“The main goal for me is to bring home a title for Mitch Payton,” said Team Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy the night before the opening round of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship set for Prairie City SVRA, a historic track situated in the abandon gold fields on the outskirts of Sacramento, California. “I know he’s been missing a couple of number plates on his race team rig, so we’re trying to bring one home for him and to make him proud.”
Savatgy, the third place finisher in the 2015 Lucas Oil Motocross Championship series, was referring to Mitch Payton, owner and founder of the mighty Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, easily one of the winningest, most successful 250cc-powered motocross team in the 50 year history of American motocross, Payton and his team have been without a championship title for a few years now. Holding true to his objective, it all came right for Savatgy (and Payton!) on Saturday afternoon at the 48th Annual Hangtown Motocross Classic. Racing away to a truly dominant double moto sweep on the treacherous, rutted and whooped-out circuit, Savatgy let it be known to the collective motocross world that he was, just as he said, dead set on winning the world’s most prestigious 250cc natural terrain motocross title.
"It`s a good way to start a season," declared Savatgy after shutting off his bike and removing his helmet at the base of the victory podium. "We’ve been working for a long time and finished the supercross season strong. We came out swinging today, it felt good all day. First moto win this morning, now two in the same day. We`ll take it and now keep working, keep improving."
The double moto victory - which saw Savatgy holeshot and take command of the opening moto, and then fight his way into the lead with only a few minutes remaining in moto two – sees the Monster Energy rider head into round two of the 250MX series, slated for next Saturday at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, with a 15-point lead in the title chase.