Kawasaki Returns to Atlanta Looking for Redemption
Irvine, Calif. (March 2, 2015) – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship made its second stop in as many weeks at Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday. In the 250SX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatagy rode through pain in his right hand to finish fourth while his teammate Arnaud Tonus earned his career best finish in seventh. In the 450SX class Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki’s Josh Grant and Chad Reed finished sixth and seventh respectively. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Davi Millsaps battled within the top 10 for the majority of the main event and finished 11th.
Savatgy returned to Atlanta looking for a spot on the podium. After getting his first career heat race win last weekend, he was riding a wave of momentum into the Georgia Dome on Saturday night. During the first untimed practice a couple of crashes set Savatgy back, as he injured his right hand. He was able to go out in qualifying practice and finished second in his heat race. In the main event Savatgy got a sixth place start and slowly worked his way forward to fourth.
“It wasn’t the best start for me today, with a couple of crashes in practice.” said Savatgy. “Getting fourth isn’t what I want to do, but it has been a bit of a rough stretch. Everyone has some nagging injuries and for me I wasn’t able to ride during the week. I was able to get a better start tonight and that is something I want to build off of.”
TwoTwo On Track
Everyone is always trying to impress their boss, and for Grant that job is tougher when he is racing against his team owner Reed. On Saturday night, Reed jumped out to an early lead but a small mistake in a corner cost him and set up a race long duel with his teammate Grant. The two battled for the last 15 laps of the race with Grant holding on for sixth place.
Staying on Course
Millsaps was strong again all day as he was racing in front of his hometown fans. The Cairo, Georgia native came back to Atlanta looking to give the crowd something to cheer about. Millsaps looked good in his semi race, running some of his fastest laps of the day to finish second and move into the main event. In the feature race, he was only able to get a mid-pack start but slowly worked his way up through the field. He was gaining on sixth before a small mistake on lap 11 cost him time and led to an 11th place result.
“This wasn’t the finish I was looking for,” said Millsaps. “We were able to make some adjustments on the bike this week and I feel like we are getting closer each race. Heading to Daytona the track is so different from our normal supercross events, I’m hoping we can show off the power of my KX™450F.”
Tonus’ return to Atlanta looked to be a chance for the Swiss rider to have his supercross breakout. In his heat race, he led the first four laps and finished second. In the main event, he got a great start out of the gate crossing the line in second. He would continue to battle in the top five for most of the race, eventually falling back to seventh. Tonus struggled with fatigue all day and following the race he discovered that he had low blood sugar and was suffering from hypoglycemia.
Reliving the 90s
The return to Atlanta was also a return to the early 1990’s as some teams paid homage to the past with special graphic schemes. Both the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki and Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports teams went all out for the celebration. Reed even rode a two-stroke Kawasaki KX™250 during the opening ceremonies.
World Center of Racing
Next week the series heads to the sands of Daytona Beach, where the grassy tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway is transformed into a supercross track to kick off bike week. The storied event is one all the riders look forward to, as the track combines both supercross and motocross elements to serve as a tough test.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, February 28, 2015
450SX Class Results: Atlanta
450SX Class Season Standings
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results: Atlanta
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings