RIVAS FOURTH IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING DENVER, Colo., July 11, 2008- Chris Rivas rode the G2 Motorsports Drag Specialties S&S Cycle V-Twin Pro Stock Motorcycle to fourth provisional qualifying position during the first day of qualifying for the...
RIVAS FOURTH IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING
DENVER, Colo., July 11, 2008- Chris Rivas rode the G2 Motorsports Drag Specialties S&S Cycle V-Twin Pro Stock Motorcycle to fourth provisional qualifying position during the first day of qualifying for the 29th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals here at Bandimere Speedway.
After a 7.621 e.t. at 174.62-mph run during the first qualifying session, the team was able to gather enough data to more accurately tune the motorcycle.
"We had no data on the new clutch at this altitude," explained Crew Chief George Smith. "We missed it big on the first run, but we got it closer on the second run and it put us in fourth."
Rivas's elapsed time improved for the second run down the track with a 7.431 e.t at 177.98-mph. "We knew there was more in the motorcycle than it showed during the first lap," commented Chief Mechanic Ken Johnson. "We just needed more data to tune the motorcycle for this altitude, and we got it." Johnson is referring to the 5,860 feet above sea level elevation the track, the only one of its kind in the NHRA POWERade tour.
The entire team was optimistic following the second session of qualifying and pleased with the motorcycle's improvement.
"I'm very positive about our chances this weekend," said Rivas, the 41-year-old Fresno, Calif. native. "The gain we've made in tuning is a good first step to making us run well on Sunday. With every lap we learn something and I'm hoping to qualify higher tomorrow because I want to obtain more points for the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle."
"We have always run well at Denver even with the altitude and we know the motorcycle can do even better," added Smith.
The G2 Motorsports Drag Specialties S&S Cycle team holds a track record for the lowest elapsed time with 7.332 seconds run. The track record was achieved during the 2006 season with Chip Ellis aboard its Pro Stock Motorcycle.
As for other ways to improve the team's performance, Smith and Rivas will work together.
"Chris is riding very well and has good reaction times. We're now working toward further refining his riding technique to pick up small performance gains."