Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 09:04:05 AM EDT

Team Orient Express

Two Race Season for Krawiec
By: Jack Korpela

Team Orient Express/Yamaha's 600 Super Sport pilot "Steady" Eddie Krawiec will head to the final two AMA/Prostar races deadlocked in a tie for first in the championship points series.

Krawiec was able to close the points gap from first to second, after going a round further in eliminations than his points leading, Kawasaki-backed, arch-rival Chip Hunter at the Schnitz Fall Nationals from Montgomery, AL. Sixth-qualifier Hunter was upset in round-one by eleventh-qualifier John Hall. Krawiec capitalized on Hunter's misfortune by pulling off an upset of his own, defeating veteran Keith Thompson.

"This class is killer. Every single first round match-up could have been a final round," Krawiec said. "The racing is very intense."

Krawiec was defeated in round-two by number-one qualifier Chad Millholland with an impressive 9.89 to Krawiec's 10.04.

"I would have loved to get some more points on Hunter, but Chad was just having an awesome weekend," Krawiec said. "Chad is one of the many up-and-comers in this class."

Krawiec will head to the tour's final stop in Gainesville, FL, tied for first with Hunter at 653 points each. Due to the postponement of the season-opener, the Gainesville weekend (November 13th-16th) will be a doubleheader and contest both the MRE Sunshine Nationals and the World Finals. Krawiec understands the importance of this double event finale.

"It's all about who can survive the longest," Krawiec said. "I think it's going to come down to the final race of the weekend."

Krawiec will attempt to give Yamaha it's first ever 600 Super Sport championship in a class that has long been dominated by Kawasaki.

"Everybody considered me the underdog this year after I switched to Yamaha," Krawiec said. "It would mean a great deal to me to prove everybody wrong and become the first guy to prove that you can win this class on something besides a Kawasaki."

Ed Krawiec and all of Team Orient Express Yamaha thanked all of its sponsors for their support; Yamaha, Arai Helmets, Vance & Hines Exhaust, Dynojet, Vanson Leathers, Orient Express, World Wide Bearings, Yamalube, Zero Gravity, TI Force, NuTech Racing Fuels, Brock Davidson Engineering, Joe Morosco of MSP, Sharkskinz body work, and

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