Team Babbitts Brings Momentum into First Two Night Round of AMSOIL Arenacross Season in Baltimore
Gavin Faith Carries Slim One Point Advantage Following Opening Night Win
ELLENTON, Fla. (January 12, 2016) - After months of anticipation, the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season commenced last Saturday in Cincinnati with an incredibly competitive night of competition that showcased the depth of talent in the championship. With the tension of the first race behind them, the world''s most intense riders will contest their first two-night round of the season this Friday, January 15, and Saturday, January 16, from Baltimore''s Royal Farms Arena.
Coverage from Cincinnati will premier Saturday, January 16, at 11 a.m. ET on FS1.
In Cincinnati it was Team Babbitt''s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki''s Gavin Faith who emerged from the fray in the Arenacross Class with an overall win in his debut outing for the team. His triumph headlined what became a Babbitt''s sweep of the podium with Jacob Hayes in second and Chris Blose in third. It marked the second consecutive year that Team Babbitt''s accomplished that feat at the opening round and it puts the team in an enviable position heading to Baltimore.
Gavin Faith has the momentum coming into Baltimore''s back-to-back nights of racing.
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With back-to-back nights of racing lying ahead, the potential for the championship to experience its first shakeup is there. A year ago the two-night second round produced two different winners and set a tone of parity that carried on throughout the season. Based on the competitiveness in Cincinnati, more parity is on the horizon in 2016.
While Team Babbitt''s made a statement with its strong finish, there were impressive efforts from a variety of riders. Woodstock/TZR KTM''s Travis Sewell took the win in the first Main Event of 2016, but not without an intense battle against Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna Factory Racing presented by FMC and OTSFF rider Gared Steinke. In the second Main Event, Triangle Cycles Yamaha''s Keith Tucker looked to be on the way to his first career Main Event win in the premier class until a last-lap pass by Jacob Hayes. Both Faith and Blose maintained spots in the front half of the field, leading to their overall podium finishes.
Travis Sewell won the first Main Event of the 2016 season and currently sits in a tie for third in the championship after one round.
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One rider who did not end up factoring into the battle for the win at the opening round was Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna Factory Racing''s Kyle Regal, the defending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion. Regal''s start to his title defense didn''t go as planned, resulting in an eighth-place finish overall, but he was among the fastest riders in the field and made his presence felt with a win in the first RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge of the season. Although he faces a larger points deficit than he would have hoped for after the first round, currently 13 behind the leader, Regal is no stranger to a comeback. Just last year Regal finished outside the top 10 at the opening round, but fought his way back to win the 2015 title. The veteran rider was adamant about patience when discussing the length of the 2016 season and this weekend in Baltimore presents an ideal opportunity to bounce back and reassert himself.
The talent in the Arenacross Class was evident and the stage is set for another thrilling weekend of intense competition this weekend.
In the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class opener, Keith Tucker was in a class of his own en route to a dominant win but the early battle for that championship has NST/Spinechillers KTM''s Lane Staley in control after a second-place finish. It looks as though he will receive stiff competition from Honda rider Henry Miller, who finished third in Cincinnati, and FCC Motorsports Honda''s Dylan Walker. This championship battle is sure to take shape with two nights of racing on the schedule in Baltimore.
Kyle Regal might not have got the result he wanted in Cincinnati, but he secured bragging rights with his win in the RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge and will look to bounce back in Baltimore.
Photo: ShiftOne Photography
Previous Round Results
U.S. Bank Arena - Cincinnati
January 9, 2016
Arenacross Class Overall Results (Main Event Results)
1. 1. Gavin Faith, Duncombe, Iowa, Kawasaki (2-3)
2. 2. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (5-1)
3. 3. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki (4-4)
4. 4. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna (3-5)
5. 5. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (1-7)
6. 6. Keith Tucker, Fuquay Varina, N.C., Yamaha (6-2)
7. 7. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki (7-6)
8. 8. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna (10-9)
9. 9. Justin Cooper, Cold Springs Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (8-11)
10. 10. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda (11-10)
Arenacross Class Championship Standings
1. 1. Gavin Faith, Duncombe, Iowa, Kawasaki - 30
2. 2. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki - 29 (1 Main Event Win)
3. 3. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM - 27 (1 Main Event Win)
4. 4. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna - 27
5. 5. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki - 27
6. 6. Keith Tucker, Fuquay Varina, N.C., Yamaha - 26
7. 7. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki - 22
8. 8. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna - 17
9. 9. Justin Cooper, Cold Springs Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha - 15
10. 10. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda - 13
Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results
1. 1. Keith Tucker, Fuquay Varina, N.C., Yamaha
2. 2. Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM
3. 3. Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., Honda
4. 4. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda
5. 5. Dylan Walker, Lancaster, Ohio, Honda
6. 6. Ben Nelko, Aliquippa, Pa., KTM
7. 7. Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki
8. 8. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha
9. 9. Tyler McSwain, Shelby, N.C., Yamaha
10. 10. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM
Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Standings
1. 1. Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM - 15
2. 2. Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., Honda - 14
3. 3. Dylan Walker, Lancaster, Ohio, Honda - 12
4. 4. Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki - 10
5. 5. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha - 9
6. 6. Tyler McSwain, Shelby, N.C., Yamaha - 8
7. 7. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM - 6
8. 8. Drayke Sizemore, Tamaroa, Ill., Yamaha - 5
9. 9. Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, N.C., KTM - 4
10. 10. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., Yamaha - 2
The second round of AMSOIL Arenacross from Royal Farms Arena kicks off on Friday, January 15, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. A second night of action on Saturday, January 16, will bring the battle in Baltimore to a close, starting at 7 p.m. ET.
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