June 13, 2000

Michael Dubé and ACIDFast Racing failed to complete a single ProThunder main event lap during Rounds 2 and 3 of the AMA National Series at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, and at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. A broken valve during morning warmups on race day at Road Atlanta scuttled any attempt at taking on the 2.5 mile road course that day on the new ACIDFast Racing Ducati 748. "At least I got to eat some Vidalia onions" said a dejected Dubé. Their luck was little better at Road America, where handling problems contributed to an 11th place finish in Saturday's heat race at the rapid 4.0 mile circuit. However, after installing some new suspension parts for Sunday's ProThunder main event Dubé was optimistic. "I struggled all weekend with running wide on the corner exits, which just killed my drives. But Jeff Nash changed my spring and made some other changes, and the problems I had with excessive squat improved tremendously. That was the problem, I just didn't know squat," Dubé surmised. Gridded on the 6th row for the final, Dubé caught and passed 6 riders in the first 5 turns of the first lap. Sadly, a clutch failure ended his day before the first 4.0 mile circuit had been completed.

Ducati 748 mounted Mike Smith was the victor in the event, followed by 1999 ProThunder champion Shawn Conrad. Third went to Advanced Motorsports Jeff Nash, who retained the points lead in ProThunder for 2000.  Early race favorite Shaun Higbee and his Tilley-tuned Buell suffered yet another engine failure. Full Road America results can be seen at http://www.ama-cycle.org/prorace/00rr/elkhartlake/pt/m/index.html.