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Savage frustrated by DNF in first Round 5 MX2 moto at Gopher Dunes

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Blake Savage did not expect a DNF in his first MX2 moto Sunday at Gopher Dunes.

Savage, a St. George, Utah motocrosser riding for Gopher Dunes Racing Troy Lee Designs Honda Canada, came into Round 5 of the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals ninth overall. Sunday, he had a ‘did not finish’ and 10th, to finish 15th. He earned 11 series points to retain a share of his Top 9 standing in the series points.

“I got a good start,” said Savage, who was running third in the first moto.

“On the fourth lap I had a little slide-out, slid out on a corner. The guy behind me in fourth ran over my bike, crunched it. Pinched it enough it wouldn’t run any more.”

Savage was not injured in the mishap.

On a revamped bike for the second moto, Savage got out of the gate 15th and did “a bunch of passing” the first three laps.

“Then I got into sixth, and just before halfway I crashed. A little tip-over. I came off a jump sideways, landed sideways in some soft sand and it made me fall.

“Got up, and I think I was about seventh. After that I tried charging – the track was really rough, and it was hot. I started getting a little tired and fell back to ninth.”

It was a frustrating day for 20-year-old coming off his best results of the series, so far, in Round 4 in Edmonton.

“For the results I had… considering our expectations, a very frustrating day. A lot of preparation time coming into this race.”

The nine-round Monster Energy Motocross Nationals series continues next week in Richmond.

“Regroup and head to Sand Del Lee,” Savage nodded.

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