Millson Back on Track at Mosport BOWMANVILLE, ON -- July 23, 2008 -- After a challenging second round in Calgary, Hamilton Ont.'s Ross Millson was back in fine form at the third and fourth rounds of the Part Canada Superbike Championship held...
Millson Back on Track at Mosport
BOWMANVILLE, ON -- July 23, 2008 -- After a challenging second round in Calgary, Hamilton Ont.'s Ross Millson was back in fine form at the third and fourth rounds of the Part Canada Superbike Championship held this past weekend at Mosport International Raceway.
Millson's pre-race activities began early in the week. On Monday, the privateer roadracer sat down with The Hamilton Spectator's Motorsports columnist, Tim Miller, to discuss Canadian Superbike racing and Millson's season leading up to the Mosport Doubleheader Weekend. Tuesday evening Millson had an entertaining discussion with AM900 CHML's News Talk radio host, Scott Thompson.
Thursday's National Series Test Day provided the RMP Racing crew an opportunity for improvements to Pro racer Millson's Suzuki GSX-R1000. With minor adjustments to the recently rebuilt engine and changes to the suspension, the team felt the overall setup was headed in the right direction going into Friday's qualifying.
With Friday's qualifying time of 1:25.678 being only good enough for 14th, Millson and his crew knew there was some additional work to be done. Millson's qualifying effort was hampered by a rough running Suzuki.
"It was cutting out and missing like crazy! It sure made it tough to put in a good lap," exclaimed Millson.
High temperatures and humidity on Saturday didn't deter RMP Racing's friends, family or sponsors from coming out to enjoy the weekend-long events at Mosport. Among the sponsors who dropped by were long-time supporters Infinet Designs. Todd McNabney of Heroic Racing Apparel made the ten-hour trek from New York, NY for his first ever visit to Canada and a Canadian Superbike event. RMP Racing's development rider, Steven Nickerson, also joined the crew for the weekend. Along with Millson he signed autograph cards, talked with race enthusiasts and team sponsors.
During Saturday morning's practice session Millson logged a best time of 1:26.297. Although this was not the time the team was aiming for, Millson's feedback allowed the crew members (Mark Millson and Blaine Groves) to diagnose the problem as a possible electrical issue. It was then determined that a failed sensor was the elusive gremlin.
Under threatening skies Millson took to the grid for Saturday's Superbike feature. Energized by the resolved technical issue, he shot off the line gaining two positions before the first corner.
Gradually improving his time with each lap, Millson was able to battle for a top ten spot. After 20 laps Millson brought home his #39 Summit Gearworks sponsored Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the 9th position right behind the factory Buell of Steve Crevier.
"It was a good race and result considering the scrambling we did to get the bike onto the grid," admitted Millson. "Our sponsors got to see the perseverance and determination of this team first hand!"
For the fourth round of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship Millson once again started from the 14th spot on the grid. Millson was ready to better his previous day's result, however another explosive start was not in the cards. The privateer put his head down and over the next few laps began to reclaim the positions he relinquished at the start.
Approaching the midway point of the race Millson had briefly worked his way up to 9th place. Brooding dark clouds reappeared triggering a light misting rain in various corners of the legendary Mosport track. The #39 Suzuki on full slicks found the new track conditions less than agreeable. A near crash forced Millson back to the 12th place position.
After only 11 laps completed out of the scheduled 20 laps the race was red-flagged for safety and deemed an official race, finding Millson 12th at the finish line.
"My goal for today was to be well inside the top 10, I sure do wish the race could have run the full distance," said Millson "It was a good weekend and we're coming away from Mosport 10th in championship points."
Millson and the entire RMP Racing team would like to thank their friends, family members, Garnet Munro from Munro Auto Sales and sponsors for their continued support. Thanks must also go to the dedicated staff at Mosport International Raceway, PMP organizers, corner workers and safety crew for making the Mosport Doubleheader weekend an outstanding event year after year.
Up next for RMP Racing's Steven Nickerson is round five of the R.A.C.E. Super Series at Shannonville Motorsport Park - July 25-27. Then, on August 7th to the 10th, Ross Millson will return to Atlantic Motorsport Park - Shubenacadie, NS for rounds 5 and 6 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship.