Monday, March 23, 2015

AMA Pro Flat Track Announces Yamaha to Provide Increased Contingency Awards for 2015 Grand National Championship Season

































No, Kenny 'The King' Roberts isn't coming out of retirement to contest the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season, but his former team and sponsor, Yamaha, has announced that they will be providing over $100K in rider contingencies for the upcoming season in The Rolling Thunder Show for riders competing in both the GNC1/Expert Twins and Singles Series, as well as in the GNC2/Pro Series aboard the company's FZ07 and YZ450F machines.

Rumors have been spreading rampantly since late last fall that several teams had acquired the newly released FZ07 engines to set up for the Twins Series events in order to compete at the top level against the long standing XR750 and the XR-killer Kawasaki EX650 that has taken the sport by storm since Bryan Smith's inaugural win aboard a Werner-Springsteen Racing Kawasaki at the Indy Mile in August 2010. Cory Texter showed up for Bike Week aboard a Babe Demay (one of Roberts' former tuners back in the day) built and Memphis Shades sponsored FZ07-inspired mount.

Shown in the shot above, The King distances himself from the field on the #2 Yamaha Factory Racing/Goodyear Tire/Bell Helmets-sponsored Yamaha XS650-based mount at the Terre Haute Action Track in route to his win in August 1976. Notice the rear wheel on Roberts' bike showing visible air underneath due to the rough conditions seen at Terre Haute that eventually led to the series leaving the track due to unsafe conditions after former '81 AMA Grand National Champion Mike Kidd's huge crash during the '77 event that led to Kidd breaking his wrist.

This is top line news for The Rolling Thunder Show as it opens up more chances for riders to pocket extra bucks while riding the marque's new FZ07, which as a parallel twin motor closely resembles the Kawi EX that has taken the sport by storm over the course of the last five seasons, and adds to the competition level in terms of more involvement for the sport and more choices for the teams and riders to work with in campaigning the course of the season. Bravo to Yamaha for stepping up to the plate in order to increase the monie$ available and choices available to go fast and turn left. Thanks goes to Yamaha for getting back into the action even deeper!

Check out the full release below from AMA Pro Racing to read all about the particulars in this great announcement from late last week.









AMA Pro Flat Track riders receive increased contingency commitment from Yamaha

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2015) - AMA Pro Flat Track riders on Yamaha equipment will benefit from a dramatically increased contingency program by the manufacturer in 2015.
 
Yamaha has expanded its program to both the premier Harley-Davidson GNC1 class presented by Vance & Hines, and the GNC2 class, offering up to $1,500 for individual riders per race in the top class and $500 in GNC2. A total of $106,400 is up for grabs between both classes for eligible "bLU cRU" riders over the course of the season.
 
"We can't thank Yamaha enough for increasing their commitment to flat track racing," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "Strong involvement from the manufacturers is key to keeping our sport among the most competitive in the world. It will help drive future growth, and we are confident any relationship with manufacturers, such as Yamaha, truly is mutually beneficial."
 
The increased commitment coincides with the recent debut of Yamaha's FZ-07 motorcycle. A number of FZ-07 engines were made available for flat track teams and an FZ-07-powered machine could make its AMA Pro Flat Track debut May 24 at the historic Springfield Mile in Springfield, Ill.
 
 
 
 
JD Beach on the #95 Van's Yamaha YZ450F is shown in action during the season-opening rounds of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at the Daytona Short Track earlier this month. Yamaha has announced an increased contingency program for riders in both the GNC1 & GNC2 ranks, both in the Twins and Singles Series, for the season ahead. Photo courtesy of AMA Pro Racing.
 
 
 
 
"I think AMA Pro is making a big effort to improve flat track racing, get it out there and get public awareness," said Keith McCarty, Racing Division Manager for Yamaha. "Now we have an FZ-07 engine that's going to be able to do well and compete in the twins class. We legitimately have a chance to win a twins championship now, which we really didn't have in the past. At Yamaha, racing is in our DNA, all forms of racing, and certainly dirt track is tied in. We want to be a part of it and show competitors we want to be a part of it by offering increased contingency."
 
