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Faith Captures Second Overall AX Victory of 2016, Herrlein Opens Western Regional AX Lites Championship with a Win

| 5 February 2016 3:53 pm

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 5, Night 1: Broadmoor World Arena

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by ShiftOne Photography
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, FEB. 4, 2016

AMSOIL Arenacross kicked off its first-ever tripleheader on Thursday night, February 4, with the first of three nights of action inside Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. After a highly competitive evening of action, Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Gavin Faith stood atop the overall podium with his second win of the season.

Gavin Faith earned his second overall win of the 2016 season.

Gavin Faith earned his second overall win of the 2016 season.

In the opening race of the Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship, A&Y Racing Honda’s Daniel Herrlein captured his second consecutive victory.

Before the main-event action in the Arenacross class got under way, Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes, who entered the evening as the points leader for the first time this season, outdueled his Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna Factory Racing, presented by FMC and OTSFF, rival Kyle Regal for the RMATV/MC Head-to-Head Challenge win. The additional championship bonus point Hayes received for his triumphant effort would pay dividends in the overall classification.

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When the first of two Arenacross-class main events got under way, the 16-rider field converged in the first turn, creating some congestion. GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton emerged with the holeshot in his AMSOIL Arenacross debut, leading Faith and Regal on the opening lap. Hayes got the worst of the bottleneck in the first turn and completed the first lap at the tail end of the field, in 15th.

The battle at the front of the field settled in until lap six, when a red flag for a downed rider brought the race to a halt. The field would eventually line up for a single-file restart.

When racing resumed, Faith wasted little time taking advantage of his experience over Sexton and slipped under the Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross rider to take control of the lead. Once in front, Faith was able to keep Sexton at bay, and he ultimately took the win more than two seconds ahead of the Honda rider.

Regal maintained possession of third for the entirety of the main event, with Woodstock/ TZR KTM’s Travis Sewell finishing in fourth. Behind them, Hayes put in an impressive ride to not only bounce back from his start at the tail end of the field but claw his way up to fifth, moving from 10th into the top five in a matter of just three laps.

Faith’s first main-event win of the season allowed him the opportunity to select the inversion for the second main event by picking one of three cases. With the help of the Colorado Springs fans, he selected the case with the number zero, meaning there would be no inversion.

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When the gate dropped for the second main event, Regal secured the holeshot, only to lose the early lead to Hayes. Sewell was close behind in third. Sexton slotted into fourth, followed by Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Chris Blose in fifth. Faith emerged in eighth.

On lap six, Regal went off the track while running second, which also allowed Sewell to pass Sexton and slot into second. Regal re-entered the race in 12th.

With Hayes now comfortably out front, Faith made a late charge and moved into the top five on lap nine. Three laps later, he picked up another spot by passing his teammate Blose for fourth, and he then set his sights on Sexton for third, in what would ultimately be the battle for the overall win.

Hayes cruised to his series-leading fifth main-event win, six seconds ahead of Sewell in second. Sexton experienced misfortune on the final lap, falling all the way back to eighth. That allowed Faith to make an improbable run to third, followed by Blose and TiLube/ Tuf Racing Honda’s Ben Lamay.

Jacob Hayes (2) narrowly missed out on the overall win.

Jacob Hayes (2) narrowly missed out on the overall win.

The podium finish helped Faith secure the overall win via his 1-3 tally by just a single point over Hayes (5-1), whose Head-to-Head victory and main-event win nearly put him atop the final standings. Sewell (4-2) rounded out the overall podium in third. Blose (6-4) finished fourth, while Sexton’s late heartbreak dropped him to fifth with a 2-8 score, narrowly missing out on what would have been a historic achievement by winning his Pro debut.

Chase Sexton made his presence felt in his AMSOIL Arenacross debut.

Chase Sexton made his presence felt in his AMSOIL Arenacross debut.

Hayes maintained control of the Arenacross-class standings and currently holds a four-point lead over Faith, who moved into second with his win. Blose kept it a Team Babbitt’s one-two-three with third; he is nine points out of the lead. Sewell is fourth and Regal is fifth.

Check out this video interview with overall winner Gavin Faith…

It was Shawnee Motors/ Justified Cultures KTM’s Cheyenne Harmon who raced to the holeshot in the first Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class main event of the 2016 season, leading Race Tech KTM’s Ben Nelko and Daniel Herrlein out of the first turn.

