The battle for the win in the 250 Class began with Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin making the first statement as the Bud Light Fastest Qualifier.
That allowed Musquin to earn a start inside the top five in Moto 1, while Savatgy took the Motosport.com Holeshot Award and the control of the early lead.
GEICO Honda's Christian Craig pursued Savatgy on the opening lap in second, while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Chris Alldredge slotted into third. Musquin was initially in this battle in fourth, but after almost going down in a turn he lost a couple valuable positions, including one to his championship rival Jeremy Martin, who moved into fourth aboard his Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha.
Savatgy's holeshot put him in a position to set a torrid pace early and he extended his advantage over the field. It wasn't long before Martin started his march to the front, passing both Alldredge and Craig on Lap 3 to set his sights on the lead.
Alldredge followed Martin into third, and from there the top three riders started to pull away. Savatgy was able to fend off the pressure from both Martin and Alldredge, but as the lead trio continued their fight it allowed Musquin to start closing in after he passed Craig to take over fourth.
Martin mounted another charge as the moto started to wind down, forcing a bobble out of Savatgy that allowed Martin to take over the top spot. As this was taking place, Musquin looked to make a pass on Alldredge for third but an apparent issue with his goggles forced him to back off the pace briefly and start the push again. Once in the lead, Martin pulled away and took the moto win by 2.754 seconds over Savatgy. Alldredge was forced to fend off a major charge from Musquin in the final corners, but held on to finish third.
As the gate dropped on Moto 2, GEICO Honda's RJ Hampshire put his bike across the line first to claim the Motosport.com Holeshot Award, but once again it was Savatgy who was able to put his Kawasaki at the front of the field early. Hampshire asserted himself into second and kept Savatgy within reach, while his GEICO Honda teammate Jordon Smith moved into third after an early pass on CycleTrader.com/Rocky River Yamaha's Alex Martin.
As the front-runners settled in, the pressure was on Musquin to fight his way forward from a top-five start, but even more work had to be done by Jeremy Martin, who suffered from a terrible start and began his race outside the top 10 in 13th. Savatgy moved into a comfortable position at the front of the field as the moto wore on, but misfortune hit both of the GEICO Honda riders in their quest for first ever podium results.
Hampshire crashed out of second on Lap 4, handing the runner-up spot to Smith who soon did the same just a few laps later. Those mistakes allowed Musquin to fight his way into second and in just a matter of two laps he was making a pass on Savatgy for the lead, erasing a multiple second deficit.
Musquin's charge to the front of the field also included Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Cooper Webb, who followed into second and dropped Savatgy from first to third in the span of a lap. Webb appeared to have the speed to challenge Musquin for the win, but as he looked to mount a charge Webb had a big crash that took him out of contention.
That gave Musquin the breathing room he needed to take the moto win, 4.685 seconds ahead of Savatgy. Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger was third. Jeremy Martin impressively fought his way back from a bad start to finish fifth and was actually in a position to claim fourth on the final lap until a small crash ended the run.
Musquin (4-1) had the overall win in his grasp as he was chased by Webb, but the crash by the Yamaha rider effectively handed the top spot to Savatgy (2-2), who took his first career overall win despite losing a shot at both moto victories in the late stages. Martin's resiliency in the final moto allowed him to finish third overall (1-5).
It was the first win of the 2015 season for the legendary Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki effort and marked the team's first victory since the seventh round of the 2014 season last July. Savatgy also became the 76th different winner in 250 Class history.
"I can't complain. It was a great day even though I didn't quite get a moto win," said Savatgy. "The main thing for me today was getting out of the gate good. To get the first overall [of my career] is an unreal feeling.
"We were able to get the lead in both motos and run out front for a while, which was great. When I came around in the second moto and saw Cooper [Webb] on the ground I started figuring out that the overall win was mine, and my mechanic confirmed it when I came back around."
The battle for the 250 Class title, the Gary Jones Cup, continues to tighten between Jeremy Martin and Musquin. The pair entered the afternoon separated by four points and following their up-and-down afternoons now just have two points between them with two rounds remaining. With his win, Savatgy moved into a distant third in the standings, 132 points behind the leader.
"Something happened with my goggles in the first moto. I kept getting dirt inside and it made it really difficult to ride the way I wanted," said Musquin. "It was frustrating to not get the finish we wanted, but we regrouped and came back strong in the second moto.
"Once I got into second I knew I could get the win, but Cooper [Webb] was really aggressive. I knew I would be able to hold him off, but then he crashed and it made it a lot easier in the end [to take the win]. We made up more points on Jeremy [Martin] and we're ready to keep fighting [for the title]."
"As long as I can start in the top five I know I can be there in the end [to challenge for the win]. I rode a smart race in the first moto and was able to get the win," stated Martin. "I just spun [my tire] off the gate in Moto 2, and with the starts being so important now more than ever that puts you in a tough spot right away.
"I kept pushing and we were able to fight our way into fifth. I didn't really even realize how much ground I had made up until the end. We have four motos left and I'm ready for [the battle]."
Australia's Hayden Mellross once again scored championship points in the 250 class after a mixed day for the Honda privateer. After finishing 33rd in the opening race, Mellross raced forward in moto 2 finishing in 19th position, picking up another two championship points.
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next weekend with its second-to-last round of the 2015 season. Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, will be the host site of the Zions Bank Utah National next Saturday, August 15.
450 Class (Moto Finish)
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-1)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (2-4)
Trey Canard, Edmond, Oka., Honda (3-6)
Shaun Simpson, United Kingdom, KTM (4-8)
Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (16-2)
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (6-9)
Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha (12-5)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki (13-7)
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (9-11)
Dean Wilson, United Kingdom, KTM (11-10)
450 Class Championship Standings
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 450
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha, 371
Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki, 358
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 297
Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna, 267
Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 263
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 253
Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha, 223
Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha, 209
Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda, 206
250 Class (Moto Finish)
Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (2-2)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (4-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-5)
Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM (6-4)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (8-6)
Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (7-8)
Christian Craig, Plymouth, Minn., Honda (5-10)
Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (16-3)
Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda (12-9)
RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (15-7)
250 Class Championship Standings
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 416
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 414
Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 284
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna, 277
Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 266
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 261
Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 228
Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 208
Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda, 195
RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda, 189
Top Image: Ryan Dungey inched one step closer to the 450 Class title.
Credit: Simon Cudby