For more information on Yamaha's contingency program, please visit: http://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport/pages/2015-yamaha-off-road-racing-contingency-program
 
Every round of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season will be available live, in high definition and free of charge for fans to watch online at www.FansChoice.tv.
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.   



Sunday, March 22, 2015

AMA Pro Flat Track Announces Additions of Delaware & Charlotte Half-Miles to 2015 Grand National Championship Schedule




















The 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season just grew by another two rounds as AMA Pro Racing announced late Thursday that two new venues and races had been added to the series' schedule, bringing the total of races for the season to 16 events.

The Delmar, Delaware and Charlotte, NC Half-Miles were announced as new additions to The Rolling Thunder Show's season, of which the Charlotte event is actually a return for the series after having last visited their during the 2000-2002 campaigns. Delmar is a completely new location for the series.

Not only will the GNC1/Expert riders be competing at speed at these new events, but the GNC2/formerly known as Pro Twins riders and teams will also roll out during these events, giving the junior series league riders another opportunity to taste the speed and endurance it takes to compete in the big leagues of the greatest racing series on two wheels in the world. The Delmar round is slotted into the schedule for September 19 while Charlotte will see the series roll into town on August 29.

In the shot above, riders in heat race #1 sit at the ready for the light to turn green to determine the first three direct qualifying spots in round 14 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at the Springfield Mile II on August 31.

Ready to blast off are (L-R) Brad Baker on the #1 Harley-Davidson Motor Co/Screamin' Eagle Racing Parts/Dunlop Tire-sponsored factory XR750, Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing/Las Vegas H-D/Blue Springs H-D-backed XR750, eventual heat and event winner Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Zanotti Racing/Moroney's H-D/Burt Ives Honda-sponsored XR750, Sammy Halbert on his #7 South East H-D/White's H-D/Specialty Fabrications-backed Kawasaki EX650, Mikey Martin on the #91 Bonneville Performance/Factory Triumph Racing/Castrol Racing-backed Triumph Bonneville 955, and former AMA Grand National #16 and new for 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track director Ronnie Jones on the #74G Harley-Davidson of Salina/Alpinestars/Arai-sponsored Harley-Davidson XR750.

Last week brought some great news to the series not only with the addition of these two great venues, but with the announcement that Harley-Davidson had jumped on board as the title sponsor for the series for the 2015 season.

You can check out the full press releases below thanks to the folks out of Daytona Beach.









AMA Pro Racing announces addition of Delmar, Del., race to the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2015) - AMA Pro Racing announced today the addition of a Half-Mile race to the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule, which will be held at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., Sept. 19.
 
The addition of the "Roar on the Shore," which will coincide with a popular motorcycle rally in nearby Ocean City, Md., brings the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule to 16 total events.
 
"We're happy to add a new venue to our 2015 schedule, and to return to the state of Delaware," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "Grand National Championship events in Delaware date back to 1975, and with the track's proximity to major population centers and a motorcycle rally in Ocean City, we know this will be a very popular event."
 
Delaware International Speedway, located just north of the Maryland border and a short trip from Salisbury, Md., will be a new venue for AMA Pro Flat Track.
 
"We're excited to bring the top flat track riders in the country to Delaware International Speedway," said John Zimmerman, one of the promoters of the event, along with Charlie Cathel, Bob Jones, Cher Zimmerman and Johnny Zimmerman.
 
AMA Pro Flat Track last raced in Delaware in 2002 when it ran a Half-Mile in Harrington, Del. That event was first run in 1975. The First State has seen wins from legends such as Scott Parker, Jay Springsteen and Steve Morehead. Christopher Hart won the last race held in Delaware, aboard a Harley-Davidson.
 
Both the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class and the GNC2 class will be featured at Delmar, and both classes will run twin-cylinder motorcycles. 
 
For more information on Delaware International Speedway, please visit: http://delawareracing.com/DirtTrack/
 
Every round of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season will be available live, in high definition and free of charge for fans to watch online at www.FansChoice.tv.
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. 
  








AMA Pro Racing adds the Don Tilley Memorial Charlotte Half-Mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway to 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2015) - AMA Pro Racing is pleased to announce the addition of a Half-Mile race to be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 29 to its 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule.
 
