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|MESA, Ariz. (July 24, 2017) – Estenson Racing is thrilled to announce that AFT Singles title contender Kolby Carlile has joined the team effective immediately in a deal that includes the 2018 American Flat Track season.
Carlile’s arrival completes a momentous couple of weeks for Estenson Racing that also saw Sammy Halbert earn X Games gold in Minneapolis.
With Halbert currently ranked fourth in AFT Twins competition on the strength of four podiums, the addition of Carlile rounds out the Estenson Racing team line-up. It also returns the squad to AFT Singles action in which it reigned victorious in the first two races of the ’17 season with Dalton Gauthier.
Carlile, who just turned 20 earlier this month, is one of the sport’s “Rising Stars.” The New Yorker earned his first career AFT Singles victory last season at the Charlotte Half-Mile en route to an eventual fourth-place championship ranking.
Carlile has only continued his rapid ascension in 2017, and he currently sits second in the AFT Singles championship fight. To date this season, he has secured three podiums, seven top fives, and has a worst result of seventh outside of an unlucky DNS at Lima due to a mechanical issue suffered after demonstrating race-winning pace.
Andrew Butler has also joined the team to serve as Carlile’s mechanic.
“I’m super excited to be joining up with the Estenson Racing team,” Carlile said. “As soon as I started talking with them, I realized how professional and serious they are about this. The new Yamaha YZ450F bikes I am riding now are unreal fast, and I already feel at home on them.
“This is a great opportunity for me because it is allows me to grow into their Twins program one day. It is a late start to join a new team, but all of us here at Estenson Racing have no doubts where we can be at the end of the season.”
Team owner Tim Estenson said, “I’m extremely excited Kolby has decided to join Estenson Racing. When I learned he was available, I knew I needed to sign him. Kolby is a person of integrity, tenacity, and motivation with a great future within AFT. I feel he will be a valuable asset to the Estenson Racing family.”
Explaining the specifics of the deal, Estenson said, “We will continue having Kolby focus on the AFT Singles program through 2018 with the hope of getting him some seat time on our Twins along the way. Kolby is not only a great rider but a true professional in front of the media as well as his fans. I encourage all of the American Flat Track fans out there to continue to cheer Kolby on as he makes the transition to our YZ450 Yamahas.”
|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.
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|SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 28, 2017) – An historic American Flat Track win streak remained in play despite facing its stiffest test yet today in front of a packed house at the Illinois State Fairgrounds to watch the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines contest the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I.
The streak in question belongs to Bryan Smith, who pulled off a third successive Mile miracle aboard his No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750. The victory was the defending Grand National Champion’s fourth race win in a row overall, making him just the fifth rider in series history to accomplish that feat.
It certainly did not come easily on Saturday afternoon. Smith hoped to make an escape at the start, building up more than a half-second advantage early on before rival Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) slowly reeled him back in.
Soon enough, the third member of the Indian Wrecking Crew, Brad Baker on the No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750, followed suit.
Adding a bit of spice to the lead pack following a pair of Indian podium lockouts were the respective arrivals of Davis Fisher (No. 67 Bob Lanphere Beaverton Motorcycles Kawasaki Ninja 650) and Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07).
In fact, Halbert looked like he might have something for all comers on this day. He continually built up speed as the track came around to his bike set-up, enabling him to throw down the race’s fastest lap (34.571) with six to go.
The next man destined to join the fight up front looked to be Springfield master Kenny Coolbeth (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R). The Main Event was shaping up to be a significant uptick in form for the entire works Harley-Davidson crew with all three riders battling in strong position, led by Coolbeth, who was sixth and closing with the laps winding down.
Unfortunately, a freak incident between Coolbeth and teammates Jake Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) and Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) dashed the hopes for the Factory trio. A red flag then flew, setting the stage for a six-lap shootout for victory.
Once the race was back underway, Halbert continued to demonstrate race-changing pace and led as the pack took the white flag. Title hopeful Mees dove underneath to slot into first as they entered Turn 1 and held the advantage coming back onto the front straight.
