At the gate drop in Main Event 1 of the ninth stop of the AMSOIL Arenacrosss series, in Lafayette, Louisiana Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki riders Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes came around Turn 1 in first and fourth respectively, while teammate Gavin Faith was already working his way towards the front. By the halfway mark, Hayes had passed his way into second place behind Blose, while Faith was putting in an impressive ride on his KX™250F, climbing his way inside the top five. Blose took early control of Main Event 1, leading wire to wire and taking the checkered flag with Hayes coming home in second and Faith putting in an incredible ride to finish fourth.

In Main Event 2, while rounding the first turn after the gate drop, Blose and Hayes tangled up and found themselves on the ground. Faith improved his start from the Main Event 1, rounding out Lap 1 in third. While Hayes and Blose were putting in fast laps to climb up the standings, Faith put his sights on the overall finish. Faith applied relentless pressure on second place lap after lap before making a pass to take over the position. From there Faith would settle in and finally take the checkers in second, giving him his third consecutive overall win. Teammates Hayes and Blose put in amazing efforts, salvaging championship points, finishing seventh and 11th, respectively.

“I’m honestly not very happy on how my night ended up,” said Hayes. “I put in a really hard week and wanted the overall win, but a crash in Main Event 2 kept me from taking it. My team and I were able to figure out a few things with myself and the bike, so I’m really looking forward to Ontario.”

“I had a great weekend,” said Faith. “I started off the day by qualifying first, which I was obviously happy with. In my Heat Race I didn’t get the start I wanted but I worked my way through the field and was able to pass for the lead before the checkers. For Main Event 1 I found myself working my KX™250F through the field after being held up by another rider on Lap 1. I passed my way up to fourth place for the finish and prepared for Main Event 2. After the gate drop I rounded the first turn in third, passed for second and remained there until the finish. My results of (4-2) were good enough to take the overall win, my third in a row!”

“Lafayette was an awesome weekend with awesome fans,” said Blose. “The night was going well and I was feeling great! I ended up second in my heat, pressuring Faith for the lead. In Main Event 1 I was off to a second place start. I passed for the lead and ended up bringing it home for the win. In Main Event 2 I ripped a great start from the outside and nearly grabbed the holeshot. Another rider hit my teammate Hayes, who ended up hitting me, pushing me off track and under a fence. By the time I was back on my bike and rolling I was already a lap down on the field, so I put my head down and made as many passes as I could. I feel great knowing that I was able to ride that well considering how the race started, I’m really excited for the points to reset and to focus on winning the championship.”