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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.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON LEADS CONVOY OF FIRST RESPONDERS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL AROUND DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Riders Take to the Track to Inspire all Heroes to Learn to Ride For Free; Celebrate the 75th Daytona Bike Week

MILWAUKEE (March 10, 2016) – At a venue known for speed – Daytona International Speedway – Harley-Davidson took a moment to slow down and say “thank you,” inviting a group of military personnel and first responders to take an unforgettable ride around the “World Center of Racing” during the 75th Annual Daytona Bike Week.

Now through the end of 2016, all current and former U.S. military, and first responders, including law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS professionals* are invited to learn to ride for free through Harley-Davidson’s Riding Academy program. More information is available at a Harley-Davidson dealer or going to http://www.h-d.com/AmericanHeroes. If Riding Academy is not available in a particular area, qualified participants can still earn a Harley-Davidson Gift Card for the same amount of the enrollment fee for a qualified third-party motorcycle riding course.

 

“Our offer of free motorcycle training for all U.S. Military and First Responders is all about expressing our appreciation for their service, so they can enjoy more of the freedom they work so hard to protect,” said Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson U.S. Marketing Director. “We’re honored all of these riders joined us today. What a great way to celebrate 75 years at Daytona Bike Week, kick-off riding season, and salute those who help protect everyone’s personal freedom.”

Escorted by police motorcycles and led by Karen Davidson, great-granddaughter of the company co-founder, the group took an honorary lap around the recently remodeled Speedway track.

After the ride, Harley-Davidson also premiered “Comeback Chapter,” featuring Bradley Sims, a police detective and former Army Reserve Solider and new Harley-Davidson rider. The video features Bradley’s story, and showcases the positive benefits of riding. Check-out the video at http://bit.ly/ComebackChapter.

Guests also were invited to throw a leg over Harley’s 2016 lineup – the most powerful collection of cruisers in the brand’s 113-year history. Harley’s newest bikes – the CVO Pro Street Breakout and the Low Rider S – and the Road Glide Ultra, with its clean sheet design, are ready to demo ride for those itching to roll the throttle of a brand-new bike.

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Construction of the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design for Daytona Supercross By Honda

index1DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2016) – Immediately following the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 21, construction began in the tri-oval area between pit road and the start/finish line to create the demanding and challenging course for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, scheduled for Saturday night, March 5.
For the ninth straight year, Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, is building the Supercross course.
Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins.
This year’s Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course sees the starting gate return to pit road and competitors will race in a counterclockwise direction. A wide-open field of riders will compete for a coveted Daytona trophy, including Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, and Cole Seely.
Daytona International Speedway has been hosting the Daytona Supercross By Honda since 1971 and this marks the 25th year that Honda has sponsored the event. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the Daytona Supercross By Honda are Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Carmichael.
Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course:
290  Truckloads of dirt
5,000 – Tons of dirt
12 – Trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway
2 – Days to bring all of the dirt into the track
40 – Obstacles on the Daytona Supercross By Honda course
20 – Loads of new clay for the start gate
2 – Whoop sections
450 – Honda-branded Tuff Blocks
2,915 –length in feet of the Supercross course
500 – Man-hours (approximate) to set up the Daytona Supercross By Honda course
In addition, two crawlers, two front loaders and two skid steers are used to move the dirt during construction.
The Supercross Pits will be staged in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the Sprint FANZONE and provide easy accessibility for the fans from noon to 5:30 p.m. – access is free with your race ticket.
Also returning in 2016 will be the seventh annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. Scheduled for Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7, amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda. Following the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross will be the 2nd Annual FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday, March 8.
Tickets for the event are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Advance general admission tickets for DAYTONA Supercross by Honda start at $45 and youth tickets (ages 6-12) start at $15; kids five and under are free in general admission stadium seating.
Fans can stay up to speed on the latest news by using #DAYTONASX and #BikeWeek. Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway onTwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. You can also stay updated on the latest information by downloading the new version of Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app.
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