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Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride Announced for August 2020

A ride celebrating the power, freedom and unity of American women
on the centennial of the right to vote1

Progress is measured in big and small ways every day. A formative step towards the equality of Women in America was the passage of the 19th amendment of the US constitution allowing American women equal vote in fair and free elections. Progress continues on to this day and will be celebrated in August of 2020 with the Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride. This cross-country ride is dedicated to all women who have fought for equality in the voting booth, in business and in life. Continue reading Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride Announced for August 2020

American Flat Track Names Sturgis Buffalo Chip Best Event of 2017

The prestigious new award was presented to Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff at the Temecula, CA banquet Sunday evening.

STURGIS, S.D. (Oct. 11, 2017) – American Flat Track presented the Sturgis Buffalo Chip with a major new “Best Event of the Year” Award Sunday evening at the organization’s annual award banquet held in Temecula, CA. A monumental partnership between American Flat Track and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® resulted in the epic, award-winning Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle.

The event electrified motorcycle enthusiasts from around the globe in the world-famous Buffalo Chip amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. Designed by seven-time Grand National Champion Chris Carr, the track includes some of the most thrilling elements on the circuit, such as right hand turns and jumps, all calculated to create intense racing excitement. Racers and spectators alike enjoyed the wholly extraordinary and exhilarating race.

Rod Woodruff
Rod Woodruff

“The AFT races at the Buffalo Chip took motorcycle racing to a whole new level and right into the heart of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The Buffalo Chip TT, the first ever to be held at the world’s biggest motorcycle festival, was an incredible racing event deserving of this award. We are looking forward to even more heart-stopping racing action at the Chip in 2018.”

Immediately following the races, crews transformed the track area back into the Wolfman Jack Main Stage infield in anticipation of a world-class performance by Shinedown. Race and music festival fans were center stage for an evening full of high-energy entertainment unlike one the world had ever seen.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this prestigious new award,” said Rod Woodruff, Buffalo Chip President. “The partnership with American Flat Track opened a whole new world of professional racing for the Buffalo Chip and our guests. The TT course carved out of the middle of the Chip’s amphitheater not only made for the most unique motorcycle racing on earth but also the wildest concert warm-up the world has ever seen.”

The Buffalo Chip TT will take place on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Passes for the 2018 Buffalo Chip events are now on sale and may be purchased at www.BuffaloChip.com.

About American Flat Track

American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.amaproracing.com/flat-track, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About Indian Motorcycle®

Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. Established in 1981, the venue’s nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling power sports and more. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

 

 

Jared Mees ends season on top at the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle

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PERRIS, Calif. (October 7, 2017) – Grand National Champion Jared Mees put an exclamation point on his epic 2017 American Flat Track season with one last flawless performance at the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle.

In an AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines Main Event that perfectly encapsulated the season as a whole, Mees once again made it apparent that he was simply in a class of his own. With a packed house at the SoCal State Fair cheering him on, Mees put the No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750 at the front from the start and relentlessly built up an unassailable advantage from there.

Before easing up late as he sailed toward victory around the Perris Auto Speedway’s clay Half-Mile, Mees had assembled more than three seconds of padding while the remainder of his would-be rivals waged battle over second in a freight train that stretched 10 riders deep.

The final numbers confirm that Mees’ 2017 campaign was of historic excellence. His season finale win saw Mees establish the new single-season podium record, surpassing the previous mark held jointly by American Flat Track icons Scott Parker and Ricky Graham. Mees ended the year with 17 top threes in 18 attempts, but perhaps even more impressive than the sheer number was the manner in which those podiums were tallied; 10 came as victories, six were runner-ups, and just one was a third.

“I just had a phenomenal night,” Mees said. “The Indian Motorcycle Scout was really good, like it’s been all year long. It was a solid day to end a solid, solid year. I don’t know what else to say — it’s fantastic… It was a record-breaking, career year for me. I’m happy to have the Indian Motorcycle guys on my side.

“I’ve got to thank my whole team. We opened the season with a win at Daytona and closed the year with a win here. I’ve got to give it all to the whole Indian Motorcycle team.”

As Mees said, he was in fact joined in his celebration of domination by Indian Motorcycle. The Indian Wrecking Crew combined to earn 14 of 18 wins and locked down six podium sweeps.

