AMA Pro Racing Mourns the Loss of Charlotte Kainz and Kyle McGrane

AMA Pro Racing mourns the loss of Charlotte Kainz and Kyle McGrane

AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2016) – AMA Pro Racing is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of professional flat track riders Charlotte Kainz and Kyle McGrane, and extends heartfelt condolences to their families.

Kainz and McGrane were involved in separate racing incidents during last weekend’s AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa, Calif. Emergency responders were on the scene within seconds of each incident and the riders were transported to Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa where they succumbed to their injuries.

“The flat track community is tight knit, and today we are all mourning,” said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “Charlotte and Kyle were talented competitors with bright futures. Our deepest condolences go out to their families and friends in this time of need.”

Charlotte Kainz, 20, from West Allis, Wis. earned her professional license in Pro Flat Track in the GNC2 class during the 2015 season. The beloved rider won her first GNC2 Semi this year at the Black Hills Half-Mile and brought smiles to the faces of everyone she met in the paddock.

Kyle McGrane, 17, joined the Pro Flat Track ranks in the GNC2 class last year and showed promise both on and off the track. McGrane was born in Gap, Penn. but had a growing fanbase nationwide with Main event appearances and a Heat race win at the 2016 Law Tigers Arizona Mile.

About AMA Pro Racing:
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Double Podium for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP at Motorland Aragon

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP AT MOTORLAND ARAGÓN

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi gave a spectacular show to the Spanish fans today at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, securing second and third place respectively, their fourth double Yamaha podium of the season, after an epic fight at the Motorland Aragón circuit.

GRAND PRIX OF ARAGÓN
Motorland Aragón – Alcañiz (Spain), 25th September 2016

RACE

2nd –  JORGE LORENZO, +2.740 / 23 LAPS

3rd –  VALENTINO ROSSI,  +5.983 / 23 LAPS

Alcañiz (Spain), 25th September 2016

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RossiLorenzo

Today‘s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón proved to be the most action-filled race of the season so far, as Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo fought off his rivals to secure a hard-fought second place. Teammate Valentino Rossi also used his YZR-M1 to the fullest to fend off the competition and secured the fourth double podium of the season for the Factory Yamaha team.

Lorenzo didn‘t let a crash in warm-up this morning hold him back in today‘s race. The local hero had a brilliant start from third on the grid and fought for the holeshot with Marc Marquez. Maverick Viñales soon joined the fight for the front, beginning a Spanish duel that had the race fans on the edge of their seats. A flurry of activity followed that saw Lorenzo finish the first lap in third position, closely followed by his teammate. A mistake by Marquez two laps later made Lorenzo storm to second place and he continued to claw his way to Viñales, but he had to let his teammate past.

The top three riders briefly formed a leading group as they upped their pace, dropping low 1‘49s laps. However, Marquez was closing in and with 17 laps remaining he found a way past Lorenzo, but the Mallorcan wasn‘t fazed. He made his experience count and waited for the right moment to fight his way back to the front, which came with 14 laps to go when he didn‘t need a second invitation to pass Viñales after the compatriot had gone wide.

Lorenzo cleverly continued his race in such a way that he still had enough rubber left on his Michelins to make a final charge five laps before the end of the race to smoothly take over second place. He was consistently stalked by Rossi, but he didn‘t let it shake his confidence and held off the Italian‘s attack to take second place over the line, 2.740s from first.

Teammate Rossi had a good start from his sixth place grid position and slotted into fourth place after turn 1, determined not to let the leading group out of his sight. With 21 laps to go, Marquez dropped back to fifth, allowing Rossi to take hold of a podium finish for the first time in the race, fuelling his ambitions even further. He hunted down his teammate and bided his time to make a move with 18 laps left, to close the gap to the race leader. He was the first rider to drop into the 1‘48s as he reeled in Viñales and went on to take the lead of the race after a block pass in turn 4 with 15 laps to go.

The Doctor‘s pace proved too hot for the Spaniard, who went wide in turn 1 a lap later, allowing Rossi some breathing space before Marquez made his move with 12 laps to go. Rossi wasn‘t willing to let his rival go and put his head down, but he was unable to stick to the home rider and with five laps to go he put his attention towards his teammate, who pushed him back one place. The Doctor followed the fellow Yamaha rider like a shadow, but was unable to get past and took the chequered flag 5.983s behind the man in first place.

