Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kyle Johnson Wins the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship, 1st-Year Rider Fisher Runner-Up

The sixth season in the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship saw the intense battle between the title challengers come down to the wire at the season finale at the Pomona Half-Mile Flat Track Finals, with Kyle Johnson taking the 2014 championship by a single point over series runner-up and rookie newcomer Davis Fisher (191-190 points), with Fisher taking the win and Johnson following him home in 2nd-place to capture the title.

While Johnson won four rounds of the thirteen races completed on his #77J Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda in the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship to lead the charge, he and 3rd-place championship challenger Ryan Wells were two of the four riders in this year's challenge to compete and score points in all 13 National events (the other two being 5th-place finisher Bronson Bauman and 6th-place finisher Dan Bromley.)

Series runner-up Fisher missed the Peoria and Colonial Downs rounds due to injuries suffered on the last lap of the National main at the Indy Mile on August 8, but came roaring back on the #67M TJ Burnett Farms Racing Honda to win the last two races of the year to cement his stronghold in the championship chase and show that team owner TJ Burnett has a great eye for talent in tutoring and sponsoring the 16 year-old Oregon prodigy. Fisher will surely have the heads-up advantage heading into the 2015 season.

In the shot above, the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship heat race #1 gets off to a roaring start in round 10 of the 2014 season at the Indy Mile on August 8.

(L-R) Davis Fisher on the #67M TJ Burnett Farms/Bob Lanphere's Beverton Motorcycles/Dan Wall Racing-sponsored Honda CRF450F gets some air alongside Kyle Johnson on the #77J Parkinson Brothers Racing/Hot Rod Harley-Davidson/ Honda. Nick Armstrong on the #44E Southland Racing/G&G Racing/ Honda (mostly hidden), Bronson Bauman on the #30Z Rod Lake Racing/RGR/Hart Racing-backed Honda (partially hidden) and Ryan Wells on the #94B KTM/GE Capital/Waters Autobody Racing-sponsored KTM 450 SX-F do their best to roll their throttles on to get a good start.

What most will remember about the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship season will be Kyle Johnson capturing the championship with his series leading four wins, but for those that saw it happen before them will remember aside from Johnson's championship run is the emerging talent that came to the forefront of the class in series runner-up Fisher and another first-year future contender in Jarod Vanderkooi. That young and promising Ohio resident finished the season in the 4th-place spot in the championship behind Wells (171-150 points) and proved he has something to bring to the table in winning both of the non-points paying events in the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Twins Series at the Springfield Mile in May and August on a family-funded and built Kawasaki twin that was the class of the Pro Twins ranks.

So no matter which way you spin it, see it, take it in or let it out, the future of AMA Pro Flat Track is very bright and very strong, as evidenced by this season's chase in the junior feeder series of The Rolling Thunder Show. And THAT is a good thing!

