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Joey Savatgy was penalized 5 spots for not re-entering the track as close as possible to the place he left. This penalty took away his points lead and left him in third place. However, he is only one point behind new leader Jordon Smith and tied with Zach Osborne. With only the weirdly configured Las Vegas race left, whichever one of the three does the best, will be the 250 East Champion.


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

i. 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.

  1. While off course, the rider may not accelerate in an unsafe manner.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The penalty for gaining an advantage while off course during qualifying will be the loss of the rider’s fastest lap time during that session.

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.

(After 8 of 9 events)
1. Jordon Smith (KTM)…160
2. Joey Savatgy (Kaw)…159
3. Zach Osborne (Hus)…159
4. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)…146
5. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)…126
6. Christian Craig (Hon)…97
7. Luke Renzland (Yam)…84
8. Anthony Rodriguez (Yam)…80
9. Kyle Cunningham (Suz)…77
10. Mitchell Harrison (Yam)…74
11. Gannon Audette (Kaw)…63
12. Alex Martin (KTM)…60
13. Jesse Wentland (Hon)…55
14. Colt Nichols (Yam)…49
15. Fredrik Noren (Hon)…46
16. Lorenzo Locurcio (Yam)…46
17. Cameron Mcadoo (Hon)…38
18. Kyle Peters (Suz)…37
19. R.J. Hampshire (Hon)…36
20. Dakota Alix (KTM)…32


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