The four victories beyond Mees’ 10 were obtained by 2017 championship-runner up Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750). Additionally, Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) held on to third place in the title fight to sweep the championship top three for Indian despite Baker missing the final two rounds due to injury.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Ben Evan’s Racing/Carver’s BBQ Harley-Davidson XR750) completed his storming late-season charge with an impressive second-place finish on Saturday night. Carver took full advantage when Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650) attempted to overtake Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Team Nila/John Wise Indian Scout FTR750) for the second deep into the race. Both Bauman and Lewis lost momentum as a result of their clash, and Carver was perfectly positioned to pick up the pieces.

Once through, Carver quickly separated from the pack and actually made up significant ground on the cruising Mees. That result ultimately allowed him to also edge Bauman for the final spot in the championship top five.

After the race, Carver said, “My XR750 was working great. It’s great to be up here again and chase down the champ like that. We had a really good battle out there. It was really intense for me and Briar because we were only one point apart. We both knew we had to beat each other to get up into the top five. It feels amazing to get my first top five in the championship. We’ll roll on with a lot of good momentum for next year.”

The final spot on the box wasn’t decided until the final corner of the final lap of the final race of the year. On an evening in which fellow superstar road racers Toni Elias and Hayden Gillim made their presence felt on the undercard, JD Beach (No. 95 G&G Racing/Rickdiculous Racing/Team95 Yamaha FZ-07) shone the brightest of the trio.

Beach executed a last-gasp strike on Stevie Bonsey (No. 80 CR Motorsports Harley-Davidson XR750) to steal away third as the two took the checkered flag.

Beach said, “I screwed up my start. I started in second. I took off and got nervous and shifted down to first and then back up to third. I was all over the place. Still, I was running in sixth and thought that wasn’t too bad for my first national in a while. Then the guys got to battling, and I was fifth and then I was fourth, and Bonsey was right there in the last turn for third. I felt bad, but the door was open and I just had to go for it.”

Although Bonsey came just shy of the podium, it was a good result for the Californian who made his big return to American Flat Track after being sidelined for nearly a year and a half with injury.

Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Racing Yamaha FZ-07) finished fifth to score his 12th top five of the year and secure his fourth-ranked standing in the championship.

AFT Singles
Similar to Mees in AFT Twins action, Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) came through with a performance that neatly summed up his season as a whole.

Reliably fast, supremely consistent, and clutch to the end, Carlile notched up an eighth podium finish of 2017 in the season finale to put the finishing touches on his successful 2017 AFT Singles championship bid.

Despite coming into the finale with a healthy points lead, Carlile took a bit of a chance by wheeling out an all-new 2018 Yamaha YZ450F for the event. He promptly guided it to a maiden third-place result and then dressed it with a new number one plate.

While Carlile came up a bit short in his efforts to take the checkered flag in any of the AFT Singles Main Events this season, he won the ultimate prize that he and all of his rivals chased after all year long.

“This isn’t going to sink in for a while,” an emotional Carlile said. “This is really special. Other riders have won the championship without winning a race in the past too, and the cards didn’t come up right for me to get a win this year. But I’m going to win next year, that’s for sure.”

The race itself went to Brandon Price (No. 92 Brandon Price Racing backed by Parkinson Brother’s Racing/DPC Racing/Don’s Kawasaki Honda CRF450R). Price suffered off the stripe but kept his head and systematically worked his way up through the field. With just a few laps remaining, Price finally overtook a motivated Ben Lowe (No. 20 Bruce Lowe Excavating Honda CRF450R) for the lead.

Price proved untouchable once in first and locked down his third victory of the season. That moved him ahead of Saturday fifth-place finisher Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) to end the season as the AFT Singles championship runner-up.

Price said, “It was a crazy race. I came off the line like sixth and really had to work for it. Every couple laps I’d pick up somebody and make a pass. I rode a smart, clean race.”

As part of American Flat Track’s television broadcast package with NBCSN, the cable network will air the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle on Thursday, October 12, at 10:00 p.m. ET. The one-hour show will feature flag-to-flag coverage of both Main Events along with exclusive features giving fans a behind-the-scenes window into the sport. To check out the complete NBCSN schedule, please visit http://americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn.

Next Up:
American Flat Track kicks off at the DAYTONA International Speedway during Bike Week for the second annual DAYTONA TT on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Following the sport’s hugely successful debut event inside the world’s only motorsports stadium this past March, American Flat Track will be back under the lights in 2018. To purchase tickets go to the Daytona International Speedway’s website http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP

Fans can keep up-to-date with American Flat Track on Facebook (@American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack). AFT mobile apps are available for iPhone on the App Store and for Android at Google Play. For more information, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com.

