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Kent Stotz to appear on Speed Television’s 2-Wheel Tuesday Tonight, 8/9

Four-time AMA Prostar champion Kent Stotz will appear as a guest on Speed Television’s 2-Wheel Tuesday (2WT) tonight, Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30 pm EDT/PDT.

Stotz, the acknowledged dean of professional street bike drag racing, will appear on camera with 2WT host Greg White and discuss the growth of motorcycle drag racing in America and the latest technology that fuels this increasingly popular form of motorcycle sport. To provide a first-hand look, Stotz’s new-for-2005 turbocharged Honda CBR1100XX, sponsored by the Honda Rider’s Club of America (HRCA), will be in the 2WT studio.

“One of the attractions of this sport is that it is a home-grown form of racing unique to America,” said Stotz. “Now it is expanding to other countries as enthusiasts around the world are drawn in by the incredible power these bikes make and the skill needed to launch them.”

Stotz’s latest CBR benefits from an extensive off-season development program that significantly altered the induction and electronic control systems, netting 65 more horsepower (550-plus overall) from the virtually-stock 1100cc mill while running the same 30 pounds of boost as last year. Stotz also pared away 30 pounds in overall weight (now at 475 pounds), allowing the double-X to accelerate more rapidly. “It’s incredibly difficult to get this much power to hook up through a stock motorcycle tire, and that’s where rider skill comes into play. It’s that challenge that the fans come out to see.”

Stotz is well-known for his market savvy when it comes to finding new audiences for motorcycle drag racing. For 2005, the forward-thinking Stotz collaborated with the NOPI (Number One Parts, Inc.) Drag Racing Association (NDRA) to launch the organization’s first foray into 500-horsepower street tire motorcycle drag racing. The HRCA, his primary sponsor, followed him to underwrite the NOPI Pro Street Tire Bike class. The self-taught racer from Schaumburg, Illinois has remained true to his roots and continues to compete in AMA Prostar Pro Street Class competition as well.

The results are impressive. “So far this season, we’ve run the quickest ET in our AMA Prostar class, a 7.36 at 197 miles-per-hour at Norwalk Ohio’s Raceway Park,” said Stotz. “In NOPI competition, we ran the quickest E.T. and the highest top speed of any Pro Street Tire Bike competitor, 7.44 seconds at 195 mph, at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee.” This past weekend, August 6-7, Stotz made an exhibition appearance at the 28th annual National Bikers Roundup at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina (attended by an estimated 92,000 fans) and set the lowest ET and fastest top-speed: 7.47 seconds at 188 mph. To put this performance in perspective, Stotz achieved these results despite a significant AMA Prostar rules change at the end of 2004 that increased ground clearance one-inch (now three inches total) and increased ride height two-inches (now 22 inches). Under the old Prostar Street Bike Shootout Class rules, Stotz became the first Street Bike to officially top 200 mph.

 

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