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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


Indian Motorcycle to sponsor 'RSD Super Hooligan' race at Superprestigio of the Americas

@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.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:52 Published in Industry News


Flat Track Canada Round 7 Race Report - Woodstock half-mile

As the Flat Track Canada road show hit the half mile in Woodstock, Doug Lawrence found himself at the top of the Open Expert standings looking down at some fast riders who were hoping to take over his view from the top. With a slight points lead over Tyler Seguin, Lawrence was hoping to make it two races in a row with a checkered flag and hopefully getting him one step closer to that illusive Canadian number one plate.

   Don Taylor was looking to make a statement in Woodstock and history appeared to be on his side. Taylor had missed the first few rounds of the FTC season but had won the recent half mile race in Leamington and had also guided his Harley to the win in the previous two seasons in Woodstock. As the Open Expert race entertained the crowd, it was indeed Taylor who found himself at the front of the pack while in another case of history repeating itself, Lawrence was caught playing catch up after a less than stellar start. With a couple of laps to go it looked like Taylor had things well in hand and even the announcer counted Lawrence out at this point (sorry Doug). Then, much like previous races in Paris and Leamington, Lawrence put on a superhuman charge over the last couple of laps to take the win over Taylor. With the win, Lawrence extended his points lead over Seguin who worked hard to minimize the points damage by grabbing third.   

   Nick Wenzler took his second victory of the year in DTX Expert with a great ride but the riders finishing second and third impressed as well. After grabbing the win in Wheatley, rookie Expert Dave Pouliot rode that momentum to a fine second place in Woodstock while another rookie Expert, Kyle VanConant, surprised some veterans with a strong ride to finish third.

   Intermediate DTX action saw a great battle for the win between Brodie Buchan and Braden Vallee. In the last couple of laps these two swapped the lead numerous times with Buchan finally grabbing the victory by the slightest margin over Vallee. In the Open final it was all Buchan however as he opened a commanding lead and left the rest of the pack to fight over second. Late in the race, Vallee made a miscue however which hurt him dearly in the points chase. While safely in second, Vallee came upon a lapped rider in turn three and ended up laying the bike down to avoid a collision. With Vallee going down, this promoted Cody Marentette to second and William Bellerose to third after they both took evasive action to avoid Vallee and his bike.

   Novice action saw the familiar script of Dustin Brown and Trent Pickle looking fast all day. DTX action saw Brown grab the win over Pickle while rookie flat tracker Bentley Thistlethwaite had a great ride to finish third in front of his hometown crowd. In the Open final, Brown once again had the lead until something soured on his bike causing him to pull off on the back straight. This handed the lead and eventual victory to Pickle with Thistlethwaite crossing the line in second ahead of Jerrett Bellamy who had his best ride of the year to finish third.

   In Youth action a few of our American friends grabbed the checkers as Brandon Newman, Nathan Peacock and brother Jacob Peacock all figured out the fast way around the Woodstock half mile. 50cc chain action saw Spencer Whittam grab the win ahead of Easton Ventoso and Makenna Nicholson. With the victory in Woodstock, Whittam has now climbed into a tie for the points lead with Ventoso.

   Loudest cheers of the day may have been for fan favourite Hunter Bauer. While leading his heat race in the 85 class, it became very apparent that Bauer was having bike problems as he started losing positions. As he came out of turn four for the last time, Bauer's bike expired as the rest of the field rode past. In a true testament to his never give up attitude, Bauer then proceeded to push his bike down the front straight nearly all the way from turn four. The appreciative crowd cheered loudly for him as the exhausted Bauer finally hit the finish line and slumped over his bike. Great stuff !!!

With Woodstock over the next race will take place in London this weekend on the fast 5/8 mile at the Western Fairgrounds.

