FIM-E Championship 2016 : Super Street Bike Preview

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FIM-E Championship 2016
Santa Pod Raceway
May 27-30, 2016

The last weekend in May sees the opening round of the 2016 FIM-E Drag Bike Championship, with the Santa Pod entry list showing healthy numbers across the four Championship and Cup classes. A significant number of the 50 pro entries will be competing in the full series so without further ado we pass on the news from the two-wheeled fraternity who will be chasing down the 2016 titles.

Super Street Bike Preview

As something of a matter of course, the biggest entry is within the no bar street tired Super Street Bike class with 20 on the list coming from the UK, Austria, Malta, Hungary, Italy, Denmark and Germany.

Gary Bowe

Gary Bowe

Garry Bowe finished on top of numerous heaps last year and has understandably had a non-radical approach over the winter: “After such good results last year winning 3 championships and ACU ET/MPH records we decided not to alter much with the bike other than some engine mods to aid reliability, instead concentrating on tune ups! As we were the first to run an NLR air clutch (only one other even now) we are still learning with it and testing as much as we can with Brad O’Connor from BTC Moto. It paid off last year so we are doing much of the same and hoping we can do it all again thanks to Silkolene Oils , BTC Moto and NLR for their continued support.”

Rick Stubbins

Rick Stubbins

Runner up last year Rick Stubbins has been tinkering during the offseason: “For the main event I have built an all new motor and small changes to my chassis setup , just hoping to move my 7.06 pb closer to the 6 zone. I’m also still playing with the relatively new AMS 2000 boost controller which has much more to give”

Steve Venables

Steve Venables

Steve Venables didn’t have the best of season’s last year despite becoming Europe’s first six second runner and is looking to improvements for both he and daughter Jemma’s 2016 campaign: “After a trouble filled 2015 season with a corrupt ecu, fuelling problems and two major engine failures.  We have worked hard over the winter to get our reliability back. Jemma’s bike will be much the same as last season.  My bike has been altered from a water-ice charge cooler to a CO2 spray system and a new rear facing exhaust to create more stability in the bike.  This is all designed and tested by DME. Our expectations: Jemma is looking to run low 7’s and over 200mph and I would like to run deeper into the 6’s with luck 6.8’s at around 215mph.”

 

Jemma Venables

Jemma Venables

Fourth spot in 2015 clearly wasn’t enough for Dane Mogens Lund with some radical plans hatched at the end of last season: “Due to last year’s advance in Super Street Bike with a lot of riders running two tenthz faster, I decided it was time to put some of the ideas in my head and paper into a new project. After a trip to the Man Cup Finals in Valdosta and getting the bits and pieces together I started on a new build for the 2016 season. Being a budget team, creativity is a must, but testing this weekend (May 14th and 15th) at the closest track to home (the eighth mile at Malmö in Sweden) made it looks promising with a new class track record. The team is looking forward to see what the others in the class have come up with for this season. From the looks of it a lot of bikes and riders have been on a diet over the winter!”

Mogens Lund

Mogens Lund

Class veteran Thomas Granica was reasonably pleased with his sixth spot last season and “We are again trying to get the best out of our limited budget. The bike is ready and we have two fresh motors. Nothing new apart from a new turbo as the old one quit his job last race. We will again try to get in the money every race and do as many rounds as possible and our plan is to do all the races of the FIM-E SSB Cup.”

Thomas Garcia

Thomas Granica

A comparative dark horse is Graham Dance, although no stranger to SSB titles at the ACU level: “After spending the last couple of years totally updating the bike’s fuel system and clutch combo as well as major alterations to the engine including running RG Engineering cylinder heads, I’m hoping to iron out all the set-up bugs that have been hampering progress. Still running our unique GSX engined turbo/nitrous combination with chassis by Jon Hogarth it showed glimpses last season of the potential with best speed of 197mph with modest boost levels and no nitrous yet.”

Graham Dance

Graham Dance

For more information about the Main Event, visit Santapod.co.uk

Watch the Main Event  webcast Sunday 29th and Monday 30th  at http://www.santapod.co.uk/webtv.php

Story and photos by Ivan Sansom and Rose Hughes

2016 FIM-E Championship schedule

27th-30th May Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, England
12th-14th August Kunmadaras, Hungary [Super Street Bike Cup only]
19th-21st August NitrOlympX, Hockenheim, Germany
8th-11th September FIA/FIM Finals, Santa Pod Raceway, England

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