Race report: Abu Dhabi WSX – Anstie and Savatgy on top in a wild night of racing!

Joey Savatgy took the overall win in a crazy night of racing bar-banging racing that had Savatgy and Wilson saying how dirty Friese rides as Friese called Wilson a whiner, but Savatgy is now the points leader after a consistent night!

Friese took Wilson out in the first one, with Roczen crashing hard on the last turn going for the pass on Friese for the win after coming from a second row start. Roczen eventually limped back onto his bike but only once the rest of the field went by. Friese won the race but then got two spots as a penalty for the move on Wilson giving Savatgy win.

Dean Wilson won race three, attempting to get even with Friese in a slam fest but finally making his way past cleanly as Roczen gutted out the pain in the short break between races and rose to third.

Ken Roczen took the third moto win, passing Friese for the lead despite saying he felt his foot swell in the boot between the second and third moto! See the first moto crash below;

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Friese had earlier block passed Savatgy off the track to take the lead, prompting Savatgy to say he’s just glad to get out healthy with the way Friese was riding all night!

Wilson took second overall with a 7-1-2 with Friese third 3-2-8 and Roczen fourth 14-3-1

But it’s Savatgy (1-4-2) who now heads into the final round with the GP win and the points lead over Roczen but both will be looking over their shoulders for the wild man Friese!

See the tension of the top three below:

In SX2 it was Max Anstie’s night as the calm Brit executed perfectly on the tight Arenacross style track to go 3-1-1 to take the GP win and the championship lead with McElrath having a nightmare and not able to come through the field after having to start from the second row each time after a bad heat race. Anstie is in prime position to be crowned SX2 world champ in Australia!

Report: Jonathan McCready