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Owen Rebounds to Claim First AX Race to the Carmichael Cup Victory of the Season

| 26 March 2017 10:18 am

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 11, Night 2: Livestock Events Center

Courtesy of Feld Entertainment
Photos by ShiftOne Photography
RENO, NV, MAR. 25, 2017

The third round of AMSOIL Arenacross’ Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup held its second consecutive night of action inside Reno, Nevada’s Livestock Events Center on Saturday Night. Team TiLube/ Jack’s Links/ TUF Racing Honda’s Jace Owen rebounded in a big way by sweeping both main events to score his first victory since the start of the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup.

Jace Owen made his return to the top of the podium with his first victory of the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup.

Jace Owen made his return to the top of the podium with his first victory of the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup.

In the Western Regional AX Lites class, Woodstock KTM’s Hunter Sayles battled through the field to claim the main-event win and move back atop the championship points standings.

Prior to the 250AX-class main events, points were handed out in the RMATV/ MC Head-2-Head Challenge. The final matchup proved to be a repeat of Friday night’s action, as Faith went bar to bar with Rockstar Energy/ OTSFF/ Yamaha, in association with Cycle Trader and Rock River, rider Chris Blose, leading from start to finish to capture his third straight Head-2-Head Challenge win and add an additional championship bonus point to his Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup total.

In the first 250AX-class main event, Owen powered his Honda to the front of the field, just ahead of Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki, presented by AP Design, teammates Faith and Travis Sewell. Defending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion Faith quickly went to work and made the pass on Owen through the whoops on the opening lap. Blose was determined to keep the leaders within sight and muscled his way around Sewell for third on lap one, followed by Rockstar Energy/ OTSFF/ Yamaha, in association with Cycle Trader and Rock River, rider Matt Goerke.

With Faith and Owen setting a blistering pace out front, the battle for the remaining top five positions began to heat up, as Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki, presented by AP Design, rider Gared Steinke overtook Goerke for fifth on lap two.

The race leaders continued to pace each other lap after lap, with Owen slowly inching his way onto the rear fender of Faith.

On lap eight, Owen took advantage of a bobble by Faith and regained control of the race lead.

Just one lap later, Steinke started nipping at the heels of his teammate Sewell and dived to the inside to make the pass.

Owen consistently clicked off fast laps while in the lead, extending his gap with each lap and crossing the checkered flag 4.3 seconds ahead of Faith. Blose followed in third, while a last-lap pass placed Sewell in fourth and Steinke in fifth.

Points leader Gavin Faith backed up his win on Friday with a runner-up effort on Saturday.

Points leader Gavin Faith backed up his win on Friday with a runner-up effort on Saturday.

Faith continued his recent streak of starting well by grabbing the holeshot in the second main event, narrowly edging out Owen and Blose. Faith instantly went to work in an attempt to break away from the rest of the field. However, Owen refused to let him slip away and latched on to the leader’s rear wheel.

Woodstock KTM’s Daniel Herrlein slid into fourth on lap two with an aggressive pass on Sewell.

Similar to the first main event, Owen began to close the gap near the halfway point of the race and was searching for a way past Faith.

On lap seven, Owen got the drive down the rhythm section and sneaked past Faith in the following turn. He demonstrated incredible speed while out front and opened up a comfortable lead over his nearest competitor.

Owen held a 4.7-second margin of victory over Faith as he crossed the checkered flag for a clean sweep on the evening. Blose finished strong in third, with Herrlein fourth and Steinke fifth.

Chris Blose rounded out the overall podium in third.

Chris Blose rounded out the overall podium in third.

It was an impressive performance by Owen, who put a stop to Faith’s win streak and rebounded for his first victory in the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup. Faith (2-2) scored valuable points with a runner-up effort, while Blose (3-3) stood atop the final podium step in third. Herrlein (6-4) was fourth, just ahead of Steinke (5-5).

Check out this video interview with Jace Owen…

Following back-to-back victories, Faith entered the night eight points ahead of Owen in the Ricky Carmichael Cup standings, but he now controls the points by just seven points following Owen’s win. Blose sits in third, 11 points out of the championship lead.

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The 12-lap Western Regional AX Lites-class main event saw Ryan Breece jump out to the early lead with the holeshot, over Woodstock KTM’s Hunter Sayles and Team DirtBikeMike’s Hunter Hilton. Sayles successfully completed a brave pass attempt on lap one that moved him past Breece and into the race lead. Sayles used every inch of the track as he meticulously navigated the course at the front, keeping night-one winner Breece at bay.

An intense battle began to shape up for the final podium position among Hilton, DrivenMX Racing KTM’s Jared Lesher, and Yamaha rider Austin Walton. On lap seven, Lesher took control of the final podium position by making the pass on Hilton.

Sayles maintained his lead, finishing strong and taking the win 3.1 seconds ahead of Breece’s hard-fought effort in second. Lesher rounded out the podium in third.\

Hunter Sayles regained control of the Western Regional Championship.

Hunter Sayles regained control of the Western Regional Championship.

The win moved Sayles back atop the Western Regional Championship standings by a single point, just one night after sitting in a tie with Breece. Lesher continues to hold on to third and is now seven points out of the lead.

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The fourth round of the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup will be held next Saturday, April 1, at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. 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 25, 2017 (Round 11, Night 2)

250AX MAIN 1: 1. Jace Owen (Hon); 2. Gavin Faith (Kaw); 3. Chris Blose (Yam); 4. Travis Sewell (Kaw); 5. Gared Steinke (Kaw); 6. Daniel Herrlein (KTM); 7. Cody Van Buskirk. (KTM); 8. Chris Howell (Hsq); 9. Kinser Endicott (Yam); 10. Gage Schehr (Yam).

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

250AX OVERALL: 1. Jace Owen (1-1); 2. Gavin Faith (2-2); 3. Chris Blose (3-3); 4. Daniel Herrlein (6-4); 5. Gared Steinke (5-5); 6. Cody Van Buskirk (7-6); 7. Travis Sewell (4-11); 8. Jacob Williamson (11-7); 9. Chris Howell (8-9); 10. Kinser Endicott (9-10).

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

WESTERN REGIONAL AX LITES: 1. Hunter Sayles (KTM); 2. Ryan Breece (Kaw); 3. Jared Lesher (KTM); 4. Hunter Hilton (Hsq); 5. Austin Walton (Yam); 6. Robbie Wageman (Yam); 7. Blaine Silveira (Hon); 8. Challen Tennant (Yam); 9. Scott Zont (Kaw).

Race to the Championship Points Standings: 1. Gavin Faith (104/ 8 main-event wins); 2. Jace Owen (97/ 15 main-event wins); 3. Chris Blose (93/ 1 main-event win); 4. Daniel Herrlein (80/ 1 main-event win); 5. Gared Steinke (79); 6. Travis Sewell (60/ 1 main-event win); 7. Cody Van Buskirk (58); 8. Matt Goerke (40/ 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 6 races): 1. Hunter Sayles (86); 2. Ryan Breece (85); 3. Jared Lesher (79); 4. Hunter Hilton (51); 5. Austin Walton (34); 6. Jeramy Taylor (32); 7. Parker Fleming (31); 8. Kinser Endicott (26); 9. Robbie Wageman (23); 10. Dylan Bolinger (22).

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