Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sacramento Mile to See 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Season Hit the Half-Way Mark
















The half-way point of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season is nearly upon us as the series heads to the Sacramento Mile at the Cal-Expo Fairgrounds in just less than 2 days. With Jared Mees leading Bryan Smith in the standings (127-122 points), and Jake Johnson right behind the two riders going for the title (121 points), Saturday's events on the left coast could make a definitive mark on the run to the title hunt with the remaining eight events left on the schedule after leaving Sacramento.

Early season points leader Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. is still a strong possibility for the crown as well (114 points) as he is also the only other rider than Mees and Smith to have captured two wins on the season as of this point of the schedule.

In the shot above, the top-4 men in the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship hunt head for the stripe at the end of the first lap of the 25-lap National main earlier this season in the series' first mile event of the year at the Springfield Mile on May 25.

Mile specialist Bryan Smith leads the pack on the #42 Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio/Howerton Products-sponsored Kawasaki EX650, with Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Zanotti Racing/Moroney's H-D/Burt Ives Honda-backed Harley-Davidson XR750 close behind.

Moving up on Coolbeth's outside is Jake Johnson on the #5 Ramspur Winery/Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Parkinson Bros-sponsored Ducati 'L' twin, while Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D-backed XR750 keeps it close to the leading trio. Henry Wiles on the #17 Don's Kawasaki/DPC Racing/EA Racing-sponsored Kawi has a bird's eye view of the leading battle.

With Sacramento being the second mile event of the season, and not only the championship on the line but the winning streak record in reach of 3-times in-a-row event winner Smith, this Saturday's race has a boatload of possibilities and strategies that will play out throughout the day's events.









History on the line as fierce AMA Pro Flat Track title chase makes its way to the Sacramento Mile

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 23, 2014) The Sacramento Mile is already a premier event on the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule, but the stop has the potential to be absolutely huge for one Grand National Championship title contender. 
 
Bryan Smith, and his No. 42 Villa Esparza/Crosley Radio Kawasaki, will try to race into the record books and take control of the championship chase Saturday on the famous mile course at the Cal Expo. Smith, a three-time defending Sacramento Mile winner, can become the first ever four-time winner in the event's history.
 
Smith was second to Jared Mees and his No. 9 Rogers Racing Harley-Davidson last weekend at the Grays Harbor Half-Mile, but he's reeled off three straight podiums - including a win at the Hagerstown Half-Mile. Mees leads the title hunt, and has won two of the last three races, but his advantage over Smith is a scant five points. Mees' thrilling win in Washington came with a margin of just .369 seconds, further evidence that practically nothing is separating the two Michigan riders this season. 
 
 
 
Bryan Smith on the #42 Crosley Radip/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki EX650 and Brad Baker on the #12 Dodge Brothers Racing/Sefnco Communications Harley-Davidson XR750 battle during the Sacramento Mile event in 2013. Smith is looking to set a new winning record at Cal-Expo this Saturday, while Baker is looking to break out of his slump and grab his first National main event win for the 2014 season. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
 
 
 
At last year's Sacramento Mile, Smith beat Mees to the finish line by just .083 seconds, and the top five all crossed the line within less than a quarter of a second. In fact, since the return of the Sacramento Mile to the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule in 2011, every main event has been won by less than a tenth of a second, so history suggests fans can expect an epic finish.
 
While Mees and Smith are the two hottest GNC riders as the season nears its midpoint, Jake Johnson on his No. 5 Ramspur Winery machine is right on their heels, just one point behind Smith for second in points, six back of Mees (127-122-121). Johnson has been consistent all season, finishing no worse than sixth since taking 10th in the opener at Daytona, but he's still searching for his first victory of the season.
 
Kenny Coolbeth can't be counted out either. The pilot of the No. 2 Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson has two wins this year and could have had more if not for a little bad luck. He's fourth in points, but just 13 off the lead and still among the favorites for the overall championship. Sammy Halbert and his No. 7 South East Harley-Davidson round out the top five in points entering the Sacramento Mile. Halbert is looking for his first win of the season still, but he's shown pace to run in the front and is capable of winning every time the hits the track.
 
Brandon Robinson on the No. 44 USC Kawasaki machine and Henry Wiles on the No. 17 Don's Kawasaki entry sit sixth and seventh, respectively, in the title hunt, easily within striking distance of the leaders if they are able to put together some strong finishes starting with Saturday's event.
 
In the Pro Singles class, the title chase is even tighter. Two riders are tied atop the standings and a third is just a point back.
 
Kyle Johnson and his No. 77J Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda and Davis Fisher on the No. 67M T.J. Burnett Farms Honda are knotted with 99 points apiece. Ryan Wells, riding the No. 94B KTM, is third with 98 points.
 
It was Jarod Vanderkooi, who was too young to start the season as a pro at Daytona, who took the checkered flag at Grays Harbor on his No. 17F Johnny's Vintage Motorcycle Honda. That victory snapped a run of three straight for Kyle Johnson. Last season, Shayna Texter won the Pro Singles main event, and has since moved up to the Expert class, where she will compete Saturday.

How to Watch  
 
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.

