Ben Thompson Wins Formula 1 in Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Road Atlanta

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Ben Thompson blazed through the competition to win the WERA Formula 1 race at Road Atlanta on a Millennium/KWS Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Racer Ben Thompson Pilots Suzuki GSX-R1000 to Formula 1 Win at Road Atlanta
Racer Ben Thompson Pilots Suzuki GSX-R1000 to Formula 1 Win at Road Atlanta
The WERA Grand National Finals is the premier club racing event in the United States. Millennium/KWS Suzuki has competed in the event since 2005 in the Suzuki GSX-R1000 Cup and Formula 1 race.

In 2008, bad weather hit the event and the track was kept to a minimum. Team rider Thompson only practiced a handful of laps but managed to qualify fourth for the Suzuki GSX-R1000 Cup race. Thompson, the 2007 champion, got a good start and battled with David Anthony and pole sitter Ryan Elleby. Thompson made a mistake going into turn ten and crashed. He was disappointed because he could not defend his 2007 win, but put the crash behind him and focused on the Formula 1 race.

Unlimited modifications are allowed on motorcycles in the WERA Formula 1 class. KWS Motorsports took advantage of the latitude in the rule book and built a very special motor. The team used its Suzuki GSX-R1000 AMA Superbike as a base model and built a 1070cc engine using K&N Filters, Millennium Technologies Cylinders, Wiseco Pistons and Web Cams. The bike yielded well over 210 horsepower and almost 100 ft-lbs of torque.

“We use K&N on everything we build,” said Team Manager Chip Spalding. “K&N air and oil filters do the job of protecting our engines from dirt and track debris. K&N also keeps us competitive with the factory teams.”

The Formula 1 class is gridded on points. The team had only done one previous event and Thompson had to start from the sixth row in the fifteenth position. He got an incredible start and was eighth after the first lap. Thompson put his head down and proceeded to turn the fastest lap of the entire six day event with a time of 1:26:218. He passed one to two riders with each lap and caught up with the leader. He went back and forth with Taylor Knapp until Thompson was able to make the pass for the lead and take the win by a margin of .214 of a second over Knapp.

“The motor in the Formula 1 bike was a monster and it was easily the fastest bike I have ever ridden,” said Ben Thompson. “I was very happy to win F1 after crashing in the GSX-R1000 Cup race.”

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