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Harley-Davidson Factory Team primed for Flat Track battle

Team of Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson revealed live during ESPN X Games

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Sent on behalf of Harley-Davidson Motor Company:

MILWAUKEE (January 28, 2017) – It’s a flat track triple threat. The Harley-Davidson® Factory Flat Track Racing Team will unleash a three-rider squad in 2017. Former AMA Pro Grand National champions Kenny Coolbeth Jr. and Jake Johnson and young flat track star Brandon Robinson will race in the legendary Factory Team leathers.

The team was announced today during a live interview with Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson during ABC network coverage of ESPN’s X Games Aspen.

Gunning for the checkered flag aboard the fierce Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycle, the formidable trio of ace racers will chase a championship on the American Flat Track (AFT) series and fight to medal in the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing event at ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis. The American Flat Track racing season opens during Daytona Bike Week at the March 16 DAYTONA TT on a new circuit featuring a jump to be constructed inside Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

“This edition of the Harley Factory Team will bring unmatched savvy and experience to the track,” said Harley-Davidson Vice President and Managing Director U.S. Mike Kennedy. “With a combined 59 Grand National wins and five AMA Pro Grand National championships, this line-up of riders knows what it takes to do battle with the lead pack and will be a force aboard our new Harley-Davidson XG750R Factory Racing bikes. If you are in Daytona for Bike Week, ride to the race and see the Factory Team in action on this exciting new TT track.”

The Harley Factory Team will field a fleet of Harley XG750R bikes for Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson. With a custom chassis purpose-built for flat track racing, the XG750R flat tracker is powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 750cc Revolution X™ V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street® 750, a motorcycle designed for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom™ attitude. The Revolution X engine is assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I’m excited to be one of the riders helping to push the XG750R to the front of the field,” said Robinson. “I’m sure I’ll be battling with Kenny and Jake to see who can make history and score the first win aboard the new bike. I’ve learned a lot racing against them. Now we’re working together to bring home a championship for Harley-Davidson.”

The race-modified Revolution X engine and a racing frame for the XG750R were developed in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsports. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model. The 750cc XG Revolution X V-Twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers.

Kenny Coolbeth Jr.
A three-time AMA Pro Grand National champion (2006-2008), the veteran Coolbeth has won 36 times in the Grand National Championship, more than any active racer in the series. Coolbeth claimed three consecutive titles while racing for the Harley-Davidson Factory Team from 2006 to 2013. Aboard the Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 in 2016, Coolbeth won at the Springfield Mile and finished seventh in points. He was named the Rookie of the Year in 1994 and won his first Grand National race in 2002. Coolbeth is 39 years old and lives in Center Hill, Fla.

Jake Johnson
Jake Johnson won consecutive AMA Pro Grand National Championships (2010-2011) on Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycles and has won 20 times in the Grand National Championship since moving up to the top pro class in 2002. In 2016 Johnson won on the Daytona short track and was fourth in the season standings. Johnson won the AMA Pro Singles class championship in 2006 and 2008 and was Rookie of the Year in 2002. Johnson is 32 years old and lives in Coatesville, Pa.

Brandon Robinson
Brandon Robinson enjoyed a break-out season in 2013 with seven top-five finishes and three victories, including a sweep of both races on the Springfield Mile. In 2016, Robinson piloted the Kennedy Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 to his fourth career victory with a win on the Lima half-mile, notched two additional podium results and finished third in the point standings. As an amateur, Robinson won the AMA Twins Expert class championship in 2008. Robinson is 26 years old and lives in Oxford, Pa.

Entering its 64th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing. The re-vamped 2017 American Flat Track series features 18 rounds of racing headlined by powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team is proudly partnered with Vance & Hines Motorsports.

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American Flat Track, NBCSN join forces for 2017 season

All 18 rounds to air weekly on NBCSN starting in July

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2017) – American Flat Track proudly announces an exclusive television partnership with NBCSN for the 2017 season. 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.

