August 14, 2002 - Powered By Kawasaki: World Speed Record
Fuchs Kawasaki´s Andrew Pitt assisted German inline skater, Dirk Auer, to a new world speed record in Germany on Sunday. Auer, who was dragged behind a Kawasaki ZX-12R by the reigning World Supersport Champion, reached a speed of 291.8Km/h, beating his own inline skating world speed record by more than 20Km/h.
The record attempt took place on a cordoned off section of the B3 autobahn between Darmstadt and Eberstadt, with a massive crowd turning out to cheer Auer on to his 300Km/h target. Unfortunately for the skater, the road conditions conspired to make this target impossible to reach, despite a number of high-speed runs behind the 217PS, Michael Lohmann prepared, ZX-12R.
´I thought I´d got the easy job, but it turned out to be a lot more difficult than I expected,´ said Pitt, who returns to World Supersport action at Oschersleben on 1st September. ´We were running in one lane of the autobahn and the crowd were lining the route in the other. The road wasn´t perfectly straight and we were getting quite close to the barrier separating us from the spectators as I tried to find a line through the turns that allowed me to keep the throttle pinned and the speed up.´
After a number of attempts, and a few tweaks to the bike, Pitt and Auer eventually tripped the Police operated speed trap at 291.8Km/h.
´The speed trap was located right at the end of the longest straight section on the road, but if you went through at full chat then it didn´t leave you much of a braking area in which to get the bike stopped. In the end I just kept the throttle pinned until I saw the red flash as the camera went off on the speed trap and then grabbed a big handful of brakes,´ continued Pitt.
´We were aiming for 300Km/h and, if we´d had a bit more of a straight to work with, I reckon we could have done it. The bike was certainly more than capable of dragging Dirk to his target speed, but the road turned out to be the limiting factor.´