Niki Taube Zakrzewski Breaks 200MPH Barrier
Saturday, September 21, 2017, Niki Taube Zakrzewski carved out her place in motorcycle drag racing history, by running a stunning 6.51 at a historic 200.65 MPH. This is the first time in motorcycle drag racing competition that a woman drag bike pilot, has broken the 200 MPH barrier.
During Man Cup motorcycle drag racing competition at the DME Nationals, held in Rockingham, North Carolina, Niki was competing on Pro Open class competition, when she drove her Suzuki into the history books, during Q-1. Niki, who hails from Sydney Australia, has been on two wheels since 2008 and began motorcycle drag racing in 2013, advancing to the professional ranks in 2015, in the class of Pro Open.
Niki had this to say about her accomplishment I was always confident that I would do well, I want to thank Dan Wagner for a great tune-up, my crew of course, Walt Timblin for a great chassis, and all of the Pro Mod motorcycle drag racers who have encouraged me all the way since I first arrived here and raced with Man Cup in 2015. Niki also wishes to extend thanks to: Bill Vose, Mark Rendeluk, Chris Wedman, Chris Garner Jones, TT Jones, Travis Davis, Chuck Wilburn and his Dad, Brad McCoy, Paul Gast, Spencer Allen, McKinney Racing, Ashley Owens, Ronnie Procopio and their families. This is a great honor.
Jay Regan, of the Man Cup motorcycle drag racing sanction commented, The ManCup congratulates Niki on her tremendous accomplishment. To be the first female rider to crack the 200mph barrier is truly an amazing accomplishment. For her to do it here with the ManCup makes it all the more special for us, as we have literally watched her performance improve nearly on an event to event basis over these three years she's raced with us! Niki and crew, congratulations from the ManCup on your history making performance this weekend!
News brief and photo by Tom McCarthy