What Really Happened: Las Vegas Supercross, EnduroCross and Arenacross

The final round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series in Las Vegas is one of the biggest weekends of the year because there is so much going on. In addition to the Supercross, which includes the 250 East/West Shootout, you have the Las Vegas EnduroCross and this year we had the final round of the AMA Arenacross Series thrown into the mix as well. There was plenty of action and here’s the scoop:

Las Vegas Monster Energy AMA Supercross

Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey added an eighth win to his list of accomplishments this year. Photo By Bob Theobald
GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac challenged Dungey early in the race but slid out a short time later and settled into second. Photo By Bob Theobald
N-Fab/AutoTrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Weston Peick took advantage of a tire problem by Chad Reed to grab the final podium spot. Photo By Bob Theobald
Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin was remarkable in the 250 Shootout. Photo By Bob Theobald

Ryan Dungey added an eighth main event win to his impressive take for 2015, dealing early on with an aggressive Eli Tomac on the GEICO Honda before pulling away and then losing the Colorado all together when Tomac lost the front end in a bowl turn.

Even with Ryan Villopoto in Europe, Dungey looks unbeatable in Supercross competition, due to his newfound aggressiveness and his solid style. Dungey rarely puts a wheel wrong and Vegas was another example of just that, the Red Bull KTM taking the win by 4.6 seconds over Tomac.

Tomac was fast, and might have given Dungey a run for his money had he not slid out.

"That was a blast, for sure," Tomac said. "It was set up perfectly for a great battle between Ryan and I, but I lost my front end there, unfortunately. At that point I had to settle into second because Ryan was setting such a quick pace."

N-Fab/AutoTrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Weston Peick was solid again, running early in the race in third, before losing the spot to a hard-charging Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Chad Reed. Reed, however, developed rear tire problems late in the race and dropped back to seventh, allowing Peick to grab the final podium spot.

Cole Seely, fourth at the end of the race, got a slow jump off the gate and was eighth at the end of lap one, but as the Troy Lee Designs Team Honda HRC rider has been doing all year, managed to work his way up into third at one point, and began pressuring for a podium position. After battling for third position for a handful of laps, Seely settled into fourth position with a few laps to go, which is where he would finish.

“The track here in Vegas was pretty challenging with a mix of hard pack, ruts and very high speeds,” said Seely. “It would have been great to end the season on the box but I couldn’t be happier with how the season went overall. I’m really looking forward to heading outdoors and getting that series started in just a couple of short weeks.”

Just before the start of the race, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) honored Seely with the 2015 AMA Supercross Rookie of the Year award.

Josh Grant landed his Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki into fifth by the end of the 20-lap main event, meanwhile, Blake Baggett had a solid ride that reaped a sixth place for him and his Yoshimura Suzuki. At one point, Baggett was way back in the pack but be managed to move towards the front by the end of the race.

"I had a few sections that were good and a few that were bad," said Baggett. "But I got I got out of here in one piece and finished fifth overall for the season, so now I've got a weekend off and then it's outdoors. —Shan Moore 

450 Overall Results:

1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)

2. Eli Tomac (Honda)

3. Weston Peick (Yamaha)

4. Cole Seely (Honda)

5. Joshua Grant (Kawasaki)

6. Blake Baggett (Suzuki)

7. Chad Reed (Kawasaki)

8. Justin Barcia (Yamaha)

9. Justin Brayton (KTM)

10. Broc Tickle (Suzuki)

Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout

1. Marvin Musquin (KTM)

2. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)

3. Matt Bisceglia (Hon)

4. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)

5. Alex Martin (Yam)

6. Zach Osborne (Hus)

7. RJ Hampshire (Hon)

8. Cole Martinez (Yam)

9. Shane McElrath (KTM)

10. Kyle Peters (Hon)

Las Vegas AMA Amsoil Arenacross Overall Results:

1.    Gared Steinke (KTM)

2.    Kyle Regal (Hus)

3.    Steven Mages (KTM)

4.    Cory Green (Suz)

5.    Gavin Faith (Hus)

6.    Daniel Herrlein (Hon)

7.    Travis Sewell (KTM)

8.    Robert Kiniry (Yam)

9.    Willy Browning (KTM)

10.  Jacob Hayes (Kaw)

Haaker Takes Endurocross Final

Colton Haaker grabbed his first win of the season in Las Vegas. Photo By Bob Theobald
Cody Webb set the fastest Hot Lap but settled for second in the main. Photo By Bob Theobald
Geoff Aaron put his Gas Gas on the podium in third. Photo By Bob Theobald

Round 3 of the 2015 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series hit Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend and brought the X Games’ Moto-X Step Up qualifier with it. Cody Webb set the fastest Hot Lap time gaining him a point and guaranteeing top gate pick for the EnduroCross main event. The extra point moved Webb into the points lead for the night show, and after being tied up in the point series with Haaker entering the night.

Vicki Golden was a crowd favorite in the X Games Step Up segment. The female rider launched her Suzuki into the sky and had the crowd on their feet as she consistently moved the bar up among eleven riders. X Games hopefuls included Australian Jarryd McNeil, Canadian Kris Foster, Italian Massimo Bianconcini, South African Alastair Sayer, Kevin Rookstool, Tom Parsons, Wild Wally Palmer, Brian McCarty, Jeff Griffin, Mike Aranda, and Dirt Rider test rider Ricky Yorks. After a fail attempt immediately follow by a hard hit landing threw Vicki on the ground, nearly missing a tire to the head. She was in the top Four riders, when only three invites are offered at this qualifier. Vicki pulled herself together and was able to get back on her bike but had issues with her machine. Vicki wasn’t able to continue on leaving Massimo Bianconcini of Italy, Alistair Sayer of Botswana and Florida’s Tom Parsons to score invites to Austin X Games this summer.

The gate dropped in the main event and it was Rockstar Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker nabbed the $500 Nexen Tire Holeshot award and leading the pack into the arena. The race was close with Mike Brown and Cody Webb on Haaker’s back, but after an unfortunate mishap in the wood pit Brownie fell behind. As Webb moved into second, Haaker kept pushing but the red plate battle was on. Once reaching lappers, Webb had trouble keeping Haaker at a close distance. “It was really tough to get around the lappers,” said Webb. “I rode really good all night and I caught up to Colton and then I just got hung up in the wood pit a few times and that let him get away”. Colton Haaker held Webb off to take the checkers and top the podium followed by Webb and Gas Gas rider Geoff Aaron.

When the gate dropped and the ponytails took to the track, it was the Spanish rider Sandra Gomez who managed to lap fellow racers and take the podium without hesitation. Finishing off the Women’s class podium would be Tarah Geiger in second and Rachel Gutish in third.

Cousin of EX pro rider Cory Graffunder, Canadian Ryan Graffunder took the win in Open Amateur, fellow Northerner Stephen Foord secured the Vet class win. In the class of no seats, it was Jack Field backflipping to the checkers.** —Lindsey Lovell**

GEICO AMA EnduroCross Men’s Main Event

1. Colton Haaker (Hus)

2. Cody Webb (KTM)

3. Geoff Aaron (GG)

4. Cory Graffunder (KTM)

5. Ty Tremaine (KTM)

6. Kevin Rookstool (Suz)

7. Max Gerston (Bet)

8. Nick Thompson (KTM)

9. Mike Brown (Hus)

10. Kyle Redmond (Bet)

Las Vegas AMA Amsoil Arenacross Finals

Kyle Regal won his first career AMSOIL Arenacross title on Friday night. Photo Courtesy Josh Rud / ShiftOne Photography

Going into the final round of the AMA Amsoil Arenacross Series Team Babbits Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes and Husqvarna’s TiLUBE TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal were locked into a tie for the championship! You couldn’t have asked for a better finale than to watch two riders do battle on the soft and tacky SouthPoint hotel Arenacross track. Not far behind only seven points back was the spoiler of Team Babbits Kawasaki’s Matt Goerke, who could sneak in and win the championship if one of the two leaders faltered.

The night began with Team Babbits Kawasaki teammates Chris Blose and Matt Goerke taking the heat race wins by a comfortable margin. Series points contenders Jacob Hayes and Kyle Regal finished second and third respectively in heat two. The Last Chance Qualifier saw Dixon, California’s Jake Locks followed by supercross contender Daniel Herrlein won the LCQ.

The stage was set for an all out war in the two 15 lap Main Event’s. In Main Event one Jacob Hayes got the start he needed to get up front early but Chris Blose and Kyle Regal were coming up from behind to challenge Hayes by lap five. As Blose was getting closer to Hayes his front end of his Kawasaki washed out in a bowl corner and that collected Regal as well. Regal remounted quickly and put an impressive charge on to pass Thermo Tec Yamaha’s Robert Kiniry and privateer hero of the Amsoil Arenacross Gared Steinke . As the white flag fell Regal found his way up to Hayes rear wheel but was unable to make a pass for the lead. Jacob Hayes took the win with Regal, Kiniry, Steinke, and Travis Sewell rounding out the top five.

You could feel the tension building in the SouthPoint Arena before Main Event Two. Gared Steinke grabbed the holeshot followed by Steven Mages and Gavin Faith. In the middle of pack were Regal and Hayes. Hayes went for an aggressive move to the inside, Regal moved slightly left out of the corner, and the two collided. Hard! Regal went down, but Hayes (who didn’t go down) bike was visibly smoking, Hayes terminally damaged his water pump. The coolant was quickly gone, the steam stopped, and after a lap or two, it was apparent that it was already losing power and wasn't going to finish. On the third lap the Babbits Kawasaki finally came to a stop and Hayes was found walking out of the arena visibly upset while he left his smoking Kawasaki out on the track. His championship title fight was over! Up front, Gared Steinke and Gavin Faith were battling for the win, with Steven Mages close behind.  Steinke eventually would pull out to a slight margin and Faith and Mages had a great battle for the runner up position. Steinke would take Main Event Two (and his first ever overall Arenacross win) with Faith and Mages rounding out the podium, for race two. Regal who finished ninth place, but with Hayes out, had enough to wrap up the championship by four points. The podium on the night went to Gared Steinke with a 4-1, Kyle Regal with a 2-9, and Steven Mages with 9-3 Main Event scores.

After the smoke cleared and all was said and done Hayes said "Even though I made a few mistakes I can walk away knowing I did all I could have done". Regal is undecided if he will be back for next years Amsoil Arenacross Series saying " I really want to get back to the AMA Supercross Series to go for a 250 championship. I know I can go for a title but I will have to find a ride first". If 2015 was any indication of what the 2016 AMA Amsoil Arenacross Series will be like you will not want to miss a round coming to a city near you! —Kris Keefer