However, he found himself outmaneuvered yet again by Smith, who went around the outside of Halbert on the backstraight and then rocketed off Turn 4 just behind Mees in the decisive run to the stripe.
Smith, Mees, and Halbert took the checkered flag practically three abreast, with the photo finish giving Smith the nod by 0.005 of a second over Mees. Halbert, meanwhile, snapped the run of Indian 1-2-3s in third position, just another 0.039 seconds back.
After discovering he had won, Smith took the checkered flag in his hand and did a reverse victory lap in honor of the late Nicky Hayden.
The victory was the 30th AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines victory of Smith’s career – including eight at the Springfield Mile. After the race, he said, “I’ve never won here at Springfield by being able to get away, so I put my head down (at the start). I was hoping to break away but I saw Jared trying to reel me in so I chilled. I wasn’t sure if we were cooking the tire or not.
“In the shootout, Sammy got up there and made it interesting for me and Jared. Heck, I didn’t know who won until I came around and they handed me the checkered flag.”
Despite narrowly missing out once again, Mees picked up another big points bounty for his title campaign. His season tally now reads two firsts, three seconds, and one third.
Runner-up Mees said, “Honestly, if I was to do it all over again, that’s probably what I would have done again. I was getting through the corners really good and getting off really good. I just came up a little short – that’s how it is on these Miles. I wanted to lead it off Turn 4 really bad because I felt I was really strong there, but obviously, I was just a millisecond not strong enough.”
The third-place result was Halbert’s second podium finish on the year. After the race he said, “For sure Estenson Racing put together a great bike for me – that Yamaha FZ-07 was running great, especially at the end. I was struggling a lot at the beginning and lost the lead draft, but as the track got faster and more hooked up, my set-up came in.
“I put in a lot of work to catch those guys before the red flag, but luckily I was able to get up to the front and lead a couple laps. I definitely had a shot at the win. I wish I would have played my cards a little differently, but I’m stoked to get up here on the box.”
Baker came home a close fourth, while a very racy Fisher scored his best result of 2017 to round out the top five.
The Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I will air on NBCSN on Thursday, August 10, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Catch the highlights on Facebook (https://www.facebook.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.
“From the groundbreaking DT-1 to the Super Ténéré, from Bob Hannah to Wayne Rainey, Yamaha motorcycles and riders have made a profound impact on American motorcycling,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “For the company to step up and support this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in such a big way speaks volumes regarding Yamaha’s reverence for motorcycling’s history.”
“Yamaha is truly honored to be the title sponsor of this year’s AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with the inductions of longtime Yamaha icon Keith McCarty, rider John Kocinski, and Hall of Fame Legend honoree Wayne Rainey, all part of the event,” said Bob Starr, Yamaha general manager of motorsports communications. “And we could not think of a better way to celebrate the careers of these gentlemen and the 60th Anniversary of Yamaha Motor Company all on one stage!”
Tickets to the Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are available now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. Regular entry is just $25 per person. VIP tickets that include an exclusive reception, reserved seating and one-day AIMExpo admission are $90 per person.
The Class of 2015 includes road racing champion John Kocinski, off-road racing champion Rodney Smith, former Harley-Davidson CEO Richard Teerlink, entrepreneur and industry patron John Parham, dirt tracker Alex Jorgensen and longtime Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. race team manager Keith McCarty.
The event also will honor Yamaha icon and three-time road racing world champion Wayne Rainey as the 2015 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. Rainey, who himself was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, is the president of MotoAmerica, the new home of the AMA Superbike Championship.
The Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is held in conjunction with AIMExpo Oct. 15-18. The AIMExpo is a diverse powersports event that is open to trade and media Oct. 15-16 and open to the general public Oct. 17-18.
For updates on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, keep an eye on www.motorcyclemuseum.org, as well as the AMA’s social media channels, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/
To nominate a future Hall of Famer, visit: www.motorcyclemuseum.org/
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