DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Mar. 9, 2016) - The 2016 AMA Pro Flat Tack racing season kicks-off this week on the DAYTONA Flat Track at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) where rounds one and two of the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines and the GNC2 classes will take place this Thursday and Friday, March 10 - 11.
Hosting the season-opening event for the seventh consecutive year, the DAYTONA Flat Track is located just outside of DIS's Turn 1 and 2 West banking, and AMA Pro Flat Track riders will race there for the first time under the impressive backdrop of the recently completed "Daytona Rising" Motorsports Stadium.
One of the riders to watch in the top-tier Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class is three-time and reigning GNC1 Champion Jared Mees (No.1 Honda CRF450R).
"I can't wait to get out there and compete," Mees said. "It's been a productive off season for me and I just really want to get back into competition and start off this season on the right foot. There are a lot of great riders in GNC1 and I know it's going to be another grind this year. It's what I live for and I'm just so excited for Daytona."
Mees will once again battle with the likes of 2014 and 2015 DAYTONA Flat Track winner Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. (No. 2 Honda CRF450R), Brad Baker (No. 6 Honda CRF450R), Bryan Smith (No. 42 Kawasaki KX450F), Jake Johnson (No. 5 Honda CRF450R) and more.
Smith has finished second to Mees in the GNC1 title race each of the last two seasons.
"It was really bittersweet for me last year to come up just shy of winning the championship for the second-straight year," Smith said. "It really fired me up this offseason, I've trained way harder and I'm even hungrier for 2016. I never stopped training since our final race in Las Vegas all the way up until now. I think I will be physically and mentally better this season."
Joining Coolbeth as former DAYTONA GNC1 winners that could make it to victory lane again this week are Briar Bauman (No. 14 Honda CRF450R), Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Yamaha YZ450F), Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Yamaha YZ450F), Mikey Rush (No. 54 Honda CRF450R), Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Honda CRF450R) and Stevie Bonsey (No. 80 Suzuki RMZ450), who split last year's DAYTONA victories with Coolbeth.
The rookie class in GNC1 will be led by standout 2015 GNC2 Champion Davis Fisher (No. 67 Honda CRF450R).
A showcase of the nation's up-and-coming riders, GNC2 competition is frequently just as intense as the GNC1 class. The list of riders to keep an eye on includes last year's DAYTONA class winners Andrew Luker and Justin Jones, 2014 DAYTONA victors Ryan Wells and Brandon Wilhelm, and other young talents such as 2015 class runner-up Dan Bromley, Bronson Bauman, Jamison Minor, Brandon Wilhelm, J.R. Addison, Tristan Avery and several others.
After a pair of successful appearances at AMA Pro Flat Track events last year, the Super Hooligans will make their DAYTONA Flat Track debut as part of this Thursday's schedule of events. A flat track class organized by designer Roland Sands, the Super Hooligans feature big, custom twin-cylinder motorcycles that look like they rolled straight off of Main Street.
New for 2016, every round on the schedule will feature a large format high definition screen bringing the FansChoice.tv production to the fans in the grandstands.
The full DAYTONA Flat Track schedule begins each day with practice sessions for GNC2 at 3:00 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. for GNC1 riders. Qualifying rounds follow from 3:40 until 4:40 p.m. Opening ceremonies will commence at 7:00 p.m. and lead into three heat races for the GNC2 class before the GNC1 heats. After an 8:00 p.m. track prep intermission, the semis will begin to build momentum straight into the featured main races at 8:40 p.m., eliminating the Dash for Cash and removing any chance that one of the stars could be forced to miss a main event.
Tickets are available at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Events/2016/DAYTONA-Flat-Track/DAYTONA-Flat-Track.aspx but race fans unable to attend can watch all of the racing live as it happens, free of charge, on www.FansChoice.tv. Every session from the DAYTONA Flat Track will be streamed live for fans around the globe. Visit www.FansChoice.tv for more information and session programming times.
