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By: Babbitt’s Racing
Foothill Ranch, CA (February 25, 2017) – The first-ever MotoFest began Friday, Feb. 24 with round seven of the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship inside the Georgia Dome. Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki riders Gavin Faith and Travis Sewell both qualified for the main event out of 250AX heat race one, while teammate Gared Steinke rode back from a poor start that saw him fall behind all his competitors to qualify seventh out of 250AX heat race two.
In the 250AX class main event, Steinke earned his first holeshot of the 2017 season aboard his KX™250F. Teammates Faith and Sewell sat fifth and 10th respectively on lap one. Steinke led the field around the Georgia Dome for three laps and fought hard until the checkers, earning the final step of the podium in third. Faith held on to finish fifth, while Sewell finished 13th.
When the gate dropped on the second 250AX class main event, Team Babbitt’s riders came around turn one all inside the top-five with Sewell in second, Faith third and Steinke fourth. Sewell rode flawlessly for 10 laps before Faith raced his way past to take over second place and began applying pressure for the lead. With two laps to go, Faith was overtaken and finished third for fourth overall (5-3). Steinke went on to finish sixth for fifth overall (3-6) and Sewell finished fifth for eighth overall (13-5).
One of the highlights of MotoFest, which featured both Arenacross and Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship, sharing the same venue on the same weekend, was the addition of the AMSOIL Dominator Supermini Class. Kawasaki rider Jack Rogers shot off to a second-place start, where he capitalized on a mistake by the leader and went on to win the main event. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Jett Reynolds made his Arenacross debut in the class aboard his KX™100. After winning his heat race, he got off to a top-10 start in the main and battled his way up into the top-five by lap four, where he’d remain until the checkered flag.
“We couldn’t quite find our mark tonight,” said Faith. “The track was completely different than what we’re used to, with much larger jumps and rhythm lanes. The speeds were high and starts were crucial. Fortunately we have lots of time to rebound from tonight.”
“Tonight was a blast,” said Steinke. “My results were strong, I feel I rode well and got great starts all night. I’m looking forward to watching the supercross guys ride the same track tomorrow night.”
“Tonight was an improvement,” said Sewell. “Each and every week I’m feeling more and more comfortable on the bike, and I believe we took a large stride forward again tonight. I earned a great start in the second main and held onto second place for 10 laps. I’m looking forward to keeping the ball rolling.”
Source: Amsoil Racing