It takes a gambler to win and the Austrian motorcycle maker KTM took that gamble on the weather last Friday while throwing a holiday party slash track day at its local Pala Raceway. Known locally for its Indian casino, Pala, California and its motocross raceway was the site of KTM’s Christmas gift to owners and […]
2013 AMA Supercross San Diego Race Report
Davi Millsaps captured his second main event win of the season and expanded his AMA Supercross championship lead to 19 points with a wire-to-wire victory at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
The Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider jumped ahead at the start for the holeshot and held that lead for the entire 20-lap race for the win. Finishing 2.386 seconds back was Team Honda Muscle Milk‘s Justin Barcia while Red Bull KTM‘s Ryan Dungey finished 10.300 seconds back for third place.
Following Millsaps through the first corner were RCH Dodge Suzuki rider Broc Tickle and TwoTwo Motorsports Honda‘s Chad Reed. Barcia joined the lead group and moved past Tickle for third spot on Lap 3. Millsaps, Reed and Barcia formed the lead pack for much of the first half of the race.
Reed hounded Millsaps looking for a chance to pass but made a mistake on Lap 9 that dropped him back to seventh. That error moved Barcia into second with Toyota JGR Yamaha‘s Justin Brayton moving into the top three. Barcia stayed close to Millsaps but was ultimately unable to catch the series leader.
“What can I say, when you’re able to pull the holeshot and ride 20 clean laps you make life a lot easier on yourself,” says Millsaps. “It’s been a great start to the season and everyone is working hard to make this happen. You have to be there every week in order to have a chance to win this thing (the championship), and we’re doing our best to keep it out front.”
With his second win, Millsaps leads all riders with 132 championship points. Sitting in second place is Dungey at 113 points while reigning champion Ryan Villopoto of Monster Energy Kawasaki is tied for third with Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard.
The 2013 AMA Supercross season continues Feb. 16 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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[Source: AMA Supercross]