Lorenzo‘s superb race craft delivers him 20 points. He remains in third position, now just 14 points behind his teammate in second. Rossi‘s third place gives him a total of 196 points, now 52 points behind the championship leader.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP will next head to Japan in three weeks‘ time for the Grand Prix of Japan, the first of the three overseas races.

The extended imagery from today’s Race at the Motorland Aragon Circuit is available on
www.yamahamotogp.com

MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“We knew that it was going to be difficult to beat Marquez today, but we tried as hard as possible until the rear tyre dropped, leading the race with Valentino. We have suffered from this problem since the beginning of the weekend and although we tried different settings we weren‘t able to fully get rid of the problem. The decision to change the tyre on the grid for Jorge paid off and as a team, we achieved a great result, finishing with two riders on the podium at our Title Sponsor‘s Grand Prix. When we arrived in Aragón we had our eyes on the win and we carry this objective forward to the next round where we want to fight for the victory again.”

JORGE LORENZO

“Sometimes a bad situation or a bad thing brings you a good thing and that‘s what happened when I crashed. I got almost injured and was almost in pain, as has happened in the past, but this made me do two warming up laps, one with the hard tyre and one on the soft tyre. Finally on these two laps the hard tyre suddenly gave me a good confidence, even if I was warming up and very slow, so my instinct told me that I needed to change my race tyre to the hard one and this crash and bit of instinct for sure gave me the possibility to do this race the way I was riding it. I didn‘t expect to finish on the podium, I thought I would finish maybe sixth or seventh, but finally the race was again surprising. It‘s been a difficult weekend for me, but sometimes these kind of situations bring you to the top.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“We started with a different setting and we tried to be stronger towards the end of the race, but in the final stages I was spinning a lot, but I think everyone was in the same boat anyway. It‘s a shame that with two laps to go I made a mistake in braking and I had to go wide. If not for that we could have fought for the second place, but anyway the podium is OK. I‘m happy because it‘s a good podium. Here, in Aragón, we always suffer a bit. It‘s a shame and I‘m not fully happy, because I wanted to arrive as the first of the Yamahas and in front of Lorenzo, but unfortunately in the second half of the race he was faster than me. It‘s a shame, because I had some cards up my sleeve for the last laps, because I was there, but I made a mistake. I decided to go straight because else it would have been very dangerous for both of us. I lost the four points to Jorge, but it‘s another podium. We hope we can improve and that we can be more competitive for the overseas races.”

RACE RESULTS25/09/2016

1. M. MARQUEZ,  REPSOL HONDA TEAM, 41’57.678

2. J. LORENZO, MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, + 2.740

3. V. ROSSI, MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, + 5.983

4. M. VIÑALES, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, + 8.238

5. C. CRUTCHLOW, LCR HONDA, + 13.221

6. D. PEDROSA, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, + 17.072

7. A. ESPARGARÒ, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, + 18.522

8. P. ESPARGARÒ, MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3, + 19.432

9. A. BAUTISTA, APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, + 23.071

10. S. BRADL, APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, + 27.898

11. A. DOVIZIOSO, DUCATI TEAM, + 32.448

12. M. PIRRO, DUCATI TEAM, + 35.033

13. H. BARBERA, AVINTIA RACING, + 36.224

14. E. LAVERTY, PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM, + 37.621

15. N. HAYDEN, ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, + 40.509

16. Y. HERNANDEZ, PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM, + 43.906

17. D. PETRUCCI, OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, + 56.740

18. L. BAZ, AVINTIA RACING, + 59.681

19. S. REDDING, OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, + 1’34.126

20. T. RABAT, ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, N.C. (7 laps)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION RIDER

1. Marc Marquez (SPA), Repsol Honda Team, 248

2. Valentino Rossi (ITA), Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 196

3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA), Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 182

