Mark Paquette Racing team report
Paquette Racing Winning With & Without Bars
story, photos and video by Tim Hailey
Mark Paquette's turbo-methanol Kawasaki monster is for sale
With wheelie bars or without, in Pro Comp or Pro Street, the Mark Paquette Racing team proved up to the task of breaking records and winning in 2014.
Everybody knows that Paquette’s turbo-methanol Kawasaki Funnybike is an absolute monster. When the tune-up is right, few can touch this wheelie-barred beast. With a string of wins and number 1 qualifiers, Michigan medical business owner Paquette secured his second straight NHDRO Schnitz Racing Pro Comp championship.
Along the way, Paquette ran a 4.00 and a whopping 198.47 mph in the eighth mile class. What the what? After sporting a copperhead paint job for a while, Paquette was back in black and not lookin' back. “I’m still freaking!” seasoned veteran announcer Radical Rich Tivitt said about the 198 mph blast at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. “What a run! Oh my God, it was one of the coolest passes I’ve seen.” And that’s a lot of passes.
Bud Yoder was untouchable on raceday in Valdosta
But there are also two Pro Street bikes under the MPR awning—one for Paquette and the other owned and ridden by veteran rider Bud Yoder. And Yoder did his best to steal Paquette’s thunder, running the quickest street tire pass ever with a 6.83 in October’s Battle Royale at Maryland International Raceway. Yoder then finished off the year in style with a stunning win at the Manufacturers Cup World Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta. Bud drew the tough side of the ladder, racing his way past Tony Ficher, the DME bikes of Joey Gladstone and Terence Angela, and finally the HTP bike of Ryan Schnitz in the final.
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“We spent a lot of time testing new parts and different combinations to improve our performances for each race and that obviously paid off for us in a big way,” said Paquette. “Collectively we have three badass bikes, two of which own records. Even the slowest of the three ran a 6.900, which is fourth on the Pro Street G.O.A.T. list. That would have made a world record just a few months ago!”
Paquette's 6.900 Pro Street bike
Mark Paquette, Bud Yoder and the MPR team thank McIntosh Machine & Fabrication , Robinson Industries , Shinko Tire , Ward Performance , MTC , Dart Race , JRI Shocks , Montgomery Motorsports , Portable Shade , J&E Pistons , RCC Turbos , Web Cams , Worldwide Bearings , Comp Turbo , Bellman Oil Company , Brock's Performance , Schnitz Racing , McCall Colors , Spiegler Brake Lines and crew members Tony Paquette, Brent Paquette, Kerry Paquette, Kelly Yoder, Terry McIntosh and Tiffany Broderick Kuhn. “Last but not least, I’d to thank our families for letting us make the shop our second home, and all of our friends that have supported us throughout the season,” finished Paquette.
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