Matt Smith was critical of the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson riders – Andrew Hines, Eddie Krawiec and Angelle Sampey getting to debut the FXDR body at the Mile-High Nationals.
Smith felt like it was going to give the perennial powerful Harley team another advantage.
Hines, who qualified No. 1 Friday with a 7.232-second elapsed time at 186.20 mph, offered the following response to Smith.
“I don’t know why he is complaining because that EBR body is by far the best thing out here,” Hines said. “We just did what we could with the motorcycle that we have from the factory Harley-Davidson and work with NHRA and see what we could do and do different things and it still not anywhere close to the best motorcycle aerodynamically out here, unfortunately. If we had an aerodynamic package like those guys, they would be crying even harder.”
Hines ended up the quickest of the Harley-Davidsons at No. 4, Krawiec was No. 7 and Sampey was No. 8.
Sampey fell in the first round, while Hines and Krawiec reached the finals.
Hines met up with Smith in the semis, where he overcame a .031 holeshot to win 7.183-to-7.238.
“I’m just kind of frustrated a little bit with NHRA giving Harley more stuff (an FXDR body to run that’s debuting this weekend). They just keep giving them more and more stuff to just outrun us. – Matt Smith – https://t.co/yqr6H1BOZH pic.twitter.com/z5i7h4Q0CI
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