Young Blood Looking to Dominate 2023 XDA Real Street
Kyle Cook Racing brings in a new rider and partners with HTP Performance for the 2023 XDA Real Street season.
As the 2023 season kicks into gear, Kyle Cook Racing (KCR) is prepared for a championship chase with an all-new program for the XDA Real Street class.
KCR debuted in 2022 with an All Motor Hayabusa built by longtime friend Mike Belo. The 2022 season had its up and downs as three different champion-level riders tested out the true hand clutch Hayabusa. Ryan Schnitz started the season and facilitated getting the new bike dialed-in while working through new build snags. Ryan rode at the first three events with a best run of 7.60. Ryan’s booming business, Ryan Schnitz Racing, made it hard for him to commit to the entire season, so we were excited to have Jeremy Teasley fill in for two races and Richard Gadson for the final race of the year.
With a season of testing under their belts, Kyle and Mike spent the off-season strategizing a plan for a competitive 2023 championship chase.
They sent the engine off to Adam’s Performance to allow Coby and Corey to work their magic to find a little more power.
The next line of business was choosing a full-time crew chief for the 2023 season. The team had several options, but the choice became easy after speaking with Cecil at HTP Performance. Cecil helped set up the Motec ECU and tune the Adams Performance engine package from when the bike was originally built, so he knew the bike’s potential and wanted to get involved for 2023.
“I am very excited to see all the changes we made come together this season. We built a great motorcycle. With Adam’s Performance horsepower, Cecil behind the keyboard, and our new riders’ talent, I know we will turn on some win lights this season, “stated team owner Kyle Cook.
The next choice would be choosing a full-time rider. Kyle, Cecil, and Mike went through a list of riders, but the key component was finding a rider that could be focused on this bike only and not be pulled in another direction running multiple classes. And this is a critical factor in how Cook runs his snowmobile race team.
Once the 2023 XDA rule package was released, the list narrowed as a lightweight rider came back into play for the all-motor combo.
Trevor Schnitz was already on the list of talented riders, but once Cook found out that Schnitz would be spending the summer in Virginia interning at HTP Performance, the choice became clear.
Once Trevor became the number one choice, Belo spoke to Ryan Schnitz for his thoughts and advice on giving Trevor this opportunity.
“Being able to call Ryan and let him know we chose Trevor was my favorite part. I have known Ryan for a long time, and being able to help his son get a ride is just awesome. Ryan has raised a great young man and a great rider. Trevor’s riding skills with Cecil behind the keyboard is going to be a winning combo in 2023,” said Belo.
There was no hesitation as Ryan and Trevor felt this partnership would be successful.
“This opportunity that Kyle, Cecil, Mike, and all involved have given me couldn’t make me more grateful. Knowing that they see my potential and are willing to give me a chance couldn’t make me happier. The team has given me a perfect bike to ride, and it’s my job to turn on the win lights and go for that championship. I can’t thank the team, sponsors, and everyone involved enough. See you in the winner’s circle,” stated Trevor.
The motorcycle has been at HTP for the last month, getting upgrades, dyno-tuned, and dialed-in for this season. The team makes its debut this weekend for the XDA Spring Nationals at Maryland International Raceway, April 21-23. Stop by and see them on the midway and wish Trevor luck this season.
The Kyle Cook Racing team would like to thank their sponsors for their support and partnership this season. Please support companies that support the racing passion.
- 1 Stop Speed
- Adam’s Performance
- Beringer Brakes
- Chip Ellis Racing
- HTP Performance
- Ryan Schnitz Racing
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