Thanks to an air shock failure, Ryan Dungey's heat race was over before it even started. The Red Bull KTM team was forced to make a shock change on Dungey's bike and get him ready for the LCQ's, which turned out to be one of the most exciting races of the night.
A huge pileup in the 2nd turn of the 450 LCQ held up most of the field, including Dungey. He got through the mess in 12th, but with Phil Nicoletti and Jimmy Albertson grabbing the two transfer spots and pulling away from the field, Dungey had a lot of ground to make up and only 6 laps to do it. Dungey had made a hard charge up to 3rd as the white flag came out, by still had work to do to catch Albertson. On the race's final lap though, a mistake from Nicoletti put Albertson in first and gave Dungey the final transfer spot and the last gate pick for the Main Event.
When the gates dropped for the Main, it was Justin Brayton, who had scored a heat win earlier in the night, grabbing the holeshot with Mike Alessi in tow. But Chad Reed ended up running into the side of Brayton in an early turn, which allowed Alessi, Dungey, Trey Canard, Davi Millsaps and James Stewart to move into the lead pack. Ryan Villopoto, meanwhile, got held up by the Reed/Brayton crash.
In what seemed like a flashback to last summer's Nationals, it was Dungey and Alessi battling for the lead, with the Red Bull KTM rider making the pass on Lap 2. Dungey went on to lead the race's 19 remaining laps, and despite a strong initial challenge from Millsaps, Dungey was able to stay in control the entire time, taking his first win of the season in impressive fashion.
The battle for the remaining podium spots provided some of the best racing, with Millsaps, Stewart and Justin Barcia all in the mix by Lap 5. Stewart, the fastest qualifier in practice despite battling a torn ACL, made a nice pass on Millsaps for 2nd in the corner coming out of the whoops, but his injury seemed to get the better of him as the race wore on.
With 7 laps to go, Stewart gave 2nd to Millsaps after missing a triple. Then four laps later, JS7 made the same mistake and dropped to 4th behind Barcia.
Millsaps hasn't won a Main Event since the season opener, but he refuses to go away. With another podium finish, he doubles his points lead and will run the red plate yet again next week, while Dungey moves into 2nd place thanks to his victory.
A3 450SX Results
A3 450SX Point Standings
1. Davi Millsaps, 107
2. Ryan Dungey, -14
3. Trey Canard, -15
4. Ryan Villopoto, -17
5. Chad Reed, -26
6. Andrew Short, -36
7. Justin Barcia, -46
8. James Stewart, -51
9. Justin Brayton, -54
10. Jake Weimer, -59