                                     Woodstock Top Three
   Vintage: Louie Dinicourt, Don Payne, Brad Kitto
   VET: John Parker, Rick Gunby, Rob Churchill
   ATV Open: Peter Grison, Darcy Ryksen, Shawn Waite
   ATV Youth: Max Johannsen, Tanner VanMourik, Spencer Whittam
   50 Shaft: Brayden Hutchison, Alyssa Armstrong, Holden Fairbairn
   250 Novice: Brandon Newman, Hunter Bauer, Kyle Lonnen
   85: Nathan Peacock, Brandon Newman, Kyle Lonnen
   65: Jacob Peacock, Brandon Keys, Easton Ventoso  
 
Flat Track Canada would like to thank Parts Canada, Deeley Harley Davidson, Honda Canada, Suzuki Canada, Kawasaki Canada, Diesel Equipment Limited, Dunlop Tires, Klotz Canada, Inside Motorcycles, Grand River Powersports, Sturgess Cycle, Town Moto, and JD Graphics.
 
   
 
 
 
For Results and Standings please visit  
 
http://www.flattrackcanada.com/2015-standings/ 

Friday, 14 August 2015 10:49 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Flat Track Canada race report - Round 6, Wheatley Thunderfest

One day after dealing with blazing heat and some great racing, the Flat Track Canada travelling road show was at it once again. Sunday saw the group head to Wheatley to race at the short track on the Erie Ramblers club grounds. Long regarded as one of the most unique and coolest tracks around, the Wheatley track is always fun and Sunday certainly didn't disappoint.

After some of them riding 750's the night before, the Experts went to smaller displacement machines for the short track. Although the bikes were smaller the thrills were huge as once again the best riders in Canada put on a great show for the fans. Making a rare appearance on his beautiful 450 framer it was Doug Lawrence, making up for the night before, who came away with the win in Open Expert. Early leader in the race was Chris Evans but unfortunately for Evans he slid out in corner two shortly after Lawrence got by him. Local ace Nick Wenzler had a strong ride through the pack to finish second while new points leader Tyler Seguin took home third. A surprising non-factor in the final was reigning number one Don Taylor who had looked like a man on a mission in his heat race bouncing off the wall on the back straight while going for the win.



Rookie Expert Dave Pouliot surprised perhaps everybody except himself in taking the win in Expert DTX. While the others behind him were sliding and bobbing, Pouliot looked smooth and fast on his way to his first Expert victory. Taylor was a factor in this race as he grabbed second while Wenzler was once again in the mix and was able to grab third. Congratulations Dave!

 

Intermediate once again belonged to Brodie Buchan as he grabbed both wins to go four for four on the weekend. Track knowledge, skill, and great starts went a long way for Buchan and he just couldn't be caught. Braden Vallee and Cody Marentette swapped positions from the night before with Vallee grabbing second in both races after having to make up ground from some harrowing starts.

 

 

The Novice class was dominated for the second day in a row by the trio of Dustin Brown, Trent Pickle and Luke Rahm. Finishing order was the same in both races as Pickle found himself sandwiched between Brown and Rahm on his home track. 

 

Boyd Deadman proved to be the master of the light on Sunday grabbing the holeshot in both 85 Youth and Novice 250 action. While unable to hold the lead until the end in both races, Deadman did have a couple of great rides to finish second to Hunter Bauer with Jimmy McCullough rounding out the top three.

 

VET action saw Steve Ball, winner from the night before, take a hard tumble in turn three after making contact with Rob Churchill. With Ball out of commission, Churchill was able to grab the checkers ahead of Dan Doreen and Windsor firefighter Paul Renaud.

 

A special thanks to all the Erie Ramblers and Flat Track Canada crew for putting on such a great weekend in such extreme temperatures. Bravo !

Other Classes Wheatley Top Three

Youth 65: Adrian St. Amand, Brandon Keys, Spencer Whittam

Youth 50 Chain: Adrian St. Amand, Spencer Whittam, Easton Ventoso

Photos Courtesy of David Dudley.

 

Flat Track Canada would like to thank Parts Canada, Deeley Harley Davidson, Honda Canada, Suzuki Canada, Kawasaki Canada, Diesel Equipment Limited, Dunlop Tires, Klotz Canada, Inside Motorcycles, Grand River Powersports, Sturgess Cycle, Town Moto, and JD Graphics.

   

For Results and Standings please visit  

  

http://www.flattrackcanada.com/2015-standings/   

 

Monday, 27 July 2015 14:00 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Flat Track Canada race report - Round 5, Leamington Thunderfest

With record temperatures and a record number of entries, the beautiful half mile in Leamington once again played host to the first round of Thunderfest. As the mercury in the thermometer hit the mid thirties, it proved to be a sign of things to come as action on the track heated up as well.

Open Expert action saw a mix of bikes take the grid but on this night the Harley Davidson XR 750 seemed to be the bike of choice. Making his first appearance of the season was defending number one plate holder Don Taylor and he was back with a vengeance as he opened up an early lead after taking the green. As the laps counted down, Doug Lawrence was making steady progress on Taylor as his Harley seemed to like the brushed off track as well. As the leader took the white flag, Lawrence put on one final charge but most likely needed one more lap as he fell just short at the line to Taylor. Tyler Seguin rounded out the podium in third finishing ahead of New Yorker Ryan Wells.

Earlier in the evening Seguin had perhaps put on the ride of the night in the Dash for Cash. Using all of his talent and even more of the track, Seguin held off the larger displacement bikes to take the lion's share of the cash in the exciting four lap sprint.

In Expert DTX action it was hometown boy Nick Wenzler crossing the line first surprising a few of our heat race winners. Wenzler was the sole Canadian representative in the top three as Parker Norris and Ryan Wells took the final two spots on the podium. A red flag early in the race caused by Devin Pfeiffer going through the fence in turn one was extremely unfortunate not only for Pfeiffer but for Kyle Vanconant as well. Vanconant had grabbed the holeshot in the first try at completing the race and was doing a superb job holding off everyone at the front of the pack before the red. Vanconant was still able to put in a solid ride after the restart and ended up fifth.

Intermediate action once again turned into the Brodie Buchan show as he grabbed convincing wins in both Open and DTX action. The script was the same in both races as Buchan grabbed the early lead and stretched it out while everyone else in the field tried to play catch up. Cody Marentette and Braden Vallee took second and third respectively in both races, but both riders came up a little short in trying to run with Buchan.

Novice action saw perhaps the best race of the day and easily one of the best of the year. The DTX race was one for the ages as Trent Pickle and Dustin Brown were virtually side by side for the final four laps of the race. Pickle did everything he could to hold the bottom line while Brown blasted around the deep stuff at the top of the track. As the final few laps counted down the two riders would be separated by fifty feet of track in the corners only to meet up beside each other on the straights. As they excited turn four on the final lap, Pickle made the low line work as he held off Brown by inches at the line as Pickle's hometown crowd roared its approval. Rounding out the top three was another hometown boy as motocrosser Luke Rahm had a great ride to take third.

 

VET action saw Steve "RA RA" Ball take his first ever win at Leamington as he took the victory over Leamington's own Wayne Young and Rob Churchill.

Youth 85 action saw Hunter Bauer take the win over Jimmy McCullough and Brandon Newman but the big news in this class was the number of entries. Nineteen riders were signed up for this class which meant when the green lights flashed for the final there were a few riders watching instead of racing. Great stuff seeing this many riders in the the youth classes !

The day was a special one as the riders and spectators on hand paid tribute to the late Jesse Phibbs. A rising star on the flat track scene, Phibbs passed away in 2010 after a very unfortunate incident at the Indy Mile. Saturday saw most of the riders on hand do a lap of honour in Jesse's memory followed by Brodie Buchan turning some laps on Jesse's Rotax. Eyes in the crowd were moist as the we all remembered the fine young man that will forever be linked to Thunderfest.




