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S&S Cycle Supports American Flat Track’s NBCSN Broadcasts in addition to posting Contingency Offerings

1DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2018) – Following a season of significant success, where support of the Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew helped garner a 1-2-3 season finish in AFT’s premier class in 2017, S&S Cycle has pledged additional backing to American Flat Track and its 2018 championship series.


As the legendary V-Twin performance company celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018, S&S has not only renewed its partnership with the Indian Wrecking Crew and reigning champion Jared Mees (who won the AFT season-opener at Daytona as well as round number two in Atlanta on April 7), but will back American Flat Track’s NBCSN weekend broadcasts.


Additionally, S&S Cycle will offer a generous race and championship contingency bonus package of over $80,000 to qualifying racers who use S&S Cycle custom exhausts on their Indian Scout FTR750s, Harley-Davidson XG750Rs, or Kawasaki Ninja 650s.


“Racing is the very heart and soul of the many accomplishments and innovative products S&S Cycle has delivered over the past 60 years,” said David Zemla, VP of Marketing for S&S Cycle, Inc. “This passion for performance drives innovation from our designers and engineers, ensuring we deliver on our promise of Proven Performance.”


Up Next:
American Flat Track will be back in action on Saturday, April 28 for the Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at Texas Half Mile presented by Dallas Honda in Dallas, Texas for round 3 of the 2018 season. Live coverage can be viewed on FansChoice.tv beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET.
A wide range of General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/american-flat-track-motorcycle-racing/. There is a $20 military/first-responder ticket available as well (with appropriate ID), and kids under 12 are free.


About S&S Cycle
S&S Cycle is the premier provider of Proven Performance solutions for American V-twin motorcycles that enhance performance and the riding experience. S&S Cycle has been engineering and manufacturing high performance products in the USA for 60 years. For more information on S&S Cycle visit sscycle.com. Founded in 1958 and with drag racing as its central focus, S&S Cycle has racing embedded in its DNA. The six decades since have seen S&S Cycle establish itself as the major name in American V-Twin performance, a reputation further cemented with each additional speed record and national championship victory. That legacy of record-shattering success on the Bonneville Salt Flats and drag strips across the nation earned co-founder George J. Smith a place in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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Defending Grand National Champ Jared Mees Picks Up Where He Left Off

1Wins DAYTONA TT; JD Beach 2nd, Henry Wiles 3rd; Bromley wins AFT Singles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2018) – The world’s elite dirt track motorcycle racers entered the 2018 American Flat Track opener at Daytona International Speedway having spent practically every available moment for the past several months searching for answers after getting roundly trounced by defending Grand National Champion Jared Mees last year. One round into the 2018 AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines season, they’re still looking.


The target on Mees’ back, along with the extra weight of the No.1 plate on his Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Sidi Scout FTR750, only appeared to spur the champ forward in Thursday night’s Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at DAYTONA.


If anything, this year’s bigger, better, and faster DAYTONA TT layout played even more surely into Mees’ hands. He called upon an unparalleled combination of pace, determination and daring to force his way into the lead early and then fend off any challenge from there to immediately seize the early-season title advantage.


Mees came into contact with fellow Indian Wrecking Crewman Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) multiple times over the race’s opening laps as he looked for a way into the lead as a group of five riders bunched up at the front. He ultimately made the decisive maneuver coming off the jump, jamming through as the two entered the switchback that immediately followed.


Mees was quickly followed through by MotoAmerica superstar JD Beach (No. 95 G&G Racing/Rickdiculous Racing/Team95 Yamaha FZ-07). Once into second, Beach showed off the skills that allowed him to reign supreme in December’s Superprestigio Dirt Track, cutting into Mees’ gap during the middle portions of the race. However, after the lead narrowed to around a half-second, Mees wicked it back up and safely powered home to the checkered flag.


“In the very beginning I had to get physical with Brad a couple times — I had to get by,” said Mees. “Over the jump I had a real good line, which allowed me to get aggressive. To come out and win the DAYTONA TT two years in a row is just huge.


“Big hats off to my crew and everyone that supports us. The last ten days have just been a lot of time and effort put into testing and getting prepared. I’ve got to thank Indian Motorcycle for all the support and backing. It’s a phenomenal company to work with.”


Moments after looking like Mees’ biggest threat, Beach became his biggest helper as he stole precious second-place points from series’ full-timers hoping to contend for the 2018 crown.