Awards Update:
AFT Singles
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #20 Ben Lowe
Motul Move of the Race – #92 Brandon Price
AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Öhlins Fastest Lap  — #23 Jeffrey Carver, Jr.
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #9 Jared Mees

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagramlive stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

American Flat Track will return to the northeastern U.S. with two great events in 2018

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2017) – American Flat Track is pleased to confirm two events in the northeastern U.S. as part of the 2018 schedule. New for the series, the New York Short Track will be held in upstate New York on July 14 and the wildly-successful Williams Grove Half-Mile returns to the schedule on September 8.

After putting on two thrilling events in the Syracuse market, America’s original extreme sport will return to the area for the third year in a row but at an all-new venue for the series, Weedsport Speedway.

“We are excited to bring the high-intensity racing action that only American Flat Track can deliver to our fans in New York,” said Cameron Gray, COO of AFT Events, promoter of the New York Short Track and Williams Grove Half-Mile. “Short track racing has been described as ‘a fistfight in a phonebooth’ and there is no doubt that the racing action will be intense next year.”

The 2017 Williams Grove Half-Mile was the first American Flat Track event held in Pa. in nearly a decade, and the event proved to be a favorite for both fans and riders alike. The 2018 rendition of the Williams Grove Half-Mile will be held on September 8, the same weekend as in 2017. The revised event schedule for ’18 means the event will conclude one hour earlier than this season, giving motorsports fans ample time to make it to nearby Port Royal Speedway that evening and catch double the racing action.

“The Williams Grove Half-Mile was one of the most exciting events of the season and we’re proud to announce next year’s date,” Gray said.  “We can’t wait to put on another night of fantastic racing in front of a sell-out crowd when we return to Williams Grove Speedway.”

Additional information about the New York Short Track and Williams Grove Half-Mile, including the availability of tickets and additional entertainment elements, will be announced in the near future on American Flat Track’s website at http://www.americanflattrack.com.

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagramlive stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Yoshimura Suzuki to field Superbike Champ Toni Elias in American Flat Track Finals

flatMoto2 and American Superbike champion to contest American Flat Track’s AFT Singles class at the season finale in Perris, Calif. on October 7

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 29, 2017) – Yoshimura Suzuki will field road racing standout Toni Elias when the 2010 Moto2 World Champion makes his American Flat Track debut at the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle in Perris, Calif. on October 7.

Fresh off of his MotoAmerica Superbike title, Elias will grid up alongside some of the world’s fastest flat trackers in the AFT Singles class aboard the No. 324 Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. A full-time road racer, Elias has shown his flat track prowess two years in a row at the Superprestigio Dirt Track in Barcelona as well as the U.S. version in 2015. He turned heads with his second-place finish in 2016, sandwiched between 2013 Grand National Champion Brad Baker and five-time World Champion Marc Marquez.

Although the Spaniard is no stranger to flat track racing, Elias is stepping up to the big leagues next weekend. The former Moto2 World Champion knows that his American Flat Track debut will not be easy, but he enjoys the sport and is very much looking forward to stepping up to the challenge.

“I feel a lot of motivation because this is something new for me, because it will be bigger than Las Vegas Superprestigio and bigger than the Barcelona race,” Elias said. “I learned a lot in Vegas which helped me a lot for the two editions I raced in Barcelona. Every year we are improving, learning new things and I think this will be a good way to improve more, to continue learning and to prepare for Barcelona this year. And also, to enjoy a little bit now that we are in the off season.”

His Yoshimura team will be there to support their newly crowned Superbike rider and are also looking forward to the new experience.

“Obviously, Toni enjoys the flat track experience, and is excited about the opportunity to race the Perris Finale,” said Don Sakakura, Senior Vice President of Yoshimura R&D of America. “Yoshimura will support Toni for this event, and we are all looking forward to the new experience!”

The Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle will take place on Saturday, October 7 as part of the Southern California Fair in Perris, Calif. Tickets for the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle start at just $20 and include fair admission. For general admission tickets, please visit https://events.admitoneproducts.com/tkt_sales.php?test=true&event_id=486517&sales=&coll=159.

Fans interested in an exclusive experience for the season finale can also purchase VIP passes from American Flat Track. VIP passes include VIP parking behind turn two, access to the Turn 1 Cycle Gear VIP Trackside hospitality tent, paddock access, an event program, snacks, a full buffet dinner plus beer and wine. There are only a limited number of VIP passes remaining. For more information, please visit https://www.showclix.com/event/american-flat-track-finals-at-socal-fair.

 

How to Watch:

NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagramlive stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.