4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA), Repsol Honda Team, 155

5. Maverick Viñales (SPA), Team Suzuki Ecstar, 149

6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR), LCR Honda, 105

7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA), Ducati Team, 104

8. Pol Espargarò (SPA), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 96

9. Andrea Iannone (ITA), Ducati Team, 96

10. Hector Barbera (SPA), Avintia Racing, 84

11. Eugene Laverty (IRL), Pull & Bear Aspar Team, 71

12. Aleix Espargarò (SPA), Team Suzuki Ecstar, 69

13. Scott Redding (GBR), Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 55

14. Alvaro Bautista (SPA), Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, 54

15. Danilo Petrucci (ITA), Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 50

16. Stefan Bradl (GER), Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, 49

17. Jack Miller (AUS), Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 42

18. Bradley Smith (GBR), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 42

19. Michele Pirro (ITA), Ducati Team, 36

20. Tito Rabat (SPA), Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 27

21. Loris Baz (FRA), Avintia Racing, 24

22. Yonny Hernandez (COL), Pull & Bear Aspar Team, 13

23. Alex Lowes (GBR), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 3

24. Nicky Hayden (USA), Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION CONSTRUCTOR

1. Honda, 291

2. Yamaha, 278

3. Ducati, 187

4. Suzuki, 155

5. Aprilia, 72

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION TEAM

1. REPSOL HONDA TEAM, 403

2. MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, 378

3. TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, 218

4. DUCATI TEAM, 213

5. MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3, 141

6. OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, 117

7. AVINTIA RACING, 109

8. LCR HONDA, 105

9. APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, 103

10. ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP, 84

11. ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, 70

AMA Pro Racing Announces Rebrand of American Flat Track Series

AMA Pro Racing announces rebrand of American Flat Track series

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AMAFlatTrack

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2016) – AMA Pro Racing has proudly announced the official rebranding of the all-new American Flat Track (AFT) series – formerly known as AMA Pro Flat Track. The rebranding of the series coincides with the dawn of a new era for America’s favorite motorcycle sport, which includes a restructured class system as well as a re-envisioning of the event format. While holding true to the legacy of a sport rich in history, the modifications are designed to provide a more understandable and exciting format for the modern fans and make the series more accessible to new fans.

“We are extremely excited about the rebranding of the series,” said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “The rejuvenation of the sport will bring a new level of excitement to racers and fans. Everyone will be able to easily understand what’s happening on the track and will be able to enjoy all of the action from the moment they arrive to when they head home. It’s a very exciting time for the sport of professional Flat Track racing.”

The restructured class system consists of the AFT Twins class, the premier class where the best Flat Track riders in the world battle for top honors on fire-breathing Twins, and the AFT Singles class, which will host dirt track racing’s stars of tomorrow.

The reclassification of the new series is categorized in an easily comprehensible format:

The AFT Twins class will consist of twin-cylinder motorcycles (650 – 999cc), which contain the latest in motorsport technology and will be piloted by the fastest athletes on the dirt.
In the AFT Singles class, the up-and-coming riders will command the tracks on 450cc single-cylinder motorcycles as they compete for their chance to make it to the prestigious AFT Twins ranks.

There are also changes to event format which promise an action-packed program of racing. The traditional format will move to a tournament style format, where the fastest 48 riders from timed qualifying advance to the heats. From there, the race program will consist of four six-lap Heats with nine of the 12 riders transferring to one of the two Semis. What was traditionally a last chance effort to make the Main, the new Semi format is a knockout round where 18 riders duke it out for the nine spots that transfer them to the 18-rider Main. The Main events themselves see little changes, with the premiere AFT Twins class keeping its traditional 25-lap Main and the support AFT Singles class sees a slight increase from 12 to 15 laps.

Adding to the excitement in 2017, the American Flat Track series will also be the battleground for one of the oldest rivalries in motorcycle racing – Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle. The American Flat Track series in its entirety will continue its growth by introducing new global manufacturers to the sport and will see elevated support from current and new partners.

In keeping with the goals to streamline and modernize the series, AMA Pro Racing has worked diligently with the Advisory Group to rewrite and enhance the rulebook for the 2017 season. The driving force behind the updated rulebook is to focus on the safety and performance of the overall racing experience. The list of partners and the 2017 rulebook will be available at later dates.

Earlier in the 2016 season, AMA Pro Racing announced the formation of subsidiary company AFT Events and the brand-new apparel line American Flat Tracker. These companies have served as a springboard for the launch of the American Flat Track series and will continue to innovate in new ways to elevate the level of the entire event experience for fans, teams and the overall sport of professional Flat Track.

For more information about American Flat Track and to keep up-to-date with the latest news in professional Flat Track racing, please visit http://www.amaproracing.com/flat-track.

