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Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Kicks off MotoFest

2/26/2017

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Foothill Ranch, CA (February 25, 2017) – The first ever MotoFest began on Friday night with Round 7 of the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship inside the Georgia Dome. Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs riders Gavin Faith and Travis Sewell both qualified for the main event out of 250AX Heat Race 1 while their teammate Gared Steinke rode back from a poor start that saw him behind all of his competitors to qualify seventh out of the 250AX Heat Race 2.

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 1. 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/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki riders came around Turn 1 all inside the top-5 with Sewell in second, Faith third and Steinke fourth. Sewell rode flawlessly for 10 laps before Faith raced his way passed 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 has both Arenacross and Monster Energy AMA 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 AMSOIL Dominator Supermini 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, Reynolds got off to a top-10 start in the main. Reynolds battled his way up into the top-5 by Lap 4, 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 in keeping the ball rolling.” 

 

 


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