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Faith Secures Back-to-Back AX Victories and Points Lead in Reno

| 25 March 2017 11:17 am

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 11: Livestock Events Center

Courtesy of Feld Entertainment
Photos by ShiftOne Photography
RENO, NV, MAR. 24, 2017

The second round of AMSOIL Arenacross’ Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup got under way on Friday evening inside Reno, Nevada’s Livestock Events Center, the first of two nights of action from “The Biggest Little City in the World.” It was a night of dominance for Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Gavin Faith, the defending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion, who enjoyed a perfect outing en route to securing back-to-back victories to start the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup, and in doing so taking control of the points lead.

Gavin Faith’s perfect night gives him sole possession of the red number plate for the first time in 2017.

Gavin Faith’s perfect night gives him sole possession of the red number plate for the first time in 2017.

In the Western Regional AX Lites class, Team Babbitt’s/ GPF/ Monster Energy Kawasaki/ MMCR’s Ryan Breece claimed his second main-event win to move back atop the championship standings.

Before the 250AX-class main events got under way, points were handed out in the RMATV/ MC Head-2-Head Challenge. The final pairing saw Faith square off against Rockstar Energy/ OTSFF/ Yamaha, in association with Cycle Trader and Rock River, rider Chris Blose. As the pair stormed into the first turn, Blose went down, allowing Faith to cruise to his second straight Head-2-Head Challenge win and add an additional championship bonus point to his Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup total.

When the gate dropped for the first 250AX-class main event, Faith put his Kawasaki out front, ahead of Blose and Yamalube/ Star Racing Yamaha’s Challen Tennant. Championship co-leader Jace Owen slotted into seventh aboard his TiLube/ Jack Link’s/ TUF Racing Honda.

Faith and Blose set a quick pace out front, which gave them some breathing room over Tennant, who was left to deal with Woodstock KTM’s Daniel Herrlein and Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki, presented by AP Design, rider Gared Steinke. Owen moved into sixth right behind this group on lap one.

With Faith and Blose continuing to control the race out front, both Herrlein and Steinke moved past Tennant on lap two; Herrlein was now third and Steinke fourth. Tennant would then battle with Owen for fifth.

Herrlein and Steinke then engaged in a battle for third for several laps. Eventually, the Kawasaki rider gained the advantage on lap nine and took over the final podium spot. On the following lap, Owen broke into the top five by passing Tennant.

Blose kept Faith honest throughout the main event, but the defending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion was able to pull out to a lead of just over a second in the closing stages, crossing the line 1.6 seconds ahead of Blose. Steinke followed in third, with Herrlein fourth and Owen fifth.

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Faith kept the momentum rolling into the second main event, once again putting his Kawasaki out front, ahead of Blose and Owen. Faith tried to get away, but Blose kept pace, allowing both riders to eventually open up a gap over Owen, in third.

On lap six, Blose challenged Faith for the lead, diving to the inside in some corners, but the champ withstood the challenge and proceeded to put distance between himself and Blose over the remainder of the race.

Faith went on to make a clean sweep of the night, leading all 30 main-event laps, and he took the checkered flag 1.3 seconds ahead of Blose. Owen was third, with Steinke fourth and Herrlein fifth.

Chris Blose posted a strong runner-up effort.

Chris Blose posted a strong runner-up effort.

The performance was arguably Faith’s most impressive this season, giving him back-to-back overall wins to start the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup. Blose (2-2) posted a strong runner-up effort, while Steinke (3-4) rounded out the overall podium in third. Owen (5-3) narrowly missed the podium in fourth, with Herrlein (4-5) completing the top five.

Steinke put two Team Babbitt’s Kawasaki’s on the overall podium in third.

Steinke put two Team Babbitt’s Kawasaki’s on the overall podium in third.

Faith entered the night tied with Owen atop the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup standings, but he now has sole control of the points with this win. He moves out to an eight-point advantage over Owen and Blose, who are now tied for second.

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Ryan Breece moved into a tie atop the Western Regional points standings with his second win.

Ryan Breece moved into a tie atop the Western Regional points standings with his second win.

The 12-lap Western Regional AX Lites-class main event got under way with Ryan Breece taking the holeshot, over Yamalube/ Star Racing Yamaha’s Challen Tennant and Reno-area native Austin Walton, aboard his TMC Yamaha. Championship co-leader Hunter Sayles started in fourth aboard his Woodstock KTM, while fellow championship leader Jared Lesher found himself in last place aboard his DrivenMX Racing KTM. Sayles would drop to fifth on lap two after being passed by Mach 1 Motorsports KTM’s Connor Pearson.