The world-class Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway will play host to the best dirt track riders in the world in an event that will be known as the Don Tilley Memorial Charlotte Half-Mile to honor the Harley-Davidson racing icon. Tilley's storied career started in the 1960s. He led several championship teams including the famous Lucifer's Hammer Battle of the Twins Harley-Davidson with rider Gene Church. Tilley maintains the record as one of the most successful racing builders in AMA history. 
 
"Adding Charlotte to our 2015 schedule is very exciting," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "Not only is the facility top-notch, but its location in the heart of America's racing country means we can expect to see plenty of fans, both new and old. We're also happy to be able to honor someone who had such an imprint on motorcycle racing as Don Tilley."
 
AMA Pro Flat Track last raced in Charlotte in 2002 in a Half-Mile race won by Kevin Varnes. The two other AMA Pro Flat Track races held in Charlotte were won by Will Davis in 2001 and Mike Hacker in 2000.
 
"We're excited to bring AMA Pro Grand National flat track racing back to Charlotte," said Steve McLaughlin, of SMI, the company promoting the event. "As we all know, this region of the Carolinas is a world center of racing and there was a real hunger on the part of motorcycle fans to have an AMA Pro Grand National in North Carolina. We're also humbled by the opportunity to get to honor one of the true legends of motorcycling in Don Tilley, my friend for over 40 years. His passing last year left all of us in the motorcycling community mourning and it will be wonderful for fans, family and friends of the Tilleys to be able to come together and not only memorialize a legend, but to also celebrate his life in the way that I'm sure he would have loved."
 
Both the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class and the GNC2 class will be featured at Charlotte, and both classes will run twin-cylinder motorcycles.
 
For more information on the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, visit: http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dirt/
 
A Facebook page for the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/DonTilleyMemCharlotteHM
 
Every round of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season will be available live, in high definition and free of charge for fans to watch online at www.FansChoice.tv.
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.   




AMA Pro Flat Track Reviews Daytona Short Track I & II Wins by Stevie Bonsey & Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. in Season-Openers to Grand National Championship Series, Races Now Available for Viewing on VOD



























California's Stevie Bonsey started off the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season with a bang by taking his first win in just over three seasons at the Daytona Short Track I round on March 12. The Salinas resident, another great product of the area that has brought us so many great racers in the likes of Ricky Graham, Doug Chandler and Bonsey to name just a few, had last scored a victory in AMA Grand National competition at the Tucson Half-Mile in early October 2011. His win at Daytona makes it three notches on his belt in the premier two wheeled racing series in the world (Cailistoga Half-Mile was the Bonsai man's first win in July 2010.)

In the shot above, Bonsey puts his #80 Mack Daddy Racing/Alpinestars/Confused Clothing-sponsored Honda CRF450R through it's paces during qualifying at the Springfield Short Track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multipurpose Arena during the final running of a Grand National event at the great little facility on September 15, 2012.

Bonsey's great romp on Thursday of Bike Week should be a great shot in the arm for him after spending the last two seasons running for the Zanotti Racing team, and jumping back on board with the Dodge Brothers Racing team with which he won his first National with at Calistogo just over four and-a-half years ago. It's great to see a great competitor and another of the nice guys in The Rolling Thunder Show get another win and start the season off so strong. Go get 'em man!
































And Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. started off the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season the same way he did last year by winning the Daytona Short Track II event on Friday, March 13. Coolbeth, who apparently some with his former factory team had thought after the 2013 season could be done with winning, joined up with the powerhouse Zanotti Racing team last year and promptly won four races on the season, again showing his dominance in the sport in which he had won three Grand National Twins Championships and a Singles Series Championship during his reign over The Rolling Thunder Show from 2006-2008. Coolbeth showed 'em all at the little short track at Daytona International Speedway that he may be one of the oldest guys on the circuit, but he definitely is not done winning by any means as of yet. Great job man in putting the Zanotti Racing team back on top of the box, again!

In the shot above, Coolbeth wrestles with his #2 Chaplin Kawasaki/Spectro Oils/Wiseco-sponsored Kawasaki KX450F during one of the qualifying rounds at the Springfield Short Track over the Labor Day weekend on September 3, 2011.

