King Henry” Wiles Reigns Again at Peoria TT 14 Consecutive Wins!

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Henry Wiles is the master when it comes to racing the American Flat Track Peoria TT. He’s now won it 14 consecutive times in a row, and he fended off AFT Grand National Champion and current points leader Jared Mees to do it. Congrats Henry!

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PEORIA, Ill. (August 18, 2018) – Long live the King of Peoria! “King Henry” Wiles (No. 17 Bandit Industries/Wilco Racing/Willy Built Kawasaki Ninja 650) extended his reign in Saturday’s 72nd annual Peoria TT presented by The Country Saloon by claiming an astonishing 14th consecutive victory in the prestigious and legendary race.

Wiles was certainly forced to earn it on Saturday. In the race’s early stages he found himself trapped behind three AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines superstars with prior TT race wins: Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Indian Scout FTR750), Jake Johnson (No. 5 Estenson Racing/McCandless Truck Center Indian Scout FTR750) and Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing SDI Scout FTR750).

Wiles made relatively quick work of Mees and Johnson, but Bauman put up a serious fight for the lead. Wiles tracked Bauman down and was breathing down his neck by lap five. But it wasn’t until the end of lap eight he finally found an opening, slashing beneath Bauman as they exited the final corner. Bauman immediately mounted a counterattack, storming back in front of Wiles as they negotiated the very next corner. Wiles was ready for the move, however, holding his line and reclaiming the position moments later.

From there Wiles proved too strong, slowly and steadily building an unassailable advantage en route to the historic win. His 14th triumph at the Peoria Motorcycle Club’s Race Park breaks his tie with the “Prince of Peoria” Chris Carr for most ever American Flat Track wins at the venue.

Bauman came home clear in second, followed by Johnson, who just held off Mees at the flag for third. Up-and-coming TT hero Hayden Gillim (No. 169 Indian/Cycle World/S&S Cycle Scout FTR750) rounded out the top five.

After the race Wiles said, “I found myself as far back as I ever have in a Main Event here. I was able to wiggle my way through fairly quickly. It was definitely a good day… Briar had a really good pace today, and he got going really quick at the front. I had to pick my way through. I got about a guy a lap getting to him. It was great having everyone behind me – the whole Peoria Motorcycle Club and so many fans cheering me on, wanting to see me get this record. It feels so awesome.”

Not only did today’s win keep Wiles’ remarkable win streak intact, it also kept his slim title hopes alive, if only just. Mees leads him by 92 points (305-213) with four races and 100 points left in play on the 2018 slate. Wiles is the sole rider remaining with even a remote mathematical chance of preventing the reigning Grand National Champion from repeating.

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Peoria TT master Jesse Janisch (No. 132 Roof Systems/West Bend Harley-Davidson-backed Yamaha YZ450F) became the 10th different winner of the AFT Singles season with a masterful performance on Saturday.

2016 class champ Ryan Wells (No. 94 RMR/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450) grabbed the early advantage but a minor bobble was all it took to open the door for TT aces Cole Frederickson (No. 73 Vince & Denise Holt, Ride Motorsports CRF450R) and Janisch.

Janisch then stalked new leader Fredrickson for a pair of laps before striking; in a superior display of racecraft, Janisch set Fredrickson up with a fast, sweeping line leading into the jump where he overtook him as the two sailed through the air.

Janisch pulled free en route to victory from there. Frederickson, meanwhile, was ultimately dropped to third by Wells, who regrouped from his early mistake to steal back the runner-up position.

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Jesse Janisch won his second consecutive Peoria TT in convincing fashion on Saturday evening.

While it may have been Janisch’s first victory of the season, the result was anything but a shocker considering it was his third Peoria TT victory (’15, ’17, and ’18).

“It was awesome,” Janisch said afterward. “Wells had the lead there and Cole was second. I found a good line in Turn 1. I was just kind of waiting when Wells hit a big hole. Cole got underneath him, and I knew I needed to make a move on Wells right away. I sat behind Cole for a while, and I kind of got into him in Turns 1 and 2. I made the move and got him over the jump. Then I just tried to put my head down for like two laps. When I looked back, I had a little bit of a gap and tried to relax because was easy to make mistakes on the track today. Hats off to my whole team.”

