James Stewart and Davi Millsaps took home major bragging rights and confidence for next season with their 1-2 performances in Las Vegas this past weekend. In addition, Stewart walked out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a check for $100,000 after winning the event, while Millsaps nabbed $35,000 for his second-place efforts.
For Stewart, it was nothing but firsts all weekend long. The Red Bull/San Manuel Casino/JSE/Yamaha-backed rider debuted the highly anticipated, fuel-injected 2010 Yamaha YZ450F with flying colors, winning every race he entered and having the best lap times all weekend at the annual U.S. Open of Supercross.
“It’s always fun here,” said Stewart after the race. “The U.S. Open seems to offer up more bar banging than any other race, and it’s always a good time. That was the first time that Ryan [Villopoto] and I have raced since the Vegas Supercross in May, so it’s cool to get back out here to rub some elbows. The new bike is awesome, too! I felt like I was underneath everybody in all the corners, and it all just came together for me tonight. Ryan was riding really well, but I just stayed patient and snuck by for the win.”
Millsaps, meanwhile, used consistency to his advantage for a solid second-place overall finish on his Red Bull Honda. Davi passed Australian rider Dan Reardon for second midway through the main event on Friday night, but on Saturday had to settle for third behind Stewart and early race leader Ryan Villopoto. Still, the points he earned throughout the weekend were good enough to earn Millsaps second overall.