Yamaha captured two positions in the top seven of the fourteenth round of the AMA Supercross series (also and FIM World Championship) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans last weekend. Watched by more than 33,000 spectators JGRMX’s Davi Millsaps again demonstrated his decent speed and form this season by recovering from a first corner crash in the 20 lap main event to charge back to 6th place.
New Orleans was a tough meeting for Millsaps who crashed in the Heat race and had to dig into his reserves to win the Last Chance Qualifier and enter the gate for the Main with a lowly slot. The 24 year old was again racing alone after James Stewart’s hand injury kept the former champion on the sidelines.
Millsaps was then part of a pile-up that caught another three riders around the first turn but recovered his YZ450F and began a flight behind the disappearing pack that would eventually drag him past brand-mate Weston Peick. “He has really shown a lot of heart this year,’ commented JGR owner Coy Gibbs on Millsaps’ efforts. “He’s working hard, and it shows. He went down in the heat race and we didn’t know if he’d be able to come back for the LCQ, but he did, and he won the LCQ. Then he went down in the first turn in the main event and came all the way back up to sixth from way back there. He was on the gas. We’re really proud of Davi.”
Millsaps is now second in the standings – a career-best ranking – and five points in front of Justin Brayton. Stewart is fifth. Rounds in Seattle, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas remain for the injury-hit campaign, starting with the visit to CenturyLink Field next Saturday.