Team Suzuki Press Office – March 19. Rockstar Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton raced to his and the Suzuki team’s first Supercross Lites Main Event victory of the season at round 11 of the 2012 AMA/ FIM Supercross Series at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis on Saturday night.
The charismatic rider also put a halt to another racer’s winning-streak in the process as, en-route to victory, Wharton grabbed the holeshot in his six-lap heat race and finished second before going onto the 15-lap Main Event and bringing home the win.
Said Wharton: “It feels good to get the win. It’s been a while since I’ve won, but I never stopped thinking I could. I know it’s not easy to win, but at the same time, what we’re doing during the week, we’re doing it to win. I happened to win tonight, but it’s so tough with the competition because everyone’s so fast. But this weekend, I won it and I just want to go into next weekend and carry this over. Toronto should be good; I like going to Canada.”
Unfortunately, Rockstar Energy Racing team-mate Hunter Hewitt suffered some bad luck in his heat race: In the first turn, he got tangled up with some other riders and went down and as a result, did not race the Main Event.
“I want to congratulate my team-mate Blake and the whole Rockstar Energy Racing team,” said Hewitt. “They won their first race and that’s really cool. I felt like I rode good in my heat race and in practice, but I just had bad luck. I got hit from behind in my first heat and went down and then I went to the LCQ but couldn’t pull it together. I rode good, but I’ve got to work on my starts. We’re off to Toronto next weekend and I’m looking forward to that.”
The next event for the Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki Lites team is the 12th round of the 2012 AMA/ FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, March 24th at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.