Other Results from Leamington

Novice Open: Dustin Brown, Trent Pickle, Luke Rahm

Vintage: Kevin Lambert, Mark Fairfull, Brad Kitto

Youth 65: Brandon Keys, Jacob Peacock, Maguire Scott

Youth 50 Chain: Spencer Whittam, Olivia Farkas, Easton Ventoso

Youth 50 Shaft: Alyssa Armstrong, Hannah Musson, Emily Biekx

Novice 250: Brandon Newman, Hunter Bauer, Boyd Deadman

 Photos by Chris Rahm 

 

Flat Track Canada would like to thank Parts Canada, Deeley Harley Davidson, Honda Canada, Suzuki Canada, Kawasaki Canada, Diesel Equipment Limited, Dunlop Tires, Klotz Canada, Inside Motorcycles, Grand River Powersports, Sturgess Cycle, Town Moto, and JD Graphics.

For Results and Standings please visit  

http://www.flattrackcanada.com/2015-standings/   

Monday, 27 July 2015 13:54 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog: Movin' On Up

It could come as a result of age, size or even ability, but one thing is certain in our sport. For those who start racing as children and continue with dirt track racing, at some point you are going to have to move to a bigger bike.

Friday, 12 June 2015 11:50 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog


Burford half-mile - Flat Track Canada

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:22 Published in Multimedia


Photo report: Challenges all around at Burford FTC national round

Round 2 of the Flat Track Canada Championship Series at the Burford Fairgrounds (Burford, ON) saw some intense action on a very challenging race surface. Even though the overall numbers were up from last year, the total number of Experts were way down compared to any other FTC event.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 13:48 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Flat Track Canada school a great way to have fun and learn a new sport

Flat Track Canada, the increasingly popular race series that’s now in its third year, is doing wonders for the sport of flat track in Canada. For the second year in a row the organization is hosting a series of flat track schools, open to anyone with an interest in the sport. Very affordable and a ton of fun, I got to experience the day-long school first hand with more than a dozen other ‘students’ at the Paris Speedway 1/8-mile bullring in Paris, ON.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 15:19 Published in Feature Stories


Opening Flat Track Canada round brings big turnout

Saturday, May 16th was the Flat Track Canada opener for the 2015 championship series and, despite threats of bad weather, racers from all over Ontario, Quebec, Michigan, New York and even Illinois came to ride the battle of the deep cushion. There's absolutely no way really to describe how it is to ride the deep, rutted and challenging surface of the half-mile track at the Paris Fairgrounds other than to say it's thrilling and very addictive.

 

A very promising 151 entries showed that there's been an increase in interest in the sport of flat track. We saw a surge in American racers as well as a number of newcomers, including a large number of youths and adults.

 

It seems to be a growing trend worldwide for road racers to take the stage in flat track racing since the influence from Marquez and Rossi. Last year, Canadian Superbike Champion Jodi Christie and Canadian Sport Bike Champion Kenny Reidmann competed in a couple of rounds of the FTC series. This year, 2014 CSBK Superbike runner-up Trevor Daley gave flat track a try at the Paris half-mile, joined by fellow national road racers Kris Garvie, Ross Milson and Tomas Casas. Daley showed a very impressive ride, taking a second and a first in his heats. In the Intermediate DTX final he finished 7th despite falling, and in the Open Intermediate final he pulled off a very impressive 4th place. As for the other road racers, Garvie placed 7th out of 17 in both Novice classes, with Casas finishing 8th in the Intermediates, pretty impressive with full fields.

 

A slew of other amateur road racers were there competing, giving the excuse that flat track is just too much fun without forking out a ton of money or committing a full weekend.

 

 
Kristopher Garvie

  Trevor Daley

Trevor Daley

 

The big news of the weekend was the absence of reining FTC Expert No. 1 plate holder and defending champion Don Taylor. Don's wife is pregnant and overdue on her birth, so he made a very difficult decision to miss out on the racing. That leaves a large opportunity for the championship to be up for grabs for 2015. In the Open Expert heat races, veterans Steve Beattie and Chris Evans battled like they were in their twenties, displaying the best racing and a top notch show. Beattie, racing the small 450 cc Honda and Evans on the 750 cc Harley Davidson, played tango on the race track, swooping in passes turn to turn. The main event was poised as the one to watch as Bugs Pearson from Illinois rode his Water's KTM 990 to a heat race victory over young fast GNC2 Daytona winner Justin Jones and 2014 FTC runner-up Tyler Seguin.