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. The site 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.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 www.amaproracing.com/flat-track, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Racing:
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

American Flat Track’s DAYTONA TT to Be Held Inside Daytona International Speedway

American Flat Track’s DAYTONA TT to be held inside Daytona International Speedway on March 16, 2017
One-of-a-kind TT track to be built in the tri-oval inside Daytona International Speedway

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Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2016) – An exciting change is happening to one of Daytona International Speedway’s (DIS) most popular Bike Week events. Daytona International Speedway is proud to announce that American Flat Track will debut its 2017 season inside the “World Center of Racing” on a one-of-a-kind .6-mile TT course. The DAYTONA TT, scheduled on the evening of Thursday, March 16, will feature powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class, while spirited single-cylinder machines will battle it out in AFT Singles. With a racing schedule that includes the DAYTONA Supercross By Honda, Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, the all-new DAYTONA TT and the famed DAYTONA 200, DIS will play host to the ultimate festival of motorcycle racing in 2017.

American Flat Track has been re-envisioned and the DAYTONA TT marks the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing. The championship features the broadest spectrum of brands competing in any form of motorcycle sport, and will serve as a battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. The big factories will be competing head-to-head on the race track for the first time since the 1950s, and the battle of the brands will begin at Daytona.

“Daytona is the spiritual home of motorcycle racing and we are delighted to be bringing the intensity of Flat Track racing and the spectacle of a TT to complete the show,” said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “2017 marks the start of a new golden era for our sport and we are excited for our legions of fans.”

Many flat track races are held on dirt ovals, but the TT moniker indicates turns in both directions and a jump have been incorporated into track design for the DAYTONA TT. To showcase the high speed and intensity of the sport, the track design will feature a fast, sweeping left hand turn alongside the frontstretch of the famed circuit. The track’s unique characteristics are perfectly suited for the fast and furious nature of America’s longest running motorcycle racing championship.

“Staging the DAYTONA TT inside the motorsports stadium will expose a new group of guests to the many amenities available following the recently completed $400 million frontstretch renovation project,” DIS Track President Chip Wile said. “It’s also going to be a great opportunity for racers in American Flat Track to compete inside the Speedway battling for a coveted Daytona trophy as part of Bike Week.”

Tickets to the DAYTONA TT will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Reserved seating in the newly-renovated grandstands will start at $35 and general admission tickets will be available for $25. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas and just $10 in reserved seats.

Additional information about American Flat Track can be found at http://www.amaproracing.com/flat-track.

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. The site 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.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 www.amaproracing.com/flat-track, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Racing:
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Bryan Smith Crowned 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Champion

Crosley Brands Kawasaki Rider Bryan Smith Crowned 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Champion

September 25, 2016 | Santa Rosa Mile | Santa Rosa, Calif.

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BryanSmith

Foothill Ranch, Ca (September 26, 2016) – Bryan Smith arrived at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California this weekend with the AMA Pro Flat Track series points lead, and prepared to claim the crown. With a podium finish at the Santa Rosa Mile Smith did just that, winning the 2016 GNC1 Championship aboard his Ninja® 650 powered machine giving Kawasaki both the riders’ and manufacturers’ championship.

Leading into the Main Event, Smith remained focused and when the green flag dropped he immediately began to battle for position at the front. Within a few laps Smith and one other rider were able to pull away from the pack while battling for the lead. Smith began to lose touch with the leader but remained focused on the goal of winning the championship. Knowing that his current position was enough to win, Smith began to settle in and check off the laps. In the final laps, championship hopes began to weigh heavily as his only championship rival closed the gap. A dramatic battle played out on the final laps with Smith being able to take the advantage over his championship rival, taking the checkers and holding the championship points lead.

“I’m confident and I love the mile long tracks,” said Smith who was the fastest qualifier leading up to the heat races. “I don’t really have a strategy, that’s the good thing about myself and mile racing, I have a lot of experience. I’m one of the older guys and you can’t really make a plan ahead of time, you have to be able to react when you’re out there. Luckily, I have some experience to back up my reactions. It still seems like a dream to win the championship. The last few laps were the hardest I’ve ever raced, the track was extremely slippery and my competition was closing the gap on me. I put every last drop of energy, finesse and talent into those last five laps. I can’t thank Kawasaki enough, everyone from the company that supports me, I love them!”

