Englishtown: Tom Bradford Saturday summary

Bradford Team on to Something for Raceday Tom Bradford failed to improve on Friday's career best 7.061 during the second day of qualifying for the K&N Filters Supernationals at Englishtown, New Jersey. But the Balbayis Asset ...

Bradford Team on to Something for Raceday

Tom Bradford failed to improve on Friday's career best 7.061 during the second day of qualifying for the K&N Filters Supernationals at Englishtown, New Jersey. But the Balbayis Asset Consulting/Hal's Speedshop crew finished the day very excited about some new tuning discoveries.

qualifying round 3
"We just missed on the tune-up on that one," crew chief Rob Schopf said after round 3. The trailer was a scene of intense study. Bradford and Jim Schneider hunched over the laptop as Schopf examined spark plugs.

qualifying round 4
The bike went slower in the final round, but so did the rest of the field. "Everybody dropped off about three hundredths," said Schopf. "And we know exactly why that happened. What we learned between the third round and the fourth round about air quality is more than we've learned since we started this program. What we thought was important about tuning these motorcycles isn't really important. We've learned something brand new that we think is really gonna work on Sunday."

"If we would have looked at some of these things when we ran our own bike, we would have been flying," said Schneider, referring to the homebuilt Buell that the team campaigned a few years ago.

Perhaps a more vital component of the team's raceday results has been Tom's performance at the tree. "Tom is on a very stringent reaction time improvement program," laughed Schopf. "If he hits anything from .000 to .050, he doesn't have to pay each team member $10 each."

Tom was spending his money Saturday night on an anniversary dinner with lovely wife Theresa. The couple drove the 50 miles from Englishtown to Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood for some fine dining.

-www.halspa.com

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