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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy Starts East Region on the Podium in Dallas

Irvine, Calif. (February 16, 2015) – With the 250SX East Coast season opening at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy capitalized on a good start to earn his best Monster Energy Supercross finish claiming a podium spot in third. His teammate Arnaud Tonus made his U.S. racing debut and after a rough start came through the field to get an eighth-place finish. In the 450SX Class, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Davi Millsaps was running in third place when he was hit from behind and crashed just before the finish line. Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsport’s Josh Grant earned an eighth-place finish while Chad Reed finished 11th.

First Podium

Savatgy rode solid all evening in Dallas after qualifying seventh in the afternoon. After placing fourth in his heat race, Savatgy got a great start in the main event and worked his way up to fourth place until a mid-race red flag, which created a single-file restart. Just after the restart Savagty passed for third on lap 10 and was able to hold the position to the finish.

“I'm really excited to be on the podium,” said Savagty. “During practice I wasn't really feeling it, but I knew that I could get the most out of my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX™250F. After the heat race I was a little more confident and when I got a good start in the main event I just kept pushing to get on the podium.”

U.S. Debut

In his first race on U.S. soil Tonus was quick to impress in practice, posting the second fastest qualifying time. In his heat race, a tough start cost him early, but he was able to push forward and finish fourth, advancing to the main event. In the feature, Tonus got tangled in the second turn as he avoided a down rider and was back in 17th place. With the red flag restart, Tonus was able to make up a lot of time and gained eight positions in final seven laps.

“I am happy with how I was able to ride today,” said Tonus. “In the main event, I didn't get a good start but when the red flag came out, it gave me an advantage. I was able to charge hard the last half of the race and make up some positions. With my first race over, I'm feeling more comfortable and I'm ready to get back to racing in Atlanta.”

Misfortune

Millsaps 20th place finishing position didn't do justice to how well he rode throughout the night program. In his heat race, Millsaps made aggressive passes and advanced directly to the feature race. In the Main Event, the Cairo, Georgia native got a good start and was running at the front of the field. While he was running third he was hit from behind causing him to loop out and during the crash he slammed his chin into the handlebar. Millsaps was unable to continue and finished 20th. The hard hit dazed Millsaps but after being checked out by the doctors at the Asterisk Mobile Medical unit he has been cleared to ride this week.

 

“Things are starting to come together, but some bad luck has come up and bit us this week,” said Millsaps. “I feel like I had a podium finish tonight, but then I got hit from behind and it ruined my race. I'm sore right now, but I should be good to go in Atlanta next week.”

Breaker One

After being injured at the first Anaheim race, Wil Hahn has still played an integral part with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team. This week he joined transporter driver Brian Barnhart for the drive from Irvine, California to Dallas. Riding shotgun on the two-day drive, Hahn gained an appreciation for some of the behind the scenes work that goes into a factory racing program.

“Being a part of the Monster Energy Kawasaki team is really like being a part of a family,” said Hahn. “Riding with “B” for two days and hanging with the guys has been a great experience. Everyone on the team is giving 100% to be successful and seeing it firsthand is amazing.”

Birthday Boy

Before the night show began, the team serenaded Millsaps with a rousing version of Happy Birthday as he turns 27 on February 15. Though the night didn't end as planned, Millsaps and team were able to enjoy the cake after the race. 

Onto the South

Next weekend the riders head to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the first of two consecutive races at the venue. For Millsaps, it is a return to his home state for two straight weeks where he will look to return to the podium.

Results

Monster Energy AMA Supercross

AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas

Saturday, February 14, 2015

450SX Main Even

1 Ryan Dungey, KTM
2 Ken Roczen, Suzuki
3 Trey Canard, Honda
4 Blake Baggett, Suzuki
5 Andrew Short, KTM
6 Jason Anderson, Husqvarna
7 Eli Tomac, Honda
8 Josh Grant, Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki
9 Broc Tickle, Suzuki
10 Cole Seely, Honda
20 Davi Millsaps, Monster Energy Kawasaki

 450SX Class Season Standings
1 Ryan Dungey, KTM, 152
2 Ken Roczen, Suzuki, 140
3 Trey Canard, Honda, 129
4 Eli Tomac, Honda, 114
5 Jason Anderson, Husqvarna, 100
6 Cole Seely, Honda, 93
7 Blake Baggett, Suzuki, 86
8 Chad Reed, Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki, 85
9 Andrew Short, KTM, 82
10 Justin Barcia, Yamaha, 71
11 Davi Millsaps, Monster Energy Kawasaki, 56

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results:

1 Marvin Musquin, KTM
2 Justin Bogle, Honda
3 Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
4 Jeremy Martin, Yamaha
5 Matt Lemoine, Kawasaki
6 Vince Friese, Honda
7 RJ Hampshire, Honda
8 Arnaud Tonus, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
9 Martin Davalos, Husqvarna
10 Kyle Peters, Honda 

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

1 Marvin Musquin, KTM, 25
2 Justin Bogle, Honda, 22
3 Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, 20
4 Jeremy Martin, Yamaha, 18
5 Matt Lemoine, Kawasaki, 16
6 Vince Friese, Honda, 15
7 RJ Hampshire, Honda, 14
8 Arnaud Tonus, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, 13
9 Martin Davalos, Husqvarna,12
10 Kyle Peters, Honda, 11

Media Contact
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949.698.0740
Ken.Essex@kmc-usa.com

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