Afterward, multi-time national road racing champ Beach said this: “It was a lot of fun. I missed the race last year so it’s awesome to come here tonight. I just have to thank my family and everyone else who helped get me here. Going into the last five laps, I was making up a little bit of time on Jared, and I was like, ‘Come on! Come on!’ But he’s riding so well right now. For me, this is awesome. We’ll go to Round 2 and try to get a win.”


TT master Henry Wiles (No. 17 Willy Built/Bandit Industries Kawasaki Ninja 650) had the speed to battle for a record-extending 19th TT victory — he just didn’t have the start. Wiles ran into Turn 1 mired in sixth position and found himself playing catch-up for the remainder of the race.


While tracking down Mees and Beach proved a feat too big for even Wiles, he did slash past the likes of Bryan Smith (No. 4 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750), Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650), and early-leader Baker to secure the final spot on the podium.


The third-place finish was Wiles’ second at the DAYTONA TT in as many years. He said, “I just had to pass too many people. I was watching the leaders gap away while I was working my way up… I was watching Jared, and I thought, ‘I can’t let him get out.’ Once he did, I was able to pass a few more people, but I came around this last corner and saw the gap he had, and I knew I had to start pulling some rabbits. I was trying to hustle.


“The track was real technical — slick coming out of the corners. I made a few mistakes, caught a few bumps, and they just got too far out on me. So I just settled into a nice, easy pace… I’m really happy to be up here on a Daytona podium but a little bummed at the same time because I knew I had the pace to run at the front.”


Bauman continued to build his resume as one of the better TT riders in the paddock with his fourth-place finish, while Baker rounded out the top five. That result may not have been what the factory Indian rider envisioned after storming to the holeshot from pole, but it’s certainly an upgrade over last year’s DAYTONA TT opener in which he failed to advance to the Main Event.


Jake Johnson (No. 5 Estenson Racing Yamaha FZ-07) made a solid debut with the Estenson Racing squad in sixth. He was followed by Davis Fisher (No. 67 Bob Lanphere Beaverton Motorcycles Kawasaki Ninja 650) and a rejuvenated Kenny Coolbeth (No. 2 Nila Racing, Columbia Avionic Indian Scout FTR750).


Former champ Smith halted his slide down the order at 9th after running inside the top five early, while Robert Pearson (No. 27 R/J Performance/Hite Trucking Indian Scout FTR750) made it five Indian FTR750s in the top 10.


AFT Singles


The projected AFT Singles title favorites were forced out of the spotlight in the 2018 season opener; the primary agents of speed and drama on this night under the lights at Daytona International Speedway were the TT specialists and the one-off wild cards.


The wild cards in particular raced like they had nothing to lose. With blistering speed on their side, MotoAmerica star Jake Lewis (No. 185 Team M4 Suzuki RM-Z450), British Supersport contender James Rispoli (No. 143 RMR/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450R), and two-time Spanish Dirt Track champ Ferran Cardús (No. 377 Number 6/Diesel Minnesota Honda CRF450R) locked down the top three positions on the grid and looked every bit capable of doing the same to the podium.


However, all three crashed in an eventful, twice red-flagged Main Event, which opened the door for others to rush through. In fact, Rispoli forced a red flag moments after the original start and was then the innocent victim of a second red-flag incident himself, which ended his night early. Cardus had the misfortune of saving his fall(s) for the third and final leg of the race, costing him a shot at victory.


Lewis got the holeshot in the first start but was brought down from behind in Turn 1 by Rispoli. As a result, he was forced to restart from Row 4 but still somehow managed to fight his way up to fourth at the checkered flag.


Lewis wasn’t completely innocent himself. Earlier during the Semi, he clashed with defending class champ Kolby Carlile (No. 1 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) who fell as a result of the contact. While Carlile managed to grit his way back through to a qualifying position, he injured his shoulder in the spill and was unable to take part in the Main Event.


However, Carlile could take some solace in the fact that 2017 race winners Shayna Texter (No. 52 ST52 Husqvarna FC450) and Tanner Dean (No. 38 Walrath Racing/See See Motorcycles Honda CRF450R), along with four-time ’17 race runner-up Tristen Avery (No. 16 Ron Ayers/Mr. Sign Honda CRF450R), failed to advance to the Main in the face of an extremely stacked field packed full of TT specialists and visiting road racers.


