Blose Captures Second Consecutive AX Victory in Denver!

| 24 April 2017 11:48 am

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 13:
Denver Coliseum

Courtesy of Feld Entertainment
Photos by ShiftOne Photography
DENVER, CO, APR. 22, 2017

After its second break of the 2017 season, AMSOIL Arenacross’ Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup returned to the track on Saturday night for the penultimate round, inside the Denver Coliseum. For the second consecutive round, Rockstar Energy/ OTSFF/ Yamaha, in association with Cycle Trader and Rock River, rider Chris Blose took the overall victory in the 250AX class, adding some drama to the title fight.

Chris Blose (2) earned his second consecutive Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup victory.

Chris Blose (2) earned his second consecutive Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup victory.

In the Western Regional AX Lites class, Team Babbitt’s/ GPF/ Monster Energy Kawasaki/ MMCR rider Ryan Breece raced to his third win of the season, which vaulted him into a tie atop the championship standings.

Blose’s path to victory hinged largely on the RMATV/ MC Head-2-Head Challenge, which took place prior to the 250AX-class main events. The Yamaha rider emerged victorious, over Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki, presented by AP Design, rider Gared Steinke, giving Blose an additional bonus point in the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup.

The first 250AX-class main event saw Blose keep the momentum going, earning the holeshot, over Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Gavin Faith and Woodstock KTM’s Daniel Herrlein. With the championship’s lead duo, Blose and Faith, out front, Team TiLube/ Jack’s Links/ TUF Racing Honda’s Jace Owen had his work cut out for him after starting ninth.

Ben Lamay (6) would finish second overall.

Ben Lamay (6) would finish second overall.

Blose was on another level in the first main event and quickly opened up a comfortable margin over Faith within the first couple of laps. He would continue to extend that lead as the race wore on, allowing Faith to assert himself in second.

With the top two riders comfortably out front, the crowd’s attention moved to the battle for third, as Team TiLube/ Jack’s Links/ TUF Racing Honda’s Ben Lamay patiently worked on Herrlein for the majority of the main event.

On lap 11, Lamay pulled the trigger and was able to get by Herrlein to take over third. As all of this was unfolding, Owen was working hard to fight his way through the field, breaking into the top five and mounting a late challenge on Herrlein.

Blose cruised to the win 8.1 seconds ahead of Faith. Lamay followed in third. Owen successfully passed Herrlein to finish fourth, capping off an impressively resilient effort.

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When the field stormed out of the gate for the second main event, Lamay put his Honda out front early, with Blose right behind him. Herrlein started third, followed by Owen and Faith.

Looking for his second straight main-event sweep, Blose passed Lamay for the lead on lap one, but the Honda rider continued to fight.

Owen was able to move into podium position by passing Herrlein on lap four.

On the following lap, Faith encountered misfortune, dropping from fifth to eighth.

The drama picked up again on the ensuing lap, when Blose went off the track while leading, handing the lead back over to Lamay and falling back to fifth.

Blose’s misfortune provided an opportunity for Owen to make a run for the lead on his teammate, and soon enough a battle for the lead was brewing. Lamay was able to fend off his teammate for the majority of the main event, but Owen found a way around on the final lap to take the win by less than a second. Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Travis Sewell finished third. Behind them, Blose and Faith did well to recover from their troubles, with Blose finishing fourth and Faith fifth.

The resiliency that Blose showed in recovering from his off-track excursion, combined with his Head-2-Head Challenge win, was ultimately enough to give him his second straight overall victory, via a 1-4 score. Lamay (3-2) finished second overall, while Owen’s win in the second main event landed him in third with a 4-1 tally. Points leader Faith (2-5) was fourth, with Sewell (9-3) fifth.

Jace Owen’s win in the second main event helped land him third overall.

Jace Owen’s win in the second main event helped land him third overall.