Steve Beattie

 

In the DTX main event it was New York's Justin Jones bringing home a comfortable win on his Yamaha YZF450 over Tyler Seguin on his KBR sponsored Honda CRF450.

 

 

Ty Seguin

 



    

 

The Open Expert final turned out to be one of Flat Track Canada's greatest races, and one of the best half-mile races in Canada. For lap after lap, corner after corner, fans were on their feet and cheering for the passing amongst the leading riders. First it was Tyler Seguin and Rob 'Bugs' Pearson with the early battle. After only a couple of laps Seguin faded fast and it looked like a hungry Chris Evans was warping from 1999 to put the pressure on Bugs. From that point on, the race was spectacular - Bugs on the 990 KTM banging and crashing into Evans' XR750 Harley, handlebar to handlebar. They went at it for about four laps and then, out of nowhere, Steve Beattie threw himself into the mix on his KBR Honda CRF450.

 

Bugs started to fade at about the halfway point of the 15-lap main with the fan favourite, Doug Lawrence, sitting back in about sixth position. The race became a constant battle between Evans and Beattie, with Beattie navigating his smaller, nimble bike quickly through the turns and Evans challenging back in the straightaways, showing off the big horsepower of the Harley. It was very neat to see, and typically you'll only get to enjoy this big bike/small bike kind of battle here in Canada.

 

As the last couple of laps to go it looked like Evans was in control of taking home the win, but as this point all eyes were on Doug Lawrence, who went from sixth place to second in only a matter of a couple laps. The pressure was on, and Chris knew Lawrence was coming; he had to hold on only a few more moments as the rough, demanding track had taken its toll on the 50-plus-year-old Evans. As the riders came out of the final corner to the checkered flag, Evans threw himself on his fuel tank, just using every last bit of energy to bring it home for the big win! It was another very well-deserved and respected win for Chris Evans.

 

 

 
Chris Evans

 

In the Intermediate class, Brodie Buchan came out with a big win in the DTX class with Braden Vallee finishing second despite having to start from the third row. In the Open Int, Buchan struggled with bike issues on his Kawasaki twin, leaving the door open for Vallee who edged out Justin Crumb for the victory. Frontrunner Shane Corbeil struggled while blowing his engines in the heat races. 

 

 
Braden Vallee (54)

 

ATVs had a good turnout, with Peter Grison taking home his first Flat Track Canada win on the Yamaha Banshee. Brandon Doucette built a Honda quad with a CBR600 F4i engine in it; he's still working out the bugs, but it showed it worked fairly well, finding a 5th place finish.

 

 

 

Another highlight was young superstar Dallas Daniels, who made the trek from Illinois. This 11-year-old showed he could run with the big guns and did an awesome job handling his bike to 3rd in the Novice class. Dallas also took home a win in the 250 class. Very promising performance and I'm sure we'll see him back again.

 


Dallas Daniels

 

In the full field of 85s, Chase Saathoff took home the win. Brian Newman from New York edged out Niagara Falls' Hunter Bauer for second place, while Paris' own Jimmy McCullough finished 4th.

 

 
Hunter Bauer

 

Flat Track Canada would like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting. Bike time thank you to all of the volunteers and a big thanks to our sponsors: Parts Canada, Harley Davidson, Suzuki, Diesel Equipment, Honda Canada, Dunlop, Kawasaki Canada, Sturgess Cycle, Grand River Powersports, Town Moto, Klotz, & Outlaw Productions.

 

We hope to see everyone this Saturday in Burford!

Results & Points click here

Friday, 22 May 2015 13:49 Published in Reports, Results & Points


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