Owen, Faith, On Top At Baltimore Arenacross

Amsoil Arenacross Rd. 3

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NIGHT ONE

BALTIMORE (January 20, 2017) – The third round of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross season got underway on Friday with the first of two nights of action inside Royal Farms Arena. After a near-perfect start to the season with back-to-back overall wins, championship leader Jace Owen kept the momentum rolling on Night One in Baltimore, leading every lap of the two 250AX Class Main Events to stay undefeated and take his third straight overall victory. In the Eastern Regional AX Lites Class, Yamaha rider Justin Cooper emerged with his first win of the season.

As always, the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge set the stage for the 250AX Class Main Events. In an exciting battle to crown a winner, the final matchup saw Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki, presented by AP Design rider Gavin Faith, the defending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion, make a trip to his third consecutive final, facing off against Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha, in association with Cycle Trader and Rock River’s Matt Goerke. Faith ultimately outdueled Goerke to take his second straight Head 2 Head Challenge win and the two championship bonus points that come with it.

The first of two 250AX Class Main Events saw TiLUBE/Jack Link’s/TUF Racing Honda’s Jace Owen keep his dominance rolling by grabbing the holeshot over Woodstock KTM’s Daniel Herrlein and Faith, with Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha, in association with Cycle Trader and Rock River’s Chris Blose and TiLUBE/Jack Link’s/TUF Racing Honda’s Ben Lamay settling in behind them. It didn’t take long before the field started jockeying for position, with Herrlein losing four spots and falling to sixth on Lap 1, allowing Faith and Blose to occupy the podium spots.

The lead trio soon settled in out front, opening a multi-second gap over the field. Behind them the intensity continued with Lamay, Custom Powersports/Spinechillers/TiLUBE Racing Kawasaki’s Steven Mages, and Herrlein battling for a spot inside the top five. Several laps later Goerke was able to overcome a tough start to join this battle, breaking into the top five on Lap 9 and then passing Mages for fourth on Lap 10. The excitement didn’t end there, as both Mages and Herrlein were able to get back by Goerke in the closing laps. Goerke would eventually make one more pass by Herrlein.

Out front Owen and Faith broke away from Blose in third, and Faith was even able to close his deficit to Owen to just a few bike lengths with two laps remaining. Despite the late pressure, Owen opened the gap back up and took the win over Faith, with Blose third, Mages fourth, and Goerke fifth.

When the field stormed out of the starting gate for the second 250AX Class Main Event, Owen once again put his Honda out front to claim the holeshot, leading Motosport Hillsboro Kawasaki’s Gared Steinke and Mages. Needing to catch Owen for a shot at the overall win, Faith quickly moved past Mages into third on Lap 1 and set his sights on Steinke.

Behind the lead group, Goerke was building another march to the front, passing his teammate Blose for fifth on Lap 5. Blose would lose another spot to Lamay two laps later and fall out of contention for the podium. The field remained unchanged until the final three laps, when Faith began losing valuable ground late. Mages made the pass by the defending champion for third on Lap 12, dropping him off the podium, and on the final lap Goerke was able to pass Faith for fourth.

Owen was kept honest by Steinke throughout the entirety of the race and took the checkered 1.4 seconds ahead of Steinke. Mages followed in third, with Goerke fourth and Faith fifth.

Owen’s third straight 1-1 sweep helped keep his undefeated record in 2017 intact. Despite the late drop in position in the final Main Event, Faith still followed in second (2-5), while Steinke’s strong finish landed him on the final spot on the podium (6-2). Mages finished fourth (4-3), with Goerke rounding out the top five (5-4).

Owen added to his lead in the 250AX Class standings, moving to 18 points ahead of Goerke in second. Faith is third, 23 points out of the lead, with Steinke fourth (-29) and Blose fifth (-32).

In the AX Lites Class Main Event it was Cooper who raced to the holeshot over Babbitt’s/GPF/Monster Energy Kawasaki/MMCR’s Jacob Williamson and KTM rider Isaac Teasdale. Motorsport/Quick Roofing/Super Charged Energy KTM’s Heath Harrison, the championship leader, started fourth. The battle for second and third intensified quickly, with both Teasdale and Harrison slipping past Williamson on Lap 1. That battle, combined with a clear track for Cooper, allowed the leader to establish a comfortable multi-second lead early in the race.

The battle between Teasdale, Harrison, and Williamson continued, with Williamson fighting his way past Harrison and into third on Lap 4. They traded positions again on the following lap before Williamson cemented his hold on the spot on Lap 6. Despite their intense battle, Williamson and Harrison stayed close to Teasdale and Williamson was able to move back into second on Lap 7.

Cooper led every lap en route to an unchallenged victory, crossing the finish line nearly six seconds ahead of Williamson in second. Harrison made a last lap pass on Teasdale to steal the final spot on the podium.

