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Briar Bauman and J.D. Beach to Represent U.S.A. in 2017 Superprestigio Dirt Track

2DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2017) – American Flat Track competitors Briar Bauman and J.D. Beach will represent the U.S.A. in the fifth international Superprestigio Dirt Track event in Barcelona, Spain, on December 16, 2017.

The prestigious invitations to Bauman and Beach come on the heels of news that recently crowned – and four-time – MotoGP champion Marc Marquez will not participate in this year’s Superprestigio event. Marquez, who’s won two of the four Superprestigio events (with American Flat Track star Brad Baker winning the other two), took himself out of contention for a third win recently due to the physical and mental wear-and-tear of the MotoGP championship. “I need some rest,” Marquez said recently, “and it’s time for other Spanish riders to win the Superprestigio!” Continue reading Briar Bauman and J.D. Beach to Represent U.S.A. in 2017 Superprestigio Dirt Track

Marquez and Brindley top time charts in Superprestigio test

American Flat Track’s Baker sits third in Open class

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BARCELONA (Dec. 16, 2016) – Two names topped the list in today’s Superprestigio test day at Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi, neither of which was American Flat Track’s Brad Baker. Rather, it was three-time, defending MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez topping the field in the Superprestigio class, and British flat track racer Oliver Brindley at the top in the Open class.

The tournament-style format separates the road racers in the Superprestigio class from the Open class, made up of flat track racers, Supermoto and other dirt riders. American Flat Track star Brad Baker ended the day third in the Open class behind Brindley and recently-crowned RFME Copa de Flat Track Champion Ferran Cardus. Completing the top three in the Superprestigio class was Moto3 racer Marcos Ramierez and Moto2 Champion and current MotoAmerica Superbike racer Toni Elias.

Although Baker prefers being on top of the time sheets, his priority is winning the final race, not impressing with just one fast lap. With only two five-minute sessions of testing at the Palau before tomorrow’s Superprestigio, Baker focused his attention on setup.

“I felt really smooth and comfortable in the first session,” Baker said. “The track is always best the first session out and grip was really good. As the track gets more and more sessions on it, the less grip it has and the more technical the track gets. That’s when discipline comes in to play. It’s going to be a very difficult track to overtake, other than riders making mistakes. I try to focus on not necessarily setting the fastest time, but setting consistently fast times; just repetitive laps and working on lines, and focusing on being able to make passes on people.”

Marquez was quite happy to top his class, but was impressed with the level of competition and knows that it will not be easy to top tomorrow’s podium. He too has improved his level and has learned something from the Americans.

“Every year I always learn something from Brad (Baker),” Marquez said. “This year we did another improvement. You see all the bikes are a little higher this year. Everyone follows the American riders and we improve. The lap times are more competitive.”

In addition to Brad, Marquez thinks he’ll have a few other challengers, mainly the top three guys in each class, but was especially impressed with Open class riders Brindley and Cardus. Baker has been training with Cardus over the last three weeks in Spain, and was impressed with the Spanish Champion’s performance and growth as a racer in those three weeks.  Next up for the international standout, Cardus will try his hand at American Flat Track competition in the AFT Singles class on March 16 at the series season opener – DAYTONA TT.

The level has definitely increased for the fourth running of the event, and although it’s only an exhibition race, racers are racers. They all want to win, especially Baker, who has a target on his back as the 2013 Grand National Champion.

“As these guys said, the intensity in the paddock is higher than what it’s been in the past,” Baker said. “It’s still friendly, obviously there’s less pressure for the riders because this is a fun event. It’s a fun event for me as well, but I’m a dirt tracker. Every year the pressure gets a little bit higher because obviously the expectation is for me to win. From America, from Europe… The pressure’s on. But I’m excited. I’m not worried, by any means. I feel good, I’ve got a good bike underneath me. The plan is to win again.”

World Champion Marquez has the same plans, and would very much like to beat Baker for the first time and tie the American Flat Track racer with Superprestigio wins.

“In the dirt track race the start is everything,” Marquez said. “You need to also be lucky. In the races in the end the guy that finishes in front is the best guy. You need a good start, good speed, good battles, so we will see. Of course I will try but we don’t know.”

This year’s Superprestigio is shaping up to be the best one yet. You can catch all the action tomorrow on FansChoice.tv in the U.S. market from 12:00 p.m. ET – 3:30 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT – 12:30 p.m. PT) at http://www.fanschoice.tv/watch-live/pod_01.

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. The site 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.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 www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

American Flat Track’s Brad Baker slated to take on Marc Marquez at the Superprestigio

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American Flat Track’s Brad Baker slated to take on Marc Marquez at the Superprestigio in Barcelona this weekend

FansChoice.tv to stream the event in the U.S. this Saturday from 12:00–3:30 p.m. ET

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 13, 2016) – It’s that time of year… Time for the long awaited rematch between American Flat Track’s Brad Baker and MotoGP’s Marc Marquez at the fourth running of the Superprestigio at Palau Saint Jordi in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday, December 17.

