News 23 Jan 2022

Knee injury forces Savatgy out altogether three rounds in

Decision made to get damaged ACL repaired following San Diego.

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A knee injury sustained last week has forced Joey Savatgy out altogether three rounds into Monster Energy Supercross, deciding to have his ACL repaired after attempting to continue with a torn ligament.

The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS rider had been planning on racing with the damage, however, a first turn fall in his 450SX heat in San Diego marked the end of his campaign.

“Well, I tried… I love this job so much and sometimes it’s cruel,” Savatgy stated. “Trying to race and not being near 100 percent isn’t ideal, especially in this class.

“Yesterday was tough, with a track filled with right-handers and some tough whoops, the knee gave me all it could – the crash in the heat was the final straw, so I’ve decided to get my knee fixed.

“Anyone who supports team 17, I appreciate you more than you know. Sometimes it feels like you keep getting punched in the face, but this will pass. I will keep everyone updated as events happen – I will be back.”

It’s unclear when Savatgy will be fit to return, with Team RMATVMC now down from three riders to two in featuring Shane McElrath and Max Anstie.