Millson Looks Forward to Mosport CALGARY, AB -- June 30, 2009 - Road racer Ross Millson of Hamilton Ont. seemed poised to tame Calgary's high-speed Race City Motorsports Park track at the third round of the 2009 Parts Canada Superbike ...
Millson Looks Forward to Mosport
CALGARY, AB -- June 30, 2009 - Road racer Ross Millson of Hamilton Ont. seemed poised to tame Calgary's high-speed Race City Motorsports Park track at the third round of the 2009 Parts Canada Superbike Championship. A series of unfortunate events throughout the race prevented an outcome worthy of the team's recent efforts at the previous round at Montreal's Icar track.
The team was greeted with warm sunny weather and with a clear forecast the team looked forward to a great weekend.
Practice began on Thursday for the RMP Racing team, by virtue of a promoter organized practice day. Millson used the time to get reacquainted with the fast and challenging track. "By the end of Friday's practice sessions I was running lap times faster than I had in the race last year." Remarked Millson.
During Saturday's qualifying session Millson improved upon his previous best lap time by half a second, however he still found himself outside of the top ten. Displeased with his qualifying efforts, Millson would be starting his Inside Motorcycles - Tri City Cycle - Motovan supported Suzuki GSX-R1000 from thirtieth on the grid for Sunday's feature race.
In Sunday's Superbike final, Millson got a poor start and fell back a few positions. In turn two he and a fellow racer made contact, causing him to lose the right knee slider off his Teknic suit.
As Millson regrouped and began to push his way forward he noticed the engine temperature on his #39 Suzuki GSX R-1000 rising quickly. The culprit was a damaged radiator. With the engine temperature continuing to rise, Millson slowed his pace and began short shifting to save the engine and ensure a finish. Millson nursed his injured Superbike home in 15th position.
"Something the size of a marble shot through the rad", said Millson. "..It's kind of ironic. This is the first season I have ever used a rad-guard and it didn't help when it should have."
Millson had hoped to leave Race City with a strong top ten finish but it was not to be.
" -- I think I'll avoid starting from 13th for the rest of the season", Millson joked. "I'm not normally superstitious, but I could have used a few lucky horseshoes from the Calgary Stampede for this race."
"This weekend was far from a total loss", said Millson. "Steven Nickerson earned two podiums in the CBR125R Challenge races this weekend and has been consistent all season long. He has done an outstanding job representing himself, RMP Racing and our sponsors".
Millson will now prepare for the upcoming doubleheader weekend at Mosport Int'l Raceway, July 16-19
Up next for the RMP Racing team is Round 4 and 5 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Mosport Int'l Raceway Mosport, ON July 16-19