Steve Crevier is racing a Buell 1125R in Canadian Superbike against a whole lineup of Japanese inline fours and placed 3rd in the 2008 season opener. Steve is mixing it up with GSX-R1000s, ZX10Rs and Yamaha R1s and beating them despite a weight and horsepower disadvantage.
If the win itself wasn’t enough, listen to what Steve had to say:
“It’s quite amazing,” said Crevier, a six-time Canadian Superbike champion. “We only got the bikes last Friday, and the crew has been slaving for a week solid. We even had to use a DOT rear tire because our rim was too narrow for the slick. It got a little mushy at the end but it felt OK.”
So running a week old bike on a DOT rear tire, he placed 3rd. The first place Kawasaki had 173 horsepower at 378 pounds, 2nd place Yamaha, 176 hp at 400 pounds and the 3rd place Buell had 134 hp at 409 pounds.
I have a hunch a lot of the Buell boys are smiling, as well they should be! I wonder what some Japanese and Italian companies think about this new bike.
Thanks for the tip, Gary!