As expected, there were dramatic improvements across the board during Saturday’s third round of Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying and after yielding the top spot on Friday to reigning world champ Matt Smith, Harley-Davidson riders Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines fought back to take the top spots. Krawiec was quickest with a 6.747 while Hines was just a tick slower with a 6.751. For his part, Smith remained competitive with a 6.787.
Several riders came close to claiming the fourth and final spot in the Denso Spark Plugs 200-mph Club including Hines and Ryan Oehler. Hines, the first rider out in the session, posted a personal best speed of 199.94 mph. Oehler turned in what was perhaps the most surprising run of the round with a 6.803 and 199.91 speed, both career bests.
With one run remaining, the bump spot is Cory Reed’s 6.918.
Qualifying order after Q3:
|7||Hector Arana Jr||6.821|