Seeing two former team mates take the first two wins of the season made for a great start to the new season ahead, and with both men obviously rejuvenated and ready to keep on winning in their careers is a great shot to the best two wheeled racing series in the world and it's legion of fans.

As we sit through the long break in the series' calendar until the Springfield Mile I in late May, you can check out all of the action and what happened below thanks to AMA Pro Racing and the videos that are available from the season-openers.

Cycle News has a great write-up on the kick off to the new season that you can check out here thanks to Shan Moore.

A big shout out to Stevie and Kenny for their great rides at Daytona, both extremely worthy riders, champions and people and great to see them both get the season started off so strong!








Bonsey, Coolbeth draw first blood in Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines competition at DAYTONA Flat Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 17, 2015) - There was no shortage of drama when AMA Pro Flat Track kicked off its 2015 season last weekend with its doubleheader at DAYTONA Flat Track in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 12-13. It proved to be a thrilling couple days of nonstop motorcycle racing action between some of the world's most prominent riders that make up the elite Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class.
 
After winning his heat race, but settling for fifth place in Thursday night's Dash for Cash, Salinas, Calif., product Stevie Bonsey earned his first DAYTONA Flat Track win following the night's main event aboard the only Suzuki in the field of 19 riders.
 
Riding a No. 80 Dodge Bros Suzuki, Bonsey was neck-and-neck with defending Grand National Champion Jared Mees for the majority of the night's Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines main event, which was sponsored by Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Harley-Davidson. There were moments during the race when the two tangled so closely that they touched tires on multiple occasions, putting the pressure on Bonsey to be mistake-free for the duration of the race.
 
Fortunately for Bonsey, he was just that, mistake-free, and was able to counter Mees' valiant attempts at swiping his lead at critical moments late in the race with impressive moves of his own. Unfortunately for Bonsey, he wouldn't find such luck in Round 2, as he finished 18th in Friday night's main event and now sits sixth in the AMA Pro Flat Track point standings.
 
"I was glued to Stevie's rear wheel and was just hoping for a mistake out of him," said Mees describing his Thursday night second-place finish. "He is a phenomenal rider and he didn't make one, so hats off to him."
 
Though he came close, Mees never passed Bonsey at any point during the race. The No. 1 Montgomeryville Cycle Center Honda rider was clearly being cautious as he knows that the AMA Pro Flat Track season is a marathon and not a sprint.
 
"In the end, I played it very safe," said Mees. "I maybe had one shot that I could have gotten in there to pass him but I was waiting for something a little cleaner so I held back. I have a great team behind me and it was nice to perform decently at Daytona, I usually don't come out of the gate so well here."
 
Like Bonsey, Mees followed up his impressive Thursday night finish with a lackluster 11th place finish in Friday's main event. Mees now sits fourth in the points.
 
Closing out the podium Thursday night was Kenny Coolbeth Jr. The No. 2 Zanotti Racing Honda rider proved once again that he is getting younger with age, as he followed up his third place finish Thursday night with a monster Friday night main event victory, winning by more than six seconds. The 38-year-old now sits atop the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track point standings heading into Round 3 at Springfield.
 
Brandon Robinson had one of the better weekends in AMA Pro Flat Track's season-opening doubleheader. The No. 44 T.J. Burnett Farms Honda pilot recorded fourth and second place finishes and currently sits second in points behind Coolbeth.
 
"I'm happy with second place but at the same time, I let that one slip away," Robinson said following his runner-up performance following Round 2 on Friday night. "Kenny (Coolbeth) went around me and there was nothing I could do with him. He was hooked up and rolling through the center way better than everyone. I know about halfway through the race once I started settling into second that he was going to beat me. I just tried my hardest to finish directly behind him and I'm glad I was able to do that."
 
Recording sixth and third place finishes last weekend was the No. 7 Fredericktown Yamaha rider Sammy Halbert. One of the more popular riders in the series today, Halbert is off to a fast start in 2015, and his effort to close out the podium on Friday should be a big momentum builder for the Graham, Wash., native.
 
"It felt good," said Halbert recalling his third place finish on Friday night. "That's what I wanted to do, was get up on that podium. Unfortunately I didn't do that well in the beginning of the race, I kind of worked my way backwards and then I found my groove and started picking riders off. I've got a great team behind me this year so it should be fun."
 
