Joey Savatgy Docked 5 Points In New Jersey 250 SX Race
It was tough night this past Saturday at MetLife
Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey, as it was just announced
Kawasaki's 250 rider, Joey Savatgy, has been docked 5 points
for his race incident. Savatgy entered the night with the East
Coast 250 points lead and had led the main event for the first half
of the race before getting passed by Zach Osborne. Then with just
under three minutes left, Savatgy crashed just ahead of a turn. The
crash put Savatgy and his
KX 250F across the track (coming out of the turn) and instead
of jumping back in where he went out, Savatgy just rode straight
ahead (1:40 mark in the video below). A grievance was filed and
after review the AMA felt he broke the rules and thus docked him
the 5 points, putting him back to an eight place finish for the
night and now sitting one point behind the new race series leader
Jordon Smith (160 points). Savatgy is now tied for second overall
with Zach Osborne, both of which have 159 points. Vegas is going to
The announcement from the AMA is below:
Decision of the Race Director,
East Rutherford, N.J., Supercross
On April 29, 2017, after the 250SX main event, a protest was filed with regards to an on track incident involving rider #17 Joey Savatgy. After a complete review of the incident, including video and eyewitness accounts, it was determined by the Race Director that rider #17 did exit the track and re-enter in a different location. In doing so, rider #17 did gain positions and an advantage while cutting a section of the race track. This is in violation of rule 4.16.i.
4.16 On-Track Regulations
- A rider leaving the course may continue the race by properly
re-entering the track at the closest safe point to where the rider
left the course without gaining an advantage.
- While off course, the rider may not accelerate in an unsafe
- If a rider accelerates in an unsafe manner while off course or
cuts part of the race course, the rider may be determined to have
gained an advantage without gaining a position.
- It will be the duty of the Race Director or his designee to
make the determination as to whether a rider gained an advantage by
leaving the racecourse and re-entering.
- The penalty for gaining an advantage while off course during a
race will be the loss of number of positions gained plus one
additional position in the final results for that race. If no
positions were gained, the penalty will be the loss of one position
in the final results for that race.
- The penalty for gaining an advantage while off course during
qualifying will be the loss of the rider's fastest lap time during
It was determined that by not re-entering the track in the lane
where the rider left the track, he gained 4 positions and an
advantage. As per the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross an FIM
World Championship rulebook, the penalty for this infraction is a
loss of 5 positions in the final results.
An appeal was presented by the rider and an appeals hearing was convened. After reviewing all evidence presented by both parties it was determined by the appeals panel that the infraction did occur and the penalty was justified. The decision of the Race Director was confirmed. The decision of the appeals panel is final; no further appeal is possible.