Factory Kawasaki rider crashes out of opening heat at round two.
Premier class rookie Joey Savatgy was forced to sit out majority of Saturday night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross round in Glendale after suffering a concussion in the opening heat race.
The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider made a critical error while challenging for position, and was later deemed unfit to ride following a post-race examination by the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit under strict concussion protocol.
“I was feeling really comfortable on the bike all day,” said Savatgy. “The team and I were prepared to redeem our results from last week, but unfortunately, I made a mistake in my heat race, which caused me to sit out the rest of the night. It’s only the second round of a long season and I’m looking forward to using the experience and improving each week.”
The number 17 is hopeful of a return this weekend at Anaheim 2’s third round, although he’ll have to undergo a further concussion test to ensure he’s safe to ride. It’s been a rough start to his maiden 450SX campaign, finishing 16th at the season-opener.
The main event on Saturday was taken out by Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM) – the first of his career – following a red flag caused by a heavy fall from Malcolm Stewart (Smarttop Bull Frog Spas MotoConcepts Honda).