About AMA Pro Flat Track   
 
AMA Pro Flat Track is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country's finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.
 
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.  

For additional information contact:
 
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com









Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jared Mees Extends Points Lead After Grays Harbor Half-Mile Win in 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Heading to the Half-Way Point of the Season































Jared Mees took another step towards claiming another overall AMA Grand National Championship last Sunday by winning round 7 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at the Grays Harbor Half-Mile, in spite of the fact that he missed making the Dash for Cash extra-points paying 4-lap event.

Mees also won his second race in the last three events (Lima Half-Mile winner on June 28) to add to his season total of six top-5s and four top-3s, which have helped him retain the points lead since the Hagerstown Half-Mile on July 5, which has grown from one point to five points in between those events over runner-up in the points Bryan Smith, with Jake Johnson just another point back.

In the shot above, Mees' #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D/National Cycle-sponsored Harley-Davidson XR750s sit in the pits during a break in the action at the Springfield Mile I on May 25 in round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship. Just looking at the immaculate preparation put into these machines by master wrench spinner and multi-time AMA Grand National Championship-winning tuner Kenny Tolbert makes you realize what a superb effort that Rogers Racing is putting forth in order to get Mees his second AMA Grand National Championship to add to his 2012 title and his 2009 AMA Grand National Twins Championship.

With the series heading to the half-way point in the season at round 8 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Sacramento Mile this Saturday, July 26, the series is in the middle of the heat of the season's schedule. Stay tuned to see if The Jammer can pull off another one this weekend or if Bryan Smith will set a new winning record in making it four wins in-a-row at Cal-Expo, or if someone else will breakthrough to take the checkers for the win.

Whatever happens for the rest of the season, you can be guaranteed you will see the best racing on two wheels in the world as you follow The Rolling Thunder Show's fantastic escapades through the rest of the season ahead!









Jared Mees claims Grand National Championship points lead with Grays Harbor Half-Mile victory

ELMA, Wash. (July 22, 2014) - Three Northeast riders stacked a Pacific Northwest podium at Grays Harbor Raceway in last weekend's AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship main event in Elma, Wash. Third place finisher Jake Johnson (originally from New Jersey), runner-up Bryan Smith (Michigan) and winner Jared Mees (originally from Pennsylvania) all conducted stellar performances despite being thousands of miles from home.
 
Mees' Grays Harbor Half-Mile victory was his second of the season aboard his Rogers Racing Harley Davidson and 15th overall throughout the course of his career. The 2012 Grand National Champion now sits atop the overall standings, five points ahead of Smith. "I had a great start and was just kind of picking them back," said Mees. "I caught Jake (Johnson) and then caught up to Kenny (Coolbeth). I capitalized on a mistake he made and got by him. I then was approaching Bryan (Smith) when I got a great run on him and passed right by on my Harley-Davidson. We missed our set up in the Dash for Cash but we were able to come back and make some changes for the main and it looks like we got it right."
 
Smith came in second in the race and now sits second in the points. The Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio rider has been extremely efficient on half-mile tracks in 2014 and is in a hot contest for the overall championship with nine races remaining. "I led a bunch of laps so it would have been good to bring it home up front but this isn't really my favorite kind of surface so I feel all right coming out with a second," said Smith. "I got a little loose, not sure if it was the tire or me just getting excited, and then here came Jared (Mees). You can never count him out, I've seen him do some pretty special things on the track."
 
Dash for Cash contenders Brandon Robinson #44, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. #2, Jake Johnson #5, Bryan Smith #42, Brad Baker #1 and Sammy Halbert #7 blast off the line at the Grays Harbor Half-Mile on Sunday, July 20. In spite of not making the Dash event, National main event winner Jared Mees still extended his points lead in the fight for the 2014 AMA Grand National Championship. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
 
 
Ramspur Winery rider Jake Johnson, mounted on a Harley-Davidson, started from fourth on the grid to close out the podium with a third place finish. Johnson now sits third in the overall point standings and the two-time champion is well on his way to his strongest season since 2011.
 
Sammy Halbert's fourth place finish surely had to leave an unpleasant taste in the Graham, Wash., native's mouth for several reasons. For the second time this season, the South East Harley-Davidson rider had a stronghold on the lead before coughing it up when the pressure started to mount. Halbert's homecoming was ruined when he pulled up on lap nine and fell all the way back to fourth place by the time the checkered flag had dropped. Kenny Coolbeth finished fifth aboard his Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson. Coolbeth's top five finish has to be somewhat of a confidence boost for the seasoned veteran as he finished 19th a week ago at Hagerstown. Coolbeth now sits fourth in the points and it certainly still a threat to pull off the championship as there are plenty of rounds remaining.
 
Brad Baker's sixth-place finish aboard his Factory Harley-Davidson at Grays Harbor Raceway last weekend is tied for his second-best performance of the 2014 season, as he finished fifth at the Springfield Mile in May.
 
AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles
 
Jarod Vanderkooi's .970-second win aboard his Johnny's Vintage Motorcycle Honda was his first victory in AMA Pro Flat Track Pro singles competition. "The key to doing well on this track is getting the holeshot and that's what I did," said Vanderkooi. "My team was working on the bike all day and it was just amazing to get this win. I have to thank my team, the promoter for putting the race on and the fans for coming out."
 
Vanderkooi now sits eighth in the points following his Grays Harbor Half-Mile win and will look to build off his momentum this weekend at Sacramento and holds a share of the points lead with Kyle Johnson. Second-place finisher Davis Fisher started from fifth on the grid to come away with his third runner-up performance of the season aboard his T.J. Burnett Farms Honda. "I didn't get a very good start," said Fisher. "I thought I had a lot of work ahead of me but I started working my way through the pack. We struggled throughout the day but eventually got it right at the end."
 
Ryan Wells sits just one point behind Johnson and Fisher and his third place finish at Grays Harbor didn't do anything to hurt his chances of becoming the next AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Champion. "I knew I was going to have my hands full right from the get go," said Wells. "I missed the front row in the main by one position but I just kept charging."
 
Johnson has run consistent all season and his fourth place finish aboard his Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda was the first race he hasn't won since the season opener at Daytona.
 
Next Up


The stars of AMA Pro Flat Track will head to Sacramento, Calif., and the Cal Expo on July 26, 2014. Footage of the Grays Harbor Half-Mile is available to view on AMA Pro Racing's YouTube portal at www.youtube.com/amaprovids.

How to Watch 

FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.

About AMA Pro Flat Track

AMA Pro Flat Track is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country's finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.
  

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.
For additional information contact:


AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014,







AMA Pro Racing Expands Communication and Marketing Departments with New Hires








AMA Pro Racing announces addition of two new employees to the Communications and Marketing departments

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 23, 2014) - AMA Pro Racing is excited to announce the addition of two professionals in its communications, and marketing and sales departments.
 
Patrick Buganski was named the series' Communications Manager and comes to AMA Pro Racing with nearly a decade of experience as a writer, editor and social media professional.
 
Richie Morris, with his extensive experience in motorcycle racing, has been brought on board to assist in obtaining partnerships and building relationships throughout the AMA Pro Racing paddock. Morris has an impressive motorcycle racing background as a rider and team owner. His teams had great success in the GoPro Daytona SportBike and Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series.
  
"We're very excited to bring these two talented individuals on board," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer, AMA Pro Racing. "Richie and Patrick have diverse and unique backgrounds and their experience that will help our series grow and help AMA Pro Racing better communicate our message to fans, team, riders and partners."
 
Buganski, a New Jersey native, most recently worked as a sports writer for The Daily Journal in Vineland, N.J. where he covered professional racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the host of five AMA Pro Racing events and the site of this year's season finale.
 
Morris enjoyed a strong riding career that began in the early 1990s and ended with his retirement in 2004, at which point, he moved into team ownership. His teams won two GoPro Daytona SportBike championships and two Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series titles. 
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.  

For additional information contact:
 
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com














Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bryan Smith Hopes to Set New Winning Record at AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Round 8 at the Sacramento Mile




























With less than four days to go until round 8 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Sacramento Mile on Saturday, July 26 the big build-up to the huge west coast event is unraveling even faster as the time approaches. In what will be one of the premier events of the season, and surely the premier event on the left coast, fans, riders, teams and sponsors alike are ready to hit the ground running for what will be the halfway point in the season.

One of those riders and teams ready to get going for this weekend's big run at the Sacto Mile is Bryan Smith and the #42 Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio/Howerton Products Kawasaki effort, spearheaded this season by Bryan's Dad, Barry, and by Indy locals and long-time flat track heads Jeff Gordon and Dink Glidden.

Flyin' Bryan has won the last three straight events at the Cal-Expo Fairgrounds. In the 2011 season taking his Moroney's H-D-sponsored XR750 to the win, and in 2012-13 as a member of the Howerton Motorsports troupe. It was at Sacto in 2012 that the team won their first Grand National main event together, in only their second outing (during the '12 season, the new team only ran the five mile events and the season-finale at the Pomona Half-Mile.)

This year has seen a few changes. Original team owner Rick Howerton has for the most part stepped aside in order to spend more time with his family (although he still admits to offering 'technical and moral support' to them) while Gordon, Glidden and Dad, Barry are the main men behind what is still a powerhouse team, albeit with a C&J chassis this year as opposed to Howerton's far advanced and personally designed futuristic unit from the previous two seasons. And this year, for the first time since the '87 season, the mile events are being contested sans fuel restrictors, which has so far in the first event of the season made the racing closer and tighter on the mile oval at Springfield. The question everyone is asking, with the longer straights at Sacramento, will that also hold true or will the Kawasaki mile rocket take off like a NASA rocket and leave the others sitting in the settling smoke or dust?

In the shot above, Bryan Smith has his race face on and is ready to show Rick Howerton's hometown crowd at the Indy Mile what the noise has been all about for the Howerton rocket during round 8 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship on August 17. Smith went on to take the #42 Howerton Motorsports/Crosley Radio/Dreyer Motorsports-sponsored Kawi to the win in front of the crowd on-hand during the 6th Annual Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP weekend.

