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Motorcycle Drag Racing to Valdosta

Valdosta Georgia

The biggest motorcycle drag race of the year is next weekend. Featuring more than $50,000 in purse money up for grabs in ten exciting motorcycle drag classes, the Manufacturers Cup Finals will take place on November 12-14 at South Georgia Motorsports Park, in Valdosta, Georgia.

The sport’s top professional drag racers are scheduled to compete, including 10-time Top Fuel champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride and Kawasaki factory rider Rickey Gadson, who has put together the Stock-Wheelbase Challenge class, where drag racing’s elite sportbike pilots will engage in a fight to the bitter end on showroom-short, 200 horsepower motorcycles — racebikes but with no wheelie bars allowed!

“I am extremely excited that the Manufacturers Cup has been put in place to salvage a rough year in professional drag racing,” says Kawasaki-man Rickey Gadson.

“Before the demise of AMA Dragbike, our championship series, I attended the World Finals since 1988 and can’t wait to race in front of the international crowd that this year-end event attracts. And, I’m really excited about the return of Top Fuel.”

Like Gadson suggests, the Top Fuel field should be the best in years, with McBride going up against Chris Hand, Korry Hogan, Geoff Pollard and Tom Perry–each motorcycle drag racer looking to lay down sub-six-second runs.

The event will feature a unique “Consolation” eliminator class where all the non-qualified bikes in Pro and Semi-Pro classes will face off with a handicap start and compete for a $500 in prize money. This creates the possibility of seeing a Top Fuel bike giving a three-second handicap to a SuperSport bike–truly a must-see!

Brock’s Performance is proud to be one of the event’s sponsors as well as serving as the title sponsor of the Street ET class. BST wheels will support the Real Street class through Brock’s Performance.

Team Brock’s will also be showcasing an extensive selection of products in a midway display and will have multi-time national champion Keith Dennis competing in the BMW Motorrad-sponsored SuperSport class on the German BMW S1000RR superbike.

“The Manufacturer’s Cup at Valdosta is a ground-breaking event because it represents unity in our industry between companies which are otherwise in direct competition,” says Brock’s Performance President Brock Davidson.

“Operations have gone quite smoothly to this point and we have all worked together for the common good of motorcycle drag racing. It’s a great feeling.”

The multifaceted event will feature the stunt riding of Chris “Teach” McNeil, a BMW factory-sponsored, multi-time XDL and Stuntwars World Champion. He’ll be performing shows on the BMW S 1000 RR during each of the three days.

“BMW has really stepped up in supporting our sport,” commented Davidson, “from sponsoring the SuperSport class to bringing their star stunter to entertain the crowd. True drag-race fans should stop by to talk with BMW staff members in attendance at Valdosta. Our sport has not realized OEM involvement at this level in many years.”

Professional qualifying kicks-off on Friday at 4:00 p.m.; three qualifying sessions will be held on Saturday. No-holds-barred grudge drag racing hits the strip from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. that night, with championship eliminations beginning Sunday at noon.

Gate entry, including pit pass, is only $20 each day or $35 for the weekend. Kids under 12 years old are free.

For more information about the Manufacturers Cup Finals, Brock’s Performance visit BrocksPerformance.com.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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