G2 Rolls into Maple Grove Fresh off of Matt Smith's U.S. Nationals win on the Torco Race Fuels/Skull Gear Buell, the G2 Pro Stock Motorcycle team sweeps into the rolling farm land south of Reading, Pennsylvania, looking for quick runs and...
G2 Rolls into Maple Grove
Fresh off of Matt Smith's U.S. Nationals win on the Torco Race Fuels/Skull Gear Buell, the G2 Pro Stock Motorcycle team sweeps into the rolling farm land south of Reading, Pennsylvania, looking for quick runs and another win. Maple Grove Raceway is known for good air, and the G2 Buells are set on kill to take full advantage of the conditions. "We're making good power on both bikes and everybody's pretty excited," said tuner/crew chief George Bryce. "One forecast has it kinda warm and rainy, but if it's cool and not rainy, it will be a 6 second pole for sure."
"The guys at the shop say the motors are awesome," said Matt Smith. "It's gonna be fast, especially with the cool air that they're predicting. I think you'll see a lot of 6 second passes."
Chip Ellis, driver of the DRAG Specialties/S&S Buell, was more conservative in his predictions. "Last year an .09 was number 1 qualifier, so probably 7.05, .03. Who knows, maybe a 7 flat or 6.99. I never thought anybody would go 6.99 at Indy like Matt did, so I shouldn't make predictions.
"But we've working on these bikes, man. We tried to go through all the motors and figure out what's going on and clean them all up. We actually dynoed Matt's bike and he had about 10 more horsepower than me. So we put a different motor in my bike and we're about even now."
Smith put that extra horsepower to good use, of course, piloting the bike straight into the Indy winners circle. "I've had a lot of people call since Indy, a lot of friends and family," said Smith. "A bunch has called me and congratulated me. I've been going and eating at restaurants and a lot of people came up to me and said 'I saw you on TV. That was a good win.'"
"It was great for Matthew to come back and seal the deal from last year," said Bryce. "I got a lot of good feedback after that. Brett Smith, Charlie Hadayia, Todd Olson and Steve Rominski--those are the behind-the-scenes guys that make it happen with these engines at S&S and they need to be recognized and thanked publicly for the work they put into this. And of course George Smith, who's the glue that put G2 and S&S together and makes it possible to enjoy the wins and the success of this program. We have enough of these motors out there now to qualify half of the field and we're really proud of what we've accomplished in such a sort amount of time.
"As for Maple Grove, we've had good success there. It's an unusual tuning challenge."
"I qualified number 2 and made it to the semis there last year," said Ellis. "I like it alright. It's a little bumpy at the end, but I've been riding my dirtbike. I can handle it."
Matt, who qualified third at Maple Grove last year but went out in the first round, is recovering from "whatever virus is going around. I think I'm finally getting over it. So I'm just looking forward to going racing again and am excited to get back on the bike."
Look for Smith, Ellis, Bryce and the entire G2 team to turn that excitement into results this weekend.