The AMSOIL Arenacross series announced its schedule for the 2016 season, and it includes 14 rounds – six of which are new stops for the series – culminating with the championship-deciding finale in Las Vegas on May 6-8.
Kyle Regal will return to defend his title after edging out his rival Jacob Hayes this past season. Their battle came down to the final round, with Regal earning his first career championship after the two riders made contact on the opening lap of the main event, setting the stage for more drama to potentially carry over into next season.
The series also features Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, a recently-implemented developmental program that riders must now go through in order to qualify for the Monster Energy Supercross series. As a result, some of the sport’s top prospects can be seen in Arenacross before graduating to supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. While next year’s crop of riders participating is still to be determined, among the riders going through the process this past season were GEICO Honda’s Jordon Smith and KTM Orange Brigade’s Alex Frye – both of whom turned pro this year.
Below is the schedule, which kicks off in Cincinnati and includes the series’ first-ever stop in Southern California on April 2-3 and its first outdoor race the following weekend at the Salinas Sports Complex.
2016 Arenacross Schedule
January 9-10: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati
January 15-17: Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore
January 22-24: PPL Center, Allentown, Pa.
January 30-31 Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.
February 4-7: Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.
February 13-14: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.
February 20-21: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.
February 27-28: BJCC Complex, Birmingham, Ala.
March 12-13: Cajun Dome, Lafayette, La.
April 2-3: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Calif.
April 9-10: Salinas Sports Complex, Salinas, Calif.
April 16-17: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash.
April 22-24: Ford Idaho Center, Nampa, Idaho
May 6-8: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas