Manufacturers Cup motorcycle drag racing series
MPS/Mike Thyen Racing team report
event: DME Racing Summer Nationals
when: August 1-3, 2014
where: South Georgia Motorsports Park, Valdosta, USA
MPS/Thyen Racing Qualifies #1 and Resets Quickest Hayabusa Mark
story by Dan Rudd
Billy Vose launches the MPS 'Busa to a 4.04
We had been to back to back final rounds and won the last PDRA event we attended. So naturally, we planned to continue our winning ways at PDRA Dragstock XI held at Rockingham Dragway.
The first round of qualifying was a disappointing 4.19 putting us in the 8th position. After looking at our data we saw a problem in our nitrous system, but weren’t sure what the cause was. We changed a couple of things and ran a 4.25 for Q2 resulting in the 12th qualifying spot. Needless to say we were not very happy with our performance and still had our nitrous issue. Deeper investigation finally revealed our problem. With the nitrous issue fixed we rolled up for the final qualifying round with a do or die tune up. I think Mike called it a “Haymaker”! With 22 motorcycles here we knew we could easily be bumped out of the show if we didn’t improve. It was déjà vous from last year where we were qualified badly going into the final session and went to #3 on the final qualifier. Billy left hard drifting right and had to hang off the left side to keep it straight! A great job of riding from Mr. Vose as usual. 4.045 @ 175.78 flashes on the scoreboard, we have gone from 12th to #1 qualifier! What an awesome run, only .009 off the PDRA Pro Extreme Motorcycle record!
First round we ran Brad McCoy, the only other Hayabusa powered entry in the field. Billy left first and never looked back running a tire spinning 4.091 @ 174.44 to McCoy’s 4.339 @ 164.81.
We were just called to the lanes for 2nd round Sunday when the drizzle started. It quit and the track drying started only to have it rain again prompting PDRA to pull the plug for the weekend and resume eliminations at the Finals in Richmond Virginia on October 10-12. We would like to send a big time thank you to the Drag 965 team for feeding us this weekend. Awesome food for lunch and dinner!
About the bike: This bike is a totally unique combination for Pro Comp. It starts with a highly modified Suzuki Hayabusa powerplant with an MPS billet block, CP Pistons, Crower rods, Cooper Performance cylinder head with Kibblewhite valves, APE springs and cylinder studs in an Innovative Performance Racing chassis. It features what we call “MPS Lethal Injection,” a combination of MPS Spyder Dry Nitrous system and the new Holley Dominator ECU. This custom EFI/nitrous system controls all motorcycle functions including data logging.
We would also like to thank all our other parts suppliers without whom we could not race. Thanks to Kevin at Lectron Fuel Systems for the awesome new “Injectrons”, Tim at Holley EFI, Ray at MSD Ignition, Jay at APE, Snake & RC at CP-Carrillo, Bill at Robinson Industries, Kerry at Crower, Lori, Debbie, and Melissa at Web Cam, Mike at Cometic, Go Go at Nitrous Express, Kurt at Millennium Technology, Will at Kibblewhite Precision Machining, Carl at ARC, Eric at MTC Engineering, Dave at Worldwide Bearings, Dawn at Bates Leathers, Hot Rod Chrissy and Tim Hailey for their awesome photos, and last but not least Brandi at Dragbike.com for the great coverage of our sport.