With the win Cooper closed in on Harrison in the Eastern Regional AX Lites Class standings, with just two points sitting between the lead duo. Williamson is third, just seven points behind Harrison.

The Baltimore round of AMSOIL Arenacross will continues tomorrow with a second night of action inside Royal Farms Arena on Saturday, January 21. Racing begins at 7 p.m. ET.

250AX Class Results – Main Event 1
• Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda
• Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki
• Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha
• Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
• Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha
• Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki
• Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM
• Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda
• Josh Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Kawasaki
• Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki

250AX Class Results – Main Event 2
• Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda
• Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki
• Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
• Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Yamaha
• Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki
• Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda
• Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha
• Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., KTM
• Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
• Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM

250AX Class Overall Results (Main Event Results)
• Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (1-1)
• Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (2-5)
• Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (6-2)
• Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki (4-3)
• Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Yamaha (5-4)
• Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha (3-7)
• Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda (8-6)
• Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., KTM (12-8)
• Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (10-9)
• Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM (7-14)

RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge Results (Bonus Points)
• Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (2 points)
• Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Yamaha (1 point)
• Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (1 point)
• Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha (1 point)
• Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (1 point)
• Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM (1 point)
• Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., KTM (1 point)
• Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda (1 point)

Eastern Regional AX Lites Class Results
• Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha
• Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki
• Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., KTM
• Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, N.C., KTM
• Brandon Gourley, Boonville, Ind., KTM
• Josiah Hempen, Argyle, Iowa, Yamaha
• Broc Gourley, Boonville, Ind., Suzuki
• Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM
• Dillon Cloyed, Papillion, Neb., Honda
• Jayce Pennington, Walnut Hill, Ill., Yamaha

250AX Class Championship Standings
• Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda – 100 (6 Main Event Wins)
• Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Yamaha – 82
• Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki – 77
• Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki – 71
• Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha – 68
• Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda – 62
• Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., KTM – 56
• Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM – 56
• Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Honda – 39
• Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki – 38

Eastern Regional AX Lites Class Championship Standings
• Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., KTM – 46 (2 Main Event Wins)
• Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 44 (1 Main Event Win)
• Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki – 39
• Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, N.C., KTM – 27
• Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., Kawasaki – 25
• Brandon Gourley, Boonville, Ind., KTM – 24
• Josiah Hempen, Argyle, Iowa, Yamaha – 21
• Carter Gordon, Matoon, Ill., Yamaha – 18
• Cody Williams, Barneveld, Wis., Kawasaki – 15
• Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Kawasaki – 14

NIGHT TWO

Defending Champion Faith Breaks Owen’s Dominance, Sweeps Main Events in Baltimore for First AMSOIL Arenacross Win of Season

Cooper’s Claims Back-to-Back Eastern Regional AX Lites Class Victories

BALTIMORE (January 21, 2017) – The third round of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross season came to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday night inside Royal Farms Arena. Following an undefeated start in which he won the first six Main Events of the year, TiLUBE/Jack Link’s/TUF Racing Honda rider and championship leader Jace Owen saw his streak come to an end as defending 250AX Class Champion and Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki, presented by AP Design, rider Gavin Faith earned his first overall victory of the season with a sweep of the Main Events. In the Eastern Regional AX Lites Class, Yamaha Rock River bLU cRU rider Justin Cooper made it a clean sweep in Baltimore, posting back-to-back wins to take over the points lead.

Owen was poised to race his way to another overall win after emerging victorious in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge, where he defeated Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Travis Sewell. The win gave Owen two championship bonus points.

When the first of two 250AX Class Main Events got underway it was Faith who put his Kawasaki out front, grabbing the holeshot over Owen and Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha, in association with Cycle Trader and Rock River, rider Chris Blose. The lead trio looked to pull away from the field, but Blose encountered misfortune on Lap 4 and pulled out of competition, which allowed Custom Powersports/Spinechillers/TiLUBE Racing Kawasaki’s Steven Mages to move into third place.

From that point forward the battle at the front of the field went unchanged as Faith slowly started to pull away. He led all 15 laps to take his first Main Event win of the season, 4.5 seconds ahead of Owen. Mages followed in third, with Sewell fourth and Woodstock KTM’s Daniel Herrlein.

The second Main Event holeshot saw Sewell put his Team Babbitt’s Kawasaki out front initially, but he was soon surpassed by several riders and dropped outside the top five. Motosport Hillsboro Kawasaki’s Gared Steinke emerged from the fray with the lead, followed by Faith and Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha’s Matt Goerke. Owen tucked into fourth.

Steinke’s time out front was short lived, as Faith was able to make the pass on Lap 1. Once in control of the race, the defending champ quickly pulled away. Behind him Goerke, who qualified for the Main Event through the Last Chance Qualifier, started to apply pressure on Steinke for second, successfully making the pass on Lap 4. The top three then stabilized through to the finish.