Also seen in the shot are the #95 TJ  Burnett Farms/Red Bull Kawasaki team of JD Beach, and eventual 2013 AMA Grand National Champion Brad Baker on the #12 Dodge Brothers Racing/Speciality Fabrications-backed XR750. In the background, Jared Mees and his #1 Rogers Racing/Blue Springs H-D-sponsored XR750 team roll out to the starting line.

While you are waiting for Saturday's action to kick in, you can also read about the first restrictor race at the Sacramento Mile that was also eventual 7-Time AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr's first-ever mile win from 1987. A big thanks to Cycle News' Archives penman, Larry Lawrence, for this fine piece of AMA Grand National Championship history.

And read on to see what else the #42 Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio/Howerton Products-backed Kawasaki team of Bryan Smith has to say about this weekend's super return to the west coast!


Press release courtesy of SMI, promoters of the Sacramento Mile.




















Bryan Smith Seeking Sacramento Mile Record
A fourth-straight would mark the most consecutive wins at historic venue
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 22, 2014) – Bryan Smith has the opportunity to accomplish what no other rider in the long history of the Sacramento Mile has managed to do. Smith could become the first rider ever to win four-straight AMA Pro Grand Nationals on the famous mile at Cal Expo this coming Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Smith, 31, of Flushing, Michigan, is riding a three-year winning streak coming into this year’s Sacramento Mile, having won all three races since the return of the event to the AMA Pro Grand National Championship calendar in 2011.
As it stands now Smith is tied with Sacramento Mile legends Scott Parker and Chris Carr, who each won the race three times consecutively. Carr was the first to accomplish the feat with his three straight wins in the early 1990s. Parker matched his Harley-Davidson rival in the late 1990s. Smith tied Carr and Parker last season and now stands on the precipice of claiming one of the most impressive records in the storied history of the race.
 
 
 
Bryan Smith has the opportunity Saturday to set a new record of consecutive wins at the Sacramento Mile at the Cal Expo. Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Mile, by Larry Lawrence.
 
 
 
“It’s pretty cool to even have a shot at breaking that kind of record at Sacramento,” Smith said. “Anytime you talk about breaking a record where riders like (Scott) Parker, (Chris) Carr and (Bubba) Shobert raced for so long would be a real honor. I looked up to those guys as my heroes, so it would be really special to win four straight and own at least one record at that track.”
Last year Smith won his third straight in a spectacular finish that saw four riders come out of the final turn, just inches apart with Smith somehow managing to hold off Jared Mees, Brandon Robinson and Brad Baker at the checkered flag. The four riders were separated by a scant 0.145 seconds.
“It was going good all day, we were really dominant,” said Smith, after last year’s riveting Sacramento Mile victory. “I really wanted to try to get away from those guys and win this thing by a long ways. I had it going my way for a minute. I think I got my tire a little hot, started to fade back. Then Brad came running up the inside of me and ran me off the groove. I had my work cut out for me getting around the Harleys. They were hauling in the corners. Luckily my trusty Crosley Kawasaki was real fast on the straightaways so I got back by them.”
This year Smith will again be on a Kawasaki at Sacramento, this time around with the Villa Esparza/Crosley Radio Team. The new team will utilize Jeff Gordon-tuned, Kawasaki 750cc engines and many other components from the 2012 and 2013 Howerton Motorsports machine, in a highly modified C&J chassis by Robert Terando. The Villa Esparza/Crosley Radio Team is eager to build on the two consecutive GNC Twins Championships, with four wins, 13 podium finishes, and second place overall in the 2013 Grand National Championship earned with Smith riding the Howerton machines.
Villa Esparza is a food distribution company, owned by Joe Esparza, based in Austin, Texas. Joe is a long-time friend, and supporter, of Bryan Smith and American Flat Track racing. Esparza proudly steps into the team owner position after Rick Howerton announced he would reduce his time commitment to the AMA Pro Flat Track series at the end of the 2013 season. Howerton, Gordon and Ron “Dink” Glidden will continue to provide technical support for the team, with Bryan and his father, Barry Smith, maintaining the race bikes out of their shop in Michigan.
Founding sponsor, Crosley Radio, looks forward to adding a third successful race season, elevating the professionalism and competitiveness of the Grand National Championship on and off the track, and in the paddock. Visit www.Crosley-Radio.com or stop by the Villa Esparza/Crosley Radio Team pits to see Crosley Radio’s vintage inspired electronics.
Practice for the Sacramento Mile begins at on Saturday, July 26 at 2:15 p.m. and opening ceremonies for the evening program kicks off at 6:15 p.m.
*** 2014 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for the July 26, 2014 Sacramento Mile at www.sactomile.com.
Fans can order tickets online  at https://secure.interactiveticketing.com/a/c84136, by calling 1-844 SAC MILE (1-844- 722-6453) or by visiting the Cal Expo Ticket Box Office in the Administration Building at 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at any ticket window during the 2014 California State Fair.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the Cal Expo Group Sales Department at boxoffice@calexpo.com for more information.
Contact:
 
Larry Lawrence
o. (317) 852-2896
c. (317) 332-3899
www.SactoMile.com





















Indy Mile & IMS Partner for Special Discount Tickets for 7th Annual Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP Weekend Events


Indy Mile AMA Pro Flat Track and Red Bull Indianapolis GP Unveil Special Moto GP Ticket Combo
 
(Indianapolis, IN. -- July 22, 2014)  Family Events, producer of the Indy Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Grand Nationals in collaboration with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP unveil a special combo ticket package providing fans a convenient one-stop option for both motorcycle races.
 
The packages are limited and available via the exclusive link http://info.ims.com/indymile.   The package includes a discounted Indy Mile reserved grandstand ticket and a 12-issue subscription to The Red Bulletin Magazine.   Fans that have already purchased their Red Bull Indianapolis GP tickets have the option simply to add the Legendary Indy Mile event or for those still needing the full weekend experience can select the option to bundle the two races in one easy step.
 
The two motorcycle events highlight the motorcycle landscape set for the August 8 -10, 2014 weekend in Indianapolis making the city a unique motorcycle mecca.
 
“Like peanut butter and jelly or bacon and eggs, these two events are just meant to be enjoyed together,” Mike Moore, president of Indy Mile producers The Promotion Company, Inc. – Family Events, said. “Providing fans with an easy and convenient option to witness two ultimate motorcycle experiences over the weekend is a win for all involved.”    
 
The Indy Mile AMA Flat Track Grand National is ready to roar again on the legendary one-mile dirt oval at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on a new night, Friday, August 8, 2014.  Flat Track is a uniquely American form of motorcycle racing and is considered the “Crown Jewel” of AMA Pro Racing’s oldest and tradition-rich pro series.
 
The Red Bull Indianapolis GP is the tenth round of the MotoGP World Championship that will compete on the newly redesigned road course at one of the world’s most historic tracks.   Race day is Sunday, August 10th, 2014 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with practice, qualifications, a vendor marketplace and other motorcycle events filling the weekend beginning this August 8th.  
 
The two races are further connected this year as the Indy Mile recently named reigning MotoGP World Champion and current point leader Marc Márquez as its’ Grand Marshal.   Márquez will be in attendance at the Indy Mile to take part in a special question-and-answer session during the opening ceremonies.   Then the 21-year-old rider will focus on defending his Indy GP win from last season as well as attempt to win his historic tenth victory in a row, on the tenth of August, at the tenth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.

838 N. Delaware Street | Indianapolis, IN 46204 US
 
 
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jared Mees Takes Win #2 of the Season at Round 7 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at Grays Harbor Half-Mile

























After mother nature caused Saturday night's first shot to get postponed, round 7 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Grays Harbor Raceway-hosted event finally got rolling yesterday, and Jared 'The Jammer' Mees managed to swipe the win away late in the running of the 25-lap National main event.

In what could easily have been the most exciting half-mile event of the season to date, Bryan Smith on the #42 Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio/Howerton Products Kawasaki took over the lead after early favorite Sammy Halbert on his #7 South East H-D/Specialty Fabrications/White's H-D led the opening eight laps, only to start fading to Flyin' Bryan. Smith held the point for the next 11 laps and looked to be ready to seal his second half-mile win in-a-row in the Pacific Northwest, until Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue-Springs H-D started coming and worked his way under Smith on lap 20 and sailed on to take the checkers just .369 seconds ahead of the mile rocket Kawasaki.

Mees had earlier in the day missed the Dash and had to start on row 2, but made the best of his time as his Kenny Tolbert-prepped XR started to come around and was working on the tacky surface at Grays Harbor. Jake Johnson on the #5 Ramspur Winery/Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Parkinson Brothers H-D XR750 came home in 3rd-place for what was his fifth top-5 in the last six races.

Mees now leads the championship standings over Smith by five points (127-122) with Johnson another tic behind in 3rd (121) and Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. in 4th (114) with Halbert, who held on to 4th-place yesterday now in 5th in the championship standings (108 points.)

Cycle News.com's Andrea Wilson was on-hand yesterday and filed this race report, with full results here thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track. And you can check out the great race here thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track's FansChoice.tv--well worth the watch!

In the shot above, Henry Wiles on the #17 Don' Kawasaki/DPC Racing/EA Racing-sponsored Kawasaki EX650 leads Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D-backed XR750 late in heat race #3  coming out of turn four at the Springfield Mile I during round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship on May 25. Dustin Crow on the #61 Greg Crow Racing/Gardner Racing/H-D of Salina-sponsored XR750 and Mikey Martin on the #91 Bonneville Performance/Factory Triumph Racing/Castrol Racing-backed Triumph Bonneville work on who is going to get the final direct transfer spot to the National main at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile oval.

The Rolling Thunder Show now heads to the second mile event of the season in round 8 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship with the running of the Sacramento Mile this Saturday, July 26 for the half-way point in the season in what is turning into a very serious run for the 2014 AMA Grand National Championship.








Jared Mees steals late lead to capture Grays Harbor Half-Mile victory

ELMA, Wash. (July 20, 2014) - Sunday's AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship main event at Grays Harbor Raceway featured an adrenaline-charged showdown between several of the world's most prominent riders, and in the end it was Jared Mees who took home the coveted checkered flag, making it his second victory of the 2014 season, and his 15th career GNC win.
 
Mees started all the way back at seventh on the grid and proved yet again why patience is vital to his success. It wasn't until lap 20 when the Clio, Mich., product, aboard his Rogers Racing Harley-Davidson, passed Bryan Smith on the front stretch and eventually went onto earn the victory.
 
The battle between Mees and Smith has been one of epic proportions so far this season, as the two have been virtually neck and neck in four of the last five main events. Though Smith took a back seat to Mees this go-around, fans shouldn't be surprised if the Flint, Mich., product, aboard his Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio Kawasaki, gets back in the winner's circle next weekend when the series heads to Sacramento.
 
 
 
 
 
Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing XR750 slides under early leader Bryan Smith on the #42 Villa-Esparza Kawasaki on lap 20 and went on to take his second win of the season at the Grays Harbor Half-Mile yesterday. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
 
 
 
 
Closing out the podium with a third place finish was Mr. Consistent himself - Jake Johnson, aboard his Ramspur Winery Ducati. The Coatesville, Pa., native earned his fifth top five finish of the year and now sits third in the points. After a couple of years without the strongest results, the two-time Grand National Champion has proved time and time again this season that he is for real in 2014, and his performance today didn't do anything to indicate otherwise.
 
Fourth place finishes are never anything to lose sleep over, but it certainly couldn't have been the kind of homecoming performance that Sammy Halbert was hoping for. The Graham, Wash., native seemed to have all of his ducks in a row throughout the course of the day. He won his heat race and the Dash for Cash. He then got out to a monstrous lead for the first half of Sunday's main event before giving it all away on lap nine. Halbert, aboard his South East Harley-Davidson, slipped all the way back to fourth following his forfeiture of the lead, and the 2009 Grand National Champion never could find his rhythm again, as that's exactly where he would finish.
 
Kenny Coolbeth started from fifth on the grid and that's eventually where he ended up by the race's conclusion. The Morris, Conn., product, mounted on his Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson, sits fourth in the points standings and is poised for a championship run in the coming weeks.
 
AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles
 
Back in May, Jarod Vanderkooi ousted AMA Pro Twins competition for his first professional win. On Sunday, the Mt. Gilead, Ohio, product proved he could also achieve victory aboard a 450cc machine when he rode his Johnny's Vintage Motorcycle Honda to his first AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles checkered flag. Vanderkooi started from fourth on the grid to seal the victory by just under one full second, and with the win, now sits eighth in points.
 
Coming in second place was Davis Fisher. Fisher, aboard his T.J. Burnett Farms Honda, started from fifth to earn his fifth consecutive podium and is now tied with Kyle Johnson for first in the point standings. Ryan Wells, aboard his KTM, closed out the podium with a third place finish and now sits just one point behind Johnson and Fisher in the standings.
 
Johnson, aboard his Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda and Cole Frederickson, aboard his Ride Motorsports Honda, rounded out the top five, respectfully.
 
Next Up  
 
The stars of AMA Pro Flat Track will head to Sacramento, Calif., for the Sacramento Mile at the Cal Expo on July 26, 2014. Footage of the Grays Harbor Half-Mile will be available to view on AMA Pro Racing's YouTube portal at www.youtube.com/amaprovids in the coming days.

How to Watch    
 
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.

About AMA Pro Flat Track 
 
AMA Pro Flat Track is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country's finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.
 
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.  

For additional information contact:
 
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com








Sunday, July 20, 2014

Teammates Beaubier & Hayes Split Wins in AMA Pro SuperBike Races at AMA Pro Road Racing Mid-Ohio Round 5








SuperBike photo finish highlights seven-races-in-one-day extravaganza at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 20, 2014) - The Buckeye SuperBike weekend doubled up the action on Sunday after inclement weather spoiled the fun at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course the day before. All seven AMA Pro Road Racing contests were successfully run on a Sunday that saw Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammates Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes share top honors in the premier AMA Pro SuperBike class.
 
AMA Pro SuperBike Race 1
 
Hayes took the holeshot from pole (the grid was based on points) but Beaubier drove past his teammate on the back straight on lap 6 of 16. Once in control, Beaubier withstood the intense pressure and last-lap assault the three-time champion subjected him to in a concerted attempt to steal away the victory.
 
The Mississippian blanketed his 21-year-old rival throughout the second half of their intra-team duel, yet the resurgent Beaubier proved unflappable. Hayes made a bid on the final lap, striking momentarily only to have the rookie immediately snatch back the position and ultimately hold on for a thrilling 0.293-second victory at the checkered flag.
 
"It feels great to be able to beat Josh after a really good battle," said Beaubier. "I know he probably has the championship in the back of his head, but I was pushing hard. ... I had the intention to push the last three laps but I made a few mistakes and ran wide here and there. I knew I wasn't going to break him, obviously, so I was just trying to ride protectively. I was braking a little harder going into the corners, (trying to) not use the whole track, and go up the inside of a lot of corners. He did sneak up on me and caught me by surprise. I saw him run a little wide so I stayed out a little wide and cut pretty hard on the inside. It was a good clean race and it was hard."
 
