Patrick Racing, the premier performance-cruiser-parts manufacturer, rolls its race-prepped Yamaha Warrior out from under the awning by the support vehicle. Sitting there, lowered, lengthened and hulking, the bike oozes power before it's even started. When the starter is thumbed, the bark exiting the open pipe only a couple of inches longer than the two headers it joins, fills the air of Southern California's Pomona Raceway. Mark Underwood, Patrick's professional rider, smokes the Mickey Thompson rear tire in the burnout box, does a dry hop or two, and moves towards the line. Underwood rolls the Warrior into staging. One light. The second staging light comes on. A moment with the Warrior's engine holding at around 3000 rpm. The three yellow lights flash, and 0.4 seconds later the green. Underwood and the Warrior leave the line sideways with the first 60 feet written in S-shaped black rubber down the strip. Things fall quiet in the journalist area.