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MILLSAPS RETAINS SX LEAD AT PHOENIX

Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps retained his AMA / FIM World Supercross ‘Red Plate’ with third place at Saturday night’s second-round Phoenix Supercross in Arizona.

Millsaps – who stormed round one last week at Anaheim in California – took his RM-Z450 into third position in the 450 Main Event and holds the series lead on 45 points; six ahead of Honda’s Justin Barcia, who won the 20-lap Main Event in front of more than 50,000 fans at the Chase Field Stadium.

Said Millsaps: “For how bad the day was, coming out and establishing a third was good. If I can make these days my worst and my best days last weekend, I’ll be good.”

Throughout practice, Millsaps was not as comfortable as he had been the previous weekend in California. As the gate dropped for his heat race, he put the day’s events behind him and finished a solid second, giving him a good gate-pick going into the Main Event.

As the group exited turn one in the evening finale’s 20-lap Main, Millsaps missed the holeshot by a mere few inches, but he fought hard the entire race and continued to pursue the leaders.

In the 250cc West Coast class, Ryan Sipes had a good start in his heat and rode to a strong third-placed finish. Then after a bad start in the Main Event, he worked his way back up to fourth position and eventually finished seventh. Now sitting fourth in overall points, Sipes is going into the next round hungry for a podium.

Said Sipes: “Sort of a bummer, but I can’t be bummed because I felt like I rode well. Working my way up and passing guys and I got Cole Seely for fourth with two laps to go. I felt like I needed to guard my line and that let him come up and get close. Then we hit in the corner and I was forced to case the double and get passed by a couple more guys. I went from fourth to seventh in a two straights, but like I said, I rode well and all we can do is come in ready for next weekend.”

Jason Anderson looked great all day in practice and was poised for another impressive evening, but in turn one of his heat race, Anderson was clipped and ejected from his bike. Luckily he was unharmed but was unable to make up the lost time and was forced into the Last Chance Qualifier. A slight mistake in the LCQ kept him from qualifying for the Main Event, but he heads into round three this coming weekend, strong and determined.

Said Anderson: “A rough weekend, had a crash in the heat; and then I wound-up endoing in the LCQ all by myself, so not a good night. For sure we’ll improve on that next week and hopefully be on the box.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart continued to demonstrate his talent and drive by quickly recovering after last week’s knee injury to put in an impressive performance at round two of the AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday night.

Despite playing-it cautiously to prevent further damage to his knee – hurt at last weekend’s opening round in Anaheim – the 27 year old raced to seventh place in the 450 Supercross class Main Event in front of more than 50,000.

Stewart started the weekend by once-again setting the fastest qualifying time in the day’s practice sessions. By the start of the evening program, he was more than ready to race: In his heat race, Stewart pulled the holeshot on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and led all eight laps to victory. In the 20-lap Main Event, he struggled at the start but quickly settled into a comfortable spot in the top 10, but held off an increasingly-aggressive challenge and rode a smart, instinctive race.

Said Stewart: “Round two was a little bit better than round one. My knee was sore but I was able to deal with it in the Main Event. I got a bad start, but I was able to pass a couple of people and then I did what I did last week; I just stayed there. I’m happy we got out of Phoenix without damaging anything and I felt a little stronger than I did last week. We have a couple of things to work on, but the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was awesome. In both Main Events this year, it’s been phenomenal. Unfortunately, I’m just not riding up-to-par right now. One reason is because of the injury, but the other is I that just need to let it hang-out there a little more. I can feel that I’m getting stronger, so we’ll be better next week, for sure.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing returns to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California for the second time this year for the third round of the 2013 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship next Saturday, January 19th.

450SX Class Results:

1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
3. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Rockstar Energy Suzuki
4. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda
5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
6. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
7. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yoshimura Suzuki
8. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha

450SX Class Points:

1. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Rockstar Energy Suzuki – 45
2. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 39
3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 38
4. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 36
5. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 33
6. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 31
7. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 27
8. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda – 27
9. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yoshimura Suzuki – 27
10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha – 21

Western Regional 250SX Class Results:

1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
2. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
3. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Kawasaki
4. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda
5. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda
6. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda
7. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Rockstar Energy Suzuki
8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha
9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM
10. Christian Craig, Wildomar, Calif., Honda

Western Regional 250SX Class Points:

1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 50
2. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM – 44
3. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 38
4. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Rockstar Energy Suzuki – 29
5. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda – 29
6. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 23
7. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki – 22
8. Max Anstie, England, Rockstar Energy Suzuki – 22
9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Kawasaki – 21
10. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM – 20

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