Davi Millsaps gets his first Supercross win since 2010 in Round 1 of the 2013 season at Anaheim.
Trey Canard pushed hard for the lead in 450SX at Anaheim, but Millsaps passed on the final lap for the win.
The first premier class race of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season at Angel Stadium proved to be a memorable battle between somewhat unexpected foes. Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps came across the finish the fastest rider in Anaheim, beating out Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard by a slim margin. Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey held to third well ahead of Two Two Motorsports’ Chad Reed, who finished fourth.
“It was a great night for me,” said Millsaps. “This is my first win since 2010, and I was just trying to keep calm out there. It has been a long time since I have led a race, so it was hard to calm my nerves.”
Following such a dominating year in 2012, it was expected that Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto would be more of a presence out front. He hit a snag early in the contest though and fell outside the top-10. While battling through the determined pack, RV crashed and fell back to 14th. Not long after, a second crash followed which saw the defending Supercross champ fall back to 17th. By the finish he was able to gain one position, taking 16th.
“The main event did not go well at all,” said Villopoto. “I did not get the start I needed, which forced me to find alternate lines in order to pass guys. The track was not easy to pass on, so you had to take some risks. After the crash I knew I just had to get as many points as I could and survive. There are still 16 more rounds, so I’m now focused on Phoenix and finishing where I should be.”
Millsaps pulled the throttle early and became a force, getting to the front before the end of the first lap and holding steady until the final laps. Canard trailed in second and never gave the Suzuki rider much room to breathe, finally making a push for the front after 17 laps. Canard held there briefly, but Millsaps mounted his response on the final lap for the win.
Dungey recovered from a small, late race crash to move past Barcia who was in third. Barcia appeared confident in podium position through the early laps, but late in the contest he too went down. Prior to Barcia’s trouble Dungey had struggled to find a line past the premier-class rookie, but took full advantage once Bam Bam went down for the final step on the rostrum.
“I am excited to get on the podium at this race,” remarked Dungey. “It is a long series and it is good to get a podium finish at the first round to get us off on a right start. Last year, we had a great race at the second round of the series and I am looking forward to going to Phoenix next week and hopefully moving up on the podium.”
Reed was able to gain position as well, but had a substantial gap to close to advance past fourth. RV’s teammate Jake Weimer and Team Chaparral Honda’s Andrew Short also benefitted from Barcia’s crash, moving into fifth and sixth respectively once he went down.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart was a non-entity out front during the Main Event. He put down some fast laps during qualifying, but hurt his knee in the run-up to the race and was forced to ride conservatively. Despite the injury, Stewart was still pleased with his eighth-place finish.
“Things started out pretty good,” said Stewart. “We were fastest in practice and top qualifier. We had some really good speed and the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was working great all day. Then I had a little mishap in practice; I didn’t fall over, I just caught my knee wrong. That turned my night around right there, because up until then I felt like we had a win in us. We finished eighth, but to be honest, I feel like I won the race. Now, I’ll go and get it checked out and if everything is good with the knee, we’ll continue on to Phoenix next week and hopefully get on a roll.”
Millsaps now leads the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross championship, slating himself as yet another rider to contend with in the already deep field of competitive racers who could challenge for the title.
First-place finisher Davi Millsaps and second-place finisher Trey Canard congratulate one another on a fantastic race.
Anaheim 1 450 Supercross Results 2013:
1. Davi Millsaps (Suzuki)
2. Trey Canard (Honda)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Chad Reed (Honda)
5. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
6. Andrew Short (Honda)
7. Justin Barcia (Honda)
8. James Stewart (Suzuki)
9. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
10. Kevin Windham (Honda)
11. Josh Grant (Yamaha)
12. Matt Goerke (KTM)
13. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha)
14. Weston Peick (Suzuki)
15. Matt Lemoine (Kawasaki)
450 SX Championship Points 2013:
1. Davi Millsaps, 25
2. Trey Canard, 22
3. Ryan Dungey, 20
4. Chad Reed, 18
5. Jake Weimer, 16
6. Andrew Short, 15
7. Justin Barcia, 14
8. James Stewart, 13
9. Justin Brayton, 12
10. Kevin Windham, 11