Halbert leaves Daytona sitting third in the points.
 
Robert Pearson was a rider that went under the radar all weekend, yet the No. 27 R&R Racing Yamaha pilot recorded impressive fifth and seventh place main event finishes and currently sits fifth in points. Pearson is coming off a season in which he qualified for all but three mains, and the Chillicothe, Ill., native will try to maintain his consistency when the series visits his home state next round.
 
Last season's DAYTONA Flat Track Round 1 winner, Briar Bauman, didn't have the same kind of luck this time around, but the Hart Racing Honda rider did manage to finish eighth and fifth, and left Daytona seventh in points.
 
Henry Wiles didn't kick off the season in Round 1 the way he had hoped. His 11th place Heat 3 performance followed by his fifth place Semi 1 finish disqualified him from competing in the season's first main event. However, Wiles rebounded tremendously on Friday with a Round 2 fourth place finish in the night's main event aboard his Zanotti Racing Honda. Wiles now sits eighth in points.

 
Notable riders who left Daytona on the outside of the top 10 in points include; Jeffrey Carver Jr., who leaves in 11th place in the  standings, Jake Johnson, who leaves Daytona in 12th and Brad Baker, whose 12th and 14th place main event finishes leave him 13th in points.
 
Round 1 Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Main Event Results

 
1. Stevie Bonsey/ Salinas, CA/ Suzuki RMZ 450
2. Jared Mees/ Clio, MI/ Honda CRF450R
3. Kenny Coolbeth, Jr./ Center Hill, FL/ Honda CRF450R
4. Brandon Robinson/ Oxford, PA/ Honda CRF450R
5. Robert Pearson/ Mossville, IL/ Yamaha YZ 450F
6. Sammy Halbert/ Graham, WA/ Yamaha YZ 450F
7. Jake Johnson/ Coatesville, PA/ Kawasaki KX450F
8. Briar Bauman/ Salinas, CA/ Honda CRF450R
9.  Doug Lawrence/ Mississauga, ON/ Honda CRF450R
10. Jake Shoemaker/ Glenmoore, PA/ Honda CRF450R
11. JD Beach/ Philpot, KY/ Yamaha YZ 450F
12. Brad Baker/ Eatonville, WA/ Honda CRF450R
13. Mike Rush/ San Jose, CA/ Honda CRF450R
14. Jarod Vanderkooi/ Mt Gilead, OH/ Honda CRF450R
15. Chad Cose/ Fremont, CA/ Honda CRF450R
16. Bryan Smith/ Flint, MI/ Honda CRF450R
17. Michael Kirkness/ Wauchope, NSW/ Honda CRF450R
18. Scott Baker/ Dryad, WA/ Honda CRF450R
19. Jay Maloney/ Oakland, NJ/ Honda CRF450R
 
Round 2 Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Main Event Results

 
1. Kenny Coolbeth, Jr./ Center Hill, FL/ Honda CRF450R
2. Brandon Robinson/ Oxford, PA/ Honda CRF450R
3. Sammy Halbert/ Graham, WA/ Yamaha YZ 450F
4. Henry Wiles/ Crystal, MI/ Honda CRF450R
5. Briar Bauman/ Salinas, CA/ Honda CRF450R
6. Jeffrey Carver Jr./ Godfrey, IL/ Kawasaki KX450F
7. Robert Pearson/ Mossville, IL/ Yamaha YZ 450F
8. Jake Constantine/ Selkirk, NY/ Honda CRF450R
9. Chad Cose/ Fremont, CA/ Honda CRF450R
10. Johnny Lewis/ Coatesville, PA/ Honda CRF450R
11. Jared Mees/ Clio, MI/ Honda CRF450R
12. JD Beach/ Philpot, KY/ Yamaha YZ 450F
13. Mike Rush/ San Jose, CA/ Honda CRF450R
14. Brad Baker/ Eatonville, WA/ Honda CRF450R
15. Cory Texter/ Willow Street, PA/ Honda CRF450R
16. Jarod Vanderkooi/ Mt Gilead, OH/ Honda CRF450R
17. Wyatt Maguire/ Mead, WA/ Honda CRF450R
18. Stevie Bonsey/ Salinas, CA/ Suzuki RMZ 450
19. Jake Johnson/ Coatesville, PA/ Kawasaki KX450F
 
Up next

The stars of the series will visit Springfield, Ill. for the first Springfield Mile scheduled for May 24, 2015. Fans can get their tickets at http://www.illinoismda.com/. The entire event can also be viewed LIVE at www.FansChoice.tv.
 
