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it should be ready to go soon, possibly by the second round in Houston, which is close to the Tonglet's home in Metairie, Louisiana.

Not surprisingly the biggest challenge to Tonglet's hope for a repeat championship will again come from the powerhouse Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley Davidson team and riders Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec. Last year, Hines was well on his way to a fourth championship until Tonglet grabbed the title from him on the last day of the season. Hines last won a championship in 2006 so he believes that he's overdue for another one.

"I'll be honest, last year was very frustrating," Hines said. "I'm trying to win that fourth championship and I've come close twice now. Last year, was especially tough to swallow, but I've pushed that all aside. We spent a lot of time this winter working on our Screamin' Eagle Harley V-Rods and I think that Eddie and I are going to have a good season. We've tried to concentrate on making our tuning window a little broader so we've worked on our chassis and done a lot of engine development. We've had a lot of late nights in our shop, but I believe it will all pay off in the end."

Krawiec ended the season by making the quickest run in the history of the class with a 6.811 in Pomona and he believes that it won't take long before his record falls this season.

"Someone is going to run in the 6.70s this year," Krawiec said. "It's not a matter of if - it's just when it's going to happen. It might happen as soon as the first race in Gainesville and hopefully either Andrew or I will be the ones to do it."

The Vance & Hines team also made news during the off-season when it was announced that they would be supplying engines to the new Kuryakyn-backed team of owner and crew chief Harry Lartigue and rider Chip Ellis. Previously, the V&H engine program

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