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The race to 200 mph

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle riders haven been knocking on the door of a 200-mph pass for seven years, since reigning world champ Eddie Krawiec posted a jaw-dropping 199.26-mph pass during qualifying at the 2011 Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals.
16 Mar 2018
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Eddie Krawiec

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle riders haven been knocking on the door of a 200-mph pass for seven years, since reigning world champ Eddie Krawiec posted a jaw-dropping 199.26-mph pass during qualifying at the 2011 Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals.

Krawiec’s 2011 pass was run under different engine rules that allowed them to run a four-valve configuration, and the team, and other riders, have been clawing their way back to that barrier in the years since and an historic run will also require ideal weather and wind conditions.

A number of other riders, including Krawiec’s Harley-Davidson teammate, Andrew Hines, Hector Arana Sr, and Jr., and Angelle Sampey, also have clocked 199-mph passes but fallen just short of the breaking the magic mark. Both Krawiec and Arana Sr. have both run 200 mph in testing but not at an official event.

Arana Jr. holds the current national record at 199.88 mph, recorded at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte in 2015 and matched by Krawiec at last year’s Gatornationals. Matt Smith also ran 199.88 in Sonoma last year. 

The 190-mph barrier was also broken at the Gatornationals, by John Smith, who did it in round one of the 1999 race. Current Top Fuel racer Antron Brown also ran 190 mph in that opening round but after Smith.

TOP 10 PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE SPEEDS
199.88 Hector Arana Jr. Charlotte 1 2015
199.88 Eddie Krawiec Gainesville, 2017
199.88 Matt Smith Sonoma, 2017
199.76 Angelle Sampey Sonoma 2016
199.76 Eddie Krawiec Gainesville, 2017
199.55 Andrew Hines Sonoma 2017
199.52 Hector Arana, Jr. Sonoma 2017
199.37 Arana Jr. Englishtown 2015
199.35 Hector Arana Sr. Englishtown 2015
199.26 Eddie Krawiec Gainesville 2011