Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy Takes First Career Overall Win
Irvine, CA (August 10, 2015) – Deep within the rolling hills of upstate New York, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy earned his first ever overall win at Unadilla. His teammate Chris Alldredge started the day off well with a podium finish in the first moto taking third, but a crash would take him out of Moto 2 and Arnaud Tonus decided to not race after riding during practice as he recovers from injury. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Grant rode well all day, going 9-11 for 9th overall earning his third straight top-10 finish.
Savatgy started the day off with strong qualifying times, which resulted in a 6th place gate pick. He chose his gate wisely as he rocketed off the start to lead the pack through the first turn and grab his second holeshot of the year. Savatgy would set a blistering pace and lead for more than 20minutes. With four laps remaining, he slid back to second place but he didn’t make it easy, as he fought to stay right on the leader’s heals until the checkered flag. Moto 2 saw the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki #37 machine come flying around the first turn in the lead again. Although, a small mistake would allow second place to get by. Savatgy would rebound and take over the lead by the end of lap one. In similar fashion as the first moto, Savatgy held second and third at bay for approximately 20 minutes until eventually dropping back to third. On the last lap, Savatgy was able to grab second and earn the win.
"In the first moto, we got off to a great start grabbing the holeshot and leading for just over 20minutes," said Savatgy. "I almost did it again in the second moto as well, but I made a small mistake in turn one. Luckily I was able to get into the lead quite quick and once again lead laps. It felt nice to lead laps, but my arms tightened up a bit and I slid back to third. Although, I caught some luck on the last lap, I put myself in the right place to capitalize and get my first win."
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Josh Grant has been making strides towards setting up his KX450F to work in conjunction with his riding style. After a week of testing with the team, Grant came into round 10 with confidence and it showed. In Moto 1, Grant came around lap one in 11th place and battled his way up inside the top ten, but it wouldn't come easy as he would have company to deal with for 35 minutes as he finished ninth. A similar start in Moto 2 would see Grant battling all moto to finish eleventh, for ninth overall.
"Today was good, we made a lot of progress throughout the week on the bike and we came into this round with a lot of confidence,” said Grant. “The track was the roughest of all the races so far and we struggled a bit on finding the right settings. But overall, I can't complain, I'm happy with the progress the team and I have made. I left it all on the track today."
Nature of the Sport
Alldredge kicked off Moto 1 like a man on a mission. He came around turn one in 5th position but quickly made his way into 3rd by the end of lap one. He would then set his sights on second and applied heavy pressure, pushing the second place rider into a mistake and taking over the position. He stayed right with the leaders for 35 minutes and ended up crossing the checkered flag in third place to round out the podium. In the second Moto, Alldredge had a top ten start and began moving forward early. Unfortunately, five laps into the race he would have a race ending crash. Luckily, Alldredge was not seriously injured, and is looking forward to competing next weekend.
"First Moto I got my best start of the year, which felt nice coming around the corner in 5th," said Alldredge. “I then worked my way up into second place and latched onto my teammates pace. I worked really hard to stay in a podium spot and I'm happy I was able to do it. In the second moto I got a poor start and began making my way up through the pack, until I made a crucial mistake in the rhythm section and ended up tweaking my knee and ankle again. Although, I'm very happy I got one solid moto in where I rode like myself again and I’m looking forward to riding at that speed in the next two rounds.”
Fighting the Virus
After such an impressive performance at Washougal last weekend, everyone expected Tonus to improve upon it and contend for a win. Unfortunately, Tonus is still suffering from a virus he contracted in the spring and began feeling symptoms in first practice. Therefore, the team made the decision to pull Tonus out of competition for the rest of the day.
"I tried to go out and ride but I got so tired I could hardly hang on to the handlebars after a few laps," said Tonus. "After almost crashing, I decided to pull off the track and return to the truck, where we as a team, made the smart decision to not race."
Rough and Tough
Unadilla is known for its rocky conditions and deep ruts, but this weekend seemed to be worse than years past. Many of the riders felt it was the roughest and toughest track of the year and it certainly made for some great racing all day.
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