Millsaps earns Supercross win in Detroit

Points leader Chad Reed injured in practice

By Staff, Apr. 14, 2008
Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps earned his second win of the season at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. on April 14.

Honda’s Eric Sorby opened the race by winning the holeshot to begin the 20-lap AMA Supercross class main event. Millsaps, however, closed the gap and passed Sorby on the second lap to take over the lead.

Once Millsaps got the lead, he held onto it for the remaining 18 laps on his way to the victory. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry finished behind Millsaps in second, while Honda’s Kevin Windham rounded out the top three.

Meanwhile, points leader and eight-time winner Chad Reed crashed hard in practice and the Yamaha rider was sent to the hospital for multiple injuries to his chest and shoulder. Reed was released from hospital in short order and used an AMA Provisional, which allows for a rider within the top 10 in points to advance directly to the main event where he finished in 12th place.

“I found some really good lines in practice and got a good start in the main and took care of the rest,” says Millsaps. “I got caught up in lappers but ended up fighting through. It was unfortunate what happened to Chad today but I felt like I rode a good race and really earned it tonight.”

Reed’s injury tightened up the points chase in the AMA Supercross class. Windham now sits just 16 points back in second place with three races left on the calendar.

“It will be interesting to see how Chad bounces back from his injury,” says Windham. “It should be an interesting finish in the series. Today was really an emotional roller coaster for me. I came in here 27 points back and after his crash in the first practice it really pulled a 180 for me, and the season.

“Chad has got a lot of adversity in front of him right now. He has won a championship before so he knows what he’s got to do to get it done. I’ve never won one and I’ll be looking to do what I need to do to get my first.”

In the AMA Supercross Lites main event, Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took home the checkered flag. Villopoto was quick right out of the gate of the 15-lap race, winning the holeshot. Yamaha’s Ryan Morais finished behind Villopoto in second, while Kawasaki’s Brendan Jesseman completed the podium in third.