Wortham, Texas, May 31st, 2011 - Team Joe Gibbs Racing’s (JGR MX) Davi Millsaps finished 2nd overall and moved up to 3rd in the championship standing this week at Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas – the site for the second round of the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship Series. Millsaps’ Yamaha was fitted with a Pirelli Scorpion MX Mid Soft front and Scorpion MX Mid Soft Mud rear tire combination, helping the rider to achieve a podium finish – second overall – in the competitive 450 Class. Freestone is generally thought of as the hottest stop on the tour, and with temperatures well over 100 degrees, riders and equipment were tested in the hot Texas sun.
“We are very happy for Davi and JGR MX podium finish,” said Chris Wall, Pirelli Tire North America Motorcycle Division’s director of marketing. “Davi put two great motos together on one of the toughest stops of the AMA Championship.”
When the gate fell for moto one, Millsaps found himself just inside the top-10. Over the ensuing 30 minutes plus two-laps Millsaps finishing just one place from the podium in fourth place.
The start of the second moto found Millsaps running fifth, gaining two positions by lap three. Millsaps held down third in the 104 degree heat until only a lap left in the race – pushing his bike to second position – which is where he finished. Millsaps’ 4 – 2 moto finishes earned him second-place overall for the day. Millsaps is currently third in series points with 10 rounds left.
The first moto from Freestone was broadcast live on allisports.com and Fuel TV. The second moto will air on SPEED tonight at 10:00 p.m. (EST). There will also be a highlights and re-cap show of the race Thursday, June 2 at 10:00 p.m. (EST) on Fuel TV.
After a weekend off the next round of the AMA Motocross Championship will be June 11 at Highpoint Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa. The first moto will be broadcast live on allisports.com and Fuel TV at 1:00 p.m. (EST). The second moto will air on SPEED at 10:00 p.m. (also on June 11). NBC will air the second moto on June 12 at 4:00 p.m. (EST). On June 16 Fuel TV will broadcast a highlight and re-cap show of the event at 10:00 p.m.
450 Class- AMA MOTOCROSS NATIONAL OVERALL: Freestone, TX
- Chad Reed, Australia, Honda (1-1) Dunlop
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (4-2) Pirelli
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (3-5) Dunlop
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki (9-3) Dunlop
- Ricky Dietrich, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (8-4) Dunlop
450 Class Championship Standings
- Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 97 Dunlop
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 76 Dunlop
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 72 Pirelli
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 69 Dunlop
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki – 64 Dunlop