Monster Energy Kawasaki is in the middle of a crisis and the situation isn’t getting any better. In what can only be described as shocking news, the AMA Supercross team has decided to terminate the contract of rider Davi Millsaps, capping off an unceremonious end to what has been an underwhelming season for Millsaps.

The team also announced that it would not be competing in the final three races of the current season. No specific details were given on why Monster Energy Kawasaki came to this decision. Likewise, Millsaps was tight-lipped on the termination, leaving plenty of people trying to scrape for answers on what brought about this sudden of turn of events.

What we do know is that Millsaps has struggled with inconsistency this season. After 14 of the 17 races this year, Millsaps only sits in 11th place in the series standings with 147 points, 171 points behind series leader His struggles could have been a factor in his termination, but the fact that Monster Energy Kawasaki also announced that it would not race the last three races of the season points to a bigger problem within the team that we all love to get to the bottom of.

Hopefully, we get an explanation sooner or later. That’s not too much to ask, but considering that this development all caught us by surprise, I’m not holding on too hope that we’re going to get answers in the near future.

Continue reading to read more about David Millsaps termination from Monster Energy Kawasaki.

Why it matters

I actually woke up this morning and the first thing I saw on my email was this press release. Needless to say, I was caught off guard just by reading it. As soon as I picked my jaw up on the floor, questions immediately popped into my head. Why did Monster Energy Kawasaki terminate his contract? Why isn’t the team racing in the last three rounds of the season?

At this point, none of the parties concerned have explained anything, although Millsaps did tell Cycle News that he was reserving any comments until he has “more in-depth conversations with people that I have to talk to.” That doesn’t sound like a man who knows all the answers himself.

It’s really disappointing that it had to come to this for Millsaps and the team. Clearly, it’s been struggling throughout the season for both the rider and the team. I fact, Millsaps’ highest finish this season has been fifth, which he accomplished three times this year, the latest coming in the 12th round in Detroit.

I really do hope that we get our answers sooner than later. Did the team just throw in the white towel knowing that he team’s racing season is effectively history?

We all need answers at this point and the sooner we get them, the more we’ll understand exactly what happened between Monster Energy Kawasaki and Dave Millsaps.

Press Release

IRVINE, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki has terminated its agreement with Davi Millsaps effective immediately. Unfortunately this means our factory race team will not be competing at the final three rounds of the Monster Energy Supercross season but we will be cheering on our 250SX support team Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki as well as TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed and Josh Grant in the 450SX class. With Wil Hahn continuing to recover from his injury, we are working hard on our motocross program and the factory team is looking forward to getting back to the track for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season opener at Hangtown on May 16.

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