Kyle Johnson earns AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship, finishes second at Pomona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2014) - For the second consecutive season, the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles championship chase came down to a single point. Kyle Johnson, from Twin Lake, Mich., capped off a remarkable season last weekend at Pomona with a second place finish aboard his Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda and earned the coveted No. 1 plate in just his second season at the professional level.
Surprisingly enough, Johnson's championship run consisted of only seven top-five finishes out of the 13 total races this year, and his somewhat erratic riding style made for an exciting show every time he took to the track. Fans never knew if he was going to torch the field, or fall victim to a mishap.
Johnson began turning heads and raising eyebrows after the season opening doubleheader at Daytona, when he ripped off three straight victories at Knoxville, Lima and Hagerstown. Those were all extraordinary victories, but looking back, arguably his biggest win of the season came by the smallest margin, when he edged rival Davis Fisher by .025 seconds to claim the Sacramento Mile checkered flag in July, as one point separated Fisher and Johnson in the final Pro Singles point standings.
Although he fell one point shy of the title, Fisher was the clear-cut victor last weekend in Pomona aboard his T.J. Burnett Farms Honda, as he dominated the day and secured his second win of 2014 by 1.376 seconds over Johnson to cap off a remarkable rookie season.
"Coming into the race, I knew I had to get first place and Kyle needed to get third or worse for me to win the championship," said Fisher. "It didn't work out that way but hat's off to Kyle for a great season."
At just 16 years old, Fisher has established himself as one of the top up-and-coming stars of the sport. If it weren't for his crash during the Indy Mile in August, which caused him to finish 16th in the race and miss the following two events, Fisher very well could have been the one who wrapped up the championship in Pomona over Johnson. The Warren, Ore. product will be a very dangerous competitor next year after having a full season of experience under his belt.
If any other rider knows the bittersweet feeling of coming up short in a championship battle, it's Albion, N.Y.'s Ryan Wells. Like Fisher, Wells also missed out on the Pro Singles championship by a single point. Just last year, Wyatt Maguire clipped him in the standings 137-136 at the conclusion of the 2013 season. Wells put together another strong season this year aboard his GE Capital KTM, as he finished fourth at Pomona and third in the final Pro Singles point standings.
Finishing fourth in the standings and third at Pomona was Jarod Vanderkooi. In just his first season in the professional ranks, Vanderkooi excelled not only at the Pro Singles level where he earned two wins, but also in Pro Twins competition. Vanderkooi blew the competition away aboard his Johnny's Vintage Motorcycle Kawasaki EX650 in both Springfield Miles. Look for this 16-year-old Mt. Gilead, Ohio, product to be a household name in the flat track community for years to come.
Bronson Bauman put together his best season yet, as he finished fifth in the Pro Singles point standings despite finishing dead last at Pomona. Mounted on his Rod Lake Racing Honda, Bauman participated in all 13 main events. His best finish came at Peoria, where he earned second.
Another rider to see action in every main event this year was Dan Bromley. Mounted on his Bromley Brothers KTM, he finished sixth in the standings and ninth at Pomona.
Brandon Wilhelm got out to an incredibly fast start to the 2014 season, earning a third place finish and win at Daytona aboard his Wilhelm Racing Honda. However, Wilhem's lack of main events competed in proved costly to his position in the standings, as he finished seventh.
The 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles season proved yet again to be a platform for the future stars of the sport to put their talents on display in front of a national audience. Riders like Johnson, Vanderkooi and Fisher all have incredibly unique skill sets, and it's only a matter of time before they will be battling against one another in Grand National Championship competition. 
Kyle Johnson #77J leads the field but Davis Fisher #67M took the win at the Pomona Half-Mile Flat Track Finals on October 11, while Johnson took the Pro Singles Championship for the 2014 season with a 2nd-place finish to win the crown by 1-point. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Brian J. Nelson.

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Movistar Yamaha's Rossi Takes Win, Lorenzo 2nd in Crash Marred MotoGP Phillip Island Round

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Phillip Island, Australia
Grand Prix of Australia
The Doctor Marks 250th Grand Prix in MotoGP with Perfect Phillip Island Performance
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Track 29°C
TemperatureHumidity 84%
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 Phillip Island (Australia), 19th October 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi raised the roof in Australia today, delivering a stunning race victory at Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo claimed the second step of the rostrum as part of a full Yamaha podium with Bradley Smith in third.

The Doctor made a great start to his 250th Grand Prix race in MotoGP as he jumped two places to sixth on the opening laps. He fought off Dani Pedrosa as he continued to battle his way to the front of the field, passing Bradley Smith and Pol Espargarò for third place.

Starting from third on the grid Lorenzo was not shy in grabbing the hole shot into turn one. He initially led the race, before falling back behind rival Marc Marquez. Lorenzo pushed to the limit but was unable to match the race leader’s pace.

Meanwhile teammate Rossi gradually closed down the gap to reach the rear end of Lorenzo’s M1 on lap nine. What happened next was a flurry of activity. With 17 laps to go Rossi set a fastest lap of 1’29.605 and made his first overtaking move at the hairpin and then Lorenzo fought back and retook second place in the first corner of the following lap. Over the next seven laps the teammates continued to swap places, when suddenly race leader Marquez crashed out of the race on lap 18 and they were left fighting for first and second place.

Rossi then put the hammer down and created an unbridgeable gap, while Lorenzo’s front tyre started to drop dramatically, forcing him to hand over second place to Cal Crutchlow. He kept pushing in his efforts to manage the gap to the following riders. Drama then struck again as Crutchlow also crashed on the last lap, handing Lorenzo a lucky but well fought second place, his tenth podium finish of the season.

Oblivious to the drama behind him, Rossi had increased his lead to 10.836 seconds and took an amazing victory as he wheelied over the finish line to celebrate his 108th Grand Prix win in all classes. The stunning win cements Valentino Rossi’s reputation as one of the greatest riders to grace the Phillip Island circuit.