Buffalo Chip TT runner-up Jacob Lehmann (No. 14 Vince & Denise Holt/Ride Motorsports Honda CRF450R) finished fourth, followed by 2017 Peoria TT podium finisher Ben Lowe (No. 20 Bruce Lowe Excavating/Team Green Kawasaki KX450F) in fifth.

Title leader Dan Bromley (No. 62 KTM North America/Bromley Motorsports 450 SX-F) came home sixth. As a result, Bromley’s championship advantage was narrowed to 42 points over Saturday second-place finisher Wells (243-201).

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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Results: Budds Creek 2018

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Budds Creek, the penultimate round of the 2018 AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, was a hell of a race. Aaron Plessinger clinched the 250 Class Championship, Jason Anderson returned to racing with impressive speed, RJ Hampshire scored his first overall 250 class win, Eli Tomac (once again) rode like a man possessed to come from behind to take the 450 overall win and extend his point lead, and Ken Roczen showed the MX world that he’s not done winning yet despite his recent injuries – not even close. With one round at Ironman left, we’re sure all the racers are looking forward to a little down time.

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Plessinger Clinches Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class Championship at Budds Creek, Hampshire Takes First Career Victory

Tomac Captures 450 Class Win to Extend Point Lead

MECHANICSVILLE, MD – August 19, 2018 – The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its annual visit to Budds Creek Motocross Park in Southern Maryland for the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National. Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger entered the penultimate round of the season with an opportunity to clinch his first career title, and he successfully hoisted the Gary Jones Cup for the 250 Class following an opening moto victory and third place overall effort.

In the battle for the race win, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac emerged victorious in the 450 Class to take his eighth overall victory of the season and extended his lead in the championship standings. The 250 Class saw GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire capture his first career victory thanks to an impressive win in the second moto.

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Plessinger is the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class Champion, clinching the Gary Jones Cup at Budds Creek. | Photo: Jeff Kardas

The first 450 Class moto got underway with Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin grabbing the Motosport.com Holeshot over Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia. Roczen quickly moved by Musquin and into the lead to start the race, while Tomac was mired in the field and made several passes to circulate the opening lap in seventh.

Roczen was able to take advantage of a clear track and set the pace early, allowing the German to open a small cushion over the Frenchman, who gave chase in second. The gap between Roczen and Musquin stayed at around two seconds for the majority of the moto. With five minutes remaining in the race, Musquin closed in on the rear wheel of Roczen and began searching for a way around. On Lap 12, Tomac entered the battle for a podium position and blasted his way around Barcia for third.

As the race entered its final laps, Roczen managed to up the pace and stretched his lead back out on Musquin, whose charge to the front came to a halt. Roczen remained unchallenged as he crossed the finish for his second moto win of the season with 13.8 seconds to spare on Musquin. A hard-fought effort from Tomac put him third.

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Eli Tomac captured his eighth overall win (3-1) of the season and extended his championship point lead. | Photo: Rich Shephard

The final 450 Class moto saw Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Phil Nicoletti grab the Motosport.com Holeshot, but he was overtaken by Musquin, Barcia, and Roczen on the opening lap. Tomac once again found himself behind his championship rivals and passed his way into sixth by the end of the first lap.

Musquin wasted no time attacking the challenging hilly circuit and quickly opened a lead of a couple seconds on Roczen in an early battle for the overall win. The cushion between the frontrunners was short lived as Roczen began to find his stride near the halfway point of the moto and passed Musquin for the lead on Lap 5. After a slow start in which he sat fifth for half of the moto, Tomac was able to get around both Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Blake Baggett and Barcia, who tipped over and allowed Tomac to move into third. The defending champion then set his sights on Musquin and soon took over second.

