Posted By: James Hanson
ST. LOUIS, MO (March 5, 2012) – The Rockstar Energy Racing teams celebrated their first podium of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross season at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO, on Saturday night. Supercross Lites rider Blake Wharton captured the coveted main event podium position with a third-place finish in front of a record-breaking crowd of almost 60,000.
Rockstar Energy Racing’s Wharton was the holeshot hero in his Supercross Lites heat race, jumping out front immediately and leading all six laps to take his first heat race win of the year. In the main event, Wharton was running in the top five right off the bat. Putting in an aggressive ride, Wharton worked his way into a podium position before race’s end.
“It was a good night, I won my heat race,” said Wharton. “In the main, I got an average start and actually came together with some guys. But I managed to get through it and make some passes on some guys and ended up third. I’m happy to be on the podium, but I’d like to be on the podium more consistently, and that’s going to take better starts and good riding. Now, we go to Daytona and that’s a tough track. But I got fourth there last year, and I’m looking to improve on that.”
Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Hunter Hewitt looked good in his heat race until getting tangled up with another rider and going down hard. But he rallied and went on to get the holeshot in the LCQ, lead all four laps and take the win to advance to the main. In the Supercross Lites main event, Hewitt got pushed wide at the start and went down. Coming from behind, the Rockstar Energy Racing rider picked his way through the field to finish 12th.
“St. Louis was rough,” said Hewitt. “I had to go to the LCQ and won that. In the main, I got pushed outside on the first turn and went down. Then, I just tried to ride my race, and I feel like I pushed hard all the way through. We’re off to Daytona next weekend and it will definitely be a better weekend for me. I’m going in there with a clear head and a refurbished body.”
March 5th, 2012 | TAGS: Bel Ray, Blake Wharton, DC Shoes, Dragon alliance, hunter hewitt, one industries, Rockstar, Rockstar Energy, Rockstar Energy Drink, Rockstar Energy Racing, St. Louis Supercross, STL SX, supercross, suzuki, SX, yoshimura