The 2014 Monster Energy Cup winner Davi Millsaps is let go by the factory Kawasaki team. Read his response.
The Monster Energy Kawasaki factory motocross team issued a press release on April 16, announcing that it had released rider Davi Millsaps and that it would not be competing with an in-house factory effort in the 450cc class during the remaining rounds of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series.
Kawasaki’s press release is as follows:
“Monster Energy Kawasaki has terminated its agreement with Davi Millsaps effective immediately. Unfortunately this means our factory race team will not be competing at the final three rounds of the Monster Energy Supercross season but we will be cheering on our 250SX support team Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki as well as TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed and Josh Grant in the 450SX class. With Wil Hahn continuing to recover from his injury, we are working hard on our motocross program and the factory team is looking forward to getting back to the track for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season opener at Hangtown on May 16.”
Millsaps joined the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team late in 2014 and immediately rewarded the brand with a win at the 2014 Monster Energy Cup, but his results in the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series have been less than stellar, as he has he has only broken into the top five 11 times and currently sits 11th in the 450cc series point standings.
Millsaps was very tight-lipped about the situation after the news was announced, but he has since released the following statement:
“Although my results have not been what I had hoped for up to this point, I have continued to give my best effort and have fulfilled all of my contractual obligations. I am aware that there is much speculation regarding my termination. While I am not at liberty to discuss details, I can say without equivocation that I have not violated any AMA or FIM rule or regulation. At this point I am evaluating my options, both professional and legal. I apologize to my fans, sponsors and fellow competitors for the confusion this has caused. I want to especially thank Monster Energy for continuing to stand behind me. I look forward to resolving this and getting back to racing. See you soon.”