"Winning in St. Louis was just amazing," he says. "Once I got out front I just put my head down and went for it. I knew from the first round in the series that I had the speed; it was just a matter of me staying positive and racing a polished race. Standing on the top step of the podium after the race, I really didn't know what to feel. I was so happy, but I don't think what I had just achieved really set in until I was back home in Texas the following day. It was definitely an experience I could get used to."
But racing Supercross is a very different beast compared to Motocross, as Wharton soon found out. After scoring a win and finishing the Supercross Championship fourth in the standings, the Texan's confidence was high heading to the outdoor series.
"I finished the 2009 Motocross Lites series eighth in the points chase, which I was fairly happy with. Most rounds I was among the top 10 finishers, but I unfortunately had a couple of DNFs, which ultimately affected my overall standings. I did finish on four moto podiums though, which I'm pumped with. I also had the chance to race a few outdoor national events in 2008, and I did pretty well considering I was just 16 years old and racing against more experienced professionals."
Now in his second full season with GEICO Powersports Honda, Wharton is tapping into the valuable experience he has gained from working closely with a professional team, and he is very aware of the advantages of being a member of the GEICO team and riding a Honda CRF250R.
"I've learned so much about my CRF250R racebike in the last year because I get to work so closely with everyone on the team. This year Honda has an all-new CRF250R bike, and I love all the changes that have been made. I feel really comfortable riding it. For me, the new bike is a winner and I know that confidence will show in my race results each week."