Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps and Blake Wharton both scored strong podium finishes in Saturday’s AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship 12th round at Toronto in Canada.
RM-Z450-mounted Millsaps took second place in the 450cc Main Event and Wharton third in the 250cc Main aboard the team’s RM-Z250; and both hold second and third respectively in the two series.’
After sustaining a knee injury practicing before the Daytona Supercross, Millsaps has not been able ride nearly as much as he would like, but he rode to a successful third-placed finish in his heat race. More-impressively were the lap times he was putting down and he was the fastest rider on the track. In the Main Event, Millsaps returned to the form he had early in the season in regards to his starts: He gated near to the front and immediately found his way into the lead, continuing to dominate for more than half the race before succumbing to eventual winner Ryan Villopoto.
Said Millsaps: “It’s definitely good to get a solid weekend under my belt; it’s been about 6 weeks for me. I have a weekend off now so I will have a lot of time to practice and get back to where I was. It was a great race for sure and Ryan Villopoto rode awesome. I just made a few mistakes here and there and he capitalised on it. He was obviously going faster than me tonight. All in all, from the past couple weekends to this weekend; I’m going in the right direction. It’s crazy how three days of riding a bike good helps so much. I block-passed him in the second turn and he knew I was there so he just had to stand up and let me go by. We’re riding clean. There’s no reason to get all stupid and punt each other and just be enemies for the next five rounds or two years… We’re riding clean and we’ll pass when we have to pass and block-pass when we have to block pass. As fast as we’re going, to take someone out is wrong. We have more respect than that. If it came down to the championship, I think we’d both try but nothing stupid.”
Wharton had a lot to be fired up about after the happenings in Indianapolis a week ago. Crashing with a significant lead with half-a-lap remaining and then being docked four more positions in a controversial protest is tough to swallow. Wharton needed to rebound and it was clear in practice that he aimed to do just that. Wharton and Wil Hahn were the only two 250 riders successfully and consistently negotiating a very technical triple-triple section. In Wharton’s heat race, he opened up a commanding lead en -route to another qualifying victory, but in the Main Event he experienced a bit more adversity. Initially he was one of the fastest riders on the track and was closing in on the lead. Then at about the half-way point he was forced to go into protect mode as Hahn was on his heels. Wharton began to ride a bit tight but was able to hold on for a very positive third place.
Said Wharton: “Canada was pretty good but not where I wanted to be. I won the heat race but in the Main I need more. My speed is good, I feel like my speed is there. I was picking some lines I shouldn’t, doing some things I shouldn’t; and I just didn’t ride the whole time the way I needed to. I feel good on the bike and everything is right there but there are just a few things I’m missing. This weekend is off but it won’t really be off. I’m going to do my thing, I’ll be riding. There’s not really any time to rest during Supercross. ‘Gotta keep sprinting.”