FOUR FOR VOODOO
Three times Australian Top Fuel Motorcycle Champion, Chris Matheson and his Nitro Voodoo Team have two goals for the upcoming Pro-Series Championship.
Goal number 1 is to crack the 5 second barrier and equally important Goal number 2; win 4 from 4 Australian Top Fuel Motorcycle Championships.
Matheson is the first in Australian history to dominate the Group 1 class in such a fashion. The Team has won three from three National Championships, set numerous track records across Australia and is the quickest on a Motorcycle in the Southern Hemisphere with an ET Record of 6.058.
Matheson underlined his dominance in the sport last season, winning all races at each round from start to finish, giving him a 100% win result.
Matheson a relative rookie to the Top Fuel Motorcycle arena, started in 2010, winning his first Group
1 meeting, then going on to have better than a 90% win loss ratio in his 3 year career.
Matheson is no new comer to high horsepower, or speed, competing at Bonneville in his ex Ford
Thunderbird Nascar and closer to home at Lake Gairdner in South Australia on a number of
Matheson said “the buzz you get from raw horsepower and big speeds is unparallelled in anything I
have experience in my life. Nothing comes close to the kick in the tail that you get from the Fuel
Bike, as it firers down the track over the quarter mile”.
The Nitro Fuel Bike is right out there when it comes to raw brut power, especially when you are
simply holding on with your hands and toe nails.
The fast approaching 2013 season is almost upon us and the Team have been busy in the off
season, preparing the bike for a big year.
Matheson said “we have 8 rounds this season, almost double what we had last year, with a couple of new tracks in the mix, which should be great”.
We tested a few weeks back, chasing a lazy 60 ft problem that plagued them most of last season, however, is confident that Crew Chief Roger Bloor has found the bug.
We know that what we lose at the start is multiplied three times down the other end. We ran five 6.20’s at our last meeting at Willowbank, which should have been better. The bike is handling like it’s on rails and is a dream in the braking zone, which is being reflected in our increase in MPH in our results.
We had handling issues for over a year, which was a tough time, especially knowing that the bike was going to be a huge handful in the second part of the run in the braking zone.
Matheson said “these machines are exciting at the best of times in the shut down zone, but, when the bike is not 100% right, it’s ugly. Thankfully, with the help of Ohlins guru Steve Cramer of Steve Cramer Products in Melbourne Victoria, we sorted the front end and it’s a new bike to steer.
The Team’s priority this season is running a low number and to better their current Australian Record of 6.058. If we wrap up a 4th Australian Championship in the process, that will be almost as huge as resetting our lowest ET record.
There has been two others in Top Fuel Motorcycle history that have won three Australian Championships, Ian Ashelford and Bill Curry, however, neither in consecutive years or from a rookie start.
Matheson said, the Nitro Voodoo Team are better prepared for the upcoming season, than ever before. We are all excited about the number of Rounds, the new Tracks added to the schedule and the fact that there is plenty of hype about bigger fields in the bracket.
Matheson said, he and Crew Chief Bloor had just returned from two weeks in America, spending quality time with Steve and Larry “Spiderman” McBride.
Matheson said, the McBride’s were reinvigorated by the new World Record runs by the Swede and were focused on finishing their new Fuel Bike to take up the challenge to regain the record.
Matheson said “Spiderman’s new machine is longer, more rigid in the chassis and has a number of cutting edge improvements, which will propel the new machine into new speed and ET zones”.
Matheson said “in the years he had known the McBride’s, he had never seen them so pumped about the challenge ahead of them and to feel the intensity of them as they worked on their new machine was ore inspiring”.
Larry and Steve are aiming to test the new machine over the coming month in readiness to meet their new challenge.
Round 1 of the ANDRA Pro-Series Top Bike Championship commences at Sydney Dragway over the weekend of 2 – 4 November 2012.
Sponsors & Supporters:
WebCam, Red Line Oils, RB Performance, Rocket Industries, CRC Industries, PDS Graphics, Kitten Car Care Products, GT Radiators & Machining, Hi-Side Leathers, PR Factory Store and special thanks to Larry “Spiderman” McBride & Steve McBride.