News 9 Jul 2024

Tweaked neck kept Savatgy out of second RedBud moto

The Triumph rider was running P8 in moto one when a crash ended his day.

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Following a crash while in P8 during the first 250MX moto, Triumph Racing’s Joey Savatgy withdrew from racing for the rest of the RedBud National. The team revealed that Savatgy tweaked his neck in the crash, and they decided to not have Savatgy race the second moto as a precaution.

The crash occurred on the eighth lap while Savatgy was reeling in Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Casey Cochran for P7. Savatgy would officially be classified 36th in the moto, but he would not return for the second moto.

“RedBud did not go the way that we wanted it to, despite the fact that the first moto was going quite well,” said team principal Bobby Hewitt. “Joey was around seventh in moto one when he got cross rutted and tweaked his neck – we chose for him to not race the second moto as a precaution.”

The day did not go well overall for the Triumph Racing program as Jalek Swoll was forced out of the second moto on the 14th lap due to an electrical issue. Swoll was in position to have two finishes inside of the top 10 on the day but was left to settle for 15th place overall.

“Jalek was eighth in that [first] moto, so it was positive, and we had a promising plan for the final stint,” said Hewitt. “Everything went to plan in that until a small issue ended his day. This has been frustrating, of course, but we are motivated to have a strong showing at the next event.”