Faith capped off his winning effort by taking the checkered flag 1.2 seconds ahead of Goerke. Steinke rode to a solid third-place effort, holding off Owen in fourth. TiLUBE/Jack Link’s/TUF Racing Honda’s Ben Lamay completed the top five.

With Faith’s sweep of the Main Events, each of the first four nights of action in 2017 have been won via 1-1 performances. Despite finishing outside the top three in a Main Event for the first time this season, Owen still brought home a runner-up finish (2-4), while Goerke completed the overall podium in third (7-2). Steinke finished fourth (6-3), while Herrlein rounded out the top five (5-6).

With three overall wins to his credit, Owen maintains control of the 250AX Class championship standings, 20 points ahead of Faith, who moved into second. Goerke dropped to third, 23 points out of the lead.

In the Eastern Regional AX Lites Class Main Event, KTM rider Hunter Sayles grabbed the holeshot over Babbitt’s/GPF/Monster Energy Kawasaki/MMCR’s Jacob Williamson and Cooper. Points leader Heath Harrison found himself outside the top 10 in 11th aboard his Motorsport/Quick Roofing/Super Charged Energy KTM.

As Williamson looked to chase down Sayles for the lead, he crashed after the Catapult jump, dropping two positions but quickly remounting in fourth. That allowed Cooper to take over second, while KTM rider Isaac Teasdale assumed control of third.

With his sights set on the lead, Cooper closed down on Sayles and made the winning pass on Lap 5, quickly opening a gap once out front. That left the battle for the remaining spots on the podium between Sayles, Teasdale, and Williamson. On Lap 9 Williamson began a climb back to the front following his misfortune, passing Teasdale for third. He gained even more ground on Lap 12 by making the pass for second over Sayles. Third place would change hands on the final lap when Teasdale took Sayles off the podium.

Cooper cruised to another Baltimore win, crossing the line 7.1 seconds ahead of Williamson, who recovered nicely from his early crash. Teasdale completed the podium in third. Harrison bounced back from his tough start to finish fifth.

The victory allowed Cooper to take over control of the Eastern Regional Championship, surpassing Harrison to establish a two-point lead. Williamson sits third, just six points out of the lead.

AMSOIL Arenacross continues next weekend with its fourth round of the 2017 season from Nashville, Tennessee’s Bridgestone Arena. The action kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 28.

250AX Class Results – Main Event 1

  • Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki
  • Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda
  • Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
  • Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., Kawasaki
  • Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM
  • Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki
  • Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha
  • Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda
  • Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
  • Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, N.C., KTM

250AX Class Results – Main Event 2

  • Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki
  • Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Yamaha
  • Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki
  • Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda
  • Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda
  • Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM
  • Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., Kawasaki
  • Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha
  • Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., KTM
  • Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, N.C., KTM

250AX Class Overall Results (Main Event Results)

  • Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (1-1)
  • Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (2-4)
  • Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Yamaha (7-2)
  • Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (6-3)
  • Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM (5-6)
  • Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., Kawasaki (4-7)
  • Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda (8-5)
  • Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki (3-15)
  • Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM (9-11)
  • Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, N.C., KTM (10-10)

RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge Results (Bonus Points)

  • Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (2 points)
  • Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., Kawasaki (1 point)
  • Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha (1 point)
  • Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki (1 point)
  • Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM (1 point)
  • Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (1 point)
  • Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (1 point)
  • Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM (1 point)

Eastern Regional AX Lites Class Results

  • Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha
  • Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki
  • Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, N.C., KTM
  • Hunter Sayles, Merrill, Wis., KTM
  • Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., KTM
  • Brandon Gourley, Boonville, Ind., KTM
  • Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM
  • Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM
  • Kai Mukai, Hilo, Hawaii, Yamaha
  • Dylan Greer, Summerfield, Fla., Yamaha

250AX Class Championship Standings

  • Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda – 130 (6 Main Event Wins)
  • Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki – 110 (2 Main Event Wins)
  • Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Yamaha – 107
  • Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki – 96
  • Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda – 83
  • Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM – 80
  • Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha – 79
  • Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., KTM – 69
  • Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki – 55
  • Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM – 52

Eastern Regional AX Lites Class Championship Standings

  • Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 60 (2 Main Event Wins)
  • Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., KTM – 58 (2 Main Event Wins)
  • Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki – 54
  • Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, N.C., KTM – 41
  • Brandon Gourley, Boonville, Ind., KTM – 35
  • Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., Kawasaki – 30
  • Josiah Hempen, Argyle, Iowa, Yamaha – 21
  • Cody Williams, Barneveld, Wis., Kawasaki – 21
  • Carter Gordon, Matoon, Ill., Yamaha – 18
  • Dylan Greer, Summerfield, Fla., Yamaha – 15