Schnitz Breaks 7.0 Barrier Aboard No-Bar Pro Street Suzuki Hayabusa
For a wheelie bar-equipped motorcycle, running in the low seven-second range or even down into the sixes is one thing, but to do it with a relatively stock appearing motorcycle without the sissy sticks; well that’s a whole different story. And at the MIRock Series Summer Showdown at Maryland International Raceway last weekend, veteran no-bar rider Ryan Scnhitz did exactly that, becoming the first to record an official “seven oh” pass with a 7.06 at 195 mph aboard the HPT Motorsports GSXR1300 Hayabusa in the Pro Street category.
The Cecil Towner-owned motorcycle shocked the world last fall at the Manufacturers Cup Final in South Georgia, running a 7.12 with former rider Lavar Delee aboard. Earlier this season, Schnitz recorded runs of 7.08 and 7.05 during a private test session held at the Virginia Motorsports Park, and the next goal was to perform the feat in official competition.
Schnitz ran a 7.08 during track testing and after opening qualifying with a soft 7.13 at 190, good for the provisional #1 spot, the “7 Second Kid” blasted to a record-shattering 7.06 which was actually too quick to use the previous run as a backup. Nonetheless, the team had accomplished their goal of being the first Pro Street bike to make a 7.0-second lap, and with nitrous oxide, no less. And as one can audibly discern watching the video, the bike was in fact spinning the tires and losing valuable elapsed time on the big end.
NHRA fans may recall Schnitz from his years riding for Rob Muzzy in Pro Stock Motorcycle aboard a couple of factory-backed Kawasaki’s, but prior to that, he’d made quite the legendary name for himself in the AMA and MIRock venues riding several record-breaking bikes in virtually every two wheeled category but Top Fuel.
Thanks to Doug Ray and the guys at DragBike Live for the tip!