Vance & Hines / Mission Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Eddie Kravets rode his Suzuki Hayabusa to the semifinals of the NHRA Virginia Nationals in Richmond, which was for him and the team the second consecutive semifinal round of the season.

Eddie Tailor (4) and his Suzuki Hayabusa are getting faster and faster over the course of the season.

Taking eighth place in qualifying sessions that were cut short due to weather and tracks, Tailor defeated Joey Gladstone in the first round of Sunday’s qualifying with a pass of 6.823 seconds / 196.30 miles per hour, which was for him the fastest weekend. He advanced to the semifinals with a victory over Angie Smith at 6.869 seconds / 196.99 mph, and in the third round lost to her husband Matt Smith. Smith, who ran 6.868 seconds / 197.86 mph to advance through the Tailor’s run at 6.898 seconds / 196.52 mph, defeated Steve Johnson in the final round and won the competition on his Suzuki Pro Stock motorcycle. It was the second weekend in a row, it was the Suzuki final in the young season.

Matt Smith
Congratulations to Matt Smith (1) aboard his Suzuki on winning the Virginia Nationals.

“First, my motorcycle showed me where it should be, and then I started chasing a difficult issue off the line,” Tailor said. “If he goes 6.82 (seconds) out of 1.04 (-seconds) 60 feet of time, best of all, you know he has to do it every round. And then the swamp developed. I’m trying to understand why my bike is doing this, so I’m going to do some tests here (in Richmond) tomorrow. It’s good to reach the semifinals. I score points and at least keep or move forward in my position. So in this regard, it is positive. “

Racing on one of the smoothest tracks on the NHRA track, Vance & Hines / Mission Suzuki racer Angel Sampi took second place and defeated Gianna Evarista in the first round of the knockout with a mileage of 6,784 seconds / 199.26 mph. However, her weekend ended prematurely with a red light violation against Mark Ingversen in the second round.

Angel Sammy
Angel Sampi (2), who finished second, was the highlight of her weekend.

“It was great to start from number two. I had the lineup I wanted, and it just didn’t work out, ”Sammy said with disappointment. “I was calm, confident and ready for the race, but I had to take a breath and slow down a bit. I rushed and rushed to let go of the clutch and I blushed. Thrown it out. I have an amazing motorcycle, an amazing team, an amazing crew leader and amazing sponsors. I have an opportunity that everyone would like to have and I need to combine it. I know I can do it, but I need to slow things down a bit. I need to relax more. I could start yoga again. “

Crew chief Andrew Hines was pleased with the performance of the Sampi motorcycle, especially because of the 10-pound fine that was imposed on all Suzuki motorcycles in the class before the race in Virginia as an adjustment to the competition.

“Angel’s motorcycle is very fast and we’re finally getting to the point where everything we’ve experimented with shows that we’re moving in the right direction. That was good considering the 10-pound weight gain this week, “Hines said.” Eddie’s bike is still not enough. That’s enough to be vulnerable. as we continue to do more and more runs.Each of them sometimes has their own mind.Now we need to evolve with it faster.We had a motorcycle that was quite capable of going through all four rounds today and bringing home Wally. change the rules, but as a team we will strive to overcome them and move on to the next ”.

After four of the 15 rounds, Kravets and Sampei are now third and seventh in the Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship standings with 279 and 209 points respectively. The Vance & Hines / Mission Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle team will return to action June 17-19 at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tens. For more information, visit

About Suzuki
Suzuki Motor USA, LLC. (SMO) distributes motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, auto parts, accessories and ECSTAR Oils & Chemicals through an extensive dealer network in 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, automobiles, outboard motors and related products. Founded in 1909 and registered in 1920, SMC has business relationships with 201 countries / regions. For more information, visit

About Vance & Hines
The Vance & Hines brand has always been about to enhance the joy of riding a motorcycle. It began more than 40 years ago when Terry Vance and Byron Hines were two young enthusiasts on the scene of drag racing on Southern California motorcycles. Terry always wanted to go faster, and Byron knew how to do it. Soon their success and innovations on the track attracted the attention of other riders, riders and motorcycle manufacturers, which eventually turned into a commercial demand for their products and services. Today the mission and activities of the company are the same; make bikes ride faster on the racetrack and take these skills to create spectacular products for riders around the world. Since founding the company in 1979 in partnership with Suzuki, Yamaha, Ducati and Harley-Davidson, she has organized factory racing programs in drag racing, road racing and smooth track. Vance & Hines is based in Santa Fe Springs, California, and has a racing development center in Braunsburg. Learn more about the company’s history and products at

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