With Roczen pushing a blistering pace, holding a lead of more than five seconds, Tomac’s put in a relentless effort to reach the Honda rider’s rear fender in the waning stages of the moto. On Lap 12, Tomac muscled his way around Roczen to take the lead, while Baggett was able to make the move on Musquin for third. At this point Roczen was still in possession of the overall, but Baggett’s late charge carried him around Roczen for second with three laps to go and shifted the overall into Tomac’s favor.

As the checkered flag waved, Tomac brought home his 15th moto victory by 5.4 seconds over Baggett. Roczen held on for third.

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Roczen led laps in both motos and grabbed the first moto victory for second overall (1-3). | Photo: Rich Shephard

With their identical scores Tomac (3-1) and Roczen (1-3) finished in a tiebreaker, but the better second moto gave Tomac the advantage for his 17th career victory. Musquin completed the overall podium in third (2-4).

“It was a different Budds Creek track today,” said Tomac. “The track was kind of a combo of hard pack and soft dirt, but overall it was decent and made for some good racing lines. I was eating a lot of roost early on in Moto 2, but held my composure and waited for the right time to attack. It was nice to rebound in the second moto and get the job done. I’m feeling good heading into the final round at Ironman next week.”

Tomac holds a 20-point advantage over Musquin in the 450 Class standings with one round remaining. Roczen’s efforts on the day helped him surpass Barcia for third in the standings. Roczen is 70 points behind Musquin.

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Marvin Musquin ended the day third overall (2-4) and trails Tomac by 20 points heading into the final round. | Photo: Rich Shephard

The opening 250 Class moto saw Plessinger capture the Motosport.com Holeshot ahead of Hampshire and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Mitchell Harrison. With a star-studded field behind him, Plessinger immediately sprinted in an attempt to distance himself form the competition, while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner jumped his way past Harrison into third.

As Plessinger pushed the pace out front, Hampshire kept the red plate holder within sight for the first half of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto. Despite hot temperatures and high humidity that proved to be a challenge for the riders, Plessinger consistently laid down fast lap times and began to extend his lead as the moto entered its final stages.

Plessinger went on to take his ninth moto win of the season by 6.7 seconds over Hampshire, who matched a season best runner-up result. Forkner finished strong to complete the podium in third. The moto win effectively locked up the championship for Plessinger, giving him a stress-free shot at victory in the final moto.

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A second moto win helped RJ Hampshire capture his first career victory (2-1). | Photo: Rich Shephard

The deciding 250 Class moto saw Plessinger launch out of the gate to sweep the Motosport.com Holeshots, this time over fellow Moto 1 podium finishers Hampshire and Forkner. Much like the first moto, Plessinger looked to set the pace early as he attempted to break away from Hampshire, while Forkner found himself under pressure from GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton.

With Hampshire giving chase to Plessinger at the head of the 40-rider field, Sexton and Forkner continued to engage in the battle for third, passing each other several times. The upper hand went to Sexton as he successfully took third. The GEICO Honda riders kept pressing their way towards the front as Hampshire overtook Plessinger for the race lead on Lap 5, with Sexton making the pass for second just one lap later.

As Hampshire consistently hit his marks while managing the lead, Sexton kept his teammate on his toes and refused to let him pull away. On Lap 7, Plessinger lost the front end coming down a hill, which allowed Forkner to inherit third and dropped Plessinger all the way to 10th. The battle for third was intense as Harrison started creeping up on Forkner, applying heavy pressure as the duo traded positions several times down the final stretch of the moto. On Lap 14, Harrison made an aggressive move on the inside of Forkner to gain the position.

Hampshire held on to take the first moto win of his career by 3.7 seconds over Sexton, giving GEICO Honda a sweep of the top two positions. Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper parlayed a late charge into a pass on the final lap to steal third from Harrison.

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It was a battle of the GEICO Honda’s in Moto 2 as Chase Sexton finished second overall (7-2). | Photo: Rich Shephard

The 2-1 moto scores by Hampshire were good enough to give him his first career overall victory, edging out Sexton in second (7-2). With the championship in hand, Plessinger took the final step of the overall podium in third (1-11). Hampshire is the 84th different winner in 250 Class history, and the third first-time winner this season.

