Chad Reed is currently testing both Honda and KTM machinery in Florida, so it was quite clear that he would not be returning to the Yamaha Factory team in 2018. Cooper Webb will enter the final year of his contract, of course, but who is going to sit alongside him beneath the awning? It was announced today that Davi Millsaps will fill that berth.
"First of all, I’m super excited to be racing for the Yamaha Factory team," Davi said in a press release that announced the move. "To be making my Yamaha debut aboard the 2018 YZ450F is going to be awesome. I’ve been doing a lot of testing on the new bike and it's coming along great. I couldn't be happier. I’m training hard for the Monster Energy Cup and I’ll definitely be ready on October 14th. How cool is it that I’ll be running my signature #18 on the '18 Yamaha in 2018? Can’t wait."
"We’re excited to welcome Davi to our Yamaha Factory Team," said Keith McCarty, the Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation USA, in that same press release. "He’s had a great career so far, and he’s been a terrific ambassador for our sport. Davi has been testing his 2018 YZ450F and he is looking forward to competing aboard the brand-new bike at the upcoming Monster Energy Cup."
Davi Millsaps will debut at the Monster Energy Cup, just as Keith McCarty mentioned there, but Cooper Webb will not be present. Webb underwent surgery on his thumb earlier this month, but will be at the event to sign autographs.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Motor Corporation