Privateers lead a different life from factory riders – and it’s not just the disparity in the paycheck, either. From van driver to mechanic to team manager, these committed riders have to wear many hats besides their helmets on race weekend. This year in American Flat Track, fans have witnessed a big change in the field of motorcycles competing in the events. The same Indian FTR750 that the factory guys are riding is available for privateers, too. The result has been some exciting racing and different names at the top of the standings.
Former MO Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Duke, now works for the Brand Amp PR company as a Production Manager, and the company sent us an early look at the video about veteran Kenny Coolbeth and up-and-comer Chad Cose and their experiences aboard the FTR750. Here’s what Kevin had to say about the video:
The release of this video is perfectly timed. At the opening round of the AFT championship in Daytona, we selected Chad Cose and Kenny Coolbeth as the privateers to profile for this project, both adopting the Indian FTR750 for the 2018 season after struggling on inferior equipment in 2017.
Both have completely different stories to tell. Coolbeth is already a flat-track legend, with three championships under his belt and a relatively big budget for a privateer. Meanwhile, Cose is an up-and-coming California kid who has to help work on his bike and drive himself to the races. He’s hoping the dominating FTR will get him closer to the sharp end of the field. At Daytona, neither of them performed that well, with Kenny bagging an eighth-place finish and Cose not even qualifying for the main event.
But, as it turned out, Coolbeth vaulted into the championship points lead after round 2 in Atlanta when reigning series champ Jared Mees was disqualified for using a chemically altered rear tire. Then, at last weekend’s Texas race, Cose was the fastest qualifier and was able to score his first-ever AFT Twins podium finish!
I hope you enjoy this video piece I put together for Indian Motorcycle, as I’ve become a bigger fan of the action-packed series after being more involved. If you’ve got an interest in flat-track racing, I encourage you to tune into the live feeds on Fanschoice.tv or to NBCSN a few days after the events in a tidy one-hour package.
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