Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner faced incredibly slippery and muddy conditions at Round 10 of the Pro Motocross Championship at Unadilla MX after the skies opened prior to Moto 1. The duo overcame their share of difficulties, with Savatgy still managing a moto podium in Moto 2. Savatgy's 8-3 score pushed him just off the podium in fourth, while a tough first moto for Forkner placed him 14th overall with a 23-9.
With the day starting out dry, the riders were setting a fast pace around the Unadilla circuit. That included Savatgy who claimed the top qualifying spot in the morning. The skies soon opened up before the first moto, changing the track considerably and making for difficult conditions. When the gate dropped on Moto 1, Savatgy was at the front and trying to make a charge when he went down. He remounted quickly and came around the first lap in 14th. Despite not being able to push very hard to avoid going down, he still managed to get back up to eighth.
In Moto 2, Savatgy got another good start and was in fifth after Lap 1. He would battle for the fourth spot and by the end of the moto would make it up to finish on the podium in third. His 8-3 score was good enough for fourth.
"It felt like my day during practice and I wasn't even that worried about the mud when we lined up, but it got me on the first lap," said Savatgy. "I hurried to get back on the track before a lot of the field came by and I think that helped me because passing was difficult. So we did what we could and I rode much better in the second moto. I know we were on track for the win before the rain, which is a bummer, but it's good to know the speed is there and we can bring that to Budds Creek."
Forkner has been fighting a bit of bad luck the past few rounds and the rain didn't make for the best conditions to showcase his speed. Moto 1 he went down early and went all the way back outside the top-30. Forkner had something to prove as he pushed in the tough conditions all the way back to 23rd. Looking to put in a solid Moto 2 result, he got a great top-10 start and maintained his speed throughout the moto to finish ninth. His 23-9 score placed him 14th overall.
"The mud definitely brought its challenges and I did my best to not give up," said Forkner. "I pushed until the very end in both motos, but didn't get the result I wanted. We'll keep pushing and I know we can have a breakthrough moto soon."
250MX Class Results (Moto Results)
- Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha (1-1)
- Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha (2-2)
- Mitchell Harrison, Husqvarna (4-4)
- Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki (8-3)
- Chase Sexton, Honda (5-8)
- Shane McElrath, KTM (3-14)
- Alex Martin, KTM (10-7)
- Colt Nichols, Yamaha (7-10)
- Justin Cooper, Yamaha (12-6)
- Michael Mosiman, Husqvarna (6-13)
14. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki (23-9)
250MX Class Points Standings
- Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 415
- Alex Martin, KTM, 337
- Justin Cooper, Yamaha, 291
- Shane McElrath, KTM, 278
- Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha, 254
- RJ Hampshire, Honda, 252
- Chase Sexton, Honda, 251
- Austin Forkner, Kawasaki, 250
- Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 247
- Jordon Smith, KTM, 244