The Monster Energy Supercross season is past the halfway mark and Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps still maintains the points lead and red number plate. At the beginning of the season, not many people had pegged Millsaps as the one to be in the position that he is now in, however, it’s one that Millsaps and his team knew was possible.
During the off-season, Millsaps and his riding coach Ezra Lusk buckled down, put in the work, and it is now paying off. We recently had a chance to visit Millsaps and Lusk while they prepared for the East Coast rounds at the Millsaps Training Facility just outside of Cairo, Georgia. During the two days that we were there, we witnessed firsthand how much work it takes to remain at the top of the sport.
Check back later for videos from the trip.
Millsaps along with his race mechanic “Scuba” Steve Westfall, his practice mechanic Jedidiah Rodriguez, and Lusk are currently working in Georgia until the series makes its stop in Toronto, Canada. After that, they will return to California.
During the first day we were at the track, Millsaps hammered out some sprint laps before promptly getting into two 20-lap motos to simulate a main event. This was all done after he had ridden his mountain bike in the morning.
When asked about how he has been able to step it up this year, Davi had this to say, “There are a couple things that changed. One would be going to the new team and getting on a new bike; the other thing would be that I've been prepared. I was actually able to ride during the off-season when I have never been able to in the past.”
In spite of having to put in the work, Davi still managed to make it fun, throwing whips like this for our camera.
Over the past three seasons now, former racer Ezra Lusk has played an integral role in Millsaps’ program. He has applied what he learned while racing to how he helps train and coach Millsaps. During the time we were there, Lusk watched over Davi’s every move while he was on the track. It was not only to give him advice, but to keep him motivated to do the work.