“Today felt great and it was a big boost for the team with Chase [Sexton] and I finishing first and second,” said Hampshire. “Its seemed like whenever I have been able to get a good moto result, the other moto something freak has happened, whether my fault or not. The team has been busting their butt this season to keep making the bike better and I think that shows with the results. It’s such a relief to finally get the job done.”

Plessinger’s third overall capped off the clinching of his first career championship with one round remaining on the calendar. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Alex Martin sits 84 points behind in second, while Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper trails him by an additional 48 points.

Plessinger becomes the 30th different rider to earn a 250 Class title. It’s also the fourth championship for Star Yamaha in five years.

“I was starting to get jitters on the sight lap for Moto 1 today,” said Plessinger. “I tried my best to not think about the championship and just focus on the race, but it’s tough because the thought is definitely there. I had so much excitement and emotions after the first moto that it was just really hard to focus for the second race. It’s been such an incredible year and I don’t think its really sunk in yet.”

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Plessinger’s first moto win and third overall (1-11) clinched the 250 Class title. | Photo: Rich Shephard

The 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will continue next weekend for its final round of the season on Saturday, August 25, with its annual visit to Ironman Raceway in Indiana for the Ironman National. First motos of the 12th and final round can be seen live on MAVTV at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. The second motos will air live on NBC Sports Network at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET. Additionally, all of the action can be seen as it unfolds online via the “Pro Motocross Pass” on NBC Sports Gold.

Results

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National

Budds Creek MX Park – Mechanicsville, Maryland

August 18, 2018

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (3-1)
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (1-3)
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (2-4)
  4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (5-2)
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (6-5)
  6. Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Husqvarna (7-6)
  7. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (8-7)
  8. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM (9-8)
  9. Dylan Merriam, Corona, Calif., Yamaha (12-10)
  10. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (14-10)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 493
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 473
  3. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 403
  4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 394
  5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 370
  6. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki – 291
  7. Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Husqvarna – 282
  8. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM – 278
  9. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Texas, Suzuki – 159
  10. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 156

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (2-1)
  2. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (7-2)
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (1-11)
  4. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Husqvarna (4-5)
  5. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (3-7)
  6. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM (10-4)
  7. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (14-3)
  8. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (9-6)
  9. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (5-10)
  10. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna (8-9)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 450
  2. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM – 366
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 318
  4. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 305
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda – 299
  6. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 287
  7. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 284
  8. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 281
  9. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki – 262
  10. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM – 259

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The ’80s, Baby, Return For MotoAmerica’s Pittsburgh Round

August 20, 2018 Press Release 0

If you’re in or around the Pittsburgh, PA, area this coming weekend, check out the MotoAmerica race. Tickets are only ten bucks!

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The Championship Of Pittsburgh To Feature A 1980s Theme

COSTA MESA, CA – August 17, 2018 – Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers, Macintosh, the Sony Walkman, VHS, Ronald Reagan, the Yugo, recession, MTV, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Madonna, Chariots of Fire, Rainman, E.T., Top Gun, cable TV, HBO, the Golden Girls, the Love Boat… the mullet. Welcome back to the 1980s, MotoAmerica-style, as the Championship of Pittsburgh will feature an ‘80s theme for the eighth round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Series at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, August 24-26.

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MotoAmerica’s Championship of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh International Race Complex will feature an ’80s theme, August 24-26, for round eight of the series.

In addition to five classes of racing (Motul Superbike, Supersport, Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Twins Cup and Stock 1000) on track at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, round eight of the series will also feature off-track activities aimed directly at remembering the 1980s. From a 1980s dress-up party to a live band on Saturday night, to a Wet Banana Slide, the Ball of Death/Stunt Show, a car show, food trucks, beer tasting, tailgating and camping, the Championship of Pittsburgh promises to have it all.

