Joey Savatgy signs 450 Class deal with Monster Energy Kawasaki for 2019

August 28, 2018

With a move to the 450 Class on the horizon for 2019, Joey Savatgy has signed with a new team. He'll be staying on a Kawasaki though, as Monster Energy Kawasaki announced that they have inked the 24-year-old to a contract.

Savatgy will be teamed up with Eli Tomac, now the two-time reigning champion of the 450MX Class, on the Factory Kawasaki squad next year. That likely means that Josh Grant and the team will go their separate ways.

In four seasons with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki 250 Class team, Savatgy earned seven overall victories in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and finished third in 250MX points in 2015 and 2016. He's coming off a down year though — despite one moto victory, he only finished top five in six of the season's 24 motos.

Also graduating to the 450 Class next year are Zach Osborne (Husqvarna) and Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha). Justin Hill (Suzuki) has already gotten a headstart by riding a 450 at a few supercross races and most of the outdoor rounds this year, but he too will be moving to the premier class full-time next season as the 450 field prepares for an influx of new talent.

Savatgy's first race with the team will be in October at the Monster Energy Cup.

 

UPDATE: TransWorld Motocross captured video of Savatgy's first laps aboard the new bike. Check it out below.