Alan Thoresen on his Black Thunder Racing Kawasaki ZX14R Wins the NZDRA 2019 National Drag Racing Series in Modified Bike.
AUGUST 22, 2019:
Alan Thoresen riding his Kawasaki ZX14R under his Black Thunder Racing NZ Banner has succeeded in winning another New Zealand National title with the completion of the 2019 NZDRA National Drag Racing Series.
Leading up to the final, Alan Thoresen placed first in Modified Bike in Southern Nationals run by the Nelson Drag Racing at Motueka.
The Motueka Strip is basically at Sea Level and with better air the Kawasaki ZX14 Engine tends to develop slightly more power with these conditions, whereas at higher altitudes such as at Taupo there is a slight decrease in engine performance.
These variations affect the ETs in the ¼ mile and the consistency with Dial ins.
All competitors are faced with this, and it is a matter of who has the skill to adapt and race consistently to the conditions at the various tracks, and ensuring your machine is tuned to give optimum performance.
On entering the Southern Nationals, Alan was holding the No2 Position in the National Series, with 38 points separation to the No1 Spot.
With a good fuel map loaded in to the Kawasaki ZX14 ECU via the Power Commander, it gave good power and with good reaction and consistency Alan was able to defeat his competitors in each round through to the final, giving him the win in Modified Bike in the NZDRA Southern Nationals, and moving him to the No 1 Position in the National Series with a 43 point lead over the second position.
The Final round of Modified bike at the Nationals in Masterton had a strong field of 16 motorcycles, which Alan managed to get through to the third round where unfortunately he red lit on the tree. With the points gained through the previous rounds Alan had achieved enough points to win the 2019 NZDRA National Points Series in Modified bike with a lead of 43 Points over Tony Gray in the No 2 Position on his Hayabusa.
At the recent NZDRA National Awards Held in Wellington, Alan Thoresen was presented with:
The 2019 NZDRA No 1 Championship Title trophy In Modified Bike.
The Award for the Longest Distance Travelled throughout the 2019 NZDRA Series.
Life Membership of the NZ Drag Racing Association.
Alan Thoresen has been riding the Kawasaki ZX14 Motorcycles since 2006 with many successes over the years with many National Records being set along with Multiple National titles in Drag Racing, and is more often than not, the top performing Street bike at Motorcycle Drag Meets including the Kawasaki Drag Day.
Over the years Alan has retained his Kawasaki ZX14 Motorcycles and has four of the machines, a 2006, 2007, 2008 and a 2014, which he rides and races.
Alan Thanks His Sponsors, Castrol NZ, Katana Batteries, Hamilton Motorcycle Centre, Godiva Screens, Mcindoe Group, W White – RK Chains, Darbi Accessories – HJC Helmets, Violets Coffee@ Pit Lane, for their continued support of his Racing.