Oxnard, Calif. – February 25, 2013 – Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider #18 Davi Millsaps returned to familiar ground, his home state of Georgia, as Round 8 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series invaded Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
Millsaps overcame much adversity before he even swung a leg over his Galfer-equipped RMZ450 as he had been struggling with illness, unable to practice prior to the event. When the gate dropped on the first 450cc heat race of the evening, Millsaps proved the strongest competitor in the field by taking an uncontested win. The main event would be the ultimate test, and Millsaps passed with flying colors. Initially outside the top five, Millsaps moved steadily forward and into the final podium position just a few laps into the race. Millsaps has finished on the podium in seven of the eight rounds thus far, and maintains a 22-point lead in the series standings.
JGR Toyota Yamaha rider #10 Justin Brayton has been riding with a renewed passion this season. Brayton started the evening with a great ride in the second 450cc heat race, finishing in fourth position. In the main event, things were going as planned until an unfortunate event in the sand section moved Brayton from inside the top five back to last. Brayton remounted and began a charge that would move him all the way up to 13th position. Atlanta would also mark the addition of #11 Kyle Chisholm to the JGR Toyota Yamaha team, filling in for the injured #33 Josh Grant. Look for Chisholm to adapt quickly to the team and put together great race efforts.
BTOSports.com KTM rider #62 Matt Goerke has been a picture of consistency in 2013. Goerke looked great throughout the event, beginning with a sixth-place finish in the first 450cc heat race. Goerke rode a determined main event, battling his Galfer-equipped KTM450SX to an impressive 11th-place finish. BTOSports.com KTM also welcomed another rider to the roster in Atlanta, #29 Andrew Short. Short was impressive in his first ride aboard the KTM450SX, having his best result of the season with a second-place finish in his heat race. The main event was looking great for Short as well, although an incident on lap five held him from reaching his potential. Despite Short's issue, he rebounded for a respectable 14th-place main event finish. No. 54 Les Smith was not to be left behind in Atlanta; he was the third member of the BTOSports.com KTM team in the 450 main event. Via an eighth-place heat race finish, Smith qualified for his second main event of 2013 and was rewarded with an 18th-place finish on the evening.
Motoconcepts Racing/Smartop 450cc rider #800 Mike Alessi was fast and consistent all night long in Atlanta. Alessi qualified fifth from the first 450cc heat race to claim his gate for the main event. Once in the main event, Alessi rode with heart to claim his third top-10 finish of the 2013 season with a 10th-place ride.
Alessi's 250cc teammate, #67 Gavin Faith, continued to turn heads with another solid heat race ride in Atlanta, where he finished second. The main event was another consistent performance for the sophomore 250cc rider, where he finished in seventh position on his Galfer-fitted CRF250R.
RCH Dodge Sycuan Suzuki #20 rider Broc Tickle qualified well out of the second 450cc heat race in fifth position. Tickle gated well in the main event and rode a strong 20 laps to finish in 12th position. Tickle's RCH Dodge Sycuan Suzuki teammate #75 Josh Hill has been gaining momentum after his extended hiatus off the bike while recovering from injuries. Hill qualified for his third main event in a row with a ninth-place heat race finish. Hill captured his best main event finish of 2013 in Atlanta, nabbing the 16th position on the night.
250cc Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider #13 Blake Wharton entered Atlanta second place in the 250cc East Region Point Standings. Wharton looked his usual cool, calm and collected self as he rode his Galfer-equipped RMZ250 to third position in the second 250cc heat race. Wharton rode a heroic main event, battling for 15 laps and capturing fourth position in Atlanta. Wharton leaves Atlanta in third position in the 250cc East Region Point Standings, just seven points out of the lead.
Galfer racers are geared up and looking forward to another successful round of AMA Supercross racing next weekend at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo.