@AMAProFlatTrack • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 11, 2016) – AMA Pro Racing is proud to announce an expanded 18-round schedule for the debut season of the newly rebranded American Flat Track series (formerly AMA Pro Flat Track).
Saturday, 12 November 2016 16:50 Published in News
@AMAProFlatTrack •OKLAHOMA CITY (June 18, 2016) - No. 1 Jared Mees dominated the inaugural Oklahoma City Mile at Remington Park on Saturday, June 18, making it his first Mile victory of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season.
Monday, 20 June 2016 13:28 Published in Reports, Results & Points
SPRINGFIELD, IL. (May 29, 2016) - Bryan Smith proved his dominance at the Springfield Mile I on Sunday, taking home his third consecutive Mile victory of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season. This Mile win didn't come as easily, as the Michigan native had to fight to the finish with a pack of riders every lap, topping second place finisher No. 1 Jared Mees by a margin of 0.119 of a second at the conclusion of the race.
Smith, who pilots the third-generation No. 42 Crosley/Howerton Kawasaki Ninja 650, wrestled tirelessly with Harley-Davidson-mounted riders, Mees, eventual third place finisher No. 6 Brad Baker and No. 2 Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. and was officially scored with leading 16 of the 25-lap Main Event. The win was also Smith's third consecutive Springfield Mile victory, having won both of last year's contests at the historic venue.
"It feels pretty awesome," Smith said. "To have three Miles back-to-back and win them all. I don't care what kind of track it is, it's awesome. But to win the Miles that I love, obviously to have three in a row at a historic venue like Springfield, is great. There's not just one thing that was going through my mind through the last lap. There was a million thoughts of what to do, what not to do, go fast, not too fast, spin the tires, just a million thoughts. I was able to get just enough of a draft off of turn four in that last lap and just barely squeak by Jared."
Three-time and reigning Grand National Champion Mees expressed his desire to win the coming races over the "Mile Specialist" but shared his appreciation for the bar-to-bar racing that went down during Sunday's race.
"It's definitely getting old finishing second on the Miles to the same guy," Mees said. "But hats off to those guys. They're working hard and that thing is fast. It's hard to get it before the finish line but the team is working really hard and we're trying to find more and more power and reliability. I felt like we had a little bit more than last year but you know, it is Mile racing at its best and a close finish is normal at the Springfield Mile."
Baker officially led three laps during the Main by using the all-important draft to push past his competitors. The Washington native took home the final spot on the podium.
"It feels really good," Baker said. "I've had the speed the last three races or so but it feels good to be here on the podium. It was a really fun race and the end of the race was an all-out battle."
Baker's Factory Harley-Davidson teammate No. 67 Davis Fisher had a lot to prove with the competition debut of the next generation Harley-Davidson XG750R, and the rising star did not disappoint. Fisher experienced a mechanical issue in his Heat race but earned his Main Event starting spot thanks to a photo finish in his Semi race for the final transfer position. After picking off riders throughout the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Main Event, Fisher earned the new machine its first Top 10 result with his eighth place finish.
"Davis is doing a great job of developing the new bike and moving forward with it but we know the XR is proven and capable of winning," Baker continued. "Now we know the XG is capable of getting into the top 10 and now we have to see if it is capable of getting on the podium and winning. Until it gets to that point, I'm going to keep on the old, faithful XR750 that's been around for 44 years and then eventually going to be jumping onto that thing when it's ready. I want that bike to get better because if it gets better than the XR that means I'll have a weapon to try to get on the top spot or the box on these Miles instead of always nipping at the heels of the Kawasaki."
Smith now leads the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines point standings by 16 points over No. 69 Sammy Halbert, 110-94.
In the GNC2 class, No. 94B Ryan Wells was unrelenting as he duked it out for his first Mile win of the 2016 season with second place finisher No. 99J Kevin Stollings and third place No. 23F Jeffery Lowery.
"It's my first Mile (win) and it's awesome," Wells said. "Especially at the Springfield Mile, the biggest Mile you could win, and for it to be a typical Springfield Mile ending, winning by half of a tire, it's cool. I would have liked to win by more but it's awesome. I wish I wouldn't have seen a red flag with two laps to go but it all worked out and I'm happy. I knew I had a fast bike but I was drafting Stollings earlier in the race, and the kid's real small and lightweight, so I knew if anybody could get by me before the line it would be him. I came out of turn four and I heard somebody; I peeked down underneath my handlebars and I saw the red bike and I knew it was him. I got as small as I could and was watching our front wheels go across the line and I was pretty pumped about it."
Wells now leads the GNC2 point standings by 18 points over No. 14A Dalton Gauthier, 103-85.
Up next, 20 of the top AMA Pro Flat Track riders head to ESPN's Summer X Games in Austin, Texas for the Harley-Davidson Flat-Track race on Thursday, June 2 at Circuit of The Americas. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance at http://www.xgames.espn.go.com/xgames or tune in to ESPN on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. PT).
Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines:
• Harley-Davidson Pole Award: No. 42 Bryan Smith
• McElroy Packaging Lucky 13 Award Winner: No. 1 Jared Mees
• MotoBatt Hard Charger Award Winner: No. 67 Davis Fisher
• Öhlins Fastest Lap Award Winner: No. 73 Doug Lawrence
• Sunoco "Go The Distance" Award Leader: No. 65 Cory Texter (197.5 miles completed)
• Larry and Judy McElroy Rookie of the Race Award Winner: No. 99J Kevin Stollings
• Westside Truck Parts "Just off the Box" Award Winners: No. 27U Jamison Minor (4th), No. 16S Tristan Avery (5th)
• Sunoco "Go The Distance" Award Leader: No. Dylan Morin (136.75 miles completed)
How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.FansChoice.tv.
About AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft/, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.
About AMA Pro Racing:
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
Monday, 30 May 2016 09:53 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@AMAProFlatTrack •SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 19, 2016) - Just days ago, the motorcycle racing world was buzzing around the first Mile race of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season, where Bryan Smith scored a dominating victory and left his rival and second-place finisher Jared Mees more than 12 seconds behind in the Arizona dust.
Friday, 20 May 2016 15:34 Published in News
@AMAProFlatTrack •@circuitamericas •AUSTIN, TX (April 4, 2016) - AMA Pro Flat Track will make its debut at the world-class Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas for Round 3 of the 2016 season, racing alongside the stars of MotoGP and MotoAmerica as part of the Grand Prix of the Americas weekend.
Monday, 04 April 2016 13:03 Published in News
The 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championsip season got underway at the Daytona Flat Track with a doubleheader on March 10-11. Among the 50-plus riders in GNC1 and the 80-plus in GNC2, six Canadians were on hand to try their luck on the slick short track.
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 11:56 Published in Reports, Results & Points
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
#superprestigio •BARCELONA, Spain (Dec. 12, 2015) - Brad Baker took home the victory in Superprestigio Dirt Track III over MotoGP star Marc Marquez and defending AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Jared Mees.
Monday, 14 December 2015 09:56 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@AMAProFlatTrack • @circuitamericas •DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2015) - AMA Pro Racing and Team SMI announced today that Circuit of the Americas will play host to AMA Pro Flat Track in 2016.
Monday, 14 December 2015 09:49 Published in News
For those unaware, I will give you the Coles Notes version of the difference between DTX and ‘framer’ flat track bikes. A DTX machine is a motocross motorcycle that has been turned into a flat tracker via suspension changes and the addition of 19-inch wheels and tires, whereas a framer utilizes a purpose-built racing frame fitted with a motor, wheels, tank, etc.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:19 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog