Indianapolis: Angelle Savoie Saturday summary

Angelle and Star Racing ride the roller coaster on Saturday in Indy, Angelle Savoie and the Star Racing team rode an emotional roller coaster during the second day of qualifying for the U.S. Nationals. In the first round of the K&N Filters Pro...

Angelle and Star Racing ride the roller coaster on Saturday in Indy,

Angelle Savoie and the Star Racing team rode an emotional roller coaster during the second day of qualifying for the U.S. Nationals. In the first round of the K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash, an uncharacteristically sub par performance cut short their pursuit of a win in the Pro Stock Motorcycle all-star shootout.

However, the team quickly put any disappointment behind them and focused on their qualifying effort for the biggest drag race of the season. The first round of the Klash had also doubled a the second qualifying run for the eight participants, and Shawn Gann had eclipsed Angelle's Friday effort by one thousandth of a second. Undeterred, the Star Racing Suzuki scorched the Indianapolis Raceway Park quarter-mile in 7.152 seconds with a top speed of 185.64 mph to reclaim the No. 1 position by over seven hundredths of a second.

Naturally, with such a disparity, the NHRA technical inspectors were quick to inspect Angelle's motorcycle following the run, and as they had in the four previous inspections over the last two races, found everything to be within their regulations. Afterwards, Angelle spoke of the day's events.

"Today was certainly an up-and-down day for the Star Racing team. First of all, we came up short in the first round of the K&N Filters Pro Bike Klash. It was just a matter of not being focused, but I learned a valuable lesson, and fortunately, it will not happen on Monday. Although the money from the Klash would have been nice, we're primarily here to win the U.S. Nationals.

"After that, we came into tonight's qualifying session in the second spot after Shawn Gann stole it from us this afternoon. Well, we stole it right back. Now it's up to us to make sure we hold on to it tomorrow. The weather will have a lot to do with it as well. If it gets too hot, I doubt anyone, including us, could match that run.

"I'd like to take time to thank Snap-On Tools, Suzuki and George Howard's B&M Million Dollar Race for helping us out this weekend, because without their help, we wouldn't even be here for this race."

-sr-

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