Reigning ANDRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Luke Crowley is confident that his team has made improvements to the engine that could see him break the 7.10 barrier at this weekend’s X-Champs.
Crowley, who ran a 7.289 during qualifying at the Southern Nationals earlier this month, believes that a recent change to his Excalibur engine will help him get off the line better at Sydney Dragway.
“After finding a few things at the Southern Nationals we actually ran a personal best mph down there,” Crowley said.
“I can’t wait to see if the next step will help get my bike to 60 foot.
“It’s currently the slowest bike in the field to that mark, but we have the power to be the quickest on most weekends.”
Crowley’s current engine is 100cc larger than the one he used last year, which – according to the regulations – means he must carry an extra 36 lbs as penalty.
“I believe after hours of going over data from both engines we have found what it is to get the bike to get off the line as quick as the rest of them which should be at 1.06 seconds,” said Crowley.
“We’ve really only been in the 1.16 or worse, so if we gain that tenth of a second in the first 60 it should in turn give us two tenths over the quarter.
“As with everything it’s in the clutch to make it happen and the clutch switch and how we set it. In sorting out this one small thing I expect my reaction times to get back to being consistently fast like I once was.”
The X-Champs commences at Sydney Dragway tomorrow.
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