NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (August 13, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo faced two very different track conditions from Moto 1 to Moto 2 as the skies opened up on Unadilla MX shortly after Savatgy claimed the Moto 1 win. The three-time overall winner this season had to come from behind in sloppy conditions in Moto 2 to earn second overall, while Cianciarulo raced to a 5-8 moto score to finish sixth overall.
Savatgy was riding a two-race win streak into Round 10 and proved he came to win after scoring the top qualifier award. In Moto 1, he tucked in behind his teammate Cianciarulo off the start and followed him around the first lap in second. He stayed with him and after Cianciarulo made a mistake, took over the lead and never looked back. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate to provide the same track conditions in Moto 2 and the riders faced a soupy and sloppy racetrack when the motos resumed for only 20 minutes plus one lap. Savatgy got a decent start, but had to settle for fourth, giving him second overall with a 1-4.
“Even though I won the last race with a 7-1 in Washington, I still feel like I’ve found my groove again up front,” said Savatgy. “It would have been interesting if the weather held up and we were able to race in the dry again, but that’s racing. We only have four motos left, but I’m ready to be at the front in each race.”
Cianciarulo started the day as the Moto 1 holeshot winner, leading the field and his teammate for a good portion of the first half of the race. On Lap 7, Cianciarulo lost the front end in a turn and went down, but quickly remounted in third. He would eventually finish fifth in Moto 1. With a sloppy track to manage, Cianciarulo worked his way up from a start outside the top 10 to finish eighth. His 5-8 scores placed him just off the top five in sixth.
“We had a great first moto going until I made a small mistake that cost me,” said Cianciarulo. “It was hard to get going again after that and I was able to keep it in the top five. The second moto was all about survival on the start, which we did, but I was still far enough back to make it hard on myself to work through the pack. It’s going to be fun going into Budds Creek knowing that we had some speed to work with in Moto 1 this weekend.”
250 Class Results (Moto Results)
- Jeremy Martin, Honda (2-1)
- Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki (1-4)
- Zach Osborne, Husqvarna (3-5)
- Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha (6-3)
- Justin Cooper Yamaha (12-2)
- Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki (5-8)
- Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha (4-10)
- RJ Hampshire, Honda (8-6)
- Chase Sexton, Honda (7-12)
- Kyle Cunningham, Suzuki (13-7)
250 Class Points, After 10 of 12 Rounds
- Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 413
- Jeremy Martin, Honda, 350
- Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 324
- Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha, 299
- Alex Martin, KTM, 296
- Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 285
- Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki, 283
- Colt Nichols, Yamaha, 235
- Mitchell Harrison, Yamaha, 229
- Shane McElrath, KTM, 210
The youngest riders were the little 65cc warriors fighting for the FIM Junior Motocross World Cup.
In race 1 the #47 of Alessandro Gaspari took the FOX Holeshot. Team Netherland’s Ivano Van Erp positioned himself well behind Italian Ferruccio Zanchi. Zanchi who had the fastest qualifying time of his group Saturday lead the first laps before fall left him 29th.
After Zanchi went down Van Erp took over the lead and never looked back winning the race 8 seconds ahead of the newly crowned EMX65 champion Mads Fredsoe Sorensen.
Poland’s Maksymilian Chwalik had a comfortable race of his own for third ahead of team Australia’s Kayden Minear and Finland’s Saku Mansikkanäki.
Race 2 was almost identical up front with Van Erp in the lead ahead of Mads Fredsoe all the way to the finish.
Kayden Minear however moved up a position this time edging out Chwalik. With the two tying in points the final podium spot went to Minear with the better result in race 2 and Mansikkamaki took fifth overall. Van Erp in the press conference said: “This is something very special, my weekend was really good.”
65cc Junior World Cup Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Ivano Van Erp (NED, KTM), 17:54.130; 2. Mads Fredsoe Sorensen (DEN, KTM), +0:08.529; 3. Maksymilian Chwalik (POL, KTM), +0:27.403; 4. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), +0:33.410; 5. Saku Mansikkamaki (FIN, Honda), +0:34.503; 6. Alessandro Gaspari (ITA, KTM), +0:38.906; 7. Elisey Oreshkin (RUS, KTM), +0:44.075; 8. Alejandro Perez Martin (ESP, Husqvarna), +0:56.859; 9. Jet Alsop (AUS, Suzuki), +1:00.628; 10. Wal Beaney (GBR, KTM), +1:03.401.
