Gaige Herrera received his 2023 Professional Inventory season off to a killer begin with a win within the class at Gainesville on his new Gen III Suzuki Hayabusa. The Vance & Hines/Mission Suzuki rider first joined the workforce again in November and solely received his first passes on the brand new bike a few weeks again.
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At Gainesville, he grabbed consideration early with a 6.685-second/203.49 mph run that set the monitor’s top-speed report within the class and marked the sixth-fastest high velocity in Professional Inventory historical past. Herrera stored the momentum up via the weekend, taking wins in each spherical till grabbing his first Professional Inventory win with a straightforward victory over Angie Smith.
“It was a surreal weekend. The brand new Gen III Suzuki Hayabusa is a dream to journey. There have been loads of firsts for me. My first primary qualifier, a private finest 6.68-second elapsed time, and my first win,” Herrera mentioned in a workforce press launch. “I by no means thought this may be attainable. I’ve received to thank the entire Vance & Hines/Mission Suzuki workforce and Andrew Hines for seeing the potential in me. It’s wonderful being on a workforce of this stage that loves to pull race as a lot as I do and desires to win as badly as I do. It is a particular weekend and I hope there’s extra to come back.”
Staff crew chief Andrew Hines added, “I noticed one thing in Gaige final yr throughout the US Nationals. I used to be sitting at residence with COVID watching the race on my sofa for the primary time in 30 years. His was the primary bike I noticed go down the monitor that weekend. I noticed one thing particular in him and he proved it at present. With all of the work our store put in over the winter to develop the brand new Gen III Hayabusa bodywork and new Vance & Hines billet four-cylinder engine instances, plus to debut a brand new rider, I really feel like we earned this one via preparation.”
Herrera’s teammate, the legendary Eddie Krawiec, was one of many riders taken down throughout the rookie’s spectacular weekend, shedding to the younger rider throughout the second spherical on Sunday.
Observe alongside as Herrera and the Vance & Hines/Mission Suzuki workforce head to the Circle Ok NHRA 4-Extensive Nationals at zMax Dragway in Harmony, North Carolina, April 28–30.