Race City: Ross Millson race notes

MILLSON SETS SIGHTS ON MOSPORT CALGARY, AB -- July 1, 2008 -- Hamilton motorcycle road racer Ross Millson had looked to tame Calgary's high horsepower track at round 2 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, held this past weekend at ...

MILLSON SETS SIGHTS ON MOSPORT

CALGARY, AB -- July 1, 2008 -- Hamilton motorcycle road racer Ross Millson had looked to tame Calgary's high horsepower track at round 2 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, held this past weekend at Race City Motorsports Park. However, pre race-weekend engine woes and deteriorating track conditions made his 16th place finish seem like a personal victory. Millson will now set his sights on the upcoming doubleheader weekend at Mosport.

Prior to heading out west for the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsports Park, Millson's bike suffered an engine failure while testing for the upcoming event. With only hours before the bike was to be loaded for the trip to Calgary, the team was left scrambling to install a stock engine.

Millson recently achieved a personal best as a Pro at the opening round of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship with a sixth place finish in the Superbike class at Calabogie Motorsport Park.

Last year in Calgary, Millson put in a gritty rookie performance, nursing a severe puncture wound to his right thigh, from an accident that occurred during a morning practice session for a regional event. Despite riding injured, the 2007 Race City round was where Millson achieved his previous personal best Pro Superbike result with a determined 11th place finish.

Heading into this year's event at Race City's aging 3.2 KM (2.0 miles) track, Millson knew the weekend was going to be a struggle on a circuit that tends to favor bikes with the maximum horsepower.

In Sunday's Superbike final, Millson got a respectable start and battled with a group of riders running similar lap-times. Throughout the race he was able to get to the front of this pack utilizing higher cornering speeds to make passes. However, on Race City's long drag strip front straightaway, Millson end up relinquishing the spots he had earned in the previous corners. This exchanging of positions played out through the balance of the race finding Millson crossing the finish line in 16th on his #39 Summit Gearworks sponsored Suzuki GSX-R1000.

"We were shy on horsepower for this particular track -- I pushed the bike as hard as I could", said Millson. "I came to Calgary healthy and I knew if I stayed focused and rode smooth, I could finish with a strong result and come away with some points."

RMP Racing will now focus their efforts on preparing for rounds three and four of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship Doubleheader Weekend at Mosport International Raceway - July 17-20, 2008

Ross Millson, on behalf of RMP Racing, would like to thank Roz-GarRacing for their support this weekend and congratulate Roz-GarRacing's Jodi Christie on his first national win in the Amateur 600 Sport Bike class.

-credit: rpm racing

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