena. Action begins at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET.

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

For more information: www.arenacross.com

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