Third Consecutive Podium Finish for Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy
Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy paddled through the mud and rain to finish second overall and earn his fourth overall podium of the year, while Eli Tomac’s charge forward was cut short by a red flag in Moto 1 bringing his KX™450F to a ninth place finish at the Unadilla National.
As the riders in the first 450 moto lined up, cloud cover kept temperatures cool and manageable. On the first lap, Tomac dropped into the iconic “Gravity Cavity” in 13th place and would pass his way up into 10th place before the skies opened up and lightning began to strike, causing a red flag on the race with two minutes and two laps remaining. With over 20 minutes of the race complete, the moto results were determined by the riders position on the track when the red flag was waved and Tomac was scored in 10th place.
After a two hour and 30 minute delay for severe thunderstorms, the bikes lined back up to play in the mud. In 450 Moto 2 Tomac started seventh and quickly raced his KX™450F into the top five where he’d remain until the checkered flag. Tomac finished with a 10-5 moto score for ninth overall and retains his lead in the AMA Pro Motocross 450 Point Standings by a 27-point margin.
“I’m glad to get through today,” said Tomac. “The weather was crazy and made conditions extremely sketchy. I’m just happy to be in once piece and holding the red plate.”
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy and his KX™250F started the weekend off right, qualifying on pole, with teammate Adam Cianciarulo qualifying third. Cianciarulo led Moto 1 before unfortunately tipping over in a corner just after the halfway point, which handed the lead over to Savatgy. Savatgy took the lead and went on to win the first moto along with setting the fastest lap of the race. Cianciarulo recovered to finish in fifth.
The 250 class was the first to hit the track after the weather delay and the track conditions were treacherous. By Turn 2, every rider from second place back was painted head-to-toe in mud. Savatgy made several passes early on in the moto to move up to fourth, while Cianciarulo was held up further back in race traffic. Savatgy held on to finish fourth in the moto giving him a 1-4 moto score for second overall. Cianciarulo would battle through the competition and conditions to finish eighth in the moto and sixth overall.
“I had fun today,” said Savatgy. “I felt great on my KX250F all day. Unfortunately, the weather here is very unpredictable and it got the best of us. All in all, we made it work and I’m looking forward to keeping this ball rolling to finish the season strong.”
“Today didn’t go as planned, but there are still positives to take away,” said Cianciarulo. “I had another lead in the palm of my hands and I let it go, but it felt good to lead some laps and ride in some clean air. I learned a lot from today’s race and conditions and I’m confident we can get a win before the end of the year.”