Matt Smith Joins 6 Second Club at Indy It was another day of mixed emotions for the G2 camp at Indianapolis, highlighted by Matt Smith's 6.994 in the first round of the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle. The pass not only gave Smith the fourth spot...
Matt Smith Joins 6 Second Club at Indy
It was another day of mixed emotions for the G2 camp at Indianapolis, highlighted by Matt Smith's 6.994 in the first round of the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle. The pass not only gave Smith the fourth spot in the uberexclusive Mickey Thompson 6 Second Club, it also put him at the head of the Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying class. Smith's teammate Chip Ellis, leader in Ringers points, flew solidly past first round opponent Craig Treble.
"That was a pretty awesome pass," said Smith. "The run was perfect. I had a good 60 foot (1.075) and hit all my shift points. I think it will stand up for number 1 unless it gets cooler on Sunday, and it will be our second straight if it does. The whole team did an awesome job and gave me an awesome bike again this weekend, we just have to capitalize on it this time.
"The 6 Second Club means a lot to me. My dad (Rickie Smith) was a member of the Pro Stock Car 6 Second Club and the 200 MPH Club."
"We started from scratch with a new motor on my bike, and to come out this morning and go 7.06 is pretty good," said Ellis. "We found some things in the clutch and new think we're gonna go better next time."
"We're gonna leave everything alone with my bike, add a little bit of fuel, and try to have another good light and make another lap," said Smith. But that next lap wasn't what Matt wanted to see. Both G2 bikes went the wrong direction on the performance chart, but it cost Smith the most and he was out.
"Hopefully, this will make for a stronger deal this weekend," said Smith. "We'll test motors tomorrow."
The much hoped for all-G2 final didn't materialize, and rival Andrew Hines got the best of the team in the final with Ellis.
"I'm never disappointed," said Chip. "This is a perfect world, I'm just happy to be living in it. We went as far as we could without winning. Everybody worked as hard as they could. I could have cut a better light, but even if I had I still wouldn't have won.
"We're gonna keep doing what we're doing, except maybe better. We're gonna try some stuff that we've never tried before and it's either gonna work or it's not. We'll know by second round on Sunday."
"I'm very positive," said Rick Maney, who turns the wrenches on Smith's bike. "We showed some potential that we knew we had in the first round. We missed the set-up a little bit the second round and it cost us. But we'll get it back on Sunday. I feel good. I didn't see anybody else out there today with a 6 second motorcycle."
"Indy is the biggest place to run in all form of motorsports," added Smith. "Everybody comes here and wants to win. After what happened last year, when we had our win taken away, number 1 qualifier is good but a win would be a great thing."
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