Swaby leads bike crew

Cayman’s fastest motorcycle is a hotly contested honour. The latest rider to emerge a contender is Eduardo Swaby.

The West Bay resident launched his Suzuki GSX-R1000 into the five second realm on a 1/8 mile track. Swaby would win the motorcycle class at last weekend’s Cayman Islands Drag Racing Association meet at Breakers Speedway.

In the process Swaby would out-duel arguably Cayman’s top two racers in Dante ‘Ross’ Hydes and Humberto Rives. Hydes would run a heavily modified Suzuki GSX-R1000 while Rives would sport his red Suzuki Hayabusa.

Drag racing association Marketing and Promotions Director Michael Webster states the emergence of Swaby highlights the current crop of talent within the bike segment.

“The bike guys are not to be messed with right now,” Webster said. “The young guys are stepping up. At Sunday’s race the difference came down to Humberto kind of sleeping on the line while Eduardo had a better reaction time. But all of the guys are neck and neck. Ross is right there in the thick of things while Jamie McLaughlin is in the picture and (based on his high wheelie) crazy as hell.”

Sunday’s meet would produce a number of winners. Jeffrey Jackson won class D in his Chevy pick-up truck, Stephen Francis claimed class C in his Honda Integra Type-R and rookie Henry Diaz nabbed class B in his Mitsubishi Evolution III. Dave Thompson won class A in the Hydes and Sons Ford Mustang and Michael ‘Bad Oil’ Williams used his Evolution III to become the first local car with a four cylinder engine to run a time of five seconds (his official time was 5.93 seconds).

The next meet is slated for 2 October and Webster states he plans to be a presence then.

“All I can say is get ready for the (Toyota) Supra. Johnny (Salas) and his Supra will be ones to watch out for as well. Hopefully I get to the level of Bad Oil.”

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