Museums and Finals
Stotz Racing was honored when Jeff Carsenson of the National Motorcycle Museum asked if we would be interested in displaying our first Honda Blackbird. This first Honda set the ProStreet world on fire and won the 2001, 2002 National championships. It was an easy decision and Mark and I drove it out to the museum in Anamosa, Iowa. I heard it was placed near Elmer Trett’s NitroTop Fueler. Take a trip and check out this amazing collection of historic bikes. Look them up @ nationalmcmuseum.org.
Eastside Honda got their new hand slider clutch completed in time for me to test it the weekend before the AMA/Dragbike Finals. It took two days and eight passes but we got a handle on the right combination and left for the finals with Frankie running a 1.21- 1.24 -1.25 short times with the ‘330s in the 3.20’s and the eighth mile (‘660) in the 4.80’s. When testing we only test to the eighth mile knowing our back half is fairly consistent in the 2.45 to 2.50 range. These are all good enough for solid 7.30’s with 7.20’s very possible. Winning the Finals last year still relied on the rider having to throw the clutch but not go more than 65-75% throttle until the clutch locked up. This in large part has been the inconsistency in our cbr1000RR. Mark and I where excited going to the AMA/Finals with a clutch that the rider could finally pin the throttle in first gear and it would not drive over the clutch.
Brad Anassis, the 4-time South African ProStreet Drag Race Champion is also the owner of the Honda factory sponsored PortableShade South African road race team. Brad was interested in buying my ProStreet Honda (my new ProStreet RR is 70% done) to win another season back home. Thursday’s test session was cancelled due to rain saturation so we spent the day getting familiar with the bike and each other. Brad and I became instant friends and I am envious of his business skills. On Friday by his third pass Brad went a 1.27 short time and a 5.05 to the eighth. Brad has a successful riding style back home but much different than either myself, Frankie, Chip Ellis or Nick Ienatsch, the four riders to go 7.30’s and even 7.20’s on this cbr1000RR and win at least one AMA/Dragbike National event every year. This in itself is amazing considering there are at least 100 ProStreet Busa’s to every ProStreet Honda. Brad adapted quickly to some of the riding techniques over here but when I tried to make the bike do what he was used to back home we went backwards. The more we changed it the worse we got. Unfortunately the bike and rider did not come around in time to qualify for the very fast field but we did make it to the finals in the ProStreet B class. Sean Henson on his Velocity Racing bike laid down a beautiful 7.30 pass to beat us in the final. All in all it was a great learning experience for both Brad and I about the different approaches we have both used to become Champions. Brad will be racing here in the States at select events in 2010 and I look forward to racing against him and maybe soon with him again on a Honda.
Don’t forget to check out the National Motorcycle Museum. From Kent, Sharon, Frankie, Jacqui, and Mark Harrell, Stotz Racing looks forward to 2010 and wishes you all a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year. Stotz Racing thanks the Honda Rider’s Club of America, Pro Honda Oils, Scorpion Helmets, Joe Rocket, BST Wheels, Falicon Crankshaft Components, Velocity Racing, Star Racing, JE Pistons, Air-Tech Streamlining, Schaumburg Honda, HyperPro Suspension, Win Racing, and Mark Harrell of mobiledynamometer.com.