Millson Gets Up To Speed at ICAR Mirabel, Quebec CANADA -- June 16, 2009 -- RMP Racing's Pro Superbike racer Ross Millson put in an impressive effort at the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship earning a finish just outside of...
Millson Gets Up To Speed at ICAR
Mirabel, Quebec CANADA -- June 16, 2009 -- RMP Racing's Pro Superbike racer Ross Millson put in an impressive effort at the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship earning a finish just outside of the top ten.
After a crash at the first round of Canada's premier road racing series Millson was determined to bring home at least a top ten finish for his crew and sponsors at the 2.8 km Circuit ICAR track built on the grounds of the Mirabel Airport.
Throughout the weekend Millson, chief mechanic Mark Millson and Accelerated Technologies owner John Sharrard worked with a new Race Tech rear shock which lead to promising results.
"We were using scrubs for many of the early practice sessions and we seemed to be getting less tire wear than other teams going out on fresh rubber" said Millson. "This track presents many challenges when it comes to suspension set up and tire choice."
Looking to maximize the new found set up, Millson chose to go with a softer tire compound for Saturday morning's pre-SuperPole qualifying session.
"The choice to go out on the softer tire was worth a shot, but it ultimately back fired" said Millson. "Starting from seventeenth was obviously going to present some challenges on a one line track like ICAR, but we knew that if we went back to our original setup we would be there at the end."
Confident in which tire compound would work best with the suspension settings, the Millson brothers made a last minute gearing change to maximize what the bike can do on the straights.
Millson made up for a less then stellar qualifying effort with a great start aboard his Inside Motorcycles sponsored Suzuki GSX-R1000 and acquired six positions within the first lap. After mixing it up with J.F. Cyr and Erick Beausejour in the opening few laps Millson settled into the eleventh spot.
With time running out Millson pushed towards a top ten finish, however in the remaining number of laps he was unable to advance his position. A minor off track excursion on the last lap dropped Millson one spot. Quickly remounting he reentered the track to finish 12th overall.
"We were able to set our fastest laps of the weekend midway through the race so that's very encouraging --we're looking forward to Calgary and the rest of the season" said Millson.
RMP Racing is grateful for the support from team sponsors; Inside Motorcycles, Zox Helmets, Motovan, Infinet Designs, Turn 2 Sportbike School, Essential Image, MotoConcepts and CRC Racewear. Additionally Ross Millson would like to thank; Tri-City Cycle and Sport (Suzuki), Race Tech, Vortex, Hindle, Niagara Powersports and Shaun Fletcher for his assistance this weekend.
Up next for the RMP Racing team is Round 3 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park, Calgary, AB - June 25-28.