Joey Savatgy Stretches his Points Lead at Petco Park
February 16, 2016
Irvine, CA (February 14, 2016) – The third annual military appreciation Monster Energy Supercross kicked off this weekend at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Eli Tomac and Wil Hahn arrived ready to continue their forward momentum and show off some speed for our military personnel in attendance. Fast qualifier Tomac pushed hard and made a lot of smart passes in his heat to finish third after a start just inside the top 10, while Hahn transferred to the Main Event from Semi 2. Looking to the 450 Main Event, Tomac crossed the line at the end of Lap 1 in fifth with Hahn coming around in 16th. Hahn began pacing his laps and checking off riders while Tomac began to battle towards the front. After 20 laps of heated racing, Tomac would bring his Kawasaki home in sixth with teammate Hahn crossing the line in 13th.
“Leading up to the night show, this has been by far the best day of the season for us,” said Tomac.” “I was excited to get the ball rolling in the night show and came out of the heat race in the top three which was great. Got off to a top five start and couldn’t quite make my passes as quickly as I needed to and ended up finishing sixth place. Overall, the track was difficult tonight but we learned lots and are looking forward to next weekend.”
“Overall, the day was better,” said Hahn.” “My speed and comfort level have improved enormously with the entire team working by my side and supporting me with what I need to succeed. I just need to continue to put in the work and the results will come.”
As it was military appreciation weekend, Monster Energy Kawasaki and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki had the opportunity to aboard the breath-taking USS Midway Museum. Eli, Wil and Chris all received a tour of the Aircraft Carrier before getting into uniform to film a special edition "Top Gun" themed video for opening ceremonies.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into San Diego this weekend for the second time in the 2016 season. Joey Savatgy and Chris Alldredge took to the track in special red, white and blue gear to show their support for the U.S. military. Savatgy and Alldredge transferred straight out of Heat 1 with a second and fifth respectively. In the Main Event the pair of Kawasaki riders came out of the gate with their best combined starts of the year with Alldredge out front and Savatgy in second by the end of Lap 1. Unfortunately, after leading for two laps, Alldredge encountered issues forcing him to retire from competition for the night. Meanwhile, Savatgy raced his way into the lead and never looked back, taking the win and the points lead into Dallas.
“The day was a good one,” said Savatgy. “I qualified second heading into the night and had a decent heat race. In the Main Event I put myself in a good position to win. Unfortunately, my teammate had his bike issue, but from there I just tried to ride my own race. I had to ride a bit defensive for a few laps because I was getting pressure from riders behind me. After a few consistent laps I was able to open up my lines and just click off the rest of the laps.”
“My day went really well,” said Alldredge. “I started the day with the best free practice I’ve ever had, and went into qualifying with a good mindset. In my heat I had a great start but made a mistake and had to fight back to bring it home fifth. In the Main Event, I had a great start. I got off the line really well, lead to the first corner checked up a bit and then swung out into the lead. I felt good and was ready to put in my 15 laps until I unfortunately had a bike problem that put me out of the race. I’m really looking forward to the next race.”