ARLINGTON, TX (February 20, 2012) – The Rockstar Energy Racing teams turned in some impressive yet hair-raising performances at round seven of the AMA/FIM Supercross Series at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, TX, on Saturday night. The track was a tight, technical one, and it put all the Rockstar riders through their respective paces before the evening was over. Additionally, this round marked the first of the East Region Supercross Lites rounds.
Starting the East Coast rounds with a bang was Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Blake Wharton, who made it to the Supercross Lites main event after finishing fourth in his heat race. Although Wharton had a get-off in the 15-lap main, he recovered and brought home a solid fourth-place result.
“It was an interesting night,” said Wharton. “I would have liked to be on the podium, that’s certainly how you want to start out your season, but I felt like I had some good things going on. Ultimately, I have some things to work on, but the bikes were great and my starts were on point. Now, I’m definitely looking forward to Atlanta. I’ve raced there twice and I’ve done well. I like the track and it’s another place to make a statement. Every round is an opportunity, and I just have to keep pushing for it. I think I’ll be there in the end.”
Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Hunter Hewitt picked up the final transfer spot in his heat race, thanks to a ninth-place result. In the main, he struggled a little, but still put in a determined ride and finished 12th.
“This was one of those days where I never really got into my groove,” said Hewitt. “I worked really hard in the off-season so it was pretty frustrating, but the Rockstar Energy Racing team really helped keep me upbeat. We got through the heat race and into the main, and I just tried to ride my own race. We’re going to Atlanta next, and I think it’ll be a good race for us.”