Oh, and don’t forget the mullet because this is all about “Business in the Front, Party in the Back” where we can all bring out our inner Joe Dirt (and Jake Lewis). Who knows, there may even be a contest where you can compare your locks with Lewis, the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki rider who has proudly sported a mullet all season long.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.theticketfairy.com/event/2018-motoamerica-series-championship-of-pittsburgh/

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New H-D Moto Collection for the Sophisticated Biker

August 17, 2018 Press Release 0

H-D Moto Collection, for the sophisticated biker in your family. 

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NEW H-D® MOTO COLLECTION LAUNCHES A STYLING INTERSECTION OF SLEEK & MODERN

Putting a modern twist on the authentic Harley-Davidson brand, the H-D® Moto Collection portrays a signature look with a sophisticated twist. This apparel collection will keep any look casual yet sleek with a classic moto-inspired touch.  

H-D Moto Collection

Both the men’s Temerity Slim Fit Leather Jacket (P/N 98047-19VM, $475*) and women’s Tenacity Leather Jacket (P/N 98049-19VW, $450*) feature two side vents that help keep riders cool in warm weatherStretch fabrics along with strategic placement of body armor pockets allow for more flexibility and comfort while ridingBoth jacket styles feature simple and modern details, making these functional jackets the perfect choice for the rider seeking a more subtle and sophisticated expression of the H-D® brand 

Keep a look casual yet sophisticated in the men’s Stretch Long Sleeve Slim Fit Shirt (P/N 99150-19VM, $90*). This slim fit shirt designed with high-density graphics on the upper back and left chest add a subtle detail to a classic button front shirt.  

H-D Moto Collection

Stay warm and comfortable in the women’s Long Line Logo Hoodie (P/N 99176-19VW, $110*). This zipper front hoodie features snap hand-warmer pockets and a longer-length silhouetteThe tonal studded Bar & Shield™ logo placed on the back of this hoodie puts a modern twist on a classic piece.  

H-D Moto Collection

The men’s Chest Stripe Slim Fit Tee (P/N 99256-19VM, $55*) offers a simple long-sleeve tee with a modern fit and moto-inspired design.   

Like the men’s Chest Stripe Slim Fit Tee, the women’s Wing Sleeve Tee (P/N 99127-19VW, $60*) features subtle wing graphics on each sleeve to add a sleek design to a classic tee. Perfect for layering, this long sleeve tee keeps it casual yet sophisticated.  

Harley-Davidson® Riding Gear & Apparel is available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States and online. 

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AFT Production Twins: Opportunity Knocks at Springfield Mile II

August 16, 2018 Press Release 0

Not only do fans get to see more American Flat Track racing action, but up-and-coming AFT Singles riders get to practice racing twin-cylinder bikes in the AFT Production Twins class in preparation for moving up the the AFT Twins class without having all the class’ big dawgs breathing down their necks.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 15, 2018) – The AFT’s Production Twins class, introduced at the Springfield Mile I in May and happening again at the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile II on September 2, is all about opportunity.

Opportunity for up-and-coming AFT Singles riders looking for seat time and valuable experience on faster, more powerful AFT Twins motorcycles as they consider their future as full-time AFT Twins competitors. And secondarily, opportunity for AFT Singles-licensed riders that may have ridden AFT Twins in past years but hadn’t scored championship points.

The Production Twins class is a positive for competitors and flat track fans. For competitors it offers that valuable seat time that helps bridge the gap between professional AFT Singles competition and the crucible of the intense AFT Twins class.

For fans, the AFT Production Twins class will double the day’s racing action, adding excitement and drama to what’s already a top-shelf racing event at one of the most legendary venues in the country.

The Production Twins riders getting introduced to the Springfield fans back in May.

The class is designed around production-based, twin-cylinder machines with a displacement between 649-850cc. Eligible machines include BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha twin-cylinder street bike engines. Race-only engines from machines such as the Harley-Davidson XR750 and XG750 Revolution X, Honda RS750 and Indian Scout FTR750 are not allowed in AFT Production Twins.

