Round number 16 of the 2010 AMA Supercross series lit up Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday night despite near freezing temps, and the Honda Red Bull Racing duo of Davi Millsaps and Andrew Short threw down solid podium performances.
Rain and snow flurries turned an already demanding circuit into a slick, greasy mess, but patience and determination prevailed, as Millsaps and Short pounded out lap after solid lap to finish the Supercross-class main event in second and third place, respectively. Here’s how the action shook down…
After a weather-induced abbreviated practice schedule, Shorty and Millsaps entered the night program with the second and sixth-fastest qualifying lap times. From there, the Honda teammates motored through heat race number one with authority, crossing the finish line first (Millsaps) and second (Short) to easily qualify for the night’s main event.
Under rain-soaked skies, the gate finally dropped for the SLC finale, and Millsaps went straight to the front where he’d battle for the early lead with fellow Honda rider Kevin Windham.
Short also got a solid jump out of the gate, but a sloppy opening lap pushed him back to the seventh spot by the end of the first rotation. Quickly regrouping, however, Shorty rode smooth and steady as he crept his way up to the third spot by the wave of the checkers.
Up front, despite a valiant effort to push for the win, Millsaps ended the night with an impressive second-place finish.
“I’m just pumped to be up here on the podium tonight,” Millsaps said. “It’s been a long day for me. I went down a couple times in practice, so I’m a little sore at the moment, but I’m really stoked to get my Honda up here on the box again.”
The 17th and final round of the series takes place in Las Vegas next weekend.