Hayes was happy with his safe second-place finish. "It was a good race. I wanted to win it if the opportunity presented itself but I can't be silly either," said Hayes. "I don't like thinking about championships, but you know ... I was trying to be careful, but if he gave me a chance, take it. I took one shot at him on the last lap and I think if it had been anybody else, it would have been a little bit closer of a pass. I wanted to make sure I got all the way through to make sure we got through the corner clean and I overshot it enough that he was able to zip past through."
 
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing teammates Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas were interested spectators early in the contest, clinging on to the battle for the lead in the race's opening stages before gradually losing touch. Colombian Cardenas was the first to lose the chase, fading back around lap 8, while Kentuckian Hayden dropped out of contention a couple laps later. "I hung on for a while but I started to make some mistakes," Hayden admitted. "I was having trouble getting my bike into the corner and was missing my apex in a couple spots. A little over half way they started pulling away and I didn't want to crash and lose my data for the next race so I kind of put it on cruise control so we could make the bike a little better for the second race. That race was really our first real practice being here on the new bike." The two held their positions, however, with Hayden rounding out the podium in third.
 
KTM/HMC Racing's Chris Fillmore took a lonely fifth, while third Yoshimura pilot Chris Clark chased down ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing's David Anthony for sixth, with Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing's Larry Pegram just behind in eight. GEICO Motorcycle Honda's Chris Ulrich and Babuska Racing's Frankie Babuska completed the opening race's top ten.
 
AMA Pro SuperBike Race 2
 
After being edged by his young teammate earlier in the day, Hayes got his revenge in what proved to be an ever tighter rematch. Again starting from pole (this time due to posting the fastest lap in Race 1), Hayes ran in front with Beaubier close in formation as they quickly broke free from the pack. The lighter Beaubier finally made his move on lap 13 of 16, again powering past at the end of the back straight, in an attempt to duplicate his earlier victory.
 
 
 
Monster Energy/Graves Motorsports Yamaha teammates Josh Hayes #4 and Cameron Beaubier #2 split the wins in the AMA Pro SuperBike Series at Mid-Ohio today, with Hayes winning race 2 (pictured) by inches. AMA Pro Road Racing officials had to review the feed to determine who came out on top, and Hayes got the honors and won his 11th race at Mid-Ohio to become the all-time winner in series history at the Lexington, OH. facility. AMA Pro Road Racing photo by Brian J. Nelson.
 
 
 
However, this time around Hayes made that aggressive last-lap pass that he overshot in the first race stick. Seemingly in strong shape to maintain first from there to the flag, Hayes got off line through the Carousel. That miscue allowed Beaubier to get the drive and rip up alongside him as they sprinted to the stripe.
 
Too close to call without a review, the photo finish ultimately showed that Hayes held on by mere inches to claim the win. The narrow triumph was Hayes' eleventh AMA Pro Road Racing victory at Mid-Ohio, making him the winningest rider in the event's long history, one up on the legendary Mat Mladin.
 
"I was thinking about passing him earlier in the race and just kind of mix up my rhythm instead of waiting for some kind of desperate move on the last lap," said Hayes after Race 2. "While I was thinking about these things, we came up and I saw the white flag. I was completely taken by surprise with the white flag. I hadn't been watching the lap board and had no idea it was last lap of the race. We were going through Turn 1 and I got a good run and I thought, 'What am I going to do?' I knew what he was expecting. I still felt very confident in there so when I was close enough to have a go, I did and got it stopped. From that point forward, it was probably the ugliest half lap of riding I've ever done in my life. I was pretty sloppy in the Carousel but I thought I had it because there are really no passing opportunities. I was just trying to get back to the inside and I ended up losing the front and really botching the last two corners. I never upshifted, I just held second and hit the rev limiter at the line. When I glanced over to my left I actually thought Cameron had got me, but it was so hard to tell right at the line. I was pretty relieved to get to the podium and find out I had won the race. I wanted to win it really bad and I had a lot of fun racing with Cam."
 
Beaubier said he enjoyed the race as well. "Josh made a hard, clean pass on me," said Beaubier. "After that I was just looking for any way I could to get around him. He was braking pretty deep trying to not give it away. I tried to set him up coming off the last corner and I didn't know who won. Regardless who won today, it was a great race. It's kind of crazy not knowing who won until we came into pit lane."
 
Hayden finished third for a second time on the day. He actually made inroads on the leaders for a couple laps after losing touch early, but a compound mistake dropped him well and truly out of contention on lap 7. The Kentuckian carried on to claim a lonely third, further enabled by Cardenas' early-race crash in the braking zone at the end of the back straight. "It was a decent weekend," Hayden said. "Third place is not bad when you're battling for the win but when you're however many seconds back it's not very satisfying. I don't know... I'm having trouble keeping up off the corners and on the straights. I'm just riding so far above what I can do every lap and I just start making mistakes. We have some tests lined up and we need to make things a little better and hopefully at New Jersey make a race out of it."
 
Fillmore took advantage of the Colombian's mistake as well, coming home in fourth while Clark edged TOBC's Racing Suzuki's Taylor Knapp for fifth. Anthony got off to a poor start and slashed his way up to seventh, while Ulrich and Team AMSOIL Hero EBR's Cory West took eighth and ninth, respectively. Babuska again rounded out the top ten.
 
