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,
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
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
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
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.