“The jump from Singles to Twins is a big one,” said Chris Carr, AFT’s Chief Competition Officer. “The Production Twins class gives these talented up-and-coming riders an opportunity to hone their skills and gain experience in the most intense flat track environment there is.”

Close racing in Production Twins kept fans interested, especially with Inderbitzin’s (54) run to the front.

Longtime AFT team owner Dick Weirbach, who currently runs Kawasaki machinery in AFT Twins, agrees. “I’m excited about Production Twins,” he said. “The class has a lot of potential, as it gives younger riders and teams experience on the bigger, faster bikes. Hopefully we can get a few more races added next year.”

Michael Inderbitzin (#54, lead image), the come-from-behind Production Twins winner at Springfield Mile I in May on a Weirbach Kawasaki, is a huge fan of the class. “It’s really great for AFT Singles riders,” he said. “It allows us to ride a Twin, hone our skills and get experience on a reasonably safe racetrack without having to run against the top guys. It definitely helps us get ready for the next level.”

AFT Production Twins riders will vie for $7850 in purse money at the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile event on September 2. Flag-to-flag coverage of every AFT Production Twins session will be live streamed on FansChoice.tv and highlights will be included in NBCSN’s coverage of the events.

To compete in the class, riders must have an active AFT Singles license, be at least 18 years of age, and have a minimum of one (1) season of AFT competition experience.

So… opportunity is knocking for a good-sized chunk of the American Flat Track paddock. Here’s hoping a handful of teams and riders will see the benefits of the Production Twins experience and register for the Springfield Mile II on September 2. If Inderbitzin’s come-from-behind excitement in the May Springfield Mile is any indication, round number two is likely to offer plenty of high-speed, Springfield draft-’n-pass action. And that’s good news for fans and riders alike.

Riders and teams interested in entering the AFT’s Production Twins class at the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile II can download an entry form here. A list of Frequently Asked Questions about the class is available at http://www.amaproracing.com/faq/american-flat-track-production-twins

Fans who’d like to experience the 100th running of the spectacle that is the Springfield Mile are encouraged to visit Springfield Tix to secure their seats. With the AFT Springfield Short Track happening on Saturday and the Springfield Mile taking center stage on Sunday, it’s a weekend of racing you do not want to miss.

See you in Springfield in September!

Morgen Mischler (69) got a slow start and ended up 7th after a mechanical derailed his Springfield Production Twins run.

After a dead-last start, Inderbitzin (54) ran everyone down, though Tristan Avery (16) kept him honest at the end.

Ahhh, yes, the thrill of victory! Michael Inderbitzin celebrates his dramatic win at Springfield in May.

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2018 MXoN Team Puerto Rico Announces First Round of Donations

August 16, 2018 Press Release 0

It may sound like a joke, but Ronnie Mac, Travis Pastrana and Ryan Sipes are the three riders that will represent Puerto Rico in the 2018 Motocross of Nations. They won’t only be racing, though, they’ll be raising as much money as possible in relief for Puerto Rico as it’s still recovering from damages that Hurricane Maria caused almost a year ago. They’ve already raised $15,000 in just four days.

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San Juan, PR – Just four days after the Federación de Motociclismo de Puerto Rico Inc. announced their 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations team, Team Puerto Rico is excited to announce they have already raised $15K USD and that money is going straight to the Federation De Motociclismo who will put the funds to work throughout the Puerto Rican community.

Pastrana said about the announcement, “The support we received at Unadilla was unreal and the motocross community has already responded in a big way. I can’t wait to get back to the track after so many years away. I’m looking forward to being a part of this fun project and can’t wait to get down to PR later this year and work hands on to help rebuild what we can with the funds we raise.”

With the Motocross of Nations less than two months away, Coach Ricky Johnson is taking the appropriate measures to ensure Pastrana and the rest of the team are in top shape to qualify for this prestigious race. “I’m more than honored to represent the team and Puerto Rico.” said Johnson on the project. “After we announced our intention to qualify for Nations at Unadilla, the fans were ecstatic to support the cause. A family came up during the signing with words of encouragement, cash for a donation, and requested nothing in return. It’s amazing to see how tight knit this [the motocross] community is.”

Gabriel Catala, spokesman for the Federación de Motociclismo de Puerto Rico Inc., is thrilled with the support they have received thus far. “We are very proud and overwhelmed by the effort and support given to Puerto Rico by the MX industry and hope that we can accomplish much more moving forward.” said Catala on the successful announcement of Team Puerto Rico.

For more information, team updates and to offer your support head to www.ronsontop.com.

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Statement from AMA Pro Racing on the Loss of American Flat Track Competitor, Alec Muth

August 16, 2018 Press Release 0

American Flat Track racer, Alec Muth, succumbed today to injuries sustained during the Black Hills Half-Mile on August 7th. He was 22. Our hearts and condolences go out to his family and friends. Ride in paradise, Alec.

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“Alec was a popular guy in the paddock and had a lot of friends in the flat track community,” said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “He scored his first points in AFT this year and recorded a very impressive top-ten finish at the OKC Mile, in June. It is extremely sad that his journey through life has been cut so short and our thoughts are with his family at this time.“

“Alec was a hero both on and off the race track,” said Charlie Roberts, Class of ’79, a 501(3)c charity supporting injured riders and their families. “Alec was a fierce competitor, a firefighter, a friend to many and a great son from a loving family. Having made the selfless decision to be an organ donor, his legacy will continue as he gives the gift of life to those in need.”

The Class of ’79 has established a Memorial Fund for Alec Muth, with all donations going directly to Alec’s family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at http://www.amaft79.com or by writing a check for Alec Muth Memorial Fund, payable to the Class of ’79 at 3989 Springer Lane, Springfield, Ill. 62711.

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2018 Honda CRF250R Recalled for Clutch Failure

August 16, 2018 Press Release 0

Honda is recalling all 2018 CRF250R motocross bikes because the clutch basket can break, potentially causing the engine to lock up and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall affects about 3,200 motorcycles in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, American Honda has received 19 reports of clutch failures, including two that resulted in the engine locking. No injuries were reported.

Here’s what Honda has to say about the recall:


Honda Issues Safety Recall for 2018 CRF250R

American Honda is conducting a safety recall, in conjunction with CPSC, to replace the clutch basket and judder spring on all 2018 CRF250R motorcycles. Under certain conditions, the clutch basket can break and possibly cause the engine to lock up, increasing the risk of a crash and injury hazard.

All registered owners will receive a letter about the safety recall. The clutch basket and judder spring will be replaced with modified parts and the repair will be carried out at no cost to the owner. Dealers have been instructed to stop selling new or used 2018 model-year CRF250R motorcycles until the issue has been rectified.

Additional assistance is available from Honda Motorcycle Customer Support at 866-784-1870, or online at http://powersports.honda.com. (Click “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page.)


And here’s the U.S. CPSC’s statement:


Off-Road Motorcycles Recalled by American Honda Due to Crash and Injury Hazards (Recall Alert)

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves all 2018 Model Year CRF250R off-road motorcycle s. The recalled motorcycle s were sold in a red color. The names “HONDA” and “CRF250R” are printed on the sides of the motorcycle. The model name and model year are printed on a name plate label located at the front right top of the frame, near the steering head.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled off-road motorcycles and contact their local authorized Honda Powersports dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair. Honda is contacting all known purchasers directly.

Incidents/Injuries:

American Honda has received 19 reports of clutch failure, including two that led to engine lock up. No crashes or injuries reported.

Sold At:

Authorized Honda Powersports dealers nationwide from November 2017 through July 2018 for about $8,000.

Manufacturer(s):

American Honda Motor Company Inc., of Torrance, Calif.

Manufactured In:
Japan
Recall number:
18-759

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Kawasaki Now Offering Exclusive Ticket Package for MotoAmerica

August 16, 2018 Press Release 0

Kawasaki is offering its customers a 15% discount on MotoAmerica tickets for this season’s remaining rounds, plus you can ride your Kawasaki on the track during the parade lap and get an escorted grid walk for the Liqui Moly Junior Cup races. Definitely a pretty neat offer for Kawasaki owners interested in road racing.

