Few would argue that Top Fuel Motorcycles, capable of covering the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at over 250 mph, are perhaps the most diabolical machines in all of drag racing. But just ask any two-wheeled racing fanatic and they’ll tell you that their “street bike” counterparts that compete in the Pro Street division and clock runs in the six-second zone at over 200 mph without so much as a wheelie bar rank right up there on the scale of insanity.
Two years ago, we all watched as the magical Pro Street six-second barrier was broken, and the records haven’t stopped falling since. Over the weekend, the motorcycle drag racing contingent converged on the always-quick Maryland International Raceway for the second of nine stops on the 2013 MIRock Superbike Series schedule, where another all-time record fell by the wayside in exciting fashion at the hands of Townsend, Del. racer Joey Gladstone.
During the second of eliminations at the Fast by Gast Spring Nationals, Gladstone, the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Street aboard his turbocharged 2012 Suzuki Hayabusa with a 7.012 at a stout 209.20 mph, carded a 7.009 at a booming 213.84 mph, which topped his own series speed record of 212.33 mph set just a week ago in Rockingham and solidified his distinction as the fastest street bike in the world, depending upon your definition of the term street bike. That run also gave him the round win over Greg Wallace, setting Gladstone up with the opportunity to turn around and better his performance in the next round. And that he did, running a nearly identical 7.008 at an even faster 213.87 mph. As you can tell by the video of these relatively short wheelbase, wheelie bar-less rockets, consistency like that isn’t easy to come by.
Gladstone didn’t quite match his performance from the previous rounds in the final, but his 7.033 at 208.84 mph was enough to outrun the 7.40 posted by his final round foe, Rodney Williford.