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Crowds of spectators witnessed history at Yas Drag Strip on Friday as Mishari Al Turki set a new world record for the fastest time ever on a Super Street Bike.

According to a statement issued on March 12 (Tuesday) by Yas Marina Circuit, in the finals of Round Two of Pro Drag Racing at Yas Drag Strip, the Saudi Arabian speedster set a new fastest time of 4.358 seconds on March 9, eclipsing the previous record of 4.380.

This was his third world record in the past month in the Super Street Bike category. He has smashed his own record twice in that time and it is something he hopes to continue to do.

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"I was very happy to break the record again," he said. "When I first started in this sport it was my aim to be the fastest and now that I am, I want to keep pushing and see how fast I can go.

"I have raced in the USA where this sport was invented and no-one believed a man from the Gulf would be able to go as fast as I am doing at the moment."

At Pro Drag, Saudi Arabia's Mishari Al Turki broke the Superstreet Bike Class world record with a time of 4.358 seconds at 279.61 Km/h

- Yas Marina Circuit (@ymcofficial) March 9, 2013

Al Turki's nearest competitor's best time was 4.44 seconds - an age in drag racing where thousandths of a second equate to metres of track.

"I knew that I had a chance to set a new record here at Yas because the track is amazing," he continued. "It definitely helped me and I will be hoping to go even faster when I come back here.

"I customise the bike myself, so that makes it even more special for me."

The video of his previous record:

Super Street Bikes are modified versions of road-going bikes, usually Suzuki Hyabusas.

Super Street Bike is just one of eight vehicle classes in action during Round Two of Pro Drag Racing at Yas Drag Strip. Dozens of professional drivers and motorcycle riders from all over the GCC took part in the Pro Modified, 4.8 Index, Pro Bike, Super Street Bike, Pro 6, Street Bike, Super Street 8 and Outlaw 10.5 categories.

Pro Drag Racing returns to the Yas Drag Strip with Round Three on April 4-6. Yas Marina Circuit also hosts Open Drag Nights, which are free for spectators.

For more information on the drag racing calendar at Yas Marina Circuit, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

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