Entering its 64th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing and 2017 marks the dawning of a new golden era for the sport. The series boasts two diverse and highly-competitive classes and is headlined by powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class, with spirited single-cylinder machines battling it out in AFT Singles.

“American Flat Track is America’s original extreme sport and NBCSN is the perfect platform to bring it back into the limelight,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “We’re delighted to be partnering with NBC Sports Group, one of the most respected sports media organizations in the world. This partnership represents a huge milestone for the sport and a goal that we have been working toward for a long time.”

With nearly 85 million subscribers, NBCSN is the Home of Motorsports in America, providing coverage of NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One, Mecum Auctions, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and now, American Flat Track.

“We’re thrilled to add American Flat Track to the best motorsports portfolio in American media,” said Jeff Macaluso, Senior Director, Programming, NBC Sports Group. “We’re excited and proud to be a part of the resurgence of this historic series.”

NBCSN’s coverage of the 2017 American Flat Track season begins in July, kicking off 18 straight weeks of high-intensity American Flat Track telecasts, expertly produced by NASCAR Productions, LLC and highlighted by flag-to-flag race coverage of both classes. The shows will include exclusive features and editorial content telling the story of the world’s elite dirt track motorcycle racers as they battle for glory, while cutting-edge technology, including the latest in onboard cameras, will allow viewers to experience the pinnacle of dirt track motorcycle racing like never before.

American Flat Track will debut inside Daytona International Speedway on a one-of-a-kind race course built on the famous tri-oval at the “World Center of Racing.” The DAYTONA TT will serve as the first battleground for the great American war brewing between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles, marking the first time the big American factories have competed head-to-head on the race track since the 1950s.

In addition to the 18 primetime premieres, NBCSN will re-air each of the shows the following week, which will also be available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. FansChoice.tv, a cornerstone of American Flat Track’s digital strategy, will provide live streaming coverage for every round of the 2017 season.

Additional information, including the details about the on-air commentary team and complete television schedule on NBCSN, will be released as it becomes available.

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American Motorcyclist Association announces 2017 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series schedule
 
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The 2017 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship series features 12 rounds of competition and four weekends of two-day, back-to-back racing, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association.

 Starting in March, the national championship series travels to six states throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast. The series will make its way to eight premier tracks, while also boasting eight days of short track racing with four days on half mile courses.

 "I am incredibly excited to get this season underway," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "The 2017 season of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship looks to be one of the best we've ever had and will include many of the great tracks that vintage dirt track racers know and love."

 This year's lineup features many notable stops, such as Volusia County Speedway in Baberville, Fla., and the Illinois State Fair Grounds in Springfield, Ill. The series also will return to many other favorite spots, such as the Oglethorp Speedway in Savannah, Ga., and the Marion County Fairgrounds in the racing capital of the world, Indianapolis.

 For more information visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

2017 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series Schedule

Round 1 - Saturday, March 11
Oglethorpe Speedway - Savannah, Ga.
Half Mile

Round 2 - Monday, March 13
Volusia County Speedway - Baberville Fla.
Half Mile

Round 3 - Tuesday, March 14
Volusia County Speedway - Barberville, Fla.
Short Track

Round 4 - Sunday, April 30
Marshall-Putman County Fairgrounds - Henry, Ill.
Half Mile

Round 5 - Friday, June 16
Harpursville, N.Y.
Short Track

Round 6 - Saturday, June 17
Harpursville, N.Y.
Short Track

Round 7 - Saturday, July 8
Ashland County Fairgrounds - Ashland, Ohio
Half Mile

Round 8 - Friday, August 4
Marion County Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, Ind.
Short Track

Round 9 - Saturday, August 5
Marion County Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, Ind.
Short Track

Round 10 - Saturday, September 2
Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, Ill.
Short Track

Round 11 - Saturday, September 23
Oakland Valley Race Park - Cuddebackville, N.Y.
Short Track

Round 12 - Sunday, September 24
Oakland Valley Race Park - Cuddebackville, N.Y.
Short Track

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