After a three-year hiatus from his racing career, Blake Wharton is returning to Supercross and will compete in the 2018 Monster Energy 250SX East series geared up with O’Neal.
“My intention just two weeks ago was to be on the line at the season opener for the East series February 17 in Arlington, but we’ve been pushed back a round or two because I had practice crash that’s put me behind a bit,”
“Obviously, I don’t plan to contend for the East title this year, so if I have to miss a round or two to make sure I’m healthy enough to race that’s OK with the team. If we get seven rounds in with some decent finishes as the season progresses we’ll count that as a victory and start focusing on building the effort for 2019.”
“I left the sport after a bout with Epstein Barr in 2013 and a knee injury in 2014. After dedicating my entire life to racing, the circumstances of my early departure were less than ideal to say the least,”
“I’m not suffering from any delusions about my return,” It’s not easy jumping back into a sport as competitive as Supercross after a three-year layoff. I don’t have a factory bike, but I do have outstanding support from the guys at Munn Racing and all my other sponsors. They’re behind me 100 percent and our early goal is simply to put it in the main and do the best we can. We’ll see how it shapes up from there and take it week-by-week.”
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“At the end of the day, we all know Supercross is a dangerous sport and I’ve considered my motivation for returning carefully,” he said. “A return wouldn’t be a viable option for me five years from now.”
“I think all of my experiences over the past three years have helped me mature personally and as a professional athlete. I’ve got a few good years left to put all this together on the race track with an eye toward my future and now is the time to do that.”