What I like about racing in the dirt is:
"Riders attempt to stay upright amidst large packs of bikes, drifting through tight turns as they battle bar-to-bar on the track and often through the turns. It's exciting, loud and like other forms of motorcycle racing where the winner can be assumed after the first lap, often times in the dirt, you don't know until the last lap, last turn and the first wheel to hit the stripe."
AMA Pro Flat Track athletes are taking the spotlight on Saturday, April 9 at the inaugural Harley-Davidson Lone Star Half-Mile at Circuit of The Americas during the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas weekend on the new, purpose-built dirt track designed by flat track legend Chris Carr.
Fans can get a taste of the origins of motorcycle racing during the high-intensity qualifying rounds and main events with the flat track athletes demonstrating racing in the raw as they conquer the new half-mile terrain.
What is 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. The sport is also regarded as the birthplace of the “Golden Generation” of USA Grand Prix stars, producing top riders such as Grand National and World Champion Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey and Nicky Hayden.
AMA Pro Flat Track comprises two classes. The first is the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class, which features the world’s elite flat track riders. The second is the GNC2 class where up-and-coming athletes compete to earn their spot in the GNC1 ranks.
Who Should I Look For?
Fans have the opportunity to meet AMA Pro Flat Track superstars at 6:00 p.m. CST during the Dunlop Fan Walk in the rider paddock. Among these athletes are Las Vegas Harley-Davidson mounted three-time Grand National Champion No. 1 Jared Mees, 2015 Summer X Games gold medalist and Kawasaki-mounted Bryan Smith sporting the No. 42 plate, 23-year professional rider and three-time Grand National Champion No. 2 Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on his Harley-Davidson and Factory Harley-Davidson rider No. 6 Brad Baker in the GNC1 class.
One of the more compelling storylines heading into Round 3 is the resurgence of Jake Johnson. The two-time Grand National Champion removed himself from the sport entirely at the beginning of last season, and many questioned if he’d ever return to racing again.It wasn’t until Brad Baker was injured at the Black Hills Half-Mile last August, when Johnson was called on to replace him on the Factory Harley-Davidson team. Johnson put up solid numbers to finish out the 2015 season, and after two strong Daytona efforts last month, he finds himself second in the GNC1 point standings. GNC1 young gun Davis Fisher made headlines last offseason when he announced his plans to join forces with Brad Baker and ride for the Harley-Davidson Factory Team in 2016. The tandem will compete in all GNC1 Twins races, beginning with this weekend at COTA, and this will be the first season since 2006 that the Factory Harley-Davidson Team has fielded two riders.
Standing Before the Austin Race