RIVAS SOLIDIFIES FOURTH PLACE STANDING REACHING SECOND ROUND IN NORWALK NORWALK, Ohio, June 29, 2008- Chris Rivas maintained his hold on fourth place in the National Hot Rod Association POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle championship points ...
RIVAS SOLIDIFIES FOURTH PLACE STANDING REACHING SECOND ROUND IN NORWALK
NORWALK, Ohio, June 29, 2008- Chris Rivas maintained his hold on fourth place in the National Hot
Rod Association POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle championship points competition by riding his G2 Motorsports Drag Specialties S&S Cycle V-Twin into the second round of today's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals here at Summit Motorsports Park.
The results frustrated Rivas who had come to Norwalk following consecutive final-round appearances and a win in the previous two races. "I'm disappointed about not going more rounds," said the 41-year-old Fresno, Calif., native. "We had a good first run, but that was it today."
Rivas's 7.058-second lap at 187.13 miles per hour defeated Karen Stoffer's 7.068-second, 186.72-mph run in the first round. His 7.086-second, 186.56-mph second-round run was not enough against Eddie Krawiec's 7.059- second, 187.39-mph lap.
Bad weather upset the schedule in Norwalk which, according to crew chief George Smith, adversely affected the team's ability to get the most out of the motorcycle and helped make for a bittersweet weekend. "We were unable to consistently tune up to the maximum performance of our new engine," he said. "But we weren't alone with second-round losses as the four top teams in the championship points all went out, showing this was a challenging weekend for everyone"
On the more positive side, Smith, also chairman of S&S Cycle, was proud of the renowned motorcycle performance company's golden anniversary.
"The good news, though, was S&S Cycle's 50th Anniversary celebration in LaCrosse and Viola, Wisc. which surpassed everyone's expectations," he reported. "It looks like La Crosse's population will have increased by 50 percent before the weekend is over. I would like to thank all of our sponsors and especially Drag Specialties and Mobil1, a 50th Anniversary sponsor."
Smith also continued to find a lot of positives in the progress of Rivas, who is enjoying his first season with the G2 Motorsports/Drag Specialties/S&S Cycle Pro Stock Motorcycle team.
"The other good news is Chris Rivas is riding very well - he couldn't have ridden the bike better in either of the two elimination rounds," said Smith. "We also learned a lot about our new clutch set-up as well as the personality of the new motor."
Rivas, despite the disappointment in today's results, remains confident as he prepares for the MOPAR Mile High NHRA Nationals July 11-13 in Denver.
"I'm riding the best that I have in my career and our team has done well in Denver in the past," he said. "I'm going there with confidence because the S&S-powered V-Twin has done well there in the past."
NHRA Countdown to the Championship Point Standings: 4th Chris Rivas with 459 points; 154 points behind the leader Full Throttle NHRA Pit Crew Championship Point Standings: Chris Rivas/George Smith/Ken Johnson 239 points Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle: Chris Rivas 1385 points