Jay Upton resets record
Perth’s Jay Upton resets Australian Top Bike drag racing record.
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Jay Upton resets Top Bike record
In a spectacular return to form, multi time Australian Top Bike Champion Jay Upton blitzed the time sheets to re-set the national Elapsed Time record with 6.11 second run at 220mph.
In the process he and the team also took out the meeting, winning the Golden State Championships held in at the Perth Moterplex in Western Australia. This is a great result for the team after a disappointing start to the season and a horror crash just 6 months ago.
“Yes it’s been an extremely tough road back after our crash earlier in the year. The thing is though we never give up.” said Upton. “The team, the sponsors and all associated with this effort firmly believe we are on the right track especially with our new bike set-up and last weekend proved it”
“It’s no secret that the team has been working very hard to put this new package together with plenty of issues to overcome. It now seems that they have turned the corner as far as some of the tuning changes being made and not only are the times getting quicker but the speeds are also very much up there.”
“It’s been very pleasing to make the changes and get the direct improvements. We have always known that there is still more to come from our Honda power-plant as we tap into an area that is delivering great results as far as response to those changes. It’s also very pleasing to know that the Scooter can go even quicker as we continue down this current tuning path.”
The event started on a very positive note with Upton qualifying on top in the first session with a National record run of 6.12 seconds over the quarter mile. The team then lowered and backed up that record up with a 6.11 in the second session.
Remaining very consistent throughout the course of the weekend, Upton took the event win in the final with 6.13 pass. The team also securing the bonus points with the top speed of the round of 220mph (355kph).
The win in Perth is major boost to the ANDRA Pro-Series Championship chase for Jay. With a big points haul the team now sits in second place just 10 points off Chris Matheson of Qld. With 3 rounds still remaining in the series the team are looking forward to chasing down the opportunity for a 5th National Title.
TV coverage of the event can be see on One HD’s ‘Monday Night Madness’ on November 30th at 8.30pm EST and again the following Sunday afternoon