Podium Finish for Kawasaki’s Gavin Faith in Kansas City
February 18, 2017 | Sprint Center | Kansas City, Mo.
Foothill Ranch, CA (February 20, 2017) – Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs, fresh off the first break of the season, returned to action at the Sprint Center for Round 6 of the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship.
In Main Event 1 reigning champion Gavin Faith treated the fans to a flawless performance by being first to Turn 1, leading every lap and taking the victory. Newest team member Gared Steinke jumped out of the gate in sixth and jockeyed for position until settling into fifth place on Lap 6, where he would remain until the checkers. Teammate Travis Sewell left the starting line in 14th and moved forward throughout the main, eventually crossing the line in 12th.
As the gate dropped for the second main event it was déjà vu as Faith earned the holeshot and immediately began to battle for position. Faith settled into third position on the second lap until late in the race when a red flag relegated the No. 1 machine to fourth. Faith would quickly reclaim the final podium position in third and remain there until the checkers, earning a second overall with his 1-3 performance. Steinke exited the first turn in fifth place where he would remain until the last lap when a pass secured fourth place for the No. 4 machine, his 5-4 results earning fourth overall. Sewell left the gate better for the second main, rounding Turn 1 in seventh. Mirroring his teammate, Sewell raced nearly the entire main event in seventh until a pass on the last lap earned a sixth place finish, going 12-6 for eighth overall.
“It was a pretty solid weekend,” said Faith. “I qualified first, won my heat but went down in my head to head race. I was a little banged up but it wasn’t too bad as I had a great first main.”
“The second moto was good for me,” said Sewell. “I struggled some in the first moto but we made some changes and turned it around in the second moto. The red flag brought us all back together and on the last lap I was gifted another position when a rider went down. We are going to build off this and head into the next weekend ready to race.”
“I am really enjoying my team,” said Steinke. “The bike is working really well and I’m able to focus on my race. This weekend went really well, I earned valuable championship points and will take the momentum into next weekend.”