TLN Motorsports : 2015 Season Recap

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Greg Neal - TLN Motorsports

2015 was an unbelievable season for TLN Motorsports

In fact, it was the most successful season in the team’s history. 2015 marked a change in the direction at TLN Motorsports, as the bike that changed 650/750cc paved track land speed racing, the 2006 Kawasaki ZX-6rr was retired, and a new Kawasaki ZX-6R was introduced. It would prove to be the most successful motorcycle transition that anyone could remember.

Greg Neal - TLN Motorsports

The 2008 Kawasaki EX-250R also played a huge part in the success of the 2015 season. The small bore bike continued to set record after record, running consistent speeds and being the most reliable motorcycle in the team’s history. The 250 and 600 combination in 2015 set the most records ever for TLN Motorsports in a single season.

Greg Neal - TLN Motorsports

138 new Land Speed Racing Records were set in 2015, including 3 World’s Fastest Speeds. No other team, in the history of Land Speed Racing, has ever put up that kind of single season numbers. It was a racing season like no other, and the payoff for a tremendous amount of hard work. While Greg Neal and TLN Motorsports have been known for setting lofty goals, no one could have ever imagined this type of success.

 

Greg Neal - TLN Motorsports

The ZX-6R came out of the box strong on the Ohio Mile in May setting 6 new Land Speed Racing Records with a top speed of 186.0273 mph, not quite bumping the World’s Fastest class speed. The team had hoped the ZX-6R would be competitive and she had exceeded all expectations.

Back on the Ohio Mile in June, the ZX-6R was again dominant, setting 5 new Land Speed Racing Records and bumping the N/A 650cc Standing Mile World’s Fastest Speed twice, first to 197.9699 mph and finally to 190.2748 mph. That made Greg Neal and the ZX-6R the only ones in the World to ever make a N/A 650cc Standing Mile pass at over 190 mph. The ZX-6R had taken up right where the retired ZX-6rr had left off.

At the Maine Event in July, the ZX-6R did the unthinkable, by setting 31 records alone, and bumping the N/A 650cc class Standing 1.5 mile to 192.1650 mph. The Kawasaki was once again dominating the 650/750cc Land Speed Racing Class. The success was phenomenal and there was still more to get out of her.

Returning to Maine in September, the Harvest Event was bittersweet. 17 new Land Speed Racing records were set on the ZX-6R, but late in the day Saturday the bike suffered a catastrophic engine failure. It was the one engine the team couldn’t afford to lose, but it is the chance you take with racing. The ZX6R had set 59 new Land Speed Racing records, including 3 World’s Fastest Speeds in her first year of competition. That couldn’t have been anticipated by anyone and TLN Motorsports was overjoyed with the success.

Greg Neal - TLN Motorsports

The engine failure proved to be more than the team could recover from on the ZX-6R. The bike was torn apart to understand just what had happened and the process of rebuilding the new Ninja began. There are not many parts for that motorcycle available, so the process would be a slow one. That bike is expected back, faster than ever for the 2016 season. There are plans in place to ensure greater reliability and yes, faster speeds.

Greg Neal - TLN Motorsports

The EX-250R started strong on the Ohio Mile in May, with 6 New Land Speed Racing records and a top Speed of 105.7828 mph. The little 250 spent the weekend fighting windy conditions and bracket racing 104-105 mph runs. The Ninja 250 is a strong player and a continuous record setter for TLN Motorsports.

Back on the Ohio Mile in June, the EX-250R continued to perform, setting 7 new Land Speed Racing records and a top speed of 105.9073 mph. It was another windy weekend on the Ohio Mile, but the 250R had once again set the standard in the N/A 250cc class. Fellow racer Ransom Holbrook was given two passes on the 250 and both were also new records for the team.

At the Maine Event in July, the little Ninja 250 continued her record setting pace with 30 new Land Speed Racing records and a top speed of 112.5830 mph. That is as fast as the EX-250R had ever run. The bike continued to be strong and reliable. The success the 250 was having helped the team to their most successful season ever.

Returning to Maine in September for the Harvest Event, the 250 had to take on the majority of the fight. The loss of the ZX-6R on Saturday left the record setting job to the 250 on Sunday. 31 new Land Speed racing records later, the EX-250R had once again done more than anyone imagined. The performance of that bike was simply unbelievable.