As Harmon opened up an early cushion, Herrlein began his march toward the front, taking over second from Nelko on lap four.

Just two laps later, Herrlein applied pressure on Harmon and then assumed control of the main event. Once out front, Herrlein settled into the lead, but the battle for the remaining spots on the podium heated up.

On lap seven, Nelko dropped from third to fifth, while veteran Dave Ginolfi put his Town & Country Cycle Center Husqvarna into third. Ginolfi continued his upward climb, making the pass on Harmon for second.

On the ensuing lap, Harmon lost several spots and dropped out of podium contention, while KTM rider Carlen Gardner moved into third.

Herrlein, the current Eastern Regional Championship leader, went on to win by more than three seconds for his third Arenacross Lites victory of the season. Ginolfi was second, with Gardner third. Nelko rebounded to finish fourth, and Woodstock/ TZR KTM’s Cody VanBuskirk rounded out the top five.

Daniel Herrlein took the win in the first Western Regional Arenacross Lites main event of the season.

Daniel Herrlein took the win in the first Western Regional Arenacross Lites main event of the season.

Ginolfi’s podium finish makes him the early leader in the Western Regional standings, holding a slim two-point lead over Nelko. VanBuskirk is third, three points behind.

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The three-night visit to Colorado Springs will continue Friday night inside Broadmoor World Arena. The action will kick off at 6 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. MT/ 9 p.m. ET.

Broadmoor World Arena
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Results: February 4, 2016 (Round 5, Night 1)

AX MAIN 1: 1. Gavin Faith (Kaw); 2. Chase Sexton (Hon); 3. Kyle Regal (Hsq); 4. Travis Sewell (KTM); 5. Jacob Hayes (Kaw); 6. Chris Blose (Kaw); 7. Joey Crown (Kaw); 8. Jace Owen (Hon); 9. Jared Lesher (KTM); 10. Ben Lamay (Hon).

AX MAIN 2: 1. Jacob Hayes (Kaw); 2. Travis Sewell (KTM); 3. Gavin Faith (Kaw); 4. Chris Blose (Kaw); 5. Ben Lamay (Hon); 6. Daniel Herrlein (Hon); 7. Jared Lesher (KTM); 8. Chase Sexton (Hon); 9. Cody VanBuskirk (KTM); 10. Kyle Regal (Hsq).

AX OVERALL: 1. Gavin Faith (1-3); 2. Jacob Hayes (5-1); 3. Travis Sewell (4-2); 4. Chris Blose (6-4); 5. Chase Sexton (2-8); 6. Kyle Regal (3-10); 7. Ben Lamay (10-5); 8. Jared Lesher (9-7); 9. Daniel Herrlein (14-6); 10. Cody VanBuskirk (11-9).

RMATV/MC HEAD-TO-HEAD CHALLENGE: 1. Jacob Hayes (2 points); 2. Kyle Regal (1 point); 3. Chase Sexton (1 point); 4. Kyle Bitterman (1 point); 5. Cheyenne Harmon (1 point); 6. Jace Owen (1 point); 7. Chris Blose (1 point); 8. Gavin Faith (1 point).

WESTERN REGIONAL AX LITES: 1. Daniel Herrlein (Hon); 2. Dave Ginolfi (Hsq); 3. Carlen Gardner (KTM); 4. Ben Nelko (KTM); 5. Cody VanBuskirk (KTM); 6. Collin Jurin (Kaw); 7. Scott Zont (KTM); 8. Dylan Rouse (KTM); 9. Chase Evans (Yam); 10. Jared Lesher (KTM).

Arenacross Class Championship Points Standings (After 6 races): 1. Jacob Hayes (167/ 5 main-event wins); 2. Gavin Faith (163/ 1 main-event win); 3. Chris Blose (158/ 1 main-event win); 4. Travis Sewell (148/ 3 main-event wins); 5. Kyle Regal (132); 6. Ben Lamay (104); 7. Gared Steinke (82); 8. Daniel Herrlein (80); 9. Jace Owen (77); 10. Kyle Bitterman (74).

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points Standings (After 1 race): 1. Dave Ginolfi (15); 2. Ben Nelko (13); 3. Cody VanBuskirk (12); 4. Collin Jurin (11); 5. Scott Zont (10); 6. Dylan Rouse (9); 7. Jared Lesher (7); 8. Cheyenne Harmon (6); 9. Jake Locks (5); 10. Brandon Marley (4).

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