We are excited to announce that Blake Wharton is instructing at our Phoenix, Arizona camp June 2-5.
In 2003 at the age of 12, Wharton earned his first amateur motocross championship. He also made his first Winter Nationals Olympics appearance. He continued both trends in the years that followed, also earning the AMA Amateur Ride of the Year nod in 2007. That same year he earned three additional youth titles.
With a growing list of amateur accomplishments to his credit, Wharton opted to take the next step in his career and turn pro in 2008 by running the final three events of the outdoor season.
In 2010, Wharton nabbed top-10 finishes in the point standings in both the Monster Energy Supercross Lites West and Lucas Oil AMA Motocross 250cc class.
“You learn so much every time out,” Wharton said. “I’ve been working really hard on some great things, practicing a lot, working on my speed and endurance too. I know whenever we show up to a race it’s going to be game on and I want to show up ready.”
The Texan earned his best Supercross finish of third in Phoenix and closed out the season fifth in points. During the outdoor Motocross season, Wharton was on the podium twice, in High Point and Unidilla, and wound up eighth overall.
“I struggled last year in Supercross so this year I’m trying to prepare more,” Wharton said. “It’s a matter of getting used to riding with 20 other guys that are all really good. That Phoenix race was great because I led 12 laps, and even though I ended up getting passed and finishing third, I was riding well and I knew after that I could win.”
Wharton will return to the GEICO Honda team in 2011 with plans to continue to build on his finishes.
“This will be my third year as a pro,” he said. “I won in St. Louis in 2009 and I’m really hoping to get some more trophies in 2011. I want to win and be consistent. The championship isn’t only winning races, you have to be consistent. I want to be consistently on the podium because if you are, you’ll be in the title hunt at the end.”
In 2009, Wharton joined the GEICO Honda team. Through the course of the season he earned an eighth place points finish in the Motocross Lites courtesy four podium finishes, along with a Supercross 250 class win in St. Louis.
Scored first professional Supercross win at the St. Louis Supercross in the 250 class on March 21
1st Lake Whitney AMA Spring Classic – College-boy 17-24
1st GNC International Finals – 125 Pro, 250 A Mod, 250 Pro
1st NMA World Mini Grand Prix – 250 Mod Pro
1st Lake Whitney AMA Spring Classic – 125 B Stock, 125 Youth (12-15) Stock, 125 Youth (12-15) Mod, Super-Mini
1st GNC International Finals – 1st 125 Open Amateur, Schoolboy (12-15) Mod 2-stroke, Schoolboy (12-15) Mod 4-stroke, Schoolboy (12-15) Stock 4-stroke
1st NMA World Mini Grand Prix – 125/250 School-boy, 250 Stock Intermediate, 450 Stock Intermediate, 450 Mod Intermediate
1st AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships – Schoolboy (12-15)
1st NMA Ponca City Grand National Championship – 125 2-Stroke Non-Pro, 125/250 Schoolboy Thru 16 Non Pro, 250 4-Stroke Non-Pro
1st FIM Junior Motocross World Championships – 125cc
2007 AMA Amateur Rider of the Year
1st Lake Whitney Spring Classic – 85 Mod 12-13
1st AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships – 85cc Modified (14-15)
1st NMA Ponca City Grand National Championship – 85 Open thru 16 Div 1, 85 Stock 14-16, 85/150 Mod 14-16, Super-Mini thru 16 Div 2
1st Winter National Olympics – 85cc 14-15 Motocross, 85cc 14-15 Olympiad, 125cc 12-15 Olympiad, Super Mini
1st AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships – 65cc Stock 10-11
1st Winter National Olympics, 85cc 7-11 Motocross, 85cc 7-11 Olympiad
Posted on Wed, May 14, 2014
by Donita Povolny