News 22 Dec 2023

Three-rider Triumph Racing SMX team line-up unveiled

Swoll and Ferry set for 250SX East, Savatgy in for Pro Motocross 2024.

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Triumph Racing has named Jalek Swoll and Evan Ferry alongside Joey Savatgy for the 2024 SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX), with Swoll and Ferry entering 250SX East and Savatgy to join the newly-introduced factory program in Pro Motocross.

It was initially targeted for that Savatgy to debut the TF 250-X at Anaheim 1’s Monster Energy Supercross opener in 250SX West, however, his ineligibility stalled those plans.

“This is such an historic moment for Triumph Motorcycles and to be a part of this is a great honor,” commented Triumph Racing team manager Bobby Hewitt. “I’m really happy with our line-up for our first season bringing Triumph into the SuperMotocross series.

“Having Jalek, Evan, and Joey on the team, who have all worked with me before, has been very useful for working through our schedule of race development with the new TF 250-X, preparing for the upcoming season. Everyone on the team and at Triumph has been working exceptionally hard behind the scenes to bring everything together for the 2024 season.

“Really, everything has gone to plan, the only change I’ve had to make is to race 250SX East for the first year. My original plan was to have Joey on the west coast, as he has the most experience, with Jalek and Evan on the east coast. At the time, I felt very confident in my decision, but it didn’t go as we hoped, so obviously the plan changed.”

Swoll, 23, arrives at Triumph Racing following an extended stint at Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, where he previously worked with Hewitt in the early stages of his career.

“I’m super-excited to be a part of Triumph Racing,” said Swoll. “I’m starting a new chapter in my racing career with a great group of people and with the whole team, we’ve been putting in a lot of work. My first impressions of the bike were great, I feel really comfortable on it, and I know it’s capable of doing great things.

“I’ve been putting in the work with our team trainer, Mike Brown, just grinding away and I’m focused on the podium. There’s definitely going to be some fireworks when we get out there racing and it’s awesome to be writing a little piece of history with Triumph Racing. I’m ready to get racing and I’m excited for 2024.”

As for Ferry, the 19-year-old will make his professional debut as part of Triumph Racing, graduating from the amateur ranks to make his Supercross debut on the eastern region alongside Swoll.

“It really is an honor to be racing for such an awesome brand and their new race team,” Ferry said. “To be one of the first people to ride, let alone race, this new bike gives me an amazing feeling. I’m so excited to be racing this bike in 2024 and my expectations are to be battling with the other factory guys.

“The whole Triumph Racing team is great and we have some of the best personnel and mechanics in the business. Overall, I’m super stoked to be a part of this program. I have everything I need to be successful, and I can’t wait for the new season to begin.”

Savatgy will have to wait until the 2024 Pro Motocross Championship to make his first official appearance with Triumph Racing, marking a lifeline of sorts on the 29-year-old’s professional career, and one that could lead to him leading the British manufacturer’s 450 class entry as soon as 2025.

“To be a part of Triumph Racing is very special,” Savatgy explained. “For where I’m at in my career, it gives me the opportunity to be back racing on factory equipment, which will allow me to prove to myself that I’m still capable of being a title contender.

“As the Triumph is an all-new bike, I expected it to take some time to get used to it, but it was actually quite quick and easy. In particular, the chassis has a soft feeling, and this makes the bike really easy and comfortable to ride. The base platform of the standard bike is a great place to work from and I’m excited to get started with this new chapter in my career.”