event: 47th annual Orient Express Motorcycle U.S. Nationals
when: September 2-4, 2016
where: Atco Dragway, New Jersey, USA
Motorcycle U.S. Nationals
story and photos by Tim Hailey
From Atco Dragway:
Due to the recent shift in weather we have decided to make any early call in order to give all of our bike racers time to make alternate plans. We are currently looking at a 60-70% chance of rain both Saturday and Sunday with even more concerning sustained winds at 25-30 mph. While we were very excited to host the Orient Express Motorcycle US Nationals and are looking forward to September 2017, we feel it is in the best interest of the racers, vendors and spectators to make the call now.
We will still hold the "early bird" testing session for tomorrow. Gates will open at 9am and racing will begin around 10am. All bikes and cars are welcome to attend.
We apologize for all inconveniences this causes and look forwarded to seeing you all next year. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Motorcycle drag racing’s own version of “The Big Go” returns to New Jersey’s historic and bike-friendly Atco Dragway for the 47th annual Orient Express Motorcycle U.S. Nationals on September 2-4.
High-horsepower motorcycles, Atco’s party atmosphere, and that attitude only found on the East Coast all mix well to create this one-of-a-kind action cocktail.
Ehren Litten with his eyes on Atco's prize
Headlining the on-track activity are the 700 horsepower street legal rockets of Orient Express Pro Street, and no Pro Streeter is more confident to return than defending U.S. Nationals champion Ehren Litten. He started this year off with a Manufacturers Cup win in Valdosta and is looking to repeat on his Rodney Williford-built and tuned turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa.
Tony Ficher with a nose ahead
His toughest challenge may come from the supercharged “Master Blaster” ‘Busa of Tony Ficher. This stunningly loud bike from Massachusetts is always set on “Kill” by builder/tuner Eric Paquette.
Richard Gadson on the previous version of Brad Mummert's old-school GS
But if Brad Mummert has the latest revision (one of many!) of his old-school GS bike dialed in, then he and local-favorite rider Richard Gadson will be ones to beat.
Throw in studs like Litten’s teammate Mark Gargiulo, Darion “Nanu” Payne, Jordan Hasse, Keith Correia, Doug Witt and more and you’ve got a potent mix of “Anybody Can Win.”
Brick City legend Ashon “Capo” Dickerson
Same deal in Real Street, where a gnarly field of nitrous, turbo and all-motor bikes battle straight-up. Gadson, in fact, will be challenging on an all-motor bike, and expect Brick City legend Ashon “Capo” Dickerson and Connecticut’s Ed Murphy to do the same on their NOS GSXRs.
Defending 4.60 winner Kevin White
Kevin White is the defending winner of the world’s quickest motorcycle index class, 4.60. He can expect a strong challenge from “Long Island Mike” Ostrowski and many others in this always growing, always exciting eighth mile class.
“Long Island Mike” Ostrowski
5.60 gets the eighth mile job done one second slower, and expect Ostrowski to challenge there as well. He won this race last year and will defend his turf with every trick in the game.
Gadson on Mike Belo’s 1-Stop Speed ‘Busa
Busy Gadson will also be riding Mike Belo’s 1-Stop Speed ‘Busa in 5.60 and many other classes, including as a defending Street ET winner.
Expect all the East Coast studs like Windsor Davis, Anthony Faiello, Bob Carlson, Tommy Miceli, Van Boyce, Anthony DiFeo, Lonnie and Ashley DeTurck and many more to be dishing out that Atco attitude on AND off the track in Street and Pro ET, Crazy 8s and Top Sportsman.
Then there’s Grudge. In no other class are attitude, humor and hostility on display more thoroughly than in Grudge, and no place does it better than Atco.
Also on tap will be Atco’s homegrown Club Warz, won last year by South Jersey’s “Wild Bunch” but surely to be hotly contested again this year by all the Philly area clubs.
And you know the whole event will be run properly with Maryland’s David Roberts in the staging lanes, Fabian Brown in the booth, and Len Capone and Joe Sway’s whole Atco crew. Then at the end of each day, there’s the famous Atco bar.
Payouts are big and guaranteed. It’s the Orient Express Motorcycle U.S. Nationals...it’s what motorcycle drag racing’s all about. The oldest and the best, you will not want to miss this or any edition of this famous race.
Find out more about the 47th annual Orient Express Motorcycle U.S. Nationals HERE