Swizcorner: Anaheim 3Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | 2:35 PM
There was plenty to get excited about at the third Anaheim visit of 2013 but I want to focus on one thing in particular.
Entering into this 2013 Monster Energy Supercross season, there was (for the third year straight) lots of talk about the increased parity at the front of the class. There were the standard players; returning back to back champ Villopoto, the always capable Reed, the ever-consistent Dungey, lightning in a bottle aka James Stewart, the tenacious Trey Canard and the new player, one we all just knew was going to win races; Justin Barcia.
I don’t want to talk about any of them though. The story of 2013 thus far has been a perennial disappointment. Wait, disappointment is a bit harsh. Davi Millsaps has always possessed the skill to do exactly what he is doing this year. In recent years an inability to reach the comfort zone he once took for granted played a large role in hindering his advancement toward the results he’s achieved through 5 rounds in 2013. What’s that you say, he finished 2nd in the series last year? Yes, well it was clear he was making a push in 2012 but the depleted field made that 2nd overall less impressive in reality than it looks on paper. The checks still cash the same though so it evens out. It's Davi's consistently average past which again, leading into 2013, left him labeled an "also-ran" to the expected race winners by most bench racers of the sport.
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