Thanks to this amazing result, Rossi stays in second place in the championship with a points total of 255. He thereby increases the advantage over his teammate Lorenzo to eight points, whose third place sees him rise to third in the championship with 247 points.
46Valentino Rossi
1st / 40'46.405 / 27 laps
“I’m so happy because Phillip Island is one of the most important and most beautiful tracks of the season. I won here many times in the past, but over the last few years I was only able to get onto the podium without winning the race. To comeback and take the first position after ten years is great. It's also great to see three Yamaha's on the podium! The race was tricky. The work that we did during the weekend with the team was very important. We did a fantastic job and made the right front tyre choice. Marquez was not too far in front of me but he had a two second gap, so I decided to focus on my pace and on Jorge. He was very fast during the whole weekend, but for the second position in the championship it was very important to finish in front of him. When I was in front Marquez crashed and I said to myself “victory!"

Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
2nd / +10.836 / 27 laps
“It’s a great result for Yamaha, because there are three of us on the podium. Our race on the other hand did not go as I expected to. We struggled a lot to get the best set up for the race. Everything needs to be perfect, but if you put on the wrong tyre the race is over. I’m happy for the second place. This has been the luckiest second place in my life, because there were a lot of riders that could have finished in front of me. Honestly I’m a bit disappointed because with a different tyre it would have been possible to stay with Marc and fight for the race. We'll keep on doing our best to be in the best possible shape in Malaysia and try to win the race”.

Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“It has been an incredible race. We’ve been very competitive all weekend and we knew we could achieve a good result here. We were a little unsure about this afternoon’s colder conditions, but Vale did a brilliant job to take the victory starting from eighth. He didn't make any mistakes and showed some great overtakes. Jorge also rode another strong race. He was always pushing hard, but his front tyre started to drop towards the second half so he had to manage the grip level as best he could. Despite this problem, we couldn't ask for a better result. It’s another double podium for our team and it’s great to see three Yamahas’ at the front. We now look forward to another strong race in Sepang where we plan to continue to show what we are capable of. I need to thank the whole team who worked very hard this weekend to give the riders competitive bikes to challenge for the honours they have won.”

Managing Director, Yamaha Motor RacingLin JarvisLin Jarvis
Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing
“Obviously I’m delighted with today’s result. It has been a long time since we had a total Yamaha podium, back in Le Mans in 2008. Again a victory, the fourth in a row for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team. That’s an incredible run of results in the last events. Jorge also had not been lower than second over the last seven races. That is phenomenal. My congratulations also go to Valentino. It’s his second win of the year and he’s been riding great. It's great to see him win here after we won the championship in 2004 at Philip Island. He's ten years older but still going as fast and equally as 'hungry', so chapeau to him. Also congratulations to Bradley Smith for achieving his first MotoGP podium, a very much deserved result. We have two races to go. We’re fighting for the second position in the championship with both Vale and Jorge, so hopefully there will be more victories to finish off this year and let us go into the Winter to be stronger for the next season.”
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1.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 40'46.405
2.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+ 10.836
3.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 12.294
4.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team+ 14.893
5.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing+ 30.089
6.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 30.154
7.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 30.158
8.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar+ 33.166
9.Alex De Angelis (RSM)NGM Forward Racing+ 33.577
10.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar+ 34.144
11.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing+ 39.468
12.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo IodaRacing Team+ 56.684
13.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport+ 1'12.813
14.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing+ 1'28.050
15.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati TeamNot classified (1 laps)
16.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3Not classified (3 laps)
17.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Forward RacingNot classified (7 laps)
18.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGPNot classified (8 laps)
19.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda TeamNot classified (10 laps)
20.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird MotorsportNot classified (14 laps)
21.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda TeamNot classified (21 laps)
22.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac RacingNot classified (22 laps)
23.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB MotoracingNot classified (23 laps)
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 312
2.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 255
3.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 247
4.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 230
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team 166
6.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Forward Racing 117
7.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3 116
8.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3 108
9.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing 102
10.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP 96
11.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini 89
12.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini 70
13.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team 63
14.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar 62
15.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 44
16.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar 43
17.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing 33
18.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing 14
19.Alex De Angelis (RSM)NGM Forward Racing 14
20.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo IodaRacing Team 13
21.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team 11
22.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Forward Racing 11
23.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport 7
24.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing 6
25.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport 5
26.Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN)YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP 4
27.Leon Camier (GBR)Drive M7 Aspar 1
Technical Informations
CircuitPhillip Island
LocationPhillip Island, Australia
Length (m)4448
Width (m)13
Turns righ5
Turns left7
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Australia
Record Lap
Time 1'28.108
Best Lap
Time 1'27.899
2013 Results
1st J.Lorenzo ( Yamaha): 29'07.155
2ndD.Pedrosa (Honda): +6.936
3rdV.Rossi (Yamaha): +12.344
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