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 11:56 Published in News
Semi Q race action for the Super Hooligans support Flat Track class at the Indian-backed event at the Superprestigio of the Americas debut at the Orleans Casino arena in Las Vegas November 21. The RSD Harley-Davidson of Hollister, California's Helder Alvernaz (# 74) leads Geoff Cain of Woodstock in the U.K. on a Triumph (# 45) and Thomas Finell of Anaheim, CA on another Harley (# 22) during the opening heat. Russ Brown-backed Alvernaz went on the claim tenth in the eight lap Feature race.
Thursday, 03 December 2015 09:54 Published in News
Chirs Wiggins lead most of the Super Hooligans Final support event Flat Track at the Superprestigio of the Americas at the Orleans Casino Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, Noveber 21. Terre Haute, IN based Wiggins lead the first six of eight laps before getting baulked in traffic with his Speed Merchants/Lyndall Brakes-backed Harley.
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 09:37 Published in News
Practice action for ther Super Hooligans support race Flat track during the Superprestigio of the Americas at the Orleans Casino arena in Las Vegas, November 21. Travis Newbold of Denver, Colorado moves his Sideburns Magazine backed Roland Sands Design Indian, # 47, past the Harley-Davidson of Brandon Holstein, # 25. Newbold placed sixth in the Final Super Hooligans race, while Holstein just missed the cut for the Heat Races.
Monday, 30 November 2015 09:10 Published in News
Bob Schaller shows off his classic 1980s metric crusier during practice for the Super Hooligans support Flat Track race during the Superprestigo of the Americas at the Orleans Casino Arena last weekend. Aboard this liquid cooled, shaft drive Honda v-four, complete with king-and-queen seat, Schaller qualified 28th out of 32 entries with a lap at 13.127 seconds for the Super Hooligan event, and didn't make the 24 rider cut to compete in the Heat Races. This was the only Honda entered - the laregest brand represented in Super Hooligans was Harley-Davidson, with 21 bikes in the field.
Saturday, 28 November 2015 09:37 Published in News
One Euro motorcycle entered the Super Hooligans support event at the Superprestigio of the Americas at the Orleans Casino Arena last weekend: the Ducati Scrambler of Greenville, MS based JD Mosley. In the third and final heat, Mosley took the GMDATL.com/BellissiMoto backed L-twin to fifth overall, but didn't Qualify for the Main event.
Friday, 27 November 2015 00:17 Published in News
Brian Bauman of Salinas, Ca took victory in in the final AMP Pro Flat Track Grand National of the season, piloting his Honda for a green lights to chequered flag win in Harley-Davidson sponsored GNC1 class action, presented by Vance and Hines, at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas on Friday night, November 20. 20-year-old Bauman wound up 2.445 of a second ahead of the runner-up after 25 laps, a solid margin around such a tight, hockey rink-sized venue.
Unretired 47 year old Joe Kopp of Mica, WA made his sole start of the AMA Pro National Dirt Track season a success, the Triumph Team Manager piloting a unique Husqvarna FC450 to a solid second place.
Third overall belonged to Jared Mees, the popular Clio, MI racer having earlier in the evening clinched his second straight, and third Grand National career, overall National Title.
Fourth went to Sammy Halbert on a Yamaha, Jake Johnson fifth on a Honda and up-and-coming Yamaha rider Dominic Colindres earned sixth.
In what turned out to be a somewhat processional race around the very dusty, tenth of a mile oval, Bauman took control early and was never seriously challenged.
“I really don’t know if I should cry or scream with joy,” explained Bauman form the podium, emotional after his second career National feature victory. “The track was insane, so small and tight, really something with the performance of the bikes we were using. I basically raced all night without changing a single thing, we just checked the tire pressures.”
“Some of the best laps I did all night were in the final,” continued the victor. “I made a few mistakes, but I did well when it counted, I did well with the lapped traffic. I’m really excited that this result gets me in tomorrow’s race.”
After a first ever National Championship round at the new Orleans racing venue, the double header winds up on Saturday night with the first-ever invitational Superprestigio of the Americas event, with the star dirt trackers facing off against top riders from other disciplines of two-wheeled sport.
“I came here to have fun, I’m not really racing for a paycheck anymore,” smiled Kopp post-race. “It was my only outing of the year with these guys, and I wanted to make it count. The Husky worked really well, it was just awesome. Maybe now the Promoter will invite me to ride in the Superprestigo tomorrow.”