The fact that fellow title hopefuls Brandon Price (No. 92 Parkinson Brothers Racing/DPC Racing Honda CRF450R), Ben Lowe (No. 20 Bruce Lowe Excavating Kawasaki KX450F), Ryan Wells (No. 94 RMR/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450) and Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Roof Systems Honda CRF450R) ultimately finished between seventh and 15th also helped to minimize the damage of Carlile’s season-opening scratch.


Instead, the evening belonged to the AFT Singles category’s two preeminent TT aces, Dan Bromley (No. 62 Big Momma & Daddy Deep Pockets Racing KTM 450 SX-F) and Jesse Janisch (No. 132 Roof Systems/West Bend Harley-Davidson-backed Yamaha YZ450F).


The two first escaped from the chaos and then from the field, opening up a massive gap to third as they battled for the lead. Bromley gradually worked his way free of Janisch and set sail to a convincing DAYTONA TT triumph.


The win was the fourth of Bromley’s AFT Singles career. After the race he said, “It feels great. It shows all the preparation we put in coming here really paid off. The track was really one-lined so I knew we had to get a good start here. Rekluse came in right before the Main Event and helped adjust the clutch, and it worked really good. I can’t thank them enough. I knew the guys behind me were coming. I knew I had to ride perfect every lap, and I did that. It feels good.”


Despite being caught up in the early melee which forced him restart from Row 4, Shane Narbonne (No. 27 JMC Motorsports/All Phase Chimneys Honda CRF450R) successfully slashed his way through the pack and held off Lewis for third to claim his first career AFT Singles podium.
Next Up:
The American Flat Track paddock will next head up I-65 for the Harley-Davidson Atlanta Short Track presented by Hellbender Harley-Davidson on Saturday, April 7 in Woodstock, Ga., for Round 2 of the 2018 season. Live coverage can be viewed on FansChoice.tv beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.showclix.com/event/atlanta-short-track.


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.


How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. For the 2018 season, NBCSN’s coverage of AFT moves to highly-coveted, weekend afternoon programming slots within two weeks of each event. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event on AFT’s live page while previous events and exclusive features are available on AFT’s VOD page.


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 Instagram, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.


1200px-Daytona_International_Speedway_logo.svg2018 Bike Week At DAYTONA: Entertainment On and Off the Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 6, 2018) – Starting with DAYTONA Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship and running through the historic 77th DAYTONA 200, there is non-stop excitement and entertainment on and off the track during Bike Week at Daytona International Speedway.

Bike Week At DAYTONA, which begins Friday, March 9 and runs through Sunday, March 18, is packed with fan activities.

  •   On the track: Daytona International Speedway boasts a diverse racing schedule including:
    •   DAYTONA Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship,Saturday March 10
    •   Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, Sunday, March 11-Monday, March 12
    •   The fourth annual FLY Racing ATV Supercross, Tuesday, March 13
    •   American Flat Track’s DAYTONA TT, Thursday night, March 15: The popular eventGives guests another opportunity to enjoy the motorsports stadium during Bike Week with a staged course in the tri-oval of the Speedway. Harley-Davidson and Indian will battle on a one-of-a-kind race circuit re-engineered to feature a bigger, better and faster track design.160711-victory-motorcycles-grizzly-daytona-international-speedway-departure
    •   The DAYTONA 200 American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA) race, Saturday, March 17: America’s most historic motorcycle race, with three-time race champion Danny Eslick returning to defend his title and claim the $175,000 purse and the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch.
    •   ASRA and the Championship Cup Series (CCS), Friday, March 16-Sunday, March 18: The two series will host a full schedule of road races.Daytona-International-Speed
  •   Free demo rides: Located in the Midway between the stadium and International Speedway Blvd., motorcycle enthusiasts can take the hottest motorcycles for a test ride with free manufacturer demo rides from March 9-17. Riders must have a DOT-approved helmet and motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license to participate. Motorcycle manufacturers participating in demo rides include Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, Slingshot and Yamaha.
  •   Midway: Inside the free Midway, motorcycle enthusiasts will find the area’s largest motorcycle marketplace with one-stop shopping with the nation’s top motorcycle parts and apparel vendors all while enjoying live music on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley Stage.
  •   Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley at Daytona: Bikers can spend the day inside Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley enjoying a cold Budweiser and great food next to the area’s largest vendor, display and demo ride marketplace. Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley will also showcase live music and contests.
  •   Full Throttle Magazine Speedway Bike Show presented by GEICO: The Full Throttle Magazine Speedway Bike Show presented by GEICO will take place on Saturday, March 17 next to Harley- Davidson Thunder Alley. Registration is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with a $20 entry fee per bike. The awards presentation will be held at 5 p.m. on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley Stage. Trophies



