Neil Midgley straight into the 5’s.

UK Top Fuel Bike rider Neil Midgley took full advantage of the enhancements made to his new ride previously owned by Ian King and latterly Filippos Papafilippou in the very first event under his ownership by not only running a five second quarter mile ET but also setting an astounding new 60ft world record at the same time. The Puma Engineering constructed machine now operated under the King Racing & Cannon Motorsports collaboration exceeded expectations following significant changes to the fuel system and an all-new manifold assembly over the preceding months prior to receipt by the new owner.

In qualifications team plans were for Midgley to launch only for the first run for which he duly obliged then a short 330ft run for which he recorded a strong 0.9867 60ft and 3.7895 @ 201.55 mph 1/8th mile. However he was already experiencing some difficulty in handling the machine due to seating and footrest positions (designed around original owner Ian King) and some temporary footrest plates were fabricated to assist in helping him lay down lower on the run.

On his third pass Midgley launched hard, in fact to a world record 60ft from a standing of 0.9657 seconds and a 3.753 secs @ 211.54 mph on the 1/8th mile before rolling off at only 4.5 seconds and coasting over the line at an astounding 5.8656 secs @ only 200.63 mph. In doing so Neil became only the second British rider to run a 5 second pass and the third to do so on the same bike.

Unfortunately the minor footrest changes were not enough, and his control was still compromised on that run requiring Midgely to apply a deft kick to keep off the wall at the top end and so the team decided to end running the bike until more substantial seating changes could be made in the workshop in time for the next race at Santa Pod over the weekend starting of the 30th of April.

The team are proud to be supported in their world class performances by their blue-chip partners:

APE – The world’s most innovative manufacturer of aftermarket parts for dragbikes
COMETIC GASKETS - The premier manufacturer of racing gaskets
Gates – The world’s most trusted name in drive belts, hoses and hydraulics.
JE Pistons - The world's premier manufacturer of high performance forged pistons
Kibblewhite Precision Machining, Inc. - the highest quality valve train components on the market.
MRE – Leaders in trackside support for drag race components and air shifting systems
MTC ENGINEERING - Manufacturer of clutches for the fastest motorcycles in the world
NCTENGINEERING - Manufacturer of the world’s leading non contact torque sensors for motorsport
NGK SPARKPLUGS UK – The world’s number one spark plug manufacturer
PAR WILLEN – Master webmeister and proprietor of HarleyDrags.com
Pro Alloy – UK’s leader in fabrication of alloy racing tanks, intercoolers and radiators.
VANSON LEATHERS - The most iconic brand in motorsport leather goods
WEB CAMSHAFTS INC - Simply THE company for Top Fuel Bike camshafts
Worldwide Bearings – The premier source for high performance ceramic bearings
Zodiac – Europe’s largest supplier of performance and aftermarket HD parts.

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