Morning Espresso: Vurb’s 2024 Team Previews: Triumph Racing

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Welcome to the offseason and our new ongoing “Team Previews” column. Every week from now until the Monster Energy Supercross season starts in January we will be profiling a big team in the sport. We’ll go through the changes that have been made, analyze results, and give each team a grade on all of their offseason moves. This week we have the Triumph Racing team and you will find the full schedule below.

The Biggest Question Mark: Triumph will be successful, but can they get on the podium in their inaugural season? 

Who’s In:
#17 Joey Savatgy – 250MX
#33 Jalek Swoll – 250SX East/250MX
#751 Evan Ferry – 250SX East/250MX

Who’s Out:
2024 marks Triumph’s inaugural season in the SuperMotocross World Championship.

Last Season’s Supercross Results:
Joey Savatgy – 20th (450SX)
Jalek Swoll – Did Not Race. Injured.
Evan Ferry – Did Not Race.

Last Season’s Motocross Results:
Joey Savatgy – Did Not Race.
Jalek Swoll – 9th Overall (250MX)
Evan Ferry – Did Not Race.

Best 2023 SX Finish:
Joey Savatgy – 8th (450SX/Oakland)
Jalek Swoll – Did Not Race.
Evan Ferry – Did Not Race.

Best 2023 MX Finish:
Joey Savatgy – Did Not Race.
Jalek Swoll – 6th Overall (250MX/Budds Creek
Evan Ferry – Did Not Race.

Offseason Grade: A

The Rundown:
Triumph is about to embark on their inaugural season of SuperMotocross. Although it’s their first season, this team has been loaded with some star power personnel. With guys like Ricky Carmichael and Ivan Tedesco helping develop an all-new bike, you just know this program is already on the right track. Bobby Hewitt makes his return to pro racing as the team principal leading the charge. Hewitt was the man behind the powerhouse Xtreme Team Green amateur contingent that brought up riders like Dean Wilson, Austin Stroupe, and Justin Bogle back in the day. Then the team made the switch to the pro leagues with Canidae Kawasaki, which became Rockstar Suzuki, which became Rockstar KTM, which became Rockstar Husqvarna. Hewitt made his exit from the team more than a handful of seasons ago and now he’s back building another team from the ground up. 

Jalek Swoll was a rider that Hewitt originally brought up through the Rockstar Husqvarna amateur program. Hewitt has done a lot for Swoll off the track throughout the years and it’s going to be great to see them team up once again. People may forget, but this will be Swoll’s fifth season as a professional. He was hindered by injuries last SX season, which set back his progression, however when outdoors came around he showed why he has a factory ride. He finished ninth overall in the 250MX series and in the past he’s shown that he can win a moto. It’ll be interesting to see where he can take this new bike and new program. It’s a clean slate. You should expect to see Swoll be in the top 10 with ease in the 250SX East Region and he will top out close to the podium. The new bike may have some trouble with setup, being a new program and all, but this team has the expertise to correct those problems quickly.

Evan Ferry is also a rider with a long history with Hewitt. Ferry, for those who don’t know, is the son of 1997 125cc East Region Champion, Tim Ferry. Evan hasn’t set the world on fire in the past couple of seasons as an amateur, so he will be coming into supercross hungry with something to prove. Evan should be lining up for the west 250SX Futures races before making his true pro debut when the 250 East Region starts. In the press release Ferry said that he expects to be battling with the other factory riders, which should be doable as his style is more suited to supercross. As long as he keeps progressing and improving his results he will be just fine in his rookie season. 

Joey Savatgy is not eligible to race the 250 class in supercross, so he’ll join the team in the Pro Motocross Championship. Savatgy isn’t happy with the rule that doesn’t exist anymore that is keeping him out of the SX class, but it’s not changing. With Savatgy, he’s a former 250 championship contender, but he hasn’t raced a 250 indoors since the end of 2018. The class has changed a lot since he’s been there, however Savatgy has experience and speed. He’s one of the top riders in the sport. He should be a lock for the top ten and he will be a spoiler here and there further proving that the Triumph program is here for the long haul.

2024 Rider Projections:
Joey Savatgy
– A lock for the top ten in 250MX and he will top out on or near the podium in his best races.

Jalek Swoll – Swoll has the speed to top out near the top five both indoors and out and potentially get a podium if things are rolling right. He’s a top ten lock regardless.

Evan Ferry – Ferry will get his feet wet in 250SX Futures and then try to progress through the season both indoors and out. He will be in the top fifteen at first and then get closer to the top ten as the season goes on.

Thanks for reading my series of team previews for the coming season. If you’d like to talk about these or any of the other stories that I’ve written you can email me at [email protected] You can also reach me on Twitter/Instagram: @troydogvurb.

2024 Team Preview Schedule:

10/13 – Troy Lee Designs / Red Bull /  GASGAS Factory Race Team

10/20 – Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki

10/27 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

11/5 – HRC Honda

11/12 – Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing

11/18 – AEO Powersports KTM

11/21 – Partzilla PRMX

11/27 – Heartbeat Hot Sauce/Team Solitaire

11/28 – Rock River Yamaha

12/4 – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

12/6 – Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha

12/13 – HBI Racing Kawasaki

12/15 – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

12/20 – HEP Motorsports

12/26 – Liqui Moly Beta Racing

12/27 – Madd Parts Kawasaki

12/28 – Triumph Racing

12/30 – MotoConcepts Racing

12/31 – Firepower Honda

1 /3 – Phoenix Racing Honda

1/ 5- Bar-X Suzuki

Main image: Triumph

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