Author: Brent Stallo
Joey Savatgy may have seen his share of bad luck at Lorettaís (crashes, false starts, you name it), but he backed it up with one of the most inspirational rides of his young career. A ride that would not only propel team USA to win the Jr. World Cup, but also see him take the 125cc World Championship.
And he did it all with a flat tire.
Joey, in your own words, how was your weekend?
In the first moto I started out like 16th, but was able to work my way up to the leaders and into 2nd. I caught the leader but ran out of time. And the second moto, the way it all played out, was unimaginable. I havenít been on a 125cc in about a year and I got this brand new out of the crate and threw a pipe on it and came racing, so itís good.
That last moto was insane. Walk us through it.
It was just amazing. Alldredge had my back in that one and I canít thank him enough. I was in the lead and some kid got around me and the next thing I know Iím going up the hill and started feeling something really bad and I couldnít tell what was going on. Little did I know I had a flat tire. I ended up riding it for over seven laps. Iím still in shock that we were able to pull it off. It was a dream come true.
What did you think of the track? Itís quite different than what youíre used to.
Yeah, the track was super gnarly. It was really rocky and dry. Kind of like the World Minis in Vegas but way worse. It was pretty gnarly.
You came out on top here in Italy, but had quite a few incidents at Lorettaís. Talk us through those.
Yeah, for sure. Lorettaís
didnít really go as planned. I won a few motos but unfortunately had some bad luck. I went down and hit the gate in one moto. I actually won the moto but got disqualified by hitting the gate on the start so that got thrown away. But Iíll move on. It is what it is and I canít do anything about it now so Iím just going to enjoy this win in Italy.
Following Italy what are your plans?
Iíll go home and start riding the A class right away. I may actually go to Australia and race their Under 19 Supercross series, but all of that is unofficial and nothing is really signed yet. So as of right now Iíll just go home and start racing the A class and get ready for Mini Oís.
Overall Results from Jr. World Championships
1 USA AMA Usa 1 2 10 13
2 GBR ACU Great Britain 4 4 7 15
3 ITA FMI Italy 8 14 3 25
4 FRA FFM France 7 3 16 26
5 BEL FMB Belgium 6 9 33 48
6 NED KNMV Netherlands 19 17 13 49
7 SWE SVEMO Sweden 18 19 14 51
8 UKR FMU Ukraine 26 7 27 60
9 EST EMF Estonia 34 23 4 61
10 LAT LAMSF Latvia 36 1 24 61