65cc Junior World Cup Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Ivano Van Erp (NED, KTM), 17:59.389; 2. Mads Fredsoe Sorensen (DEN, KTM), +0:07.042; 3. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), +0:25.373; 4. Maksymilian Chwalik (POL, KTM), +0:27.866; 5. Saku Mansikkamaki (FIN, Honda), +0:40.550; 6. Jet Alsop (AUS, Suzuki), +0:46.478; 7. Kirils Maslovs (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:50.347; 8. Wal Beaney (GBR, KTM), +0:50.749; 9. Kasimir Hindersson (FIN, KTM), +0:53.133; 10. Ollie Colmer (GBR, Honda), +0:54.010.
65cc Junior World Cup Overall Top Ten: 1. Ivano Van Erp (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Mads Fredsoe Sorensen (DEN, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Maksymilian Chwalik (POL, KTM), 38 p.; 5. Saku Mansikkamaki (FIN, HON), 32 p.; 6. Jet Alsop (AUS, SUZ), 27 p.; 7. Wal Beaney (GBR, KTM), 24 p.; 8. Kirils Maslovs (LAT, HUS), 23 p.; 9. Aleh Makhnou (BLR, KTM), 20 p.; 10. Kasimir Hindersson (FIN, KTM), 19 p.
WASHOUGAL, Wash. (July 30, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy earned back-to-back wins at Washougal MX Park after bouncing back from a tough Moto 1 to take the win in Moto 2 and secure his third overall of the season. Teammate Adam Cianciarulo was in contention for a podium finish as well, ended up just off it in fourth overall with a 2-5 moto score. Pacific Northwest native Justin Hill was hoping to race in front of his hometown crowd but an injury earlier in the week kept him from competing at Washougal.
Both Savatgy and Cianciarulo had the weight of the team on their shoulders with two of their teammates injured. Savatgy started Moto 1 inside the top 10, but had a quick get off around the halfway mark. He remounted in 10th and was able to make his way back to seventh when the checkered flag flew. In Moto 2, Savatgy got a better start and contested for the lead early. He was passed at one point but ran down the leader to regain the lead and never looked back. The uncommon 7-1 moto scores ended up granting Savatgy the first place trophy for the second week in a row.
“It’s definitely not common to see someone with a seventh place take an overall victory,” said Savatgy. “I thought I had a podium – maybe – but was pleasantly surprised to be awarded the overall. This track is always tricky. After getting seventh, I wanted to improve on that in Moto 2 and I was able to get the lead back after getting passed. I just stayed with it and it paid off.”
Cianciarulo rode two hard motos and tied his best finish of the season with fourth overall at Washougal. The start for Moto 1 put him in the top five and was quick to work his way up to second, where he finished the moto. Cianciarulo got another good start in Moto 2 just behind his teammate. He rode strong, eventually finishing fifth in the moto, which forced him to narrowly miss the overall podium.
“It’s nice to get on the moto podium again, but in the end it wasn’t enough for an overall podium,” said Cianciarulo. “With the way the racing has been going, I know that we can get there. I’m happy for Joey to bring the team the overall.”
250 Class Results (Moto Results)
- Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki (7-1)
- Zach Osborne, Husqvarna (4-3)
- Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha (3-4)
- Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki (2-5)
- RJ Hampshire, Honda (6-2)
- Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha (1-9)
- Jeremy Martin, Honda (9-6)
- Colt Nichols, Yamaha (10-7)
- Shane McElrath, KTM (11-8)
- Mitchell Harrison, Yamaha (5-15)
250 Class Points, After 9 of 12 Rounds
- Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 377
- Jeremy Martin, Honda, 303
- Alex Martin, KTM, 296
- Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 281
- Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha, 264
- Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 256
- Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki, 254
- Colt Nichols, Yamaha, 213
- Mitchell Harrison, Yamaha, 212
- Shane McElrath, KTM, 192