Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Rider Jacob Hayes Takes the 250AX Championship Points Lead
After a weekend off, the 2018 AMA Arenacross season resumed with Round 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Madison, Wisconsin, with Kawasaki once again on top. Although it was the home race for two-time reigning AMA Arenacross champion Gavin Faith, it was his Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Kawasaki teammate Jacob Hayes who took the victory for the night.
The first 250AX Main Event started with a huge collision in the first turn affecting multiple key riders, ultimately forcing a full gate restart. Faith was one of the riders involved in the pileup and was unable to line up for the second start of Main Event 1. Seemingly undisturbed, Hayes remained focused as he grabbed the holeshot of the restart and led all 15 laps to the checkers.
Hayes continued his dominance in the second 250AX Main Event by riding his KX™250F flawlessly and led the entire 15 laps to take the wire-to-wire victory. This marks the second overall victory of the 2018 season for Hayes as he takes over the 250AX Class Championship Standings. Fortunately, Faith was able to line up for the second main event and managed to take sixth, salvaging valuable points and would leave the event 13 points behind his teammate.
"It feels amazing," said Hayes. "I’m just trying to keep my composure and keep trying to plug away each and every weekend. We’re feeling good, tonight was a great night for us."