- The Duo of Adam Thissen and Robert Underwood Fought Hard to take an Amazing Third Overall Against the Best of the Best. MRANN Champion Cody Wallis, along with Team Mate Martin Kite Rode to First Place in the 250 PRO Class, while Young Guns Cody Knight & Ryan Toomey Crossed the Line First in 250 Expert Class. Amazingly The class 1 HMS Avenger Driven by Mark Levrett and Chuck Dempsey (#1528) Finished 15th After a Hard Battle with Bad Luck.-

Reno, NV (August 25th, 2008)---The TSCO Vegas to Reno Race will long be remembered by the Speed Technologies team as a break through race that brought home two first place finishes and a third overall for the motorcycle team, with the HMS Avenger finished in 15th place. The grueling race began in Beatty, Nevada and ended just south of Reno in Dayton. It covered almost 500 miles of dusty terrain and blistering heat that proved most challenging for the whole team.

The first year addition to Speed Technologies consists of a six man motorcycle team, Adam Thissen, Robert Underwood, Cody Wallis, Martin Kite, Cody Knight and Ryan Toomey. They are quickly rising to the top of the field, capturing top finishes at races across the US and Mexico, the TSCO Vegas to Reno race being no exception.

Adam Thissen and Robert Underwood have raced the TSCO Vegas to Reno race together for the past two years and relied on each others strengths to overcome the mental and physical challenges brought on by competitors and the challenges from the desert.

"Robert is a rider that prefers the rough and tight sections, while I'm much more at home when the course is wide open," said Speed Technologies Adam Thissen. "We each rode the sections that best fit our riding styles-- this is helping us become more successful as a team."

Thissen and Underwood are no strangers to top finishing -- they placed 6th overall at this years Parker 425, and at last year's Vegas 300 the duo captured a 2nd place in class. This season Underwood won the May 15th MRANN race located in northern Nevada. They are also on target to win this year's Best in the Desert Open Pro championship.

"This course was really, really challenging," said Cody Wallis. "I rode with a separated shoulder that I injured during the pre-run at the beginning of August, and all of the bumps didn't make it very easy on me. Martin and I stuck together and we are so happy with our first place finish."

Mark Levrett and Chuck Dempsey managed to overcome electrical problems and serpentine belts issues in class 1 to bring the HMS Avenger across the finish line.

"Luck was not on our side," said Levrett. "First we had electrical problems and then all the dust and rocks kept creating problems with torque converter pump belt -- it was a hard and hot for us, but fortunately we came together as a team and managed to complete the entire race."

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