The 2018 Yamaha Factory Racing Supercross/Motocross teams have now been announced as the anticipation heightens for Anaheim 1 this coming Saturday. 

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Yamaha Announces 2018 Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing Supercross/Motocross TeamFeaturing Riders Cooper Webb, Davi Millsaps, and Justin Barcia

Cypress, CA – January 1, 2018 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., has announced its 2018 Factory Supercross/Motocross team, featuring riders Cooper Webb and his new teammates Davi Millsaps and Justin Barcia.

Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., said, “We’re excited to have Cooper back for a second year, and we welcome Davi and Justin to our Yamaha Factory Racing team. Our rider lineup for 2018 is one of the strongest we’ve ever had, and they’ll be riding the brand-new 2018 YZ450F, which is definitely one of the best bikes we’ve ever had. Everyone at Yamaha is looking forward to watching these three riders race and win in 2018.”

Cooper commented, “I worked hard during the off-season to ensure that I’m in the best possible shape I can be in, and I feel really good. The new 2018 YZ450F is an amazing bike, and I feel confident that I’ve got the best machine, along with the best team, with which to contend for race wins and Championships in 2018.”

Davi said, “First of all, I’m super-excited to be racing for the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory team. To be making my Yamaha debut aboard the 2018 YZ450F is going to be awesome. Also, how cool is it that I’ll be running my signature #18 on the ’18 Yamaha in 2018? I can’t wait!”

Commenting on his return to Yamaha, Justin said, “This is a great opportunity for me, and not only am I really happy to be back racing a Yamaha again, but I’m especially excited to be racing for the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory team. I’m super-proud to have my number 51 on the brand-new 2018 YZ450F!”

Rider profiles:

Cooper Webb, #2 “It’s great to be back for my second year with the Yamaha Factory Racing team. Last year was a good learning experience for me, and I’m looking for big things in 2018! I also want to welcome Davi and Justin to our team.”

Date of Birth: November 10, 1995
Home Town:  Newport, NC
Marital Status: Single
Height: 5’7″
Weight: 145 lbs.
First Race: Hangtown MX
Year Turned Pro: 2013
Favorite Track: RedBud
Favorite Food: Japanese
Favorite Music: Rap
Training: Cycling, Gym, Trainer: Gareth Swanepoel
Hobbies: Surfing, Golf, Cycling, BMX, MTB, 
Fishing, Shooting Guns, Basketball, 
Wakeboarding

RACING HIGHLIGHTS

2017 13th in AMA 450SX Championship, 7th in AMA 450MX Championship
2016 AMA 250SX West Champion, AMA 250MX National Champion, Represented Team USA at 2016 Motocross of Nations, Winner in MX2 at Charlotte MXGP
2015 AMA 250SX West Champion, Represented Team USA at 2015 Motocross of Nations, Winner in SX1 at Genoa (Italy) Supercross, 2nd in SX1 at Bercy/Lille (France) Supercross, Winner in SX1 at AUS-X Open in Sydney (Australia), 2nd in MX450 at Sugo (Japanese Motocross Nationals)
2014 3rd in AMA 250MX National Championship, Winner in MX450 at Sugo (Japanese Motocross Nationals)

Davi Millsaps, #18 “I’m super-excited to be racing for the Yamaha Factory team, to be teammates with Cooper, and to be aboard the brand-new 2018 YZ450F. Also, how cool is it that I’m running my signature #18 on the ’18 Yamaha in 2018? It was meant to be!”

Date of Birth: February 15, 1988
Home Town:  Lake Havasu, AZ
Marital Status: Married to Brittney
Height: 6′
Weight: 180 lbs.
First Race: Bithlo, FL
Year Turned Pro: 2004
Favorite Track: Atlanta
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Music: Country
Training: Hard Core
Hobbies: Cycling, Boating

RACING HIGHLIGHTS

2017 5th in AMA 450SX Championship
2016 Canadian 450MX National Champion
2014 Monster Energy Cup Winner
2013 2nd in AMA 450SX Championship
2012 2nd in AMA 450SX Championship
2006 AMA 250SX Champion

Justin Barcia, #51 –This is a great opportunity for me. I’m really happy to be back with Yamaha again, and especially to be racing for the Yamaha Factory team. I’m proud to have my number 51 on the brand-new 2018 YZ450F!

Date of Birth: March 25, 1992
Home Town:  Madison, FL
Marital Status: Engaged to Amber Maloney
Height: 5’ 9”
Weight: 160 lbs.
First Race: Walden Motocross Track (Wallkill, NY)
Year Turned Pro: 2009
Favorite Track: Southwick
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Music: Hip-Hop/Rap
Training: Cycling
Hobbies: Cycling

RACING HIGHLIGHTS

2017 17th in AMA 450SX Championship (season shortened due to injury), 13th in AMA 450MX Championship
2016 4th in AMA 450MX Championship
2015 3rd in 450MX Championship, Represented Team USA at 2015 Motocross of Nations
2014 5th in AMA 450SX Championship
2013 4th in AMA 450SX Championship, 3rd in AMA 450MX Championship, Winner in SX1 at Genoa (Italy) Supercross, Winner in SX1 at Bercy (France) Supercross
2012 AMA 250SX East Champion
2011 AMA 250SX East Champion
2010 AMA 250SX East Runner-Up, 5th in AMA 250MX Championship, Winner in SX1 at Bercy (France) Supercross
2009 5th in AMA 250MX Championship, MX Sports Pro Racing 250 Class Rookie of the Year