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1
 
Motosport.com/Meen Yamaha's Jake Lewis won the first AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike contest of the day, making a last-lap pass of Jake Gagne to win his second race in a row. Lewis shadowed RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's Gagne until the white flag then made his move at the end of Mid-Ohio's long straight. Gagne fought back, but Lewis was able to hold his line and held the lead until the flag.
 
"It's huge to get two wins in a row," said Lewis. "I was planning my strategy for the end of the race. I made a pretty good pass on the brakes and blocked from there. There are only a couple of other spots to pass from there." After the race, the two Jakes were tied for the series points lead.
 
Riders Discount Racing Triumph's Danny Eslick won the battle for third. The Oklahoman had a good battle with Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha's Garrett Gerloff and Dane Westby. Westby rose up from seventh to take third on the Yamalube/Westby Racing machine by the middle stages of the race, but Eslick rallied to take the position back. Garrett Gerloff also passed Westby to earn fourth. Gerloff's teammate JD Beach was sixth, having led the first lap before dropping down the order.
 
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 2
 
Jason DiSalvo won the second AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Mid-Ohio. DiSalvo topped Jake Gagne for the prize in the red-flagged race, showing great form as he earned the win by being the strongest at the end of the race. "The team has their heart and soul in this," said New York-born DiSalvo. "They are trying to make the best bike they can. It was great to see all the Northeasterners up here cheering me on."
 
Gagne now leads the points, earning two second place results on the day. The Californian is seven points ahead of Jake Lewis, who took fourth in race two after winning the opener. Gerloff was third after trying to hang with the leaders and aggressively moving by Lewis in a bid to hang onto the lead duo. Ultimately, he took the checkered flag almost four and a half seconds back.
 
Bobby Fong earned an excellent fifth place on his Latus Motors/Castrol/Triumph Racing entry, holding off another former class race winner Blake Young on the GN Gonzalez machine.
  
AMA Pro SuperSport Race 1
 
Houston Superbikes' Dustin Dominguez won the first AMA Pro SuperSport race at Mid-Ohio. Dominguez ran away from early leader Hayden Gillim of TOBC Racing to take a 3.260-second victory. "We're not really worried about points. We're here to win races and if we do, we'll win the championship," said Dominguez, who took second place in the points after the win. "That's our plan. The race went pretty perfect for me."
 
Gillim wasn't able to win, but assumed the points lead with his strong second place. Corey Alexander crashed out of third place midway through the 11-lapper on his HVMC Celtic Racing entry. Alexander, who went down in the Keyhole turn, was tied for the lead in the points before the race. The battle for third saw Alexander's teammate Wyatt Farris return to the podium. The Californian edged Excel Racing's Connor Blevins by less than a tenth of a second. Texan J.C. Camacho (House of Paint Designs) took a fine fifth.
 
AMA Pro SuperSport Race 2
 
Dominguez won the second AMA Pro SuperSport race at Mid-Ohio, too. The Oklahoman topped Gillim again, this time by 3.510 seconds after 11 laps. With the win, Dominguez closed to within two points of championship leader Gillim. "I give Hayden high marks," said Dominguez. "He pushed me really hard. I'd give him an 'A' for effort. ... I liked doing the two races in one day. It's a lot of riding and I love it."
 
Gillim took the lead for good with Alexander's issues in race one. Alexander's bike was pushed off the grid just before the start of race two as well. "It's the first time I have been in the lead in the championship," Gillim said. "This time I am going to New Jersey with the lead." Blevins earned his first AMA Pro SuperSport podium on Sunday. The 19-year old beat top series pilots Kaleb De Keyrel, Wyatt Farris and Jason Aguilar of Tuned Industries for the final spot on the podium.
 
Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series
 
Josh Chisum Racing/Bartels Harley-Davidson's Tyler O'Hara snapped his midseason dry spell and returned to the top of the podium following a hard-fought AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series contest. "It feels really good," O'Hara said. "We've been off the box the last three races in a row. This weekend was a turning point for me. Every weekend from here on out we're battling for every point. We have three races left and I expect nothing less than to just battle every weekend."
 
Five riders were in contention throughout in the seesawing contest that saw Ruthless Racing's Danny Eslick go from first to fifth and back to second, and Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson's Steve Rapp work from fifth to first, only to end up fifth again in the end. Rapp's teammate, Ben Carlson, finished behind O'Hara and Eslick in third after leading on the final lap in search of his first-ever AMA Pro Road Racing win. KWR/Millennium Technologies' Kyle Wyman was in the mix as well, ultimately taking the flag in fourth position.
 
O'Hara's win tightens up the points with the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series next headed to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a doubleheader alongside the MotoGP World Championship on August 8-10. Eslick still leads with 120 points, but O'Hara has drawn closer in second at 114.
 
Next Race
 
Following the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series' Indy doubleheader, the AMA Pro Road Racing season will come to its conclusion and the 2014 champions will be decided at the Kawasaki Devil's Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., Sept. 13-14.
 
How to Watch
 
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site also provides coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.
 
About AMA Pro Road Racing:
 
AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.
 
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.  

For additional information contact:
 
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com