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Gann Ready for Sonoma After Medical, Engine Issues in Denver; XTreme Rebellion/RumBum team looking for positives in wine country SONOMA, Calif. -- Shawn Gann couldn't get out of Denver fast enough. After running a 7.482 in Friday's Q1, his ...

Gann Ready for Sonoma After Medical, Engine Issues in Denver; XTreme Rebellion/RumBum team looking for positives in wine country

SONOMA, Calif. -- Shawn Gann couldn't get out of Denver fast enough.

After running a 7.482 in Friday's Q1, his XTreme Rebellion/RumBum Buell began to show engine problems during the second qualifying round. Gann and his team were confident they could get the problems fixed before Sunday's eliminations; unfortunately, they never had the chance as the North Carolina native spent all day Saturday in the hospital.

"I was so sick Saturday," he said. "Got the flu or something and just had to go to the hospital, so I spent all day Saturday there and came back and was ready to race Sunday, but it just didn't happen."

Scheduled to start Sunday's eliminations from P14, Gann never had the opportunity to win his sixth round of the year as his bike caught on fire at the starting line.

"It just caught on fire," said the four-time NHRA Nationals winner. "There was a short in the harness and it hit the carbon fiber, that's very flammable and it just lit up."

"My bike was running good, too. We were so ready to go, but then it just caught on fire and ended the day. We're working on the bike, getting it fixed up and we're taking a new motor to Sonoma, and it's real fast."

Gann and the rest of the NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class qualify for Sunday's eliminations for the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals Friday at 4 p.m. PST and again at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's qualifying for the bikes is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. with the second round starting at 2:15 p.m. Sunday's eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

-credit: hsm

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