Team Babbitt’s rider Jacob Hayes Becomes Winningest Rider of 2016
February 17, 2016
Irvine, CA – Round 6 of the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship kicked off in the Legacy Arena Saturday night with Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki looking to extend their points lead. Jacob Hayes wasted no time in Main Event 1 positioning himself out front after making the pass for the lead at the end of Lap 1 and quickly began pulling away from teammate Chris Blose in second. When the checkers flew it was Hayes with a dominating win by over three seconds with teammate Blose in tow. At the gate drop of Main Event 2, it was Team Babbitt’s riders, Hayes and Blose coming around turn one in second and third respectively. Looking like a replay of Main Event 1, it wouldn’t take long before Hayes made the pass for first place and started pulling away. 15 perfect laps would allow Hayes to go (1-1) for first overall and become the winningest rider in the Arenacross Class this season, with three overall wins and eight Main Event wins. Teammate Blose would have his issues in the early laps of the main, causing him to drop outside of a podium position to fifth, going (2-5) for fifth overall. After qualifying third out of his heat race and winning the Head-to-Head battle, Team Babbitt’s Gavin Faith felt confident heading into the mains. Two poor starts in the Main Events hurt his chances of being on the podium and would settle for sixth overall with a score of (6-7).
“Birmingham went really well,” said Blose. “I came into the weekend sick, so I knew it was going to be a struggle. I actually felt good riding, it was just hard to breathe because I was so congested. I ended up second in Main Event 1 behind Hayes and felt if I got a better start I could go for the overall win. In Main Event 2 I got out to a fourth place start and made a pass for third right away. I was closing in on second and ran over a tough block that was in the middle of the track and almost went down, losing two spots in the process. I made the pass back for fourth and was closing on third when a lap rider would not get out of the way. The flaggers didn’t throw the blue flag for three laps, making it difficult to pass lapped riders, but I’m ready for redemption in Tampa!”
“I had a pretty rough weekend, “ said Faith. “I qualified third, won the Head-to-Head race and got two bad starts in the Main Events. I struggled to come through the pack and didn’t end up where I feel I belong. I’m ready to fight in Tampa.”
“Started off the weekend well,” said Hayes. “I was fastest in qualifying practice and lined up for the heat race confident. I didn’t get off the gate like I wanted to, so I had to battle my way up to third and just felt like I rode really tight. I knew I had to put my head down and handle business in the mains. I lined up sixth gate pick in Main Event 1 and rounded the first turn in second, made a quick pass to the lead and rode a solid race from there. In Main Event 2 I rounded the first turn in second again, quickly made the pass for the lead on lap two and just kept is smooth and consistent every lap.”