Millsaps Retires

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2/7/2018 7:18 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/7/2018 7:50 AM

Davi posted on instagram, and then quickly deleted the post. Thanks for all the great years of racing DM18!


Link on Vital: https://www.vitalmx.com/features/Davi-Millsaps-Retires,5809

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2/7/2018 7:19 AM

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2/7/2018 7:21 AM

Part 1

Part 1 After 14 years as a professional Supercross and Motocross racer, today, I announce my retirement from racing. Obviously, this was not an easy decision for me to make. Before the crash that I sustained back in October, I felt great while on the bike, and I was looking forward to an awesome 2018 season with my team, Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing. Everything was falling perfectly into place: my training, my fitness, and the bike. I had high expectations for the 2018 Supercross season. Then, the unexpected happened and life changed so fast. I was sent to the ICU with a major concussion, bleeding in and around my brain, and a shattered elbow, along with being bruised and banged up pretty much all over. After months of recovery and consulting with my neurologist and family, we came to the difficult decision that it was time for me to retire from racing. I say this with great sadness, and this is definitely not how I wanted to end my career. But health is a priority. When the doctor told me that he couldn't release me due to the risk that another impact on my head could be life-altering, not to mention life-threatening, it was pretty tough news for me to swallow. The reality of retirement was very hard to face. It brings out a bag of so many mixed emotions. It saddens me greatly to have to go out like this. I have given so much of my life to this sport. I basically grew up on a track chasing my dream.

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Part 2

Part 2. From the time I first rode a bike at the age of 3 till now, at almost age 30, I’ve had a blast. In return, this sport gave me an opportunity to be the best and work with the best. My racing career has brought me so many amazing opportunities, many great races competing against the sport’s finest athletes, amazing fans, and many lifelong friends. My wife, Brittney and I were fortunate to have been able to share my career with our two kids, Dane and Bryn. I cannot begin to express my sincere gratitude to so many individuals and sponsors who have stood by me throughout my entire career. I thank you, and I am very appreciative for all you have done for my family and me. Supercross and Motocross fans are the best fans in the world. I thank you so much for being there for me and for all you have given me through your encouragement and love. Looking back at my wins and losses, long list of injuries, surgeries, and all of the highs and lows I’ve experienced, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m not going to lie, I will miss it. This sport has been so good to me, and I'm fortunate that I can walk away looking forward to the future with my family. I’ve been so lucky to have had this experience as a pro athlete, and I will cherish each and every moment of it. I truly appreciate all the support over the years. Thank you, everyone!

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

2/7/2018 7:21 AM

It looks like it's back up.

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2/7/2018 7:22 AM

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2/7/2018 7:25 AM

Hot damn, I thought id break the story first... you boys are fast lol

I wish Millsaps the best...and congrats on the choice.

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"Life is Too Short To Last Long"

2/7/2018 7:27 AM

Blair said this a month ago on his podcast.

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2/7/2018 7:29 AM

Makes sense, being knocked out for what 6 minutes? He may never get his reactions back. Donny Hansen can tell you all about that.

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2/7/2018 7:32 AM

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Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Rider Davi Millsaps Announces His Retirement From Racing

Cypress, CA - February 7, 2018 – After a lot of careful thought and consultation with his doctors and family, Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Davi Millsaps has made the decision to retire from supercross and motocross racing. The announcement was made today by Davi on his social media channels.

“After being injured while testing last fall, I had hoped to return to racing this year,” Davi said. “But, after consulting with my doctors and talking things over with my family, I have made the difficult decision to retire from racing. As it was, I had already planned to retire at the end of the year, but unfortunately, I had a big crash, which changed my plans. I definitely wanted to go out on my own terms, but my neurologist wouldn’t clear me to ride, so I was essentially forced to call it quits after 27 years of racing. I’m officially retiring today, but I’ll still be around the sport I love.”

