Team Suzuki Press Office – February 11. Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps dominated Saturday night’s sixth round of the AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California with a spectacular start-to-finish victory aboard his RM-Z450.
Millsaps – who has led the series from the first-round at Anaheim in January – increased his lead in the 17-round series to 19 points as 250cc-class team-mate Jason Anderson brought home a podium and third-placed finish in the 250 Main Event after leading early on in the race.
Millsaps (25) mastered the slick circuit – protected with plastic sheeting from inclement weather conditions overnight by the Track Wurx crew when two inches of rain fell – and gated his 100th-consecutive Supercross race with a Holeshot – and a $1500 cheque.
Said Millsaps: “I’m doing the best I can. If it’s me winning, or me second or third, as long as I’m doing the best I can, I’m happy with it. I’m definitely pumped for the whole team, myself and everyone behind me. Just for everyone, it was a pretty cool night. I think this win is a little cooler than the one at A1 as I’ve never ‘gotten the holeshot and led all 20 laps of a Main Event before. For me, it was really special that I led the whole race without getting passed. You can’t take anything away from the Anaheim 1 victory though; everyone wants to come in and win that one.
“The season opener is a special one. The difference this year has been the preparation. I’m on a bike I love, that I’m comfortable with, a team that’s behind me; and also willing to give me anything I need and work with me. All of that is for sure.”
Anderson, who raced to second in his six-lap heat, took the 250 Main Event Holeshot – a milestone for Rockstar Energy Racing with both 450 and 250-class Holeshot awards on one night – and he rode a near flawless race. The 19 year old finished on the podium for the second time in three races and collected his third consecutive top-five finish.
Said Anderson: “It was a good night. I struggled a little bit in practice and ended up qualifying seventh. I got good starts all night and ended up running up front so I’m happy about it. But I got the Holeshot in the Main, which is kind-of unexpected for me! I actually shocked myself when I was up front but you know it’s a good feeling to be up there. I’ve just been applying what I do at the test track to what I do at the races. That’s what I’ve been working on. I’ve always been a good rider and been fast; it’s just been about putting it all together. This is only my third holeshot in three years so I need to improve on that.”
San Diego 450 Supercross Results: 1. Davi Millsaps (Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 2. Justin Barcia (Honda), 3. Ryan Dungey (KTM), 4. James Stewart (Yoshimura Suzuki), 5. Chad Reed (Honda), 6. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki), 7. Justin Brayton (Yamaha), 8. Trey Canard (Honda), 9. Andrew Short (Honda), 10. Mike Alessi (Suzuki), 11. Broc Tickle (RCH Racing Suzuki). 18 Josh Hill (RCH Racing Suzuki).