Hines And Harley V-Rod Are Hot In Big Houston Win

BAYTOWN, Texas (May 1, 2011) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines paced the Pro Stock Motorcycle field at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway, guiding his Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® through four rounds of eliminations to take his first event win of the 2011 season. Hines defeated Attitude Apparel Suzuki rider Michael Phillips in the final round.

“We got off to kind of a rocky start here on Friday,” said Hines, “but we turned the corner in the last qualifying session on Saturday. The weather today was the same as on Saturday, so we didn’t touch the tune-up and the bike ran consistently all day. The graphs for each run are identical. When the bike is working like that, it’s great for my confidence.” Hines posted an elapsed time (ET) of 6.901 seconds in the final round of qualifying on Saturday  and claimed the third slot for Sunday eliminations. Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec qualified eighth at 6.921 seconds. Nitrofish Suzuki rider LE Tonglet led all qualifiers with a pass at 6.849 seconds.

Tonglet, the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, was eliminated on a starting line foul in the first round on Sunday. Krawiec defeated Suzuki Extended Protection rider Jim Underdahl in round one, and the Steve Johnson Suzuki in round two, before losing to Johnson in the semi-finals.

“We need to figure out what happened to my bike in the third round,” said Krawiec, who had a 6.990 ET, a significant drop-off from a 6.910 in round one. “We may have hurt the motor or been off on the tune-up. My V-Rod should not have been running that slow.”

Hines opened the Sunday rounds with wins over Kuryakyn  Buell rider Chip Ellis and SAF Suzuki rider Gerald Savoie, and then made the day’s best pass at 6.888 seconds to defeat Karen Stoffer on the Geico Suzuki in round three. Hines led from the start in the final, with a 0.028 reaction time and 6.900 ET to beat the 0.034/6.946 run of Phillips. “We are extremely happy with the way our V-Rod motorcycles are performing so far this season,” said Hines, who now has 24 career NHRA final-round victories. “The bikes are just running a chalk line down the track. We came close to an all-Harley final today, and I’m sure we’ll have some this season.”

After two events, Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle division in points with 202. Hines is second with 184 points, followed by Stoffer with 179 and Lucas Oil Buell rider  Hector Arana with 141. The Pro Stock Motorcycles will next race at the 31st annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-15, atAtlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.

 

Company Information

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visitharley-davidson.com.

 

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team is sponsored by Matco Tools and Dunlop.

 

 

KRAWIEC RIDES HARLEY V-ROD TO DRAG VICTORY AT GAINESVILLE

Krawiec Runs 199.26 MPH to Set New NHRA Speed Record; Hines Qualifies Third

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2011) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Eddie Krawiec opened the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing season with a victory at the 42nd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Krawiec, who also won at Gainesville in 2010, posted the quickest elapsed time of Sunday eliminations in round three with a 6.825-second pass at 198.85 mph on a Harley-Davidson® V-Rod®, and won the final when Geico Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer fouled at the start.

“This track had some killer conditions, it was meant to go fast,” said Krawiec. “My V-Rod was very consistent all weekend and I just came to the line feeling very comfortable every round. I felt zero pressure today.”

Krawiec was the second-fastest qualifier for the event with a 6.788-second ET in the first round on Friday, and also set a new national class record for top speed at 199.26 mph. Krawiec was bettered only by Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana, who opened qualifying with a 6.777 run that reset the Pro Stock Motorcycle national ET record of 6.811 seconds set by Krawiec at Pomona in November, 2010. Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines used a 6.826-second pass in the second round on Friday to qualify third.

In Sunday eliminations, Hines won his opening round match with Suzuki rider Steve Johnson, but lost in round two to Nitrofish Suzuki rider LE Tonglet, who used a 0.020 reaction time and 6.825 ET to beat the 0.029/6.852 effort of Hines.

“After three days of testing last week, and then the performance of these Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle bikes at Gainesville, I can say we’ve had a successful off-season,” said Hines. “I had a great bike today, and had the bad luck to run into the defending champion on his best run of the weekend. That race between me and Tonglet may go have been one of the quickest combined times in history.”

Krawiec opened with a win over Suzuki rider Katie Sullivan in round one, and got a pass in round two when SAF/Motorcycle Specialties rider Gerald Savoie fouled at the start. In the semi-final round, Krawiec used that blistering 6.825-second pass to defeat Tonglet, the defending series champion, who ran 6.861.  Krawiec then advanced to his 20th career final round and secured his eighth career event win when Stoffer left the line just 0.002 seconds early.

“The third-round match with Tonglet was just great racing,” said Krawiec. “There will be no gimmee rounds this season. The level of competition is up a little, and there are a lot of racers out here that can run 6.8s. If we stay consistent and make good passes every round we’ll get our wins this year.”

Krawiec opens the season leading the Pro Stock Motorcycle division in points with 124. Arana, who lost to Stoffer in round three, is second with 104 points. Stoffer is third with 100 points, followed by Tonglet with 74 points and Hines with 62.

The Pro Stock Motorcycles will next race April 29 – May 1 at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.

 

KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak could clinch 2010 GEICO EnduroCross title in Denver this Sat

Blazusiak – undefeated through four EX rounds – doesn’t even need to win, just on the rear knobby of Geoff Aaron

IRVINE, Calif., (Oct. 29, 2010) – Defending GEICO AMA EnduroCross, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, champion Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) is again on the cusp of off-road greatness as the 2010 EnduroCross title is all but wrapped up heading into this weekend’s fifth (of six) round of the popular indoor off-road racing series.

“It’s not going to take an MIT mathematician to figure that Taddy only needs to stay on the rear knobby of 2nd place (overall) Geoff Aaron to win this year’s GEICO EnduroCross title,” said Mike Karsting, VP of Events for Source Interlink Media. “Taddy’s won the first four rounds and Aaron’s been 2nd at three of the four, so there’s pretty good odds that those two guys will be at or near the top again at Denver.”

For his part Blazusiak’s pretty chill on things as he gets set to line up for his 2009 title defense this Saturday at Denver’s Nationals Western Complex (good seats still available!). The Polish off-road great, backed by KTM, has put up the most impressive GEICO EnduroCross season to date. And though he’s aware of the job he needs to accomplish at Denver, running the table on the EX season means little when compared to winning his second overall GEICO EnduroCross championship.

“I have a pretty good lead in the championship and I’m going to just try and go for it,” said Blazusiak. “We’ll see. I just have to keep my eyes open and look where Geoff is. (laughter)”

A hometown race for Aaron, Blazusiak was quick to give the nation’s top trials rider props, along with the rest of the top GEICO EnduroCross riders that he’ll face this weekend in Denver. “For sure. It seems everybody’s gotten better this year, the whole field.”

And as for an undefeated season, Blazusiak knows it’d be historic, but stresses that it’s not as important as winning his second GEICO EnduroCross title.

“A perfect season for sure would be very nice, but my thing is to win the GEICO EnduroCross championship,” he said. “If I can win all the races that would be great. But the goal is the championship so we’ll see how it goes this weekend in Denver.”

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole … and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in! Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor version of extreme off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. With its excitement and unpredictability the EnduroCross championship has always gone down to the wire and this year will be no different as the series starts and finishes at Vegas’ Orleans Arena! Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO Powersports AMA Endurocross “Live.”