AMA Pro Racing announces 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2016) - AMA Pro Racing is proud to announce an all-star lineup of events for AMA Pro Flat Track's 2016 schedule. The 15-round calendar combines events steeped in the rich history of the Grand National Championship with some new cities and new circuits.
At the start of 2016, defending Grand National Champion Jared Mees finds himself in a familiar place as he leads the charge in AMA Pro Flat Track's premier division, Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines. He'll be joined by some fresh competition this year, as defending GNC2 champ Davis Fisher has ascended the ranks to challenge the veterans.
The 2016 season will begin during the Bike Week festivities in Daytona Beach with a quarter-mile kickoff at the DAYTONA Flat Track on March 10 and 11, and will wrap up in early October with a yet-to-be-announced two-race swing through California.
On April 9, AMA Pro Flat Track heads to Austin, Texas to make its debut at the world-class Circuit of the Americas, racing alongside the stars of MotoGP and MotoAmerica as part of the Grand Prix of the Americas weekend. Next up is the first of the new events on the calendar, the Arizona Mile at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz. on May 14.
Mile racing fans will be happy to know that the historic Sacramento Mile will take place on May 21 and the legendary Springfield Mile returns to the calendar on the familiar dates of Memorial Day (May 29) and Labor Day (September 4). Remington Park will play host to the Oklahoma City Mile on June 18, marking the first mile for the Sooner State.
Wrapping up the summer, the series will visit a trio of Half-Mile circuits, Lima Half-Mile (June 25), Charlotte Half-Mile (July 30) and Sturgis Half-Mile (August 9), before Henry Wiles gets his shot at making it 12 consecutive wins at the Peoria TT on August 14. The final new event on the schedule will be held in New York State on August 20.
Details about the remaining dates and any additional events will be released as soon as they are available.
2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Schedule:
March 10: DAYTONA Flat Track I - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
March 11: DAYTONA Flat Track II - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
April 9: Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
May 14: Arizona Mile - Turf Paradise, Phoenix, Ariz.
May 21: Sacramento Mile - Cal Expo Fair, Sacramento, Calif.
May 29: Springfield Mile I - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
June 18: Oklahoma City Mile - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Okla.
June 25: Lima Half-Mile - Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio
July 30: Charlotte Half-Mile - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.
August 9: Sturgis Half-Mile - Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, S.D.
August 14: Peoria TT - Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, Ill.
August 20: TBA, New York State
September 4: Springfield Mile II - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
September 17: TBA, Southern California
Early October: TBA, Northern California
Circuit of the Americas to play host to AMA Pro Flat Track in 2016
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2015) - AMA Pro Racing and Team SMI announced today that Circuit of the Americas will play host to AMA Pro Flat Track in 2016. The world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series will make its inaugural visit to the purpose-built Grand Prix facility on April 9, 2016, running in conjunction with the Grand Prix of the Americas.
"I'm delighted that we are able to bring AMA Pro Flat Track racing to COTA, to complete the ultimate festive weekend of motorcycle sport," said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. "Today's MotoGP stars are fascinated with our unique brand of racing and the growing Superprestigio events in Las Vegas and Barcelona are testament to the wide appeal and recent interest in Pro Flat Track racing."
Circuit of the Americas is no stranger to dirt track racing. The sport debuted at the Summer X Games in 2015, and many of AMA Pro Flat Track's top riders were there to put on a show for the ages. After a grueling battle, Kawasaki-mounted Bryan Smith took a dramatic victory.
"We're excited to be part of what will be the greatest ever two-wheel racing competition," said Bobby Epstein, Chairman of the Circuit of the Americas. "With MotoGP, MotoAmerica and AMA Pro Flat Track running on the same weekend - at the same venue - it will be unbeatable entertainment."
Additional details about the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track round at Circuit of the Americas will be released by event promoter Team SMI in the coming months.
Superprestigio of the Americas Presented by Yamaha is Tomorrow in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 20, 2015) - The waiting is over, the lineup is almost set and riders are ready to take to the Chris Carr-designed, Dennis Pearson-built dirt track inside Las Vegas' Orleans Arena for the first running of the Superprestigio of the Americas presented by Yamaha tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 21.
Practice and qualifying kick off at 3:00pm and the opening ceremonies for the evening program begin at 7:30pm. The national anthem will be sung by up-and coming recording artists Auburn Road.
The race, a unique all-star competition originally conceived of in Spain in the 1980s and revived by MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez last year in Barcelona, this is the first time the popular Superprestigio concept comes to America.
The lineup brings together the most talented riders from AMA Pro Flat Track going head to head with MotoGP, World Superbike and MotoAmerica AMA road racers along with riders from diverse motorcycle disciplines such as hillcimb, endurance racing, off-road and motocross. This will be the first time riders from this many motorcycle racing championships will come together on American soil since the heyday of the AMA Supermoto Championship a decade ago.
Highlighting the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship riders will be AMA Pro Grand National Champions Jared Mees, Brad Baker, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., Jake Johnson as well as X-Games Gold medalist Bryan Smith. Riders from AMA Pro Flat Track are heavily favored to win the Superprestigio of the Americas since flat track racing is their bread and butter, but as MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez proved last year in winning the Superprestigio in Barcelona, a rider's talent will shine though no matter what and in this type of racing you can expect the unexpected.
In addition to the AMA Pro Flat Track regulars fans will get the opportunity to watch leading road racers, a hillclimber, Supermoto and off-road specialists go head to head on a quarter-mile indoor short track, something out of their normal comfort zone.
Highlighting the All-Star bracket of SOTA are Yamaha's multi-time MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes. Hayes is quite simply one of the most dominant riders in the history of AMA Superbike. His numbers speak for themselves: A four-time AMA Superbike title winner with Monster Energy/Graves Motorsports Yamaha, Hayes is ranked second all-time for AMA Superbike championships, wins, with 58 career victories.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing stories of Saturday's race is that of Jake Gagne. The 2015 MotoAmerica 1000 Superstock Championship, the 2014 AMA Daytona Sportbike Championship, and the 2010 MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Cup Championship. In 2015 "for fun" Gagne raced and qualified for a Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross National at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah! And now Gagne will harken back to the rare motorcycle greats like Dick Mann and Steve Wise, who raced at the top level of flat track, road racing and motocross all in the same season.
From MotoGP comes Toni Elias and Anthony West. Elias has 17-career GP wins, including a legendary MotoGP victory. Elias became Moto2 World Champion in 2010, scoring seven Moto2 victories along the way. In 2015 he raced part-time in MotoGP. West is one of the top road racing talents to come out of Australia in recent years.
And talk about a diverse field - consider 2015 AMA Pro Xtreme Hillclimb Champion Phil Libhart. Hillclimb is such a specialized form of motorcycle racing that rarely do you see these hilltoppers race elsewhere, but Libhart will represent one the oldest and most American forms of motorcycle racing in SOTA'15.
And then there's Dani Ribalta. The Spaniard was a key member of the racing team that won the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hour motorcycle endurance road race.
And there are many more riders will nearly as equally compelling stories racing in Saturday's event. The whole thing will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, November 29, at 9 p.m. ET /6 p.m. PT.
The Superprestigio of the Americas presented by Yamaha (SOTA'15) will bring together leading motorcycle racers from various motorcycle-racing disciplines from around the world to compete head to head with the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track on a specially-designed indoor short track at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 2015. The special race is part of the big Las Vegas doubleheader weekend with the AMA Pro Flat Track finale taking place the night before (Nov. 20, 2015) on the same track. www.superprestigio.com #VegasFT