Once again, FansChoice.tv will live stream the event in the U.S. this Saturday from 12:00 p.m. ET – 3:30 p.m. ET, free of charge thanks to a collaborative effort between American Flat Track and RPM-MKTG, the promoters of the Superprestigio.

Three-time MotoGP™ World Champion Marquez will once again aim to beat Baker at his own game. The 2013 Grand National Champion remains undefeated against Marquez, topping the international superstar in both Superprestigio I and III. In 2014, during the second running of the international dirt track spectacular, Baker was sidelined after a crash in practice and Marquez scored a win over three-time Grand National Champion Jared Mees. Mees was invited to take part in this year’s grudge match overseas, but unfortunately he’s still on the mend from an injury suffered in off-season testing.

A true All-Star event, the short track exhibition features an invitation-only field comprised of champions and top motorcycle talent from around the world, and a variety of disciplines. Alongside Marquez, the list includes additional road racing World Champions, including 2014 Moto3 World Champion Alex Marquez, 2010 Moto2 World Champion Toni Elias and 2011 FIM 125cc World Champion Nico Terol. Joining the group of A-list road racers for his Superprestigio debut is former World Superbike racer and fan favorite Ruben Xaus.

In addition to Baker, dirt track racing’s international contingent includes National Champions Alan Birtwistle (2016 British DTRA Champion) and Ferran Cardus (2016 RFME Copa de España de Flat Track Champion). Cardus, the inaugural champion of Spain’s national flat track series, has been training with Baker in recent months and has also been invited by American Flat Track to compete in the AFT Singles class at the 2017 season opener, the DAYTONA TT, on March 16.

For complete entry lists and additional information on this weekend’s Superprestigio, please visit the following links:
Entry List: Superprestigio Category – http://dtxbarcelona.com/2016-superprestigio-class-riders/?lang=en
Entry List: Open Category – http://dtxbarcelona.com/pilotos-cat-open-2016/?lang=en
Event Schedule: http://dtxbarcelona.com/timetable-superprestigio-2016/?lang=en
Additional Information: http://dtxbarcelona.com/?lang=en
Live Stream: Viewers in the U.S. are invited to tune in and follow the action as FansChoice.tv will live stream the event in the U.S. this Saturday from 12:00 p.m. ET – 3:30 p.m. ET

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. The site 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.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 www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

Jared Mees wins inaugural Superprestigio of the Americas in Las Vegas

unnamedJared Mees wins inaugural Superprestigio of the Americas in Las Vegas
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LAS VEGAS (Nov. 21, 2015) – Jared Mees capped off a weekend for the record books tonight, as he took home the inaugural Superprestigio of the Americas checkered flag less than 24 hours after capturing his third Grand National Championship in four seasons.
Mees failed to get the holeshot on lap one, a mistake that’s proved costly for hopeful winners throughout the course of the weekend. However, the Michigan native continued to fight and eventually regained the lead by the time he finished the second lap.
Mees and Brad Baker went on to fight neck-and-neck during the next two laps, but when Baker came out of turn four on lap five, he went too high and nearly crashed into the wall. Baker’s error proved to be the pivotal moment in the race, as he was never able to regain the lead and ended up finishing second behind a charging Mees.
Though it’s always bittersweet to finish second-best, Baker was happy to put together the performance that he did Saturday night, as it’s been over four months since his last podium. Baker’s effort is a good indication that he has completed healing from injuries sustained at Black Hills Speedway earlier this season.
Kenny Coolbeth Jr. bounced back after a tough night on Friday with a third-place finish in the Superprestigio of the Americas on Saturday night, while Larry Pegram led the charge for the All Stars category comprised primarily of road racers, finishing fourth in the main.
Joe Roberts, Oliver Brindley and Roger Hayden rounded out the remaining All Star road racers in the eight-rider field, while Bryan Smith finished last after a crash early in the race.
One of the most noticeable names missing from this list is Friday night’s Flat Track Season Finale winner Briar Bauman. Bauman looked flawless yet again early on in the day, as he was the fast qualifier out of every rider that participated in the Superprestigio of the Americas. However, Bauman missed the main event cut line by a single position in the second-to-last race of the night, ending his chances of repeating victories.
Other AMA Pro Flat Track riders who barely missed the cut were Davis Fisher, Stevie Bonsey and Dan Bromley.
All in all, the evening lived up to the momentum that it had gained over the last several months ever since the Superprestigio of the Americas was first announced to the world. The specially-designed race track, which was roughly a tenth of a mile, provided some of the most adrenaline-charged racing that has been seen all year, a fitting end to a 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season that will not soon be forgotten.
Results of the Superprestigio of the Americas, Orleans Arena, Nov. 21, 2015
1. Jared Mees, Honda
2. Brad Baker, Honda
3. Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., Honda
4. Larry Pegram, Honda
5. Joe Roberts, Yamaha
6. Oliver Brindley, Kawasaki
7. Roger Hayden, Suzuki
8. Bryan Smith, Kawasaki
How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site 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.FansChoice.tv.
 
About AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro 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 AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft/, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.
About AMA Pro Racing:
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
For additional information contact:
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com