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BIKEWEEK EVENTS AT THE DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

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

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Spanish Flat Trackers to go head-to-head with stars of American Flat Track at DAYTONA TT

Are You Ready To Rumble?
Get set for an international rumble in the dirt at Daytona International Speedway as Spanish and American racers meet in singles competition on the Speedway’s new TT track March 16.
 
This is just one of the dramatic events set to play out that day: significant in American motorcycle racing history is the head-to-head battle expected when factory teams from Harley-Davidson and Indian clash for the first time since 1953. Also prominent, this will be the first time in 20 years that twin-cylinder motorcycles in the dirt track series have raced on a TT course.
 
See the release below to learn more about these historic events. 

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2017) – On March 16, American Flat Track (AFT) will unveil its re-envisioning of America’s original extreme sport as the series kicks off the 2017 season with the inaugural DAYTONA TT. Most of the attention will be attracted to the sport’s premier AFT Twins class, a continuation of the historic Grand National Championship, as it enters its 64th consecutive year of competition. Spain, however, will turn its eyes to the AFT Singles class as two of the top riders from the inaugural Spanish Flat Track Championship (RFME Flat Track Cup) – reigning Champion Ferrán Cardús and runner-up Franc Serra – will make their American Flat Track debut at the “World Center of Racing.”

The DAYTONA TT will be held under the bright lights inside Daytona International Speedway during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities. The event will mark the first time that the series has raced a TT track on twin-cylinder motorcycles in 20 years and the first time that factory efforts from Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle have competed head-to-head since 1953.

As part of AFT´s program to increase international awareness and support of the most American form of professional motorcycle racing, the organizers of the American Flat Track championship have invited Cardús and Serra, and provided them with competitive machines and support to go up against the best Flat Track riders in the world.

Many of the rules in the Spanish Flat Track Championship are modeled after the American Flat Track rulebook, but the Spaniards will have to battle jetlag while adapting to new motorcycles and crew members. To get up to speed quickly, the stars from Spain have aligned with two Grand National Champions for the event. Cardús has teamed up with Brad Baker for the event, while Serra will ride the Honda CRF450F piloted by Jared Mees to a second-place finish at last year’s Peoria TT. The two AFT rivals, now part of the Indian Wrecking Crew, are each stepping up to mentor the top young Spaniards.

Baker has worked with Cardús since the American´s first appearance in Spain at the Superprestigio of Barcelona in December of 2014. The 2013 Grand National Champion has stepped up to help Cardús not just for Daytona, but the first three rounds of the Championship.

“I started working with Ferrán because I saw his potential. In the last couple of years, the Spanish riders have really improved,” Baker said. “I am getting behind Cardús, pulling a team together for him and putting him on one of my bikes at Daytona, Georgia and Charlotte.”

As for Cardús, it’s a dream come true for the road racer turned flat tracker to go up against the sport’s best in American Flat Track.

“From the first time I saw Brad ride here, I realized just how much I had to learn,” Cardús said. “For me it is a dream come true. It´s a big opportunity for me to evolve as a rider because here, there are a few fast riders but in AFT I know everyone will be tough to beat. It will be a big challenge to ride those opening rounds. I´ve been riding Flat Track only two years. The new National series gave me a chance to step up and ride on bigger tracks. Flat Track has come a long way in a short time and I hope it just keeps getting better.”

While Mees hasn’t built the same relationship as Baker and Cardús, the three-time Grand National Champion looks forward to helping Serra.

“The kid seems to have great talent,” Mees said. “Also, I feel it’s nice to give back as every time I went to Spain and raced the RPM Superprestigio I was treated first-class. I’m excited to have him ride my bike.”

Serra is looking forward to the opportunity to make his debut in American Flat Track so he can raise his level in Flat Track to try and take home the Spanish No. 1 plate in 2017.

“I am very happy to have been invited to Daytona and grateful to the promoters of AFT and of the Spanish Championship for making this happen,” Serra said. “I would also like to thank Bell Helmets for their support. I really didn’t expect it. I´m not kidding myself about the level of racing that I´ll encounter in Daytona. I’ve been watching videos of last year’s races and studying the top guys. I’m going to learn and also to show, the best I can, the level of Spanish Flat Track. My goal is to give it all I’ve got, learn what I can, and then come back and fight for the Spanish number-one plate in 2017.”

Serra’s sponsor, Bell Helmets, has also expressed excitement in his journey to the states and partnership with Bell athlete Mees.

“We’re honored to take part and help out Franc on his journey to the DAYTONA TT,” said Christopher Killen, Marketing Manager of Bell Helmets. “Mees has been an incredible ambassador and Champion for Bell Helmets. When we heard that he was to team up and provide Serra with his battle-tested Honda CRF450R, we knew that this opportunity could not be passed up. At the end of the day, we’re fans of Flat Track racing at heart and feel this endeavor is good for the sport on a domestic and global level.”

Similarly, both Championships look forward to the racing exchange program.

“American Flat Track enters a new era in 2017,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “It seems fitting that we celebrate our very American heritage by extending invitations to compete to international riders who have fallen under the spell of our great sport.”

Iana Petrova-Noyes, CEO of On Track Motorsports, promoters of the RFME Copa de Flat Track echoed the sentiment of seeing professional Flat Track grow on a national and international level.

“We believe in the talent of our riders and the objective of our Championship is to see our riders succeed as true professionals,” said Petrova-Noyes. “For us, AFT is the MotoGP of Flat Track. Now, thanks to AFT, two of our best young flat trackers will have a unique chance to experience a U.S. National on the biggest stage in the world, Daytona. We call this adventure ‘Operation Daytona.'”

American Flat Track will kick off the 2017 season during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities on Thursday, March 16 with the all-new DAYTONA TT, built inside the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway. The DAYTONA TT will mark the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing, and the “World Center of Racing” will serve as the first battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.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 DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN, while FansChoice.tv provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. FansChoice.tv also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.FansChoice.tv.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, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Key Cities to Lead 36th Annual Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® Tour

388795LOGOBeginning in November 2016 through February 2017, the tour is supported by 15 of the leading two, three and four wheel vehicle manufacturers, the world class Ultimate Builder Customer Bike Show, Vintage Bike  Clubs, and other main show attractions.  The seven shows coincide with the launch of the 2017 model year, giving hundreds of thousands of consumers a first look at the new vehicles and the opportunity to evaluate and purchase premier aftermarket parts, accessories and gear.

 

The 2016-2017 Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® tour schedule is as follows:

  • Long Beach, CA: November 18-20, 2016, Long Beach Convention Center
  • New York, NY: December 9-11, 2016, Jacob Javits Convention Center
  • Washington D.C.: January 6-8, 2017, Washington Convention Center
  • Dallas, TX: January 13-15, 2017, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
  • Cleveland, OH: January 27-29, 2017, I-X Center
  • Minneapolis, MN: February 3-5, 2017, Minneapolis Convention Center
  • Chicago, IL: February 10-12, 2017, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center