Weather Delays Atlanta Short Track; Racing to Resume Tomorrow at 1:00pm
WOODSTOCK, Ga. (April 7, 2018) – A large storm system rolling through the Southeast has resulted in the delay of today's Harley-Davidson Atlanta Short Track presented by Hellbender Harley-Davidson at Dixie Speedway. The thrilling conclusion to today's event will take place tomorrow, Sunday, April 8 at 1:00pm. With heat races in the books, fans will be treated to an action-packed day of racing starting with Semi races and concluding with Main events for both classes.
A single round of practice for both classes will take place at 12:00pm and gates will open tomorrow at 11:00am ET for fans interested in taking in every second of on-track action. An updated event schedule can be downloaded at https://www.americanflattrack.com/assets/view/27860/2018-Atlanta-Schedule-Sunday.pdf.
Weather forecasts call for the storm to end overnight and track prep will begin at sunrise to deliver fans with an exciting day full of action-packed racing. FansChoice.tv live streaming coverage of the event will resume with practice tomorrow at 12:00pm at https://www.fanschoice.tv/watch-live/american-flat-track.
Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati and Stevie Bonsey Target American Flat Track Glory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 5, 2018) - Lloyd Brothers Motorsports has announced it will field three-time AFT race winner Stevie Bonsey aboard a liquid-cooled Ducati Testastretta 821 in select American Flat Track events this season.
The Dillard Family Racing/Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati squad will be gunning for victory in a full ten races in 2018, starting with the next event on the calendar – this weekend's Harley-Davidson Atlanta Short Track presented by Hellbender Harley-Davidson at Dixie Speedway on April 7.
The team will then head to the Arizona Mile, the Sacramento Mile, both Springfield Miles, the Red Mile, and OKC Mile, the Lima Half-Mile, the Minnesota Mile, and the season-ending Meadowlands Mile.
"We are excited to welcome another manufacturer to American Flat Track, in this break-out season," said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. "Ducati boasts a great racing heritage in MotoGP and World Superbike, and the Lloyd Brothers team know their way around the unique technology and engineering of this famous Italian brand better than anyone in the AFT paddock. Flat Track fans all across the world have another great reason to follow the 2018 season."
Lloyd Brothers Motorsports and Ducati made history together in 2010 by snapping Harley-Davidson's near two-decade run of uninterrupted dominance at the series' Miles with a victory at the Arizona Mile. The expanded 2018 effort with Bonsey at the controls is a strong indication of their seriousness to add to that maiden and – to date – sole American Flat Track victory.
Bonsey, a former Grand Prix motorcycle racer who logged four top-ten 125cc finishes one decade ago, adds a unique story of his own to the equation.
He was one of the hottest riders on the AFT circuit in 2016 before a massive crash resulted in a broken neck, bringing his season to a premature end. A planned comeback in 2017 was largely derailed by an offseason ACL tear and lingering numbness as result of his C1 cervical spine fracture.
Bonsey finally returned to the fray in last year's season finale. There he promptly battled up front, ultimately finishing fourth just 0.041 seconds off the podium.
"I feel very privileged to get a chance to ride for Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati for the 2018 season," Bonsey said. "It's going to be a challenging season with a class full of Indians, but I truly believe we have a bike and a team more than capable of going to the front. I'm ready to grab the bull by the horns."
Team co-owner David Lloyd said, "We are very happy to have Ducati involved with both our team and the AFT series. Since 2010, we have been racing air-cooled Ducati two-valve engines and have managed one Main Event win and three second-place finishes despite racing the Ducati no more than six times a season.
"Last year we put together two proof-of-concept race bikes built around the liquid-cooled, four-valve, Testastretta 11° engine," Lloyd added. "The bike showed very well the few times it was on track. And with our latest revisions we are excited and thankful to have sponsorship to be able to race our new Ducati Testastretta 821 in 10 races in 2018 with one of the most talented riders in the series, Stevie Bonsey."
"We knew that this combination of team, rider and bike would give the Ducati brand an opportunity to contend with the best in the field in the fastest-growing motorcycle sport in the U.S.," said Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America. "We've given our Ducati fans a team to cheer on, and we're excited to see progress in action as the season develops."
JD Beach Ready for the Red Clay of Dixie in Saturday's AFT Atlanta Short Track
Photo Coypright Brian J. Nelson
PHILPOT, Ky. (April 4, 2018) – MotoAmerica road racing star JD Beach will once again slide his steel shoe over his left boot as he returns to American Flat Track competition in Round 2 of the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines championship at the Atlanta Short Track this Saturday at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia.
Coming off his runner-up result at the DAYTONA TT last month, JD hopes to improve his race finish by one more position and notch an AFT Twins Main Event win aboard his #95 G&G Racing/Rickdiculous/Team95/Yamaha MT-07 flat tracker. But he knows it won't be easy, as his competition knows Dixie Speedway well, and this will be JD's first-ever visit to the hard-packed, 3/8-mile dirt oval.
"At the last two AFT events I've done – Perris Raceway last October, and the Daytona TT last month – none of my competition nor I had raced on either of those tracks before," said JD. "But going into Dixie Speedway is a bit of an unknown for me. The other riders competed there last year, and I didn't, so I need to get up to speed quickly. But I'm very excited to be put to the test at Dixie, and to challenge myself to dial the bike in and be race-ready in the 12 laps of practice we get. It's going to be interesting, but I'm looking forward to trying to put my Yamaha MT-07 in the battle at the front."
Last week, JD participated in the MotoAmerica Dunlop Preseason Test at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, aboard his #95 Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 Supersport machine. He'll be back aboard his Yamaha R6 again next weekend when he competes in the Supersport class at Round 1 of the 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship, which takes place at Road Atlanta on April 13-15.
The Atlanta Short Track gets under way at Dixie Speedway this Saturday afternoon, with AFT Twins practice scheduled to begin at 2:15 PM.
General Admission tickets start at just $35 and can be purchased at showclix.com/event/atlanta-short-track