MotoAmerica:


The Kawasaki Corral Ticket Package Starts Now

COSTA MESA, CA – August 16, 2018 – MotoAmerica has announced that Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. will offer an exclusive ticket package for the remaining 2018 MotoAmerica Series races, beginning with round eight at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, August 24-26.

The new Kawasaki Corral ticket package offers customers a 15 percent discount on ticket purchases to MotoAmerica events (promo code: KAWASAKI). In addition to having the opportunity to ride their own Kawasakis on a parade lap of the racetracks, the Kawasaki Corral ticket package will include an escorted grid walk for all the Liqui Moly Junior Cup races, which feature several Kawasaki Ninja 400s – including the one ridden to victory three times thus far by Ashton Yates.

“It’s awesome that Kawasaki is growing with our series,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “They started with a great contingency program for our riders who race Kawasakis and now that has expanded to the ticket-package deal. We know this will bring Kawasaki customers to our races and they’ll have the opportunity to cheer on their favorite Kawasaki racers, especially in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup races.”

In addition to its sponsorship of the Kawasaki Corral ticket package, Kawasaki will also be featured in a fan photo booth featuring the Ninja 400 when applicable.

“Kawasaki is excited to offer our loyal fans a unique opportunity to watch America’s top racing talent and get to spin some laps on their own Kawasaki,” said Ken Essex, PR and Race Marketing Manager. “Kawasaki has seen some great success with the all-new Ninja 400 in the Junior Cup as well as the Stock 1000 class on the championship-proven Ninja ZX-10R. MotoAmerica is a great platform for our Ninja customers and now all Kawasaki riders have the opportunity to ride on the Nation’s best tracks.”

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Nate Kern Double R Fest 2018 Coming To VIRginia International Raceway

August 16, 2018 Press Release 0

Learn from Nate Kern how you can ride smarter and faster at the Nate Kern Double R Fest at VIRginia International Raceway September 15-16.

Begin Release:


Riders of all brands of motorcycles are invited to experience speed and safety through BMW technology and engineering – on two wheels and four – at the Nate Kern Double R Fest, September 15-16, at VIRginia International Raceway. Experts and novices alike will have an opportunity to hone their skills – using their own bikes – on the South Course racetrack under the professional guidance of BMW Motorrad Motorsports advisor and factory road racer Nate Kern. BMW Motorrad apparel and lifestyle items will be available for purchase, courtesy of BMW Motorcycles of Roanoke Valley.

Nate Kern Double R Fest

“The Double R Fest, now in its seventh year, began as a way to bring together the community of BMW S1000RR owners in a spirited atmosphere of camaraderie, product education, and rider training,” commented Kern, a former CCS national champion and current leader in the Battle of the Twins Class Championship on a BMW R nineT. “Since then, its grown into a unique multi-layered track experience.”

Participants at this year’s event – sponsored by Pirelli motorcycle tires – will not only have an opportunity to recalibrate their racing skills with Nate, they will also be able to take hot laps with professional drivers in BMW M cars, courtesy of BMW’s Performance Center. BMW S1000RR data acquisition experts will also be on hand to help program bikes.

“If you’ve ever wanted to test the capabilities of the BMW S1000RR in its natural environment or experience BMW four-wheel performance at its best, here’s your chance,” commented Kern.

Attendance will be limited to 60 riders per day, and participants will experience up to two full days of on-track riding within three skill-level groups. A catered lunch will be included on both days as well as a group dinner for all attendees on Saturday night. A limited number of rooms are available at VIRginia International Raceway. Call 434-822-7700 ext. 101 for The Lodge and ask for rooms booked under Nate Kern’s DoubleRFest. For registration and information, visit: www.natekerntrackexperience.configio.com. For directions and information about VIRginia International Raceway, visit http://virnow.com/.

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