LE Tonglet wins NHRA Pro Bike Battle

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) LE Tonglet raced to his first NHRA Pro Bike Battle victory Saturday during the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Tonglet earned $7,500 in the all-star bonus race featuring the top eight Pro Stock Motorcycles riders.

Tonglet beat Eddie Krawiec in the final with a 6.827-second pass at 196.07 mph on a Suzuki. In his first appearance in the Pro Bike Battle, Tonglet also topped Angelle Sampey and Andrew Hines.

''To be able to win it on the first go-around is pretty amazing,'' Tonglet said. My brother (GT Tonglet) won it back in 2005 and to be able to follow in his footsteps just means a lot to me.''

In in the regular NHRA event, Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) earned No. 1 qualifying positions.

Pritchett topped the lineup with her Friday run at a track-record time of 3.669 at 304.80.

Hight had a national-record speed of 339.87 with a time of 3.807 in his Chevrolet Camaro on Friday.

Skillman ran a 6.538 at 211.36 in a Chevrolet Camaro on Saturday during the third qualifying session.

Smith powered his Polaris Victory Magnum to a 6.771 at 198.70 during the final qualifying session.

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