2000px-Indian_Motorcycle_logo.svgIndian’s 2018 Model Lineup and Custom Bike Displays Highlight Indian Motorcycle Activations at Daytona Bike Week

MINNEAPOLIS (February 28, 2018) — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced a Daytona Bike Week lineup of activations packed with demo rides for 2018 models, custom bike displays, an exclusive rider’s group experience, and more. Carey Hart’s display of custom Chieftains, performance parts and accessories, and a Scout FTR750 photo opportunity are just a few of the offerings Indian Motorcycle will have available at its main footprint on Main Street.IMC_BIKEWEEK17_Demos_103[4][3]

Also, following one of the most dominant seasons in flat track history, Indian Motorcycle Racing will kick off the 2018 season opener at the Daytona International Speedway. The Indian Wrecking Crew of Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker, who finished first, second and third respectively in 2017, will be joined by privateers Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Henry Wiles and others for the 2018 season.IMC_BIKEWEEK17_Display_006[4][1]

“We are thrilled to offer attendees a dynamic and unique Daytona Bike Week experience, including an exclusive look at Carey Hart’s custom bikes, the Scout FTR750, FTR1200 Custom and all of our 2018 models,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director – Marketing and Product Planning for Indian Motorcycle. “Daytona also marks a special time: the return of American Flat Track and a chance to watch the podium-sweeping Indian Wrecking Crew and new crop of privateers who have turned to the Scout FTR750 for this highly anticipated 2018 season.”

Below are highlights of the Daytona Bike Week action Indian Motorcycle has planned.

Display at Main Street (Main St. & N. Wild Olive Ave.)
Check out Indian Motorcycle’s 2018 lineup at the Main Street display along with custom Scout Bobbers from the Brooklyn Invitational and performance accessories. Get an up-close look at Carey Hart and P!NK’s Chieftains, custom-built by Hart, as well as his custom Springfield and sidecar that were featured in the Hot Bike Tour. There will also be a photo opportunity with AFT championship-winning bike, the Indian Scout FTR750. The display will also feature the Scout FTR1200 Custom. The Main Street Display will be open Friday, March 9 to Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Demo Rides at Daytona International Speedway (International Speedway Blvd.)
Bike Week attendees will have the chance to ride the entire 2018 lineup of Indian motorcycles, including the Indian Scout Bobber and Indian Chieftain, among others. Ride multiple bikes, compare, and decide which Indian Motorcycle models best suit your riding style. Group demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire. Demo rides will be running daily during Bike Week, Saturday March 10, to Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daytona TT Flat Track Race (Daytona International Speedway)
Come early and get your favorite rider’s autograph from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, and then watch the Indian Wrecking Crew return to the track for the first race of the 2018 AFT season. The 2017 AFT champion Jared Mees will be joined by teammates Bryan Smith and Brad Baker as they look to dominate another season with flat track’s most dominant motorcycle, the Indian Scout FTR750. Privateers Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Henry Wiles and Jeffrey Carver, among others, will also be riding the Indian race bike for the new season. The season opener takes place on Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. EST.

Indian Motorcycle Riders Group Exclusive Event (Daytona International Speedway)
Join us Thursday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Daytona International Speedway including the track, pits and paddock. After that, members will meet with the 2018 Indian Wrecking Crew race team and a get a premium photo experience in the pits. VIP Parking and complimentary tickets to the Daytona TT are included. IMRG members can learn more and visit www.IMRGmember.com/events to sign up.

Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach (290 North Beach Street)
Open daily, visit the dealership in the heart of Daytona Beach to check out Indian’s full 2018 lineup and take individual demo rides of your favorite models.

Klock Werks Kustom Cycles at Destination Daytona
Stop by Klock Werks and get an exclusive look at a new limited-edition motorcycle.

Broken Spoke Saloon (1151 US-1, Ormond Beach)
Check out the Indian Motorcycle on Tour display at the Broken Spoke Saloon on US Hwy 1 and get a close look at the 2018 Indian Chieftain models.

Indian Motorcycle 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.