Despite missing out on a podium result, Faith still maintains control of the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup standings heading into the final round. He now sits just five points ahead of Blose, while Owen sits eight points out of the lead, in third. They will be the only riders eligible to win the Ricky Carmichael Cup, setting the stage for an exciting final night of action in Las Vegas.

Check out this video interview with Denver winner Chris Blose…

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The Western Regional AX Lites-class main event got under way with Woodstock KTM’s Hunter Sayles grabbing the holeshot, over Ryan Breece and his Team Babbitt’s/ GPF/ Monster Energy Kawasaki/ MMCR teammate Jacob Williamson. However, Sayles got held up briefly entering the whoops, and the loss of momentum allowed both Breece and Sayles to get by, dropping Sayles to third. Once in the lead, and with the clear track ahead of him, Breece laid down fast laps and opened up a multisecond lead over the rest of the field.

Williamson did well to keep his teammate honest, but Breece’s consistency allowed him to maintain a comfortable margin. Breece went unchallenged throughout the entirety of the 15-lap main event and took the win by 1.9 seconds over Williamson, giving the GPF Kawasaki squad a one-two finish. Sayles fended off a heavy challenge from DrivenMX Racing KTM’s Jeramy Taylor to round out the podium in third.

Ryan Breece (15) took the Western Regional AX Lites-class win.

Ryan Breece (15) took the Western Regional AX Lites-class win.

The win paid big dividends for Breece in the Western Regional standings, moving him into a tie with Sayles atop the championship with just one round remaining. DrivenMX Racing KTM’s Jared Lesher, who finished 13th, sits in third, 15 points behind the leaders.

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The final round of the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup will take place on Friday, May 5, in Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena, as part of championship weekend alongside Monster Energy Supercross, which will take place on May 6 at Sam Boyd Stadium, and the AMSOIL Amateur National Arenacross Championship from Orleans Arena on May 7. The AMSOIL Arenacross finale will get under way at 8 p.m. PT/ 11 p.m. ET.

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

Denver Coliseum
Denver, Colorado
Results: April 22, 2017 (Round 13)

250AX MAIN 1: 1. Chris Blose (Yam); 2. Gavin Faith (Kaw); 3. Ben Lamay (Hon); 4. Jace Owen (Hon); 5. Daniel Herrlein (KTM); 6. Steven Mages (Kaw); 7. Cody Van Buskirk (KTM); 8. Gared Steinke (Kaw); 9. Travis Sewell (Kaw); 10. Austin Walton (Yam).

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

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

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

WESTERN REGIONAL AX LITES: 1. Ryan Breece (Kaw); 2. Jacob Williamson (Kaw); 3. Hunter Sayles (KTM); 4. Jeramy Taylor (KTM); 5. Mitchell Gifford (Kaw); 6. Jake Hogan (Yam); 7. Deegan Vonlossberg (Yam); 8. Chance Blackburn (KTM); 9. Jake McKinney (Kaw); 10. Zac Magnum (Suz).

Race to the Championship Points Standings: 1. Gavin Faith (163/ 8 main-event wins); 2. Chris Blose (158/ 4 main-event wins); 3. Jace Owen (155/ 16 main-event wins); 4. Daniel Herrlein (1 main-event win); 5. Gared Steinke (113); 6. Travis Sewell (99/ 1 main-event win); 7. Cody Van Buskirk (92); 8. Ben Lamay (78/ 1 main-event win); 9. Matt Goerke (40/ 1 main-event win); 10. Josh Osby (37).

Western Regional AX Lites Class Championship Points Standings (After 8 races): 1. (TIE) Ryan Breece (114)/ Hunter Sayles (114); 3. Jared Lesher (99); 4. Hunter Hilton (54); 5. Jeramy Taylor (49); 6. Parker Fleming (36); 7. Austin Walton (34); 8. (TIE) Connor Pearson (32)/ Robbie Wageman (32); 10. (TIE) Kinser Endicott (26)/ Deegan Vonlossberg (26).

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