How to Watch:
 
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2015. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. 
 
Photos

Round 1

Round 2
  
GNC1 Main Event Thursday
GNC 1 Main Event Friday
Pre-Race Show Thursday
Opening Ceremonies Thursday
Opening Ceremonies Friday

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.  








AMA Pro Flat Track Round 1 from DAYTONA Flat Track now available for VOD viewing at FansChoice.tv

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  (March 18, 2015) - The 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season got off to a wildly successful start with the season-opening doubleheader at DAYTONA Flat Track. The best dirt track riders in the world come together at the "World Center of Racing" to battle it out Thursday for Round 1, and now fans can relive the action at FansChoice.tv.
 
DAYTONA Flat Track I Harley-Davidson GNC1
presented by Vance & Hines Main Event Thursday Night
 
DAYTONA Flat Track I - GNC2 Main Thursday
DAYTONA Flat Track I - Harley-Davidson GNC1 
presented by Vance & Hines and GNC2 Heat Races Thursday
DAYTONA Flat Track I - Harley-Davidson GNC1 
presented by Vance & Hines Semis and GNC2 LCQ


DAYTONA Flat Track I - Opening Ceremonies Thursday
 
DAYTONA Flat Track I - Pre-Race Show Thursday
 
Other videos, including heat races and opening ceremonies, can be seen at AMA Pro Racing's YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/AMAProVids/videos
 
Every round of the upcoming 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season will be available live, in high definition and free of charge for fans to watch online at www.FansChoice.tv.








AMA Pro Flat Track Round 2 from DAYTONA Flat Track now available for VOD viewing at FansChoice.tv

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  (March 19, 2015) - After a successful opening night at DAYTONA Flat Track on Thursday, the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season continued the next night. The best dirt track riders in the world came together at the "World Center of Racing" to battle it out Friday for Round 2, and now fans can relive the action at FansChoice.tv.
 
DAYTONA Flat Track II - Harley-Davidson GNC1 Presented by Vance & Hines Main Event Friday
 
DAYTONA Flat Track II - GNC2 Main Friday
DAYTONA Flat Track II - Harley-Davidson GNC1 Presented by Vance & Hines and Semis and Dash for Cash and GNC2 Heats and LCQ Friday
2015 DAYTONA Flat Track II - Harley-Davidson GNC1 Presented by Vance and Hines Press Conference Friday

DAYTONA Flat Track II - Opening Ceremonies Friday
 
DAYTONA Flat Track II - Pre-Race Show Friday
 
Other videos, including all the action from Round 1, can be seen at AMA Pro Racing's YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/AMAProVids/videos
 
Every round of the upcoming 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season will be available live, in high definition and free of charge for fans to watch online at www.FansChoice.tv.
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.   






AMA Pro Racing Announces Harley-Davidson as Title Sponsor for 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship GNC1 Series




























AMA Pro Racing announced mid-week last week that Harley-Davidson had come back on board as the series' title sponsor for the now new/renamed GNC1 (Expert) Series class for the current season. The new sponsorship includes a $100K point fund as well as an additional $25K that will be made available to riders and teams competing with the series long standing machine of choice with the XR750.

This is great news for the series, which has been operating without a major title sponsorship in the premier class for the last couple of seasons. Harley-Davidson Insurance (Progressive) had been the last title sponsorship for the formerly known as Expert class.

In the shot above, bikes sit at the ready in preparation for the 2012 Springfield Mile II at the Illinois State Fairgrounds over the delayed running of the series usual Labor Day weekend classic, which was postponed due to inclement weather to September 16.

