1 Stop Speed : 2017 Season Recap

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2017 Season Recap

If you were wondering what happened to the dynamic duo of Mike Belo & Richard Gadson this racing season, we have the answers. In 2016 Gadson rode the 1 Stop Speed Hayabusa to numerous victories while the team campaigned at national events (and big money races). With their sights set on a championship this season they certainly were prepared to do battle with the best racers in the country. However, the opening of Belo’s Premier Powersports forced him to focus on business and put racing on the back burner.

All the while, 1 Stop Speed stayed busy supplying racers across the country with the best parts in the industry. Although both Belo & Gadson wanted to hit the track, they had to take care of business…. Which led Belo to another tough decision when he was approached about selling his Hayabusa. The bike had debuted as a bolt-on project spotlighting the products carried by 1 Stop Speed. In its initial setup, it proved to be both a winning machine and very street able (as Mike routinely rode it around West Palm beach). Version two brought about a full-blown race bike complete with AEM standalone ECU, RSR wiring, and an Adams Performance race engine stuffed with the good stuff from CP/Carrillo and Web Camshafts.

The second version also proved to be quite the winning combination, but also blazed the quarter mile with 7 second time slips. This all-out race machine was now being sought by a Midwest racer who knew a great machine when he saw it. So, Will Thomas purchased the well-chronicled dragbike from 1 Stop Speed and made his first race at the NHDRO World Finals. “I don’t think you’ll find a more thought out dragbike. Mike literally built the best bike he could using the best parts available and that’s what drew me to it along with the unique color combo and killer graphics. I don’t have to worry about problems down the road with such a top-notch build,” said Thomas on his new ride.

“I’ve got to be honest, it was really hard to let that bike go… From building the first version in my living room, to upgrades taking place in my garage, to the final version being put together inside of a dealership I had a lot of time and energy invested. But, it went to a great guy and it was time for me to focus on growing 1 Stop Speed and,” said Mike Belo. The buzz surrounding the 1 Stop Speed Hayabusa builds might resurface though and a new build could be coming together for 2018 with another customer (hinted Belo).

Mike had these final words, “While both Richard and I would have liked to have finished off the year with a championship or even just a final win on the bike, I couldn’t be happier with how the whole project went over the last three years. Ultimately I’m sure we’ll be racing some in the future. I can’t thank Richard, Jeremy Teasley and Ryan Schnitz enough for riding the bike over the years to help make it what it was. I am pretty lucky to have that stable of riders along with the best sponsors in the industry”

The team would like to thank their loyal sponsors for the continued support into 2017: Adams Performance, AEM Performance Electronics, MTC Engineering, Belo Designs LLC, HRP Fabrication, Beringer Brakes, M2.Shocks, Fragola Performance Systems, Driven Racing Oil, X-treme Graphics & Lettering, CP-Carrillo, Web Camshafts, HDFR, Montgomery Motorsports, Ryan Schnitz Racing, and Worldwide Bearings.


1 Stop Speed is a proud sponsor of the Man Cup / DME Racing Pro Street All- Star Shootout.

Learn more at www.prostreetshootout.com

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