By: Team Babbitt’s
FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2017) – Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs rolled into Royal Farms Arena chasing its first win of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross season.
Defending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion Gavin Faith started the evening with his second-consecutive Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge. In the first main event, Faith exited turn one in third and quickly raced his way into second. Teammate Travis Sewell started outside the top 10 and began clicking off consistent laps throughout the main. As the main raced on, Faith reduced the gap to the leader and, by the end, had closed the gap to only a couple bike lengths. Faith took second place at the checkers, with Sewell in 11th.
As the gate dropped for the second main, Faith rounded the first turn in fourth and quickly moved into third, with Sewell just outside the top 10. Faith pushed throughout the main, but late in the race made a mistake and dropped to fifth. Faith took second overall with a 2-5 and Sewell finished 12th with a pair of 11th-place finishes.
Faith earned the holeshot at the start of the first main event, with Sewell rounding turn one in sixth. Faith began to distance himself from the field while Sewell pushed forward. Sewell raced into fifth by lap two and fourth by lap five. Faith eventually gained over four seconds on the field and took his first win of the season, while Sewell took the checkered flag in fourth.
As the field roared out of the gate for the second main, Faith rounded the first turn in second, with Sewell in seventh. By the second lap, Faith raced his KX™250F into the lead and never looked back. Sewell began clicking off consistent laps, while Faith began to open a gap on the field. As the checkers flew, Faith claimed back-to-back wins, earning the overall for night two with Sewell earning sixth with a 4-7 on the night.
“I had a really good weekend,” said Faith. “Friday was pretty solid. I ended up second overall, but I rode a bit tight and was still searching for my setup. Saturday, however, was great! I left the gate really strong and felt great on the bike in both mains. The suspension changes we made from Friday to Saturday were definitely the right way to go. Once I was out front, I had all the confidence I needed and just rode my own race,” said Faith.
“I feel like we’re getting to where we need to be,” said Sewell. “We made some big suspension changes going into the night show and, right away, I noticed how much of an improvement it was. I have tons of confidence now and am excited for the next race.”
Source: Amsoil Racing