Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki‘s Joey Savatgy Earns Second Straight Overall Win at Washougal2017-07-31 08:41
Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy raced his way to his second consecutive overall victory, while Eli Tomac rode his KX™450F to another podium finish at the Washougal National.
When the gate dropped on 450MX Moto 1, Tomac started fifth and quickly passed his way into third place before the opening lap was complete. On Lap 3, Tomac passed into second place and began to gain time on the race leader. After making contact while trying to pass for the lead, Tomac lost time on the leader and was unable to improve on his runner-up position.
Moto 2, saw Tomac start inside the top five and begin his charge towards the front again. By Lap 5, the No. 3 KX450F had made the move into second place and continued to race forward. Tomac went on to finish 2-2 on the day for second overall, earning his fifth overall podium finish of the season and extending his points lead to 32.
“Overall, it was a good day,” said Tomac. “I got off to two great starts and felt strong for both motos. Hats off to Marvin on his ride. We’ll go into the break with a few more points and plan to be back on top the podium.”
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo continued his pole position streak, once again qualifying fastest in the 250MX class. When the gate dropped on Moto 1, Cianciarulo came around in fifth, while teammate Joey Savatgy sat back in seventh. Cianciarulo was on the move and by halfway had positioned himself into second place, where he’d remain until the checkered flag flew. After a crash, Savatgy remounted and rode hard to gain as many positions as possible, finishing the moto in seventh place.
Savatgy came out swinging in Moto 2 by grabbing the holeshot and the early lead with Cianciarulo not far behind in third place. It wouldn’t come easy for Savatgy, as he lost the lead on Lap 4, but he fought back and regained the lead on his KX™250F just passed the halfway mark. From there, Savatgy led the way to the checkered flag and went on to win the moto and the overall victory with 39 points. Cianciarulo went on to finish with a 2-5 moto score, which put him in a three-way tie for second overall, but placed him in fourth overall as the second moto finishes act as the tie breaker.
“This track was not easy,” said Savatgy. “After a tough first moto, I put myself in a great position off the start in Moto 2 and I knew if I just put my head down and ran my pace for 30 minutes plus two, I had a good shot at winning. Thanks to the whole Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team for supporting me this year and all the work they’ve done. I think we’ve really found a good spot to finish the season strong.”
“We were so close,” said Cianciarulo. “I felt great all day today and I think it showed, finally. Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite put it all together at the end, but I’m confident we can get a before this year is done.”
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