Team Suzuki Press Office – February 4. Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps doubled his points lead to 14 in the 2013 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California on Saturday by racing to second overall in an exciting Main Event.
Millsaps – the most-prolific rider in the series so far after five rounds, and with four podiums under his belt – was on fire from the start, in front of a crowd of 41,000 who braved rain in the closing stages of the evening’s final race that made the circuit slippery.
The 24 year old from Murrietta, California was on fire from the start of his heat race aboard the RM-Z450 Suzuki, taking victory. And in the 20-lap 450 Main Event, he engaged in some heated battles as rain fell on the hard-pack Anaheim soil. At one point it looked like Millsaps was going to make the pass for the lead; at other times it appeared as if he would fall into fourth – such was the closeness of racing between the leading riders.
Said Millsaps: “All in all it was a good smart weekend. I didn’t get that great of a start but somehow I came out of the first turn pretty decent, then a bunch of people went down so that helped me out. I’m not ‘gonna complain about that”! I almost threw it away on lap 18 but I pulled it together. There are a bunch of guys out there that can win any weekend. This is Ryan Dungey’s first win so that’s pretty cool for him. I had some good battles, it was a good race; and I’m just pumped to be on the podium. I’m trying to be as consistent as I can.”
In the 250cc Main Event, Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Jason Anderson put in a solid performance to finish fifth.
Anderson (19) – who picked up his first season podium at Oakland last weekend – worked hard to pick-up his pace through practice and went nearly two-seconds faster; which put him the third-fastest time. Then, in his heat race, he went down while in second place, but fought from the back to finish third; putting in the only time within the 52-second range.
Said Anderson: “Today went good but not good: I was just figuring stuff out first practice and had a good second practice, had some crashes, but came out of the night with a fifth. I’ve ‘gotta go and work on my notes from the night now. I don’t feel like I did too much wrong, I just need to stay out of the squirrely mid pack.”
The Rockstar Energy Racing team head’s to scenic San Diego, California next weekend where Millsaps and Anderson will aim to continue their recent success; Millsaps with a 14-point 450cc class lead and Anderson looking to move up in the 250 class points as he currently sits just two points out of fourth overall.