TLN Motorsports ended the season on the Ohio Mile in September. With the ZX-6R out, the EX-250R would again carry the load, along with a few passes on a Production Class BMW S1000RR. The wind conditions were as bad as they get, but the 250 managed to set 4 new Land Speed Racing records, again bracket racing 105-106 mph passes. Once again, Ransom Holbrook was given two passes, setting 2 more records for the team. The EX-250R had come through again for TLN Motorsports. The success of 2015 was largely in part to the performance of the little Ninja.

Greg Neal - TLN Motorsports

The BMW was a strong machine, but over geared for the windy conditions. Rider, Greg Neal, did manage a record pass of 193.0502 mph. With more runs on the bike, better conditions, and the proper gearing the BMW is definitely a 200 mph motorcycle. The 193 mph speed was good enough to also win the 1000cc N/A class of the Brock’s Performance Streetbike Shootout.

Greg Neal - TLN Motorsports

2015 was, by far, the most successful year ever for TLN Motorsports. The 138 new Land Speed Racing records more than doubled any previous racing season total for TLN Motorsports. This was all done in 5 events and the team’s total records; set by Greg Neal was now 302. With the addition of 5 records; set by Ransom Holbrook the total for TLN Motorsports was at 307. The team lived up to their name of the “Hardest Working Team” in Land Speed.

Greg Neal - TLN Motorsports

With 2015 in the books, the work toward 2016 started immediately. First and foremost is reaching record 311 to honor the memory of our friend, and the greatest Paved Track Land Speed Racer of all time, Bill Warner. It is that goal that is driving TLN Motorsports into 2016. It is just something that TLN Motorsports has to accomplish and it is expected to happen at the Spring Event in Maine. We know that with the support of Fred Vance (Vance & Forstall Racing) and Stephen Serafini (Fab-U-This) we will get it done. Fred has a fast Busa and Stephen is preparing a V-Max for the run that will set record 311. Excitement fills the air at TLN Motorsports.

Greg Neal - TLN Motorsports

After 311 is set, Greg Neal has said he would like to see a team total of 400 records set by the end of 2016, including 2 more World’s Fastest speeds. This will only happen if the ZX-6R is back in action. TLN Motorsports will need some help to get it done. If you have ever thought about getting involved with a proven team, one that continues to make Land Speed Racing history and one that works very hard for all of its supporters, contact us at : landspeeder9539@yahoo.com – Or you can donate to the cause at https://www.gofundme.com/rebuild-the-zx6 or tlnmotorsports@paypal.com

It’s a huge undertaking for TLN Motorsports, but every year has been an uphill battle. With a little more support, 2016 will be as successful as 2015.

Greg Neal - TLN Motorsports

TLN Motorsports would like to thank all of the sponsors that helped make this year an enormous success.  Without you, the unbelievable 2015 racing season would not have been possible.  We are the best because of the support from the best.

  • Brock Davidson, Ben Knight and everyone at Brock’s Performance
  • Kevin Hunt and Michael Godin at KWS Motorsports
  • CP Pistons/Carrillo
  • Web Camshafts
  • Marine Crankshaft
  • Stephen Serafini and Fab U This
  • Val Dick and Energycoil
  • Dave Conforti and Worldwide Bearings
  • Chip Spaulding and Ballistic Performance Parts
  • Woolich Racing
  • Guy Caputo andTiger Racing Products
  • Chris Brewer, Tyler Brewer and everyone at Brewer Cycles
  • Ralphie Navarro and Platinum General Services
  • Petron Plus
  • Shane Burton and Warp 12 Racing
  • David Whealon and DW Photos
  • Joe Timney and Donna Timney and Delaware Chassis Works
  • Millennium Technologies
  • Blackstone Tek Wheels
  • Vortex Racing
  • VP Racing fuels
  • Alisyn Lubricants
  • MagicBullet fuel Treatment
  • Ohlins
  • Raptor Performance
  • MPS
  • Brandi Neithamer and Dragbike.com

A special thank you to Don Hass, Mark Dotson, Ransom Holbrook, Eric Roehrle, Joe Heffernan, Scott E. Jones and everyone that has assisted us in one way or another at the race track. Our success is your success.  We look forward to seeing you in 2016.

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