Kenny Coolbeth, Jr.'s #2 Screamin' Eagle/Harley-Davidson Motor Co/Fox-sponsored factory XR750 and Jake Johnson's #1 Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer's H-D/Boughner Racing-backed XR await their time to roll out for rider intros at the mecca of speed held at the Illinois State capitol mile oval.

A big tip of the helmet and a huge 'thanks!' to Harley-Davidson for coming back on board to help out The Rolling Thunder Show and head up the title sponsorship of the greatest racing series on two wheels in the world. You guys rock!

Check out the full details below in the press release from AMA Pro Racing.









Harley-Davidson named title sponsor of AMA Pro Flat Track's premier GNC1 class

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 18, 2015) - AMA Pro Racing is pleased to announce Harley-Davidson Motor Company as the new entitlement sponsor of AMA Pro Flat Track's premier GNC1 class for the 2015 season.
 
The best flat track racers in the world will compete for the title of Grand National Champion, an illustrious distinction dating back to 1954, in the Harley-Davidson GNC1 class presented by Vance & Hines.
 
The agreement includes a $100,000 bonus fund which will be available to all riders in the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class and paid out on a per-race basis. An additional $25,000 bonus fund has also been established for riders utilizing Harley-Davidson equipment. 
 
"Harley-Davidson is an iconic brand and represents the tradition, history and lifestyle that has been synonymous with dirt track racing for decades," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "We are focused on growing AMA Pro Flat Track while honoring the long tradition of the sport, and Harley-Davidson is a company we want to be associated with as we continue our journey. Their support is greatly appreciated, and we expect this to be a successful relationship for years to come."
 
Harley-Davidson has roots dating back to 1903 and is one of the most iconic brands in America, let alone motorcycles and motorcycle racing. It is also the most successful brand of motorcycle in the AMA Pro Flat Track series, with 668 GNC1 main event wins to its credit. Current GNC1 champion, Jared Mees, piloted a Harley-Davidson XR750 in 2014 and will try to repeat aboard the same machine in 2015.
 
"Stemming from our deep roots in the history of flat track racing, Harley-Davidson is excited to step up our involvement this year as the GNC1 title sponsor," said Harley-Davidson Racing Manager Kris Schoonover. "The loyal flat track fans coupled with our success on the track is all the reason we need to support the passionate racers that engage in the adrenaline of this sport, now and into the future."
 
Following Round 2 from DAYTONA Flat Track in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Friday March 13, AMA Pro Flat Track will head to Springfield, Ill., for the historic Springfield Mile, where the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines riders will make their 2015 twins debut.
 
For more information on Harley-Davidson, please visit: http://www.harley-davidson.com/
 
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Team Pata Honda's Guintoli & van der Mark Score 3 Top-7 Finishes in World Superbike Thailand Round 2














Pata Honda riders enjoy Thailand battle
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Buriram - Thailand    22.03.2015
        
 
Pata Honda riders enjoy Thailand battle
 
Sylvain Guintoli took fifth and sixth place finishes in today’s two second-round World Superbike championship races at Buriram in Thailand after a dramatic day for the Pata Honda team.
 
The 32-year-old French rider had a lonely ride to his second successive fifth place after making a number of changes to his Pata Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP after this morning’s warm-up.

However, a technical issue on the sighting lap for race two at the 4.554km Chang International Circuit forced Guintoli to miss the formation lap and he had to start the race from the back of the grid. After a good start he was able to move through the field, eventually enjoying a thrilling battle with his team-mate Michael van der Mark.
 
Van der Mark, 22, had his own technical issues which forced his retirement from the first of today’s two 20-lap outings, but the Dutch rider enjoyed more success in race two.
 
The battle between him and Guintoli for sixth place came down to the final corner with van der Mark attempting a bold manoeuvre around the outside of his team-mate, which forced him outside the track boundaries. Race direction deducted one position dropping him back to seventh.
 
After the opening two flyaway rounds of the series, the Pata Honda team will now re-group at its Dutch workshop before heading for Spain and round three at Aragon Motorland on 10-12 April.
 
