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Team Babbitt’s Matt Goerke Wins Night Two at Wilkes-Barre Arenacross

Irvine, Calif. (February 10, 2015) –The fifth round of Amsoil Arenacross saw Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki’s Matt Goerke capture his first career arenacross win on Saturday night to close in on his teammate in the points standings in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Goerke finished on the podium in Friday’s first main event and took the overall on Saturday with a 1-4 main event score. Jacob Hayes maintained his points lead by finishing second overall on Friday and fifth overall on Saturday. Chris Blose finished eighth overall on Friday but bounced back to finish second behind Goerke on Saturday with a 3-3 score.

 

On Top of the Podium
 
Although Goerke has already led the points standings this season, he had not won an overall. On Saturday night he finally got the monkey off his back to capture his first career arenacross win.  On Friday, Goerke started the night with a third place in the first main event but the 16-man inversion forced him to the back row for the second main event where he could only manage 14th place for 10th overall. On Saturday, he was determined to turn things around, but it did not come easy. He first fought to win the head to head Challenge for an additional two points. Then in the first main event, he chased down the leader late in the race and made a pass on Lap 13, but as they continued to battle, Hayes made an attempt to move from third to first and the contact put him on the ground. Goerke fought on to take the win and set himself up for the second main event. After selecting the 8-man inversion, Goerke got a top-10 start and worked his way into fourth place, which was enough to give him the overall.
 
“It feels great to finally get a win under my belt,” said Goerke. “Every weekend I was really letting my nerves get the best of me, racing so close. I tried to stay calm on Saturday and it worked. I’m only a handful of points behind Hayes and with the number of guys that can win races, that gap can be closed real quick.”

 

Going for Glory
 
Hayes had a weekend full of ups and down in Wilkes-Barre, which began with winning the Head to Head Challenge for two additional points on Friday. On Lap 1 of the first main event, Hayes was neck and neck for the lead but found himself on the ground and at the back of the pack. He quickly remounted his KX™250F and pushed his way as far forward as he could, passing nearly half the field to finish seventh.  The second main event saw Hayes up front early where he was forced to use some contact to move into second place. His 7-2 score, along with his bracket win was just one point shy of the overall victory. In Saturday’s first main event, Hayes stalked the leaders for much of the race before attempting to pass both of them, which ultimately landed him on the ground. He recovered to finish eighth and in the second main event he came out on the upper hand of bar-to-bar action to take the victory, his fourth main event win of the season.
 
“The track this weekend was pretty simple, which meant you had to be aggressive to be up front,” said Hayes. “We had the speed to win on both nights, but I got the short end of the stick once or twice. I did what I could to recover from the crashes and still held onto the points lead.”

 

In the Fight
 
After dominating last weekend in Nashville, Blose was looking to continue his success and diminish his deficit in the points standings. On Friday, he finished second in the Head to Head Challenge, and got a good start. Blose rode consistent laps in the first main event working his way into a podium position, only to make a few mistakes and finish fifth. On Saturday, he rode to a 3-3 finish and narrowly missed the overall. Blose sits fourth in the points standings.

 

Weekend Off
 
Following five consecutive race weekends,  Amsoil Arenacross takes a weekend off and resumes on Saturday, February 21st, in Tampa, Florida. The weekend off works in favor to the fourth member of Team Babbitt’s with Zach Ames slotted to make his return to racing after suffering a wrist injury at the second round. He will make a charge to return to the top-10 in points to have a chance at competing in the Race to the Championship.

 

Results
 
Amsoil Arenacross
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania – Mohegan Sun Arena
February 6-7, 2015

Friday Overall
 

  1. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha (1-6)
  2. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (7-2)
  3. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (4-4)
  4. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (10-1)
  5. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM (2-10)
  6. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (6-7)
  7. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Honda (13-3)
  8. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (5-12)
  9. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM (12-5)
  10. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (3-14)
 
Saturday Overall
  1. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (1-4)
  2. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (3-3)
  3. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna (5-2)
  4. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna (2-6)
  5. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki (8-1)
  6. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha (7-5)
  7. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM (4-9)
  8. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (6-8)
  9. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (9-7)
  10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (10-10)
 
Points Standings
  1. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki - 211
  2. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki - 197
  3. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna - 189
  4. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki - 166
  5. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM - 163
  6. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha - 159
  7. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM - 153
  8. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM - 132
  9. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna - 126
  10. Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM - 115

 

Media Contact
Ken Essex
949.698.0740
Ken.Essex@kmc-usa.com

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