2015 Monster Cup winner and previous runner up in the American Supercross series Davi Millsaps has been sensationally sacked by the reigning champion team Monster Energy Kawasaki after a poor year for their lead rider in 2015.
The team that has won the past 4 manufacturers and riders championships with Ryan Villopoto signed Millsaps who, for them seemed the perfect choice to take the team forward into their first year without their talismanic rider, as he had finished second in points for two of the last three years and been one of only a few riders away from the top level factory riders to win races.
Millsaps started his year out in fantastic fashion by winning the Monster Cup, a one off race with a huge prize fund that marks the beginning of the American indoor Supercross season. Although Millsaps was not the dominant rider in the evenings racing, he was the one that picked up the most points and a 6 figure prize to boot.
However, his form in the actual Supercross season was hard to measure. Constantly complaining of a strange fatigue issue that was preventing him from getting on form, he was rarely a factor in any of the races though often looked cuick and ceompetitive in heat races.
Kawasaki released a press release in the past day telling fans that Davi had been released immediately from his contract, the team itself would be missing the last three rounds of the Supercross season and they will be concentrating on the Lucas Oil outdoor campaign with Will Hahn, their other rider who was injured in the first round of 2105 at Anaheim and has missed the entire Supercross season.
The rumour mill has gone into overdrive about who might Kawasaki sign to lead their campaign, with Eli Tomac the fans favourite. But spare a thought for Millsaps. Just two years ago he was on a high after winning many races and a couple of Main events on a semi-factory Suzuki. Now his career looks to be in tatters.
There was no explanation or reason given in the Kawasaki release.