Tennant began to apply pressure on Breece for the lead on lap four and attempted to make a pass heading into a corner, forcing contact between the leaders. Tennant got the worst of the incident, going over the berm and dropping to the tail end of the field. Breece continued on and was able to open up a gap over the rest of the field. Walton took over control of second, while Pearson moved into third.

As the race reached the closing laps, Breece moved out to an advantage of more than two seconds on Walton, but Pearson was forced to deal with pressure from Sayles, who ultimately took over control of the final podium spot on lap nine.

Breece maintained his lead through to the finish and took his second win of the season, 1.4 seconds ahead of Walton, who enjoyed a stellar showing in front of his hometown crowd. Sayles rounded out the podium in third.

The win moved Breece back atop the Western Regional Championship standings, into a tie with Sayles. Lesher, who finished eighth, dropped to third, five points out of the lead.

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The second round of the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup will continue Saturday evening with a second night of action inside Livestock Events Center. Racing will get under way at 7 p.m. PT/ 10 p.m. ET.

For more information on the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross season, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.Arenacross.com.

Livestock Events Center
Reno, Nevada
Results: March 24, 2017

250AX MAIN 1: 1. Gavin Faith (Kaw); 2. Chris Blose (Yam); 3. Gared Steinke (Kaw); 4. Daniel Herrlein (KTM); 5. Jace Owen (Hon); 6. Challen Tennant (Yam); 7. Jacob Williamson (Kaw); 8. Josh Osby (Kaw); 9. Jared Lesher (KTM); 10. Cody Van Buskirk (KTM).

250AX MAIN 2: 1. Gavin Faith (Kaw); 2. Chris Blose (Yam); 3. Jace Owen (Hon); 4. Gared Steinke (Kaw); 5. Daniel Herrlein (KTM); 6. Jacob Williamson (Kaw); 7. Matt Goerke (Yam); 8. Cody Van Buskirk. (KTM); 9. Jared Lesher (KTM); 10. Travis Sewell (Kaw).

250AX OVERALL: 1. Gavin Faith (1-1); 2. Chris Blose (2-2); 3. Gared Steinke (3-4); 4. Jace Owen (5-3); 5. Daniel Herrlein (4-5); 6. Jacob Williamson (7-6); 7. Matt Goerke (11-7); 8. Cody Van Buskirk (10-8); 9. Jared Lesher (9-9); 10. Challen Tennant (6-14).

RMATV/MC HEAD-2-HEAD CHALLENGE: 1. Gavin Faith (2 points); 2. Chris Blose (1 point); 3. Daniel Herrlein (1 point); 4. Gared Steinke (1 point); 5. Travis Sewell (1 point); 6. Challen Tennant (1 point); 7. Matt Goerke (1 point); 8. Chris Howell (1 point).

WESTERN REGIONAL AX LITES: 1. Ryan Breece (Kaw); 2. Austin Walton (Yam); 3. Hunter Sayles (KTM); 4. Connor Pearson (KTM); 5. Kinser Endicott (Yam); 6. Jeramy Taylor (KTM); 7. James Gardiner (Yam); 8. Jared Lesher (KTM); 9. Deegan Von Lossberg (Yam); 10. Willy Simons (Yam).

Race to the Championship Points Standings: 1. Gavin Faith (72/ 8 main-event wins); 2. Jace Owen (64/ 13 main-event wins); 3. Chris Blose (64/ 1 main-event win); 4. Daniel Herrlein (55/ 1 main-event win); 5. Gared Steinke (54); 6. Travis Sewell (40/ 1 main-event win); 7. Cody Van Buskirk (37); 8. Matt Goerke (35/ 1 main-event win); 9. Ben Lamay (22/ 1 main-event win); 10. Josh Osby (21).

Western Regional AX Lites Class Championship Points Standings (After 5 races): 1. (TIE) Ryan Breece (70)/ Hunter Sayles (70); 3. Jared Lesher (65); 4. Hunter Hilton (38); 5. Jeramy Taylor (30); 6. Parker Fleming (27); 7. Kinser Endicott (26); 8. (TIE) Austin Walton (22)/ Dylan Bolinger (22); 10. Miles Daniele (17).

 

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