Patrick Racing Yamaha Warrior Wins Hot Rod Cruiser Drag Racing Championship Staff
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(From Yamaha USA PR):
Sets Lowest ET and Fastest Top Speed

CYPRESS, Calif., November 12, 2002-Powered by an air-cooled, push rod engineproducing over 150 horsepower, the Patrick Racing tuned Yamaha Road StarWarrior scalped the competition in the final round of the AMA Prostar HotRod Cruiser drag racing series.

Early qualifiers set the stage for the final when rider Mark Underwood ran anumber one qualifying time of 9.75 seconds at 135.13 mph. In the final, theWarrior's thunderous V-twin stormed across the line in first place,clinching the championship for team owner Nigel Patrick, and solidifyingrecords for the lowest elapsed time (9.86 seconds) and highest top speed(133.51 mph).

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Commenting on the victory Patrick said, "It has been a hard fought seasonand we are very proud to come away with a decisive win at this event."According to Patrick, there is still more performance potential waiting tobe unlocked from the Road Star Warrior. "We can't wait to tap into it fornext year."

The Hot Rod Cruiser class continues to grow in popularity and participationwith a 50% growth in entries over last year, according to Yamaha racingmanager Keith McCarty.

He added, "This is an exciting class because these nearly street legalV-twin motorcycles put up some very impressive numbers. Patrick Racing'schampionship win and the second place finish for Orient Express really saysa lot about the Road Star Warrior's performance potential."

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