The Thomasville, Georgia native is set for a monster 2019 season in which he will make his AMA Supercross 450SX debut. After the conclusion of the 2018 season Savatgy made the switch from Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki to Monster Energy Kawasaki. After four consecutive stellar seasons on the 250SX circuit, the 24-year old prepares to compete with a bigger bike and with the big boys as the 2019 season approaches.
Savatgy had a fantastic amateur career being named the 2008 AMA Youth Motocrosser of the Year. He capped off his amateur career by winning the 2011 FIM 125cc Junior World Motocross championship. In 2013, he transitioned into the professional ranks to begin competing in the 250 and 250SX classes. He had a solid rookie season being named the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Rookie of the Year. After transitioning to the pro ranks for a couple of seasons, 2015 is where Savatgy truly had his breakout year. He finished 3rd place in the AMA Motocross 250cc class and finished 4th place in the AMA Motocross 250SX East. He concluded the 250SX East season with seven top-5 finishes.
2016 would turn out to be an even bigger year for Savatgy on the AMA Supercross 250SX circuit. He finished a career-best 2nd place in the 250SX West. Savatgy capped off the season with his first three career 250SX wins at Oakland, San Diego, and Las Vegas and he never finished outside the top-10. In addition, he secured three wins on the season in the AMA Motocross 250cc class. He went on to finish 3rd place in the overall point standings for the class.
In 2017, Savatgy appeared to be the odds on favorite going into the 250SX season. He competed in the Eastern Regional and he got off to an electric start by winning the opening round at Milwaukee. He followed up his strong performance at Milwaukee with four consecutive second place finishes. He ended the season with six overall top-5 finishes, but would fall short of a championship with a 3rd place finish. Savatgy decided to compete in the Western Regional in 2018 and he got off to another fast start with six consecutive top-5 finishes including a victory at Anaheim 2. Unfortunately, two consecutive finishes outside the top-5 in Indianapolis and Seattle would prevent him from securing a championship yet again. He would go on to end his 2018 250SX campaign with a 4th place finish.
Joey Savatgy, nicknamed “Versace” due to the pronunciation of his last name, has been a consistent rider over the past several seasons in the 250 class. Even though a coveted championship has eluded the pupil of Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael, he is on the cusp for a monumental season. After 4 career 250SX wins and 15 career 250SX podiums, Savatgy has decided to make the transition to the 450SX class heading into 2019. This season will be tremendous stepping stone for the young Georgia native as he steps up to the big leagues of Supercross. He already showed a glimpse of what he can do with a 3rd place finish at the 2018 Monster Energy Cup so fans eagerly wait to see how “Versace” will perform in his debut 450SX season.