always repays his
debts, but he does so
with the speed of a snail.
That’s what makes
It all began with a bet between two long-time friends. From the smallest tales, profound stories grow. So it goes with Davi Millsaps and Eddie Ray.
One of those names you are probably familiar with;
Davi Millsaps won the 2006 AMA 250 East Supercross
title, five 450 Supercross mains, and has been a fan
favorite since he was on minicycles. Eddie Ray has also
accomplished great things in motocross, even if he lacks
the name recognition. Eddie is the husband of Jessica
Patterson, the winningest female motocross racer of all
time. He had a major stake in Patterson’s titles by ensuring his wife had the best equipment available. No slouch
on a motorcycle himself, Eddie Ray also won a Loretta’s
title and achieved modest success racing Supermoto.
Titles are trivial matters to Davi Millsaps and Eddie
Ray, though—at least when they’re together. They measure success based on who can embarrass the other the
most. They are the modern-day Smothers brothers (
without the singing). As for the bet? Back in 2004 Millsaps
was racing for Roger DeCoster’s factory Suzuki program
in the 125 class. Davi was turning heads with a slew of
strong finishes. Eddie Ray noticed his friend’s growing
popularity within racing circles and made a bold
prediction. He claimed that Millsaps would be racing
for factory Honda once his Suzuki contract expired. Davi
Millsaps laughed, stating that he would never ride for
Honda. Ray was so emphatic that he bet Davi $500.
Millsaps took the bet. Then, two years later, Davi signed
on the dotted line with Honda.
Davi Millsaps always repays his debts, but he does so
with the speed of a snail. That’s what makes this story
so interesting. Millsaps stalled for years, despite constant
heckling from Ray. Eddie finally stopped asking for the
money, but told his buddy that he would settle for a
new pair of boots. Last summer Davi Millsaps called
Eddie out of the blue and told him to swing by his
house to pick up the new boots.
When Millsaps opened his garage door, it wasn’t a
pair of boots Eddie saw; it was a fleet of brand-new
Suzukis. Surrounding the bikes were boxes of aftermarket parts and trick components. After Millsaps was
fired from Kawasaki on April 16, 2015, he promptly
purchased several RM-Z450s and set to work getting
a race program ready for the Nationals. Things never
panned out with Suzuki. Instead, he landed a BTO Sports
KTM deal, which is why Millsaps had brand-new full-race
Suzuki RM-Z450s in his garage. Like a blood-thirsty
shark, Eddie Ray circled one of Davi’s bikes and began
prodding Davi about a price. Millsaps threw out a