The Wiseco-backed Babbitt's team earned their eighth title in nine seasons at the Las Vegas Arenacross finale. Wiseco has been a part of the Babbitt's team for 11 years, and has now celebrated their last Arenacross championship with the news of the end of the Arenacross series.
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MENTOR, Ohio (May 10, 2018) – Wiseco-sponsored Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes raced his way to a 2-1 finish in Saturday night’s AMSOIL Arenacross season finale at Orleans Arena to collect his 10th win of the season and clinch his first 250AX Class title. At the same time, Hayes secured the eighth AMSOIL Arenacross Championship in nine years for Team Babbitt’s, all of which have been won with the support of Wiseco.
We caught up with Denny Bartz, Team Manager of Babbitt's/Monster Energy/Kawasaki, before the night show to get a few words on the looming championship, and their relationship with Wiseco.
Hayes, a Greensboro, N.C., native, came into the 12th and final race of the season one point out of the championship lead. The rider of the No. 90 Kawasaki KX250F snared the holeshot in the first of two 250SX Class main events and led the field through the tricky Orleans Arena race course. Hayes held the point for first eight laps before relinquishing the lead on Lap 9 to eventual main event No. 1 winner Jacob Williamson. Hayes held down second in the running order for the last seven laps and went on to finish second.
Heading into the final 250AX Main Event of the 2018 campaign, all Hayes had to do was start the race and he would clinch championship honors. Still, Hayes wanted to end the best season of his career in dominant fashion, so when the gate dropped on main event No. 2, Hayes snagged his second holeshot of the night and showed the way for all 15 laps.
“This is a dream come true,” offered an emotional Hayes from the top step of the podium. “I’ve worked so hard for this and I can’t thank Team Babbitt’s and Kawasaki enough for all their endless support. This feels incredible. I’m speechless.”
Meanwhile, fellow Wiseco-supported rider Ryan Breece followed suit to win his second consecutive Arenacross Lites West Championship.
Despite nursing a sore ankle from qualifying crash two weekends ago, Breece was unstoppable at Orleans Arena. The Idaho native raced his Wiseco Racer Elite-powered GPF/Babbitt’s Online/Kawasaki to a flawless night after qualifying fastest, winning his heat and dominating his main event to capture his second consecutive championship.
“Wow, what a season,” said Breece. “I felt the best I ever have this season and to win these championships back-to-back feels incredible. I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout these last two years, I couldn’t have done it without them.”
The 12th and final round of AMSOIL Arenacross proved to be the series swan song after Arenacross promoter FELD Entertainment announced this week that the division would transition to the Supercross Futures program, an AMA National Championship.
Building upon the success of 2018's four Supercross Amateur Racing events, which averaged over 700 entries, the Supercross Futures concept will introduce eight amateur racing events in 2019 and provide greater access to the sport's largest stage to further hone their skills on full-size Supercross tracks, while also allowing riders to earn Road to Supercross points toward their professional AMA Supercross license.