Minneapolis Supercross Race Report - Rockstar Energy Racing

Rockstar Energy Racing enjoyed the nicest weather of the year last weekend in Texas. After making the trip north to Minnesota, a drastic change was experienced. Snow in mid April! Uncommonly cold weather for this time of the year coupled with open pits. The locals were not scared off by the cold however and the paddock area was packed as usual. The team also brushed off the low temps and had a very successful evening.

Davi Millsaps has finished on the podium more than not in 2013. After missing the top 3 by a couple positions last week, he wanted to get back to his game. Davi wasn't the fastest guy in practice, and wasn't even in the top 5. That doesn't always tell the story of what is to come however. While a good qualifying time is always important for heat race gate picks, sometimes much of practice is spent dialing in the bike for the night's racing. Although the team is constantly testing, there is typically a need for minor adjustments to make things perfect when competing at the highest level. Whether it's different soil or just a certain section or two on the track.

Davi came out firing immediately after his first drop of the gate. As James Stewart collided with a tuff block just in front of Millsaps and went down. Davi narrowly avoided hitting the soil himself. He careened off Stewart's bike, thrown completely off balance but somehow saved it. He then went on to easily win the heat. In the 450 main event when it seemed he was certain to garner the holeshot, he was contacted heavily enough by Mike Alessi to stall his bike. Fortunately he was able to bump start it and lose little time. Millsaps still salvaged a decent start as he linked up with the 2 leaders in 3rd. As the top 3 pulled a huge lead over the rest of the field, Davi basically rode around all by himself in 3rd en route to yet another podium finish.

"We've got to go back and make a few tweaks on my bike and myself to improve and move forward. The track was kind of inconsistent tonight. It was bumpy in some places where it's normally not, slick in some places and sticky in others. I just struggled a little bit tonight. All day actually, in practice, in the heat and the main. Hopefully I can pull it together in the next race. Definitely good to get another podium. I'm not complaining by any means. A lot of people are looking at the bad this year cause I was in the points lead and now I'm in 3rd. It's just the fact that every single person is in this class. I've never led the points. I've never been on the podium 9 times in one season. It's really been an accomplishment for myself and my team to be up in the front as much as we are. I still feel like we've made a statement. We're here and we're not going anywhere and we're going to keep pushing to move forward." - Davi Millsaps

Blake Warton's night was nearly a carbon copy of Davi's. He didn't have his best practice qualifying times of the year, yet went on to cross the finish line in first in his heat race. He didn't get the holeshot in the main but produced a solid start. The difference in the night for Blake was the happenings in his main. The aggression between him and his fellow competitors on the track made for excellent spectating for all. There was a lot of contact throughout the first half of the race. Wharton was getting and dishing blows. At about lap 5, Blake came together with Tyler Bowers. As a result he moved into 3rd place. He then settled into a good pace and completed the 250 main event continuing his podium streak with a solid 3rd, just like Millsaps.

"Minneapolis, Minnesota. First time for me racing here. I guess the last race was in 2008 so that was cool. Practice was good and my heat race was good. The main was full of action and that first five laps was crazy! Gotta get with the front guys and go, just do my thing. I ended up 3rd, not where I wanted to be, I lost the pace for a minute. But it is what it is, we're going to Vegas now so we'll see how it goes." - Blake Wharton

"Today went good. I think the biggest thing is that you always get expectations. I think that we've set our expectations a lot higher as the series has gone on. We won 2 heat races and that was great. The guys looked really good. Both guys looked great all day. We were on the box and we finished 3rd but we want to win. That's what we've come here for, what we did early on and before the series ends we wanna do it again." - Dave Gowland

As the East Coast series will now take two weeks off before the final in Las Vegas, Millsaps and team will head to Seattle and rejoin Jason Anderson and Ryan Sipes as the West Coast Series reconvenes.

450SX Class Results: Minneapolis
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
Chad Reed, Australia, Honda
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki
Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha
Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki
 
450SX Class Season Standings
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 299
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 277
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 276
Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 220
Chad Reed, Australia, Honda, 212
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 199
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 177
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 174
Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 149
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 141
 
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results: Minneapolis
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki
Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda
Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
Lance Vincent, Youngsville, La., Honda
Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda
AJ Catanzaro, Portland, Conn., Kawasaki
Steven Clarke, England, KTM
Cole Thompson, Canada, Honda

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 178
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 173
Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki, 153
Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda, 103
Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda, 100
Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 87
Cole Thompson, Canada, Honda, 83
Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda, 78
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 71
Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 68

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