bluedevil, youve been given good advise.suzukis are easier to launch, that is a fact, look at ss 1000 class. ten just as fast but harder to ride. your 60 footis decent, not your problem.your having other problems in eighth. i had a fast guy tell me to setttle down and shift 1-2 quicker, and the other gears.screaming a engine to redline feels fast, sounds fast, probably not though. find launch rpm you can pin throttle with clutch just shy of dragging, and let it go, doesnt shock the tire, chassis or you as bad. got to pin the throttle cant roll the throttle on and go fast. i was told to pin throttle, let clutch go,keep doing till it quit scaring hell out of you. my next pass felt slow,my slip was .25 faster. if you want to go fast, you will. watch closely, study fast riders. all fast passes are smoooooth, they make it look easy, its not. also,as stated gear that bike and go faster. bluedevil,race all you can, be willing to try new things, our tens are fast, they just require a lot of attention. good luck man.