With an incredibly busy off-season just behind them, Grothus Dragbikes (GDB) entered the first race of the Manufacturer’s Cup tour at South Georgia Motorsports Park with 3 GDB team bikes and the Canadian-based Gosselin Motorsports, Grothus Dragbikes built, pro-open dragbike ready for a 3-day race weekend.
Youngest GDB team rider, Brody Grothus, entered the weekend aboard the freshly re-assembled “Big Brother” Race Visions Kawasaki. After shaking down the new combination, Brody qualified well in the 43 bike Super Comp field and made it down to 12 bikes on race day before being eliminated. The rookie rider also went multiple rounds in Pro-ET throughout the weekend gaining valuable seat time.
The other famed Race Visions Kawasaki of the GDB Race Team, “The Governor”, had its own re-vamping over the off-season too. The Ultra 4.60 entry spent a few days at Rock Hill, SC based Indocil Art prior to this first Manufacturer’s Cup race. Indocil Art is an industry leader for custom painted helmets, parts, sales and service, and the ‘Governor’ displays Indocil Arts incredible creativity and painting capabilities with an off the chart paint job. Indocil Art can do it all from flashy, high gloss helmet paint jobs for racers such as Marco Andretti to flat, distressed style paint which can be seen on the ‘Governor’. GDB’s main throttle jockey, Brunson Grothus, wheeled the ‘Governor’ to the middle of the pack during qualifying before ultimately working his way through a competitive field to find the winner’s circle on Sunday. This marks the first national event win for the GDB race team on the year!
In Pro-Open competition, the GDB built and tuned entry for Jean Gosselin of Gosselin Motorsports solidly qualified third when it covered the 1/4 mile strip in 6.73 seconds at nearly 200 mph. The Quebec, Canada based rider made stellar lap after stellar lap in the six-second zone and eventually made it down to the final three bikes before being dispatched.
GDB fielded one of its two Pro-Mods at this event with mainstay rider, Brunson Grothus, in the seat. GDB’s second Pro-Mod rider, Shane Eperjesi, was not in the seat at this event with the second bike, “Lucy”, but was on the property consulting on bike set-ups and tune-ups. Nearing career best numbers, the 1825cc Indocil Art/Grothus Dragbikes Suzuki GS neared the top of the qualifying field with a blazing fast lap covering the 1/8th mile strip in 4.06 seconds at well over 170 mph. This lap would net a start from the number two position on Sunday. In a field of very fast pro-mods, the Indocil Art/Grothus Dragbikes made it down to the final three bikes.
With the first of five Manufacturer’s Cup events completed, the GDB team now leads the points in Ultra 4.60 and is very much in the season-long championship hunt with its other team bikes. With the continued support from great companies like Indocil Art, Klemme Performance Motorcycle, Robinson Industries & Sentry Industries, Grothus Dragbikes will continue to stay in front.