Davi Millsaps pressured Chad Reed into a mistake and subsequently got his first career SX win at his hometown race in Atlanta, GA.
Chad Reed took the Progressive Direct Holeshot to start off the Monster Energy AMA Supercross tonight in the Georgia Dome. Under heavy pressure from Red Bull Honda rider Davi Millsaps, the championship leader would crash back to 11th on Lap 5 which allowed Millsaps to take the lead. Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham sensed his opportunity to get his second win of the season and immediately upped the intensity. However, Millsaps, in his hometown race, wasn’t hurting for incentive either and began to stretch his lead over Windham who was chasing the San Manuel Yamaha of Nathan Ramsey. It took another two laps for Windham to make it stick, but the Red Bull Honda rider out front wouldn’t give an inch.
Fellow factory CRF450R rider, Andrew Short, moved around Monster Kawasaki’s Tim Ferry on Lap 11 when the KX450 rider stalled his machine, and once he passed Ramsey for third it became a red freight train in the podium positions.
More than 67,000 fans rejoiced at the victory by the Cairo, GA rider in the premier division, but a rough the last ditch bonzai effort that came up just short of displacing the Honda sweep earned an extra bout of applause for fourth-place Ferry.
Davi Millsaps celebrated his first career victory in the premier Supercross class with a victory at Atlanta.
Reed would struggle his way up to sixth, just behind his teammate, Ramsey, who had one of his best 450-class performances in years. Though a disappointing round for the Aussie implant, Reed still holds a 184-159 point advantage over Windham. Millsaps has drawn to within 14 points of Ferry who sits third in the season standings, but Short is only two points behind his teammate.
AMA Supercross Results:
1. Davi Millsaps, Hon
2. Kevin Windham, Hon
3. Andrew Short, Hon
4. Tim Ferry, Kaw
5. Nathan Ramsey, Yam
6. Chad Reed, Yam
7. Charles Summey, Yam
8. Paul Carpenter, Hon
9. David Vuillemin, Suz
10. Jason Thomas, Hon
AMA Supercross Overall Standings:
1. Reed, 184
2. Windham, 159
3. Ferry, 137
4. Millsaps, 123
5. Short, 121
Honda Lites rider Trey Canard snagged the holeshot at Atlanta and rode it all the way to an impressive flag-to-flag victory.
Nico Izzi and Trey Canard both won their heat races to start the East Coast SX Lites season with a rookie showcase. Canard would keep the momentum in the main event when he put his Torco Racing Fuels Honda at the front of Turn 1. Remember, this is with reigning West Coast title holder, Ryan Villopoto, coming through the pack.
RV wound up buried down in 11th at the end of Lap 1, but despite traffic, the Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider was clicking off lap times faster than the leaders. The popular red-head was looking to move into the top-5 before a crash put him down and in pain with a sore wrist. RV would remount and thought about keeping his push going after a stop in the mechanics’ area to get his machine sorted out. However, it wasn’t to be and the KX250F was retired.
Meanwhile, Canard held on to a seven-second lead ahead of MDK KTM’s Martin Davalos who was scrapping it out with fellow KTM rider Ryan Sipes. The duo would pass back and forth several times before the checkers but it was the Ecuadorian, Davalos, who prevailed. He followed Canard, who held a consistent lead over second place throughout the race. Not only was it the first SX Lites victory for the Honda rider, but in his first SX race ever.
The other rookie, Izzi, would finish eighth after crashing back from a strong top-5 position. The DNF by Villopoto puts him in exactly the same position as Ben Townley during 2007 when last year’s East Coast champion went out in the opening round. However, will RV be able to mimic Townley by coming all the way back to a title after such a disastrous opener? Much of that depends on how badly his wrist is hurt, but if anyone can pull off that stunt it’s Villopoto.
Ryan Villopoto has started out his East Coast Lites title run in the hole after a painful DNF at Atlanta.
I don’t know what to say right now, I’m just so excited,” Canard said, and continued, “I know it’s a long series so I don’t want to get too excited about this race.”
AMA Supercross Lites Results:
1. Trey Canard, Hon
2. Martin Davalos, KTM
3. Ryan Sipes, KTM
4. Jake Moss, Yam
5. Tyler Bowers, Yam
6. Branden Jesseman, Kaw
7. Josh Grant, Hon
8. Nico Izzi, Suz
9. Kyle Chisholm, Kaw
10. Ben Coisy, Hon
AMA Supercross Lites Overall Standings:
1. Canard, 25
2. Davalos, 22
3. Sipes, 20
4. Moss, 18
5. Bowers, 16
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