Abu Dhabi GP Recap: Savatgy, Anstie & Bar-Banging Moments

6 Nov, 2023
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The inaugural FIM World Supercross Championship in Abu Dhabi at Etihad Arena was a thrilling spectacle, leaving fans on the edge of their seats with a night of high-octane action, unexpected twists, and a fair share of controversy.
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WSX Abu Dhabi GP 2023

The event drew an enthusiastic crowd in the UAE, creating an electric atmosphere that perfectly complemented the excitement on the track.

The WSX main event delivered all the drama and intensity that fans had hoped for. In an incredible display of skill and determination, Joey Savatgy, riding for Rick Ware Racing, emerged as the victor. Savatgy’s performance in the bar-banging main event was nothing short of spectacular, as he battled his way to the top step of the podium. He showcased his resilience by finishing with a remarkable 1-4-2 record throughout the night, demonstrating that consistency and unwavering determination pay off in the world of Supercross.

Joey Savatgy, Rick Ware Racing, Kawasaki and WSX 450cc Racing

Following closely behind Savatgy was Dean Wilson of Fire Power Honda, who put on an impressive performance throughout the event. Despite the intense competition and challenging track conditions, Wilson’s skills and commitment secured him a well-deserved second place in the overall standings.

Motoconcept’s Vince Friese also made a significant impact on the event, earning his place on the podium with tenacity and his aggressive riding style. Friese’s presence added an extra layer of excitement to the competition, making it a night to remember for Supercross fans.

Defending WSX Champion Ken Roczen faced a particularly tough battle as he aimed to retain his title. Throughout the night, Roczen had to overcome the significant disadvantage of starting from the back row in each of the three finals. Despite the odds stacked against him, Roczen’s determination and unwavering spirit were evident as he fought his way back through the pack in each race. His resilience made for an inspiring performance, even if he didn’t manage to secure a spot on the podium with 4th overall on the night.

Ken Roczen, Pipes Motorsports Group, Suzuki

In the SX2 class, Fire Power Honda’s Max Anstie showcased his prowess and consistency, ultimately taking home the top spot in the overall standings. Anstie’s performance featured a string of impressive finishes, with a 3-1-1 record that left his competitors in awe. His determination and skill set a high standard for future events in the championship.

Honda Nils’ Chris Blose and Team GSM’s Maxime Desprey also delivered outstanding performances in the SX2 class, earning well-deserved spots on the podium. The fierce competition and exceptional riding skills displayed by these athletes kept the crowd engaged and excited throughout the event.

SX2 250cc Racing and Max Anstie, Fire Power Honda, Honda

The defending SX2 champion, Shane McElrath, also faced a daunting challenge as he attempted to defend his title. McElrath encountered a formidable lineup of competitors and struggled to find his way through the pack from the back row. While it was an extremely tough night for McElrath, his dedication and competitive spirit remain undeniable, leaving fans eagerly anticipating his future performances in the championship.

These challenges faced by defending champions added another layer of intrigue to an already action-packed and unforgettable night of Supercross racing in Abu Dhabi. The WSX Abu Dhabi GP proved that in this sport, every rider, regardless of their achievements, must continually prove their mettle on the track, making for a captivating and unpredictable championship.

VIEW: 2023 Current Standings
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WSX 2023 Abu Dhabi GP Opening Ceremony

The WSX Abu Dhabi GP marked a historic moment in the world of Supercross, as it introduced the FIM World Supercross Championship to a new global audience. The event’s unforgettable moments, unexpected turns of fortune, and the outstanding performances by these talented athletes solidified its place as a highlight in the world of motorsport. Fans can’t wait to see what the future holds for the World Supercross Championship as it continues to captivate audiences around the world.

With the WSX Abu Dhabi GP now in the books, all eyes turn toward the final round, the WSX Boost Mobile Australian GP at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. Joey Savatgy and Max Anstie, the championship leaders and contenders alike will be gearing up for a climactic showdown in Australia. Marvel Stadium promises to be the stage for an epic battle that will determine who will be crowned the champion in both the WSX and SX2 classes. Single Day, Two Day, Family and Group tickets available.

WSX 2023 Boost Mobile Australian Grand Prix tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.

WATCH: WSX Abu Dhabi GP Press Conference
REPLAY: WSX Abu Dhabi GP on WSX.tv


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