After being spotted at practice tracks around Southern California in recent weeks, the news of Davi Millsaps new deal with Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha is official. The 450 class veteran will race the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series and 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on the factory team alongside Cooper Webb, with both riders on the all-new 2018 Yamaha YZ450F. This move to Yamaha comes after two years on KTM equipment with the Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM team.
Millsaps will make his debut with the team at the 2017 Monster Energy Cup, an event that he won in 2014. He will be the lone rider, as Webb is currently recovering from a thumb injury he suffered at the 2017 MXGP of USA.
The press release from the team is posted in full below…
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today announced its 2018 Factory Supercross/Motocross team, featuring riders Cooper Webb and new teammate Davi Millsaps. Davi will make his first public debut with the team aboard his #18 2018 YZ450F at the Monster Energy Cup on Saturday, October 14 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. Davi will go for the $1 million awarded to the racer who wins all three 10-Lap Main Events.
Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., said, "We're excited to welcome Davi to our Yamaha Factory Team. 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."
The 2014 Monster Energy Cup winner, Davi was also the Monster Energy 450SX Championship runner-up in 2012 and 2013, and he has notched five career 450SX wins, and 35 450SX podiums. He was also 2006 250SX East Champion and 2016 Canadian National Motocross Champion. The Orlando, Florida, native currently resides in Lake Havasu, Arizona, with his wife Brittney and their two children.
"First of all, I'm super-excited to be racing for the Yamaha Factory team," Davi said. "And, 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. And, how cool is it that I'll be running my signature #18 on the '18 Yamaha in 2018? Can't wait!"
While Davi will race, Cooper Webb will also be in attendance at the Monster Energy Cup to cheer on Davi, help the team notch the win, and, along with Davi, sign autographs for the fans.
As was previously announced, Cooper will not compete in the event due to the surgery he had last week on his right thumb, which he injured in practice at the Monster Energy MXGP of the USA in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this month. Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season, which begins in early January.