Mees explained that it was nice that the title battle pressure was diminished after arch rivals Bryan Smith and Kenny Coolbeth fell during Semi qualifying action, ending their chances for the crown. However Mees “came up a little short, Bauman split so quick, and it took me about five laps to get down to the bottom (racing line), really get into the groove.”
“It was really backyard racing, so I built a track in my backyard to get ready,” stated Mees. “It really was lots of fun preparing for this race. But my biggest fear was what happened to (title rival) Bryan, and I’ve been there racing little tracks, on concrete, on ice.”
“It’s great to finish up the year with the number one plate, we only got the one win, but we were always competitive, and consistency is what gets you Championships. Consistency pays off.”
Saturday, 21 November 2015 03:00 Published in News
Breaking news! Ducati announces six new models at EICMA! Panigale 959, Multistrada 1200 Enduro, Scrambler Flat Track Pro and more!
On Monday morning Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali presented to the world the new 2016 models created in the Ducati factory in Bologna. Full details will follow, but here's what we know so far...
Monday, 16 November 2015 11:13 Published in Industry News
@indianmotocycle • @RolandSands • Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced it has stepped up as the title sponsor for the upcoming “RSD Super Hooligan” flat track race in Las Vegas. The street-bike based race takes place indoors on a short track at the Orleans Hotel & Casino the evening of November 21, and is presented in partnership with Roland Sands Design and AMA Pro Flat Track in conjunction with the “Superprestigio of the Americas” race. The winner of the Super Hooligan race will receive a new 2016 Indian Scout – making the Super Hooligan race a bit more competitive than the average weekend amateur event.
Hooligan racing is traced back to the 1930s, at a time when legendary Indian Motorcycle dealer Clarence “Pappy” Hoel began organizing regional hill climb and flat track motorcycle races in and around Sturgis, SD. Hoel was a founding members of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, and he and the Gypsies are credited with starting the now world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 1938. Indian Motorcycle’s rich history in racing dates back to its inception with records in every racing category, including land speed, dirt track, transcontinental racing and venues like Daytona and the Isle of Man. In 1911 the Federation of American Motorcyclists published the records for 126 different categories of racing and different distances, and of those 126 racing records, Indian owned all 126.
Hooligan racing is a throwback to a post-war era where riders took virtually any available motorcycle to race in the spirit of seeking adrenaline and enjoying the comradery. Today the flat track Hooligan racing category is rapidly gaining in popularity with riders of all ages and experience levels because it brings the fun back into a less structured environment where any rider can race virtually any motorcycle. “Framers” or custom race chassis machines are not allowed in the class. It’s designed to allow racers to lightly modify an existing street chassis for racing action, a familiar situation for the world famous Indian Scout.
The company also announced it has partnered with Roland Sands Design to build and race five custom Hooligan racers based on the Indian Scout. The custom Hooligan Scouts will race in the RSD Super Hooligan event in Las Vegas, with a world-class team of riders that includes Roland Sands himself, Red Bull/KTM stunt rider Aaron Colton, plus some surprise guest riders. These new custom motorcycles will be revealed to the media on Friday, November 20 during the International Motorcycle Shows press event in Long Beach, CA.
“The Scout is a great machine upon which to base a custom bike with modern rider friendly performance. The engine and chassis are rock solid and don’t need a lot of work, so DIY customizers can focus on the aesthetic modifications,” said Roland Sands. “It has been a blast designing and building these custom Indian Scout Hooligan bikes and after a quick test run at the local flat track I feel we have a competitive bike that will rip on the track.”
“It is an honor for Indian Motorcycle to sponsor the Super Hooligan event in partnership with Roland Sands Design and the folks at the Superprestigio of the Americas,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles at Polaris Industries. “Given the incredible racing heritage of the Indian Scout in our DNA, it’s really exciting to have five amazing Roland Sands custom Indian Scouts racing. It’s going to be a great event.”
For more information on the Superprestigio of the Americas visit http://www.superprestigio.com/. Fans can enjoy live streaming of the event on www.fanschoice.tv.
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:52 Published in Industry News