RIVAS RIDES INTO ATLANTA WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS CONFIDENT ISSUES SOLVED DURING TESTING AMERICUS, Ga., April 22, 2008 - Chris Rivas rides into this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway confident the ...
RIVAS RIDES INTO ATLANTA WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS CONFIDENT ISSUES SOLVED DURING TESTING
AMERICUS, Ga., April 22, 2008 - Chris Rivas rides into this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway confident the problems which afflicted the G2 Motorsports/Drag Specialties/S&S Cycle V-Twin Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) in the last two races were solved during last week's test session in Valdosta, Ga.
"As long as we can apply the things we learned last week, we will be dangerous," said the 41-year-old Fresno, Calif., native. "We should be a top-five motorcycle again, thanks to the work done by the guys from G2 Motorsports.
"And we want to do well here because it is the team's 'hometown' race." In addition to fielding its own team, the Americus-based G2 Motorsports supplies products and support to all of the private-teams campaigning V-Twins in the NHRA POWERade PSM series. G2 Motorsports also crafts custom,
performance-oriented motorcycles for both the street and track around the proven-performance parts from S&S Cycle. Rivas enters the Atlanta race tied for eighth place in the 2008 NHRA POWERade PSM championship battle. A rider must be in the top 10 at the conclusion of the 12th race of the season to qualify for the five-race Countdown to the Championship, essentially the NHRA POWERade playoffs.
Issues concerning getting off the line and fuel flow plagued the team in the first two races of the season: a second round loss at the season's opener in Gainesville, Fla., and a first-round loss last month in Houston. Led by Derrell Mullis, G2 Motorsports's chief engineer who will be filling in this weekend as Rivas's crew chief in George Smith's absence, the team made three major adjustments which resulted in consistent six-second ¼- mile elapsed times and speeds in excess of 190 miles per hour during testing. The adjustments, according to Rivas, included changing the rear tire, a new clutch tune up and repairing the fuel system, which had a cavitating fuel pump.
"These are things we could not fix during a race," said Rivas. "We needed to run a bunch of laps, which we were able to do in Valdosta."
Last year, Rivas qualified 15th and went out in the first round of this race.