New JGRMX/Yoshimura Suzuki rider Joey Savatgy suffered a big crash last Saturday during practice at the AUS-X Open in Melbourne, Australia. He came up short in a double-on-to-tabletop section (Joey claimed via his instagram account that he hit neutral) and he and his bike bounced hard into the face of the table top. Joey suffered a broken heel in the crash, and that's always a complicated injury.
Over the last two days we have spoken with Joey's agent Lucas Mirtl and JGRMX team manager Jeremy Albrecht for the latest.
Luckily, Joey was able to get on a commercial plane and fly home from Australia, as many worried on Saturday that he would not be able to fly until he had underwent surgery in Australia to stabilize the injury. After the flight, he underwent surgery last night in California.
Early reports are the injury might not be as bad as first feared, but a timetable to return to training and then riding and racing isn't yet known. It's possible Joey could be back before the end of Monster Energy Supercross, or perhaps he will be back in time for the start of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, but he definitely won't be lining up for Anaheim 1 or any other rounds early in the season.
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It’s easy to ask why. But hard to accept and move on. Had a freak deal hitting neutral as I took off the face and the rest is history. Can’t thank the whole medic crew, @jhleale @mrstwotwo enough for taking care of me and getting me situated. Really bummed I wasn’t able to race, the boys from @sxopensupercross crushed it. As for #Team17 we will be back, when I have an idea so will you. ????