Asko Määttä in full swing for home race at Alastaro
Finnish Super Twin Motorcycle racer Asko Määttä had to cancel his entry for the Tierp Internationals. Only a few days before the race, Baldie’s VooDoo Racing found out the engine explosion they suffered in a test run had also damaged the crankshaft. The Finnish team had no other choice then to skip the first round of the EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship in Sweden. But at their home track Alastaro, at the FHRA Nitro Nationals, Määttä will be back in competition.
Baldie’s VooDoo Racing was looking forward to start their racing season at the Tierp Internationals. But they had to change their plans. “After an engine explosion that damaged the head, we thought everything was fixed again, and we were ready for Tierp. But with only a few days to go, we found out the crankshaft was damaged too. That’s what happens sometimes. Should not, but still happens, and will happen! Racers know that…..”, says Asko Määttä, rider of the Baldie’s VooDoo Racing Super Twin.
So Määttä will now start his EDRS Pro Nordic Motorcycle Championship season at the FHRA Nitro Nationals at his home track Alastaro. A lot of work has been done, but also still has to be done. Määttä gives a ‘brief’ summary. “We bought UPM heads from Rapamäki Racing and these have been machined and finished, cylinders finished and fitted to Overkill block, valve train parts with new valve covers and manifold bought from UPM, a new fuel management system from Hawaya, exhaust pipes are under construction and a new HRP starter cart is ready to assemble. From Hawaya Racing, Millers Creek, North Carolina, HRP crank, oil pump, some jets and hoses are on their way to our workshop. We discussed a lot about, and got assistance in the tuning from Johnny Vickers and some other guys. And last but not least, great thanks to Nisulan koneistamo at Muurame, Johnny and Steve at Hawaya Racing and Don at UPM, and all the others I forget now.”
It is clear that Baldie’s VooDoo Racing and Asko Määttä are eager to show their home crowd what they are capable of at the FHRA Nitro Nationals.