The Monster Energy Supercross Series headed back to Southern California for stop three of the season, and things were slightly different than last time around. Now that the “newness” and commotion has faded a bit, it is easy to breeze through the pit area and find out the latest happenings. With three editors scanning the pits and the track, we were full tilt all Saturday finding out the latest happenings.
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When improvements being made to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles began to interfere with the scheduled stop, the promoters at Feld brought the event back to its former venue, Angels Stadium of Anaheim.
While at press day on Thursday, we milled through the pit area and saw numerous fan displays under construction. The biggest in the pit is without question Monster Energy, as it takes three days and eight trucks of materials to build. The black and green semis that make up Monster’s fleets are seen throughout SoCal, such as this Western Star.
This is the finished Monster hospitality area. Over the course of one day, they will distribute two pallets of various drinks to fans. Monster has a number of different fan sites to accommodate the varied sizes and pit layouts of the Supercross season.
The Rockstar Energy Racing team was also hard at work on Thursday, as they took advantage of their full staff and early load-in to erect their awning and pit area. With 17 Supercross races, 12 Nationals, and the Monster Cup, heaving the pipes and canopies is a routine the teams have down pat.
Davi Millsaps and the Rockstar Energy Racing team maintained the points lead with a gutsy fourth-place finish in the Anaheim 2 main event, and the red plates will stay on the Steve Westfall-tuned RM-Z450 for at least one more week. Millsaps crashed hard at the start of his heat race when the engine in his bike let go, and he suffered a badly tweaked wrist in the crash that followed. After winning the LCQ, Davi battled with Chad Reed for third in the main. Just when he appeared to have the spot on lock, though, he spun out in the corner after the finish line jump and dropped to fourth. Still, he maintains a three-point championship series lead over Trey Canard.