Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A, has announced that Davi Millsaps will join Cooper Webb on the factory YZ450F for 2018.
Millsaps will make his factory Yamaha racing debut at the October 14 Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas where he will go for the $1 million awarded to the racer who wins all three 10-Lap Main Events.
“We’re excited to welcome Davi to our Yamaha Factory Team,” said Yamaha Motor Corporation Motorsports Racing Division Manager, Keith McCarty. “He’s had a great career so far, and he’s been a terrific ambassador for our sport.
“Davi has been testing his 2018 YZ450F, and he is looking forward to competing aboard the brand-new bike at the upcoming Monster Energy Cup.”
Millsaps’ moto career has been frustrated with a spate of injuries in recent years but when fit has shown that he can mix it with the best, taking 35 450SX podiums including five career 450SX wins, finishing 450SX championship runner-up in 2012 and 2013. While in 2014 he won the Monster Energy Cup.
Back in 2006 he was crowned 250SX East champion and in 2016 he secured the Canadian National Motocross Championship.
“First of all, I’m super-excited to be racing for the Yamaha Factory team,” Davi said. “And, to be making my Yamaha debut aboard the 2018 YZ450F is going to be awesome. I’ve been doing a lot of testing on the new bike, and it’s coming along great. I couldn’t be happier. I’m training hard for the Monster Energy Cup, and I’ll definitely be ready on October 14. And, how cool is it that I’ll be running my signature #18 on the ’18 Yamaha in 2018? Can’t wait!”
Davi’s new team-mate, Cooper Webb, will not race the MEC having just undergone surgery on his right thumb but will be in attendance to support Davi and the team and sign autographs for the fans.
Cooper is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season.