Sylvain Guintoli
Sylvain Guintoli - 5th and 6th
In race one I did my best, of course, but we were just too far away from the pace of the front group. I did everything I could, but it turned out to be a bit of a lonely race for fifth. But race two was much more fun, even though we had a small technical problem which meant I had to start last. I had a great start and a great first two corners but then I got a bit over-excited and braked too late in turn five and lost three places. Finally I had a great battle with my team-mate which was more entertaining. Towards the end of the race I did my best lap time which was probably faster than my qualifying time, and that felt perfect, but it was difficult to be consistent. It’s only my second race on the bike and I’m still suffering from the neck injury in these dehydrating conditions. But we’ve now been to t wo different tracks with different characteristics and we can see that our pace is not as good as our rivals. So that gives us a base to work from and try to improve in key areas. Even though we’re not fighting for wins at the moment we’re still working to find solutions in the team and that will get the results we want. 
Michael van der Mark
Michael van der Mark - DNF and 7th
In race one we had a little technical problem which ended the race for us but unfortunately these things can happen. It was a shame though because at that point in the race I was going faster and faster. In race two I felt really good but the start was not so good. I also made some mistakes in the first couple of laps and ran wide at one point so I had to fight back again. At the end I had a good fight with Sylvain and felt I was faster than him but not fast enough to get away. So I decided to stay behind and try to pass him on the final lap. We had a nice and fair fight and even though I crossed the finish line first, they put me one place back because I went outside the track in trying to get past at the final corner. But I enjoyed raced two and I think we have a lot of positives to go back to Europe with for the next round. 
Pieter Breddels
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
It has not been an easy weekend for the team. We managed to improve Sylvain’s bike a lot after warm-up and he was able to get a lonely fifth which, considering the problems that we have had here in Thailand, was a respectable result. In race two he had to start from last position but he had a great start and fought up to sixth in the end. Michael had a DNF in race one but in race two he spent a long time behind Sylvain. They had a great battle to the finish which saw Michael running off the track a little bit and he was put back one position. But the guys had fun having that battle together. Although the weekend has been quite tough we have managed to close the gap to the competition and Sylvain is still fourth in the championship which we’ll take to Aragon and hopefully do a bit better there.                      
Weather
Sunny Intervals
Air
33°C
Track
50°C
Humidity
46%
  Race 1 Results
 
1  Jonathan Rea31m33.852sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2  Leon Haslam+6.329sGBRAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
3  Tom Sykes+8.183sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
4  Jordi Torres+8.513sESPAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
5  Sylvain Guintoli+20.502sFRAHONDAPata Honda World Superbike Team
6  Matteo Baiocco+26.118sITADUCATIAlthea Racing
7  Alex Lowes+26.149sGBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
8  David Salom+27.925sESPKAWASAKITeam Pedercini
9  Troy Bayliss+28.174sAUSDUCATIAruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
10  Leandro Mercado+32.610sARGDUCATIBARNI Racing Team
Weather
Sunny Intervals
Air
32°C
Track
48°C
Humidity
46%
  Race 2 Results
 
1  Jonathan Rea31m31.173sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2  Leon Haslam+4.946sGBRAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
3  Alex Lowes+8.701sGBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
4  Jordi Torres+10.628sESPAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
5  Tom Sykes+14.326sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
6  Sylvain Guintoli+21.060sFRAHONDAPata Honda World Superbike Team
7  Michael van der Mark+21.246sNEDHONDAPata Honda World Superbike Team
8  Matteo Baiocco+23.868sITADUCATIAlthea Racing
9  David Salom+25.744sESPKAWASAKITeam Pedercini
10  Leandro Mercado+29.692sARGDUCATIBARNI Racing Team
  Championship Standings
 
1  Jonathan Rea95 ptsGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2  Leon Haslam85 ptsGBRAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
3  Tom Sykes50 ptsGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
4  Sylvain Guintoli41 ptsFRAHONDAPata Honda World Superbike Team
5  Jordi Torres39 ptsESPAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
6  Chaz Davies38 ptsGBRDUCATIAruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
7  Alex Lowes32 ptsGBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
8  Matteo Baiocco30 ptsITADUCATIAlthea Racing
9  Nicolas Terol26 ptsESPDUCATIAlthea Racing
10  Leandro Mercado21 ptsARGDUCATIBARNI Racing Team
11  Michael van der Mark20 ptsNEDHONDAPata Honda World Superbike Team
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