Motorcycle drag racing

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A rider in black jeans and tennis shoes seen from behind on a Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle, with a green light to his right.
Motorcycle drag racer at the starting line

Motorcycle drag racing (also known as "Sprints") involves two participants lining up at a dragstrip with a signaled starting line. Upon the starting signal, the riders accelerate down a quarter mile long, two lane, straight paved track where their elapsed time and terminal speed are recorded. The rider to reach the finish line first is the winner. The best-known form of motorcycle drag racing is the Pro Stock Bike category, although several other categories exist, including 1,000 horsepower (750 kW) nitromethane engine.[citation needed]

Motorcycles in the Top Fuel category are fueled by nitro methane and can make nearly 1,500 horsepower.[citation needed] From a standing start they can cover the first 60 feet in in less than a second and can reach 200 mph in less than eighth-mile or 660 feet.[citation needed]

The current world record is held by Peter Svensson of Sweden who covered the quarter-mile in 5.709 seconds on August 24, 2012 at his home track of Tierp Arena.[1]

The North American record is held by Top Fuel Veteran Larry "Spiderman" McBride at 5.74, recorded at South Georgia Motorsports Park in November 2008.[2]

Elmer Trett is considered by many to be the greatest motorcycle drag racer ever. Before his untimely death in 1996 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Trett recorded a 6.06.[3]

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  1. ^ McCarthy, Tom. "Quickest Drag Run Ever". Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Korpela, Jack. "McBride Shatters World Record". Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Korpela, Jack. "Racers Remember Trett". Retrieved 6 November 2013.