Davi is planning to do a Lap of Honor for the fans at the Atlanta Supercross on March 3. “Atlanta is where I won my very first 450SX Main Event,” said Davi, “And, I’m the only Georgian to ever win a 450SX race in Georgia, so it’s fitting for me to conclude my racing career in Atlanta. Also, my family and friends will be able to be there to see me do my lap. It’s definitely going to be emotional, but it’s the right thing for me to do.”

A two-time Monster Energy 450SX Championship runner-up in 2012 and 2013, Davi tallied five 450SX wins and 35 450SX podiums in his career. He was also 2006 250SX East Champion, 2014 Monster Energy Cup winner, and 2016 Canadian National Motocross Champion.

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2/7/2018 7:35 AM

Its good to see he's doing the right thing for his family. I'll definitely miss seeing him out there.

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2/7/2018 7:35 AM

That's a bummer. So much talent, so many bad breaks.

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2/7/2018 7:37 AM

I'm pretty sure a lot of people saw that coming.

The 18 is going back in the rotation for 2019.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

2/7/2018 7:38 AM

Sad to see such a talented individual retire from racing. We truly never saw his full potential. I can remember watching him back in the day on 80/85s looking like a mini Travis Pastrana.

Wish him the best in the next chapter of his life, he has been to hell and back many times because of this sport.

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2/7/2018 7:42 AM

WOW 6 minutes is a long time to be out , hopefully he fully recovers and has no further issues.

thanks for all the great rides Davi

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2/7/2018 7:42 AM

Davi just wrote the post that JS7 has yet to do.

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2/7/2018 7:44 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/7/2018 7:45 AM

Congrats on a fine career Davi. Happy to see you are choosing your long-term health over one more season.

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2/7/2018 7:49 AM

tingo wrote:

Davi just wrote the post that JS7 has yet to do.

Agreed.

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2/7/2018 7:55 AM

(same comment I left on his IG) God bless you Davi. The right choice was made, and you should be proud.

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2/7/2018 8:09 AM

Always been a fan of #118... remember watching mini warriors 4 his segment was awesome

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Braaaaaaaap!!

2/7/2018 8:11 AM

Bummer to see him retire, but a very understandable decision. Congratulations on a great and good luck in the future!

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2/7/2018 8:12 AM

Thanks for all the racing you did. I will miss watching you moto. Best of luck for the rest of your life.

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2/7/2018 8:16 AM

Not sure why he would consider coming back at all knowing he was retiring at the end of the season anyway.

However, Good move and happy retirement! Well deserved!

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2/7/2018 8:23 AM

Barcia’s success led to this. Fill in ride turned into a full ride and Millsaps didn’t want to go looking for any other rides. I wish he’d have stayed on the Suzuki. He was flying in 2013.

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2/7/2018 8:25 AM

TDeath21 wrote:

Barcia’s success led to this. Fill in ride turned into a full ride and Millsaps didn’t want to go looking for any other rides. I wish he’d have stayed on the Suzuki. He was flying in 2013.

Yeah, No.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

2/7/2018 8:28 AM

Here's to a happy and well deserved retirement DM18!

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2/7/2018 8:29 AM

Still remember his performance at A1 in 2013. NOBODY saw that coming

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2/7/2018 8:32 AM

Engine Ice's first magazine cover with visible logo (on Davi's chest protector)

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2/7/2018 8:34 AM

TDeath21 wrote:

Barcia’s success led to this. Fill in ride turned into a full ride and Millsaps didn’t want to go looking for any other rides. I wish he’d have stayed on the Suzuki. He was flying in 2013.

You like SUSZUKI, bro? You try the RM100, bro? Heard its legendary.

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2/7/2018 8:43 AM

TDeath21 wrote:

Barcia’s success led to this. Fill in ride turned into a full ride and Millsaps didn’t want to go looking for any other rides. I wish he’d have stayed on the Suzuki. He was flying in 2013.

You couldn't be more incorrect if you tried

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This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. - FDR



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2/7/2018 8:47 AM

A bummer he retires due to this serious injury, but he does it with Class. Thanks for so much good racing !

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