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A Tale of Two Banquets

The Vintage Road Racing Association and Flat Track Canada race series hosted their year-end awards banquets recently. Inside Motorcycles attended both celebrations and, while the similarities were many, the differences showed the uniqueness of each of these flourishing organizations on the Canadian race landscape.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:06 Published in Feature Stories


Tumblin’ Todd’s Flat Track Blog: Asphalt Is For Getting To the Track

Over the years, there have been many great road racers that have got their racing careers started, or at the very least moving swiftly, by racing flat track. A few of the more recent are the legendary Hayden brothers and Jason DiSalvo. The Canadian flat track scene has seen a reversal of this trend in the past month, however, as four former and current pro road racers have shown up to have some fun in the dirt.

Friday, 05 September 2014 11:20 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog


Flat Track Canada Rd. 6: Beattie Brings Home the Bacon

Round six of the Flat Track Canada series saw action take place on the beautiful half mile in Leamington. After a sketchy weather forecast and a bit of a delay due to early afternoon showers, the Erie Ramblers and Flat Track Canada crew got things together and put on a great show in front of a huge crowd.

Friday, 15 August 2014 11:16 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog: The benefits of social media

The new riders of today have no idea how good they have it. With cellphones, laptops, texting, Facebook and so on, communication before, during and after the races is amazing compared to what it was like a couple of decades ago. I’m sure if youngsters Adrian St. Amand or Jordan Molnar could gather around the rocking chairs of grizzled veterans Chris Evans or John Parker, they would hear tales of how it was in the ‘old’ days.

Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:23 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog


Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog: Magic of the Mile

Canada has Victoria Day, and the following weekend, the US has Memorial Day. One perk that the US has over us is that Memorial Day weekend also happens to coincide with the running of the legendary Springfield Mile at the fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. Since the majority of the flat trackers here in the great white north will never get the opportunity to run the mile, I talked to a couple of Canucks who recently did and got their take on what it is like to go 135 mph on a flat track bike.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:42 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog


Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada Partners with Flat Track Canada

Cambridge, On. May 6th, 2014 - Flat Track Canada is excited to announce that Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is proud to be a sponsoring partner of the 2014 Flat Track Canada Championship Race Series. The Series kicks off on May 17th at the Paris Speedway Half Mile in Paris, Ontario.

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 13:13 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Motorsports Canada and Zaeta to sponsor 2014 Flat Track Canada series

Flat Track Canada is excited to announce Motorsports Canada, the North American distributor of Zaeta Motorcycles, as a sponsoring partner of the 2014 Flat Track Canada Championship Race Series. The series kicks off on May 17th at the Paris Speedway Half Mile in Paris, Ontario.

Michael Wells, President of Motorsports Canada Ltd. notes, “The Zaeta is a purebred flat track race bike designed from the ground up to race on the dirt. Zaeta and Marco Belli have seen success on European tracks and now we are very excited to see it run here in Canada. We have been working with Zaeta for almost two years to make this happen and 2014 will be our inaugural Canadian race season with a young rider that is ready to showcase the bikes capabilities. Teaming up with Flat Track Canada, who runs premium events in Ontario, was the natural step for our brand."

“The Zaeta was designed and built in Italy and much of the design was influenced by Graziano Rossi father of Valentino. The Zaeta is a creation of art and with today’s trend in motorcycles any motorcycle enthusiast would drool over this bike. The frame is CNC machined aluminum, with 530 cc TM engine, 190 lb, this bike is simply cool. I am honoured that Motorsports Canada is supporting the Flat Track Canada race series and entering the rare gem into action with a young Canadian racer. This is the first Zaeta in North America and it will attract a lot of attention, which will only help our branding exposure. I simply can’t wait to see this bike in action and I assume others feel the same around the world,” states Aaron Hesmer, President of Flat Track Canada.

Flat Track Canada is an organizing body that promotes, organizes and sanctions motorcycle race events in Canada. Flat Track Canada is a new organization that has been growing in popularity and has recently changed the look of flat track racing.  The organization is a member of the Motorcycle Confederation of Canada (MCC) competition counsel. For more information about the organization and the race schedule, please visit www.flattrackcanada.com . For more information about Zaeta, please visit www.motorsportscanada.ca  .

2014 Championship Race Series Schedule

May.17th – Paris Half Mile – Paris,On

May.18th – Paris Short Track – Paris,On

May.24th  - Burford Fairgrounds – Burford,On

June.7th - Welland County Speedway – Welland,On

June.21st -Welland County Speedway – Welland,On

July. 19th – Leamington Half Mile – Leamington, On

July.20th – Erie Ramblers Club – Wheatley, On

Aug.2nd  - Woodstock Fairgrounds -Woodstock,On

Aug.23rd – Western Fair District – London,On

Aug.30th  - Paris Short Track – Paris, On

Sept. 13th – Erie Ramblers Club – Wheatley, On

-- From Flat Track Canada

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Monday, 05 May 2014 13:44 Published in News


Zaeta Motorcycles set to debut on Canadian soil with Zaeta Motorcycles-Vallee Racing

Italian motorcycle brand Zaeta, ‘the motorcycle of urban rebels’, will be racing in Canadian flat track events this year. Motorsports Canada Ltd., the exclusive North American distributor for Zaeta, made the announcement recently at a Flat Track Canada social event held at Town Moto in Toronto. They have inked former CMA champion Braden Vallee to a deal to ride the Zaeta 530 DT for the 2014 race season.

Friday, 25 April 2014 15:06 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog: The allure of going south

The Canadian flat track scene has produced some great racers over the years, and that can most likely be attributed to some fantastic bar banging battles that occur every weekend during the summer. Despite the great racing offered here however, there has always been the appeal for our riders to head stateside to try their luck. Whether it is for a race or two or for a whole season and whether your goal is to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Chris Carr or to obtain the status of grizzled veteran John Parker (who seems to be the unofficial mayor of the TT in Medina, NY), Canadians still want to head south to race.

Monday, 21 April 2014 14:10 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog


Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog: Summer in Paris

To the untrained observer, most tracks that hold flat track races may appear to be very similar. This is to say that they are all somewhat oval, and they all have four turns. While the size difference between certain tracks should be obvious to most, other characteristics such as track surface may be harder to spot from your seat in the bleachers on a Saturday night.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:43 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog


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