News 20 Oct 2020

Savatgy tests MotoConcepts Honda at State Fair MX

Public outing sees Savatgy and Bloss on track alongside the returning Friese.

Image: Foremost Media.

Joey Savatgy has completed a test at State Fair MX with SmarTop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda aboard the team’s current CRF450R race bike, setting up a potential high-profile switch for 2021.

It has been unclear whether Savatgy would be remaining at JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki and this latest development indicates the 26-year-old could be on the move for next year.

Savatgy stepped up to the 450 class with Monster Energy Kawasaki last year and immediately delivered strong results, however, injury has largely affected him since switching to the factory RM-Z450 this season.

A deal at MotoConcepts to ride the brand new 2021 CRF450R would be an attractive option for Savatgy, despite the team being Supercross-only, providing a competitive package in order to reach his potential in the premier class.

It’s understood that a position has opened at MotoConcepts after the team and Malcolm Stewart parted ways. Stewart has most recently been seen riding KTM machinery, however, his future also remains uncertain.

The only certainty regarding MotoConcepts for next year appears to be team mainstay Vince Friese, who was also at State Fair MX this week shaking down the latest CRF450R. It’s unknown whether Justin Hill will return to the team for a second term.

In addition to Savatgy, former Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM rider Benny Bloss – who was impressive in 450SX this season – also turned laps with the MCR Honda team today, coming off a season in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross riding a privateer Husqvarna.