Memphis: Chip Ellis preview

G Squared to focus on getting better MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 17, 2005) -- After qualifying well at the last few NHRA national events, Chip Ellis, aboard the G Squared S&S Buells, moves to Memphis for the 18th annual...

G Squared to focus on getting better

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 17, 2005) -- After qualifying well at the last few NHRA national events, Chip Ellis, aboard the G Squared S&S Buells, moves to Memphis for the 18th annual NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals, a race at which G Squared Motorsports owners, George Bryce and George Smith, hope to overcome the runaway performance of the Vance & Hines Screamin' Eagle V-Rods and the new weight reduction for the Suzukis.

"My partner George Smith spends much of his time away from the track at S&S working with them on the R&D to develop the necessary horsepower so that we can advance to the performance level that the Screamin' Eagle team enjoys at this time. I have no doubt that with hard work and much effort from everybody involved with our program that it won't be long before we are running right there with those guys," said Bryce.

"Until we reach that level we will continue to improve our tune up and Chip will concentrate on driving the bike. With some luck, it's still possible to beat those two bikes (of Screamin' Eagle)."

Also, beginning with this weekend's race in Memphis NHRA has reduced by 10 pounds, from 600 to 590 pounds, the minimum weight requirement for the Suzuki entries in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. No change was made for the V-Twin powered entries.

Bryce reflected on this change for the Suzuki and indicated that he plans no changes to his program as a result of the new weight rule for the Suzukis.

"The 10 pounds might help the Suzukis' elapsed time a hundred or two," said Bryce. "The 10 pounds is just throwing a bone to the Suzuki guys and gals that are complaining about how fast Andrew (Hines) and GT (Tonglet) on the V-Rods are going. My personal feeling is that they should add 25 pounds to the Screamin' Eagle bikes and leave everybody else alone. That's what I would wish for right now.

"The new weight rule won't cause us to do anything different. We can't focus on the competition. We have no change, so we can only focus on doing the best we can with are own stuff. At the present, nobody is out running us. We are beating ourselves. We're going to focus on making ourselves better."

Ellis enters this event, the 11th of 15 races on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, No. 4 in the POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings.

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Drivers George Smith , Chip Ellis