There’s no rain predicted this weekend for Norwalk, Ohio, a weather report that brings a smile from LE Tonglet.
A year ago, Tonglet – then the reigning NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion – did not qualify for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals after a persistent rain wiped out two qualifying sessions. It is the only time in his 42-race Full Throttle series career he wasn’t in the starting line-up.
He returns to Summit Racing Equipment Park Friday prepared to rectify that situation this weekend following a runner-up performance at Chicago last Sunday. It was his finest outing of the 2012 season and followed a run to the semifinals at Englishtown, N.J. in his fourth race. It also lifted him from eighth to fifth place in Full Throttle points and injected a giant boost of confidence into the Nitro Fish/Tonglet Racing Suzuki GSXR team.
“We are very happy with the way the bike responded to the new tune-up in Chicago,” Tonglet said. “We weren’t able to get the win there this time, but we still have a pretty good chance of running good at Norwalk. We took the motor out so Vance and Hines could go through it and we got it back Thursday.
“Everything is ready to go. We would like to pick up the pace again and get some more round wins . . . even win a race. We need it.”