Kris Schoonover, Harley’s mightily bearded racing manager, threaded his words together carefully: “This is the first time… a new-design Harley has made the main… in forty-two years.”
Factory rider Davis Fisher, by finishing third in his semi on the new XG prototype (he was briefly second), transferred to the 25-lap GNC1 main event at the Sacramento Mile.
The bike that last did this, 42 years ago, was the aluminum XR750 that has sustained the sport for over four decades.
In racing, obsolete doesn’t mean a design can no longer win races. It means only that its development has fully exploited all possibilities. Then you need a fresh design with wider limits. The XG is Harley’s next step.
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