Red Riders on Top in DetroitTuesday, April 15, 2008 | 5:29 AM
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Torrance, CA: Honda Red Bull Racing¹s Davi Millsaps scored top honors in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday night, riding his Honda CRF450R to victory in front of a cheering Ford Field crowd at Round 13 of the Supercross Championship. Securing his second-ever Supercross race win and his eighth podium of the season, the 20-year-old got away to a good start on the opening lap of the main. Millsaps took the lead on the second lap and was relentless in his pursuit of the top step of the podium.
Torco Racing Fuels Honda¹s Kevin Windham continued to add valuable points in the championship chase by accompanying Millsaps on the podium in third place. Firmly holding second-place honors in the series with 280 points, Windham¹s weekend result puts the 30-year-old veteran in striking distance of the championship lead. The close points tally has all the makings of an exciting conclusion to the 2008 Supercross season with just three rounds remaining. Fellow Honda racer Andrew Short is still within reach of a championship podium, only eight points shy of teammate Millsaps with 221 points. After qualifying second fastest in his heat race, Short came out in the main and continued to demonstrate the same consistency he has shown all season, securing fifth place.
With one race remaining in the Supercross East Lites Championship, Torco Racing Fuels Honda rookie Trey Canard remains on top of the 2008 Championship points tally. Canard¹s opening three race wins of the season secured the 17-year-old the points lead and with one round remaining in the championship, the East Lites title fight will be played out at the final round in St Louis, Missouri next weekend.
After a disappointing fourth-place qualifying heat race result, Canard took to the track in the main event determined to make amends on his CRF250R.
Getting a solid start, Canard looked to have found his rhythm but a crash in the whoop section while in second place followed by trouble rejoining the race forced him to settle for tenth place. Teammate Josh Grant¹s results told a similar story. Grant has finished on the podium twice this season but luck wasn¹t on his side in Detroit. Grant qualified seventh fastest in heat race one but after making a solid start in the main event Grant finished outside the top ten after crashing twice. He currently holds seventh place in the championship.
Honda Red Bull Racing¹s Benjamin Coisy slipped out of the championship top ten after missing the main event. A bad start in the heat race forced the Frenchman into the last chance qualifier event, but first turn carnage forced him to the rear of the field and out of qualifying contention. Coisy is in eleventh place in the East Lites championship.
Now only 16 points out of the Supercross championship lead, Windham is closer than ever to realizing his dream of winning the biggest title of his career.
2008 AMA Supercross Points Standing
1 296 Chad Reed
2 280 Kevin Windham (HON)
3 229 Davi Millsaps (HON)
4 221 Andrew Short (HON)
5 191 Josh Hill
6 189 Tim Ferry
7 155 Nathan Ramsey
8 137 David Vuillemin
9 123 Paul Carpenter (HON)
10 121 Nicholas Wey
2008 AMA Supercross East Lites Points Standing
1 122 Trey Canard (HON)
2 119 Ryan Villopoto
3 86 Nico Izzi
4 76 Tyler Bowers
5 73 Martin Davalos
6 72 Branden Jesseman
7 71 Josh Grant (HON)
8 70 Ryan Sipes
9 68 Ryan Morais
10 60 Billy Payne (HON)
11 53 Ben Coisy (HON)
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