Indian Motorcycle Announces 2017 Indian Wrecking Crew Team Members

Indian Motorcycle Announces 2017 Indian Wrecking Crew Team Members in Bold Bid in Return to AMA Pro Flat Track
Three World Class Racers will pilot all-new Indian Scout FTR750 race bike in historic return to racing with one goal — winning

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IndianFTR750

The Indian Scout FTR750 was piloted in its debut by AMA flat track racing legend Joe Kopp on Sunday, September 25 at the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo: Barry Hathaway/Indian Motorcycle)

September 26, 2016 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, today announced the all-star members of its 2017 Wrecking Crew. Named after the famed Wrecking Crew of the 1940s and 1950s, the three riders will make history in 2017 as Indian Motorcycle continues its bold and aggressive return to AMA Pro Flat Track racing with its first factory racing effort since 1953.

The three riders were announced at the American Motorcyclists Association Flat Track Awards banquet following the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa, California. Indian Motorcycle is committed to winning, signing three of the world’s top riders who will live up to the legacy of the Indian Wrecking Crew of the 1940’s and 50’s that included Ernie Beckman, Bill Tuman and Bobby Hill.

Indian Motorcycle 2017 Wrecking Crew Team Members:

Bryan Smith:

“Flyin” Bryan Smith, 33, from Flint, Michigan, began racing BMX at age six. He then moved to Flat Track and Ice Racing at age seven, and has been competing at the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship level since 2001, gradually climbing the ranks every year. In 2015, Smith competed in his first X Games, winning gold in the Flat Track event. Smith earned his first Grand National Championship in the 2016 season.

Brad Baker:

AMA Pro Flat Track Expert Grand National Champion Brad “The Bullet” Baker, 23, originally hailing from Dryad, Washington, is the third youngest Grand National Champion in the history of the sport. Baker won his first two career victories at the Hagerstown Maryland and Pomona California half-miles and was also the 2011 GNC Expert Rookie of the Year. Baker took a dominating win at the Santa Rosa mile.

Ricky Howerton is the team manager for Smith and Baker.

Jared Mees:

Multi-time AMA Grand National Champion Jared “Jammer” Mees, 30, won the AMA Grand National Twins Championship in 2009, the AMA Grand National Singles Championship in 2012, and the unified AMA Grand National Championship (GNC1) title in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Mees also became a Gold Medalist in the X Games in 2016, won the Superprestigio of the Americas in 2015, and the Troy Bayliss Classic in 2014. Mees earned a second place in the 2016 season. Mees’ race bike will be handled by legendary flat track tuner Kenny Tolbert.

“Indian Motorcycle has its DNA in motorcycle racing. We will continue that push towards excellence on the street and in competition with the introduction of the Indian Scout FTR750,” said Gary Gray, Product Director for Indian Motorcycle. “AMA Pro Flat Track racing is highly competitive and we leaned on a global team for this factory effort and have engaged some of the best riders to exhibit our commitment to this legendary sport. That said, we are entering the series to do one thing – win.”

Having now successfully developed a lineup of nine award-winning models, Indian Motorcycle has fully dedicated its resources to a successful return to AMA Pro Flat Track racing with a purpose-built new race-only engine, a clean sheet design race bike, and world-class racing team that reflects the history and rich heritage of the brand. Indian Motorcycle was born out of competition, and throughout its history has used racing to develop and improve the product as well as expand the appeal of the brand.

The new Indian Scout FTR750 is powered by an all-new, race-only 750cc V-Twin that was developed in-house for professional flat track competition. The chassis and overall design comes from the team at the Indian Motorcycle’s Medina, Minnesota headquarters with input from highly experienced race team personnel. The #3 Indian Scout FTR750 was piloted in its debut by AMA flat track racing legend Joe Kopp on Sunday, September 25 at the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa, California.

Kopp’s debut of the Indian Scout FTR750 was highly successful with strong heat races that put him on the inside front row for the final race. After quickly locking in his position in “the show” he attacked the Dash for Cash race and won. In the final race, Kopp took a holeshot when the green flag flew, and led the first lap. Over the course of the race the rough track conditions slowed the veteran racer, yet he still earned a solid 7th place in the final.

“Our team worked hard and had a pretty confident feeling coming into the weekend,” says Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “Our goal was to make the main event, a great achievement for a 100% new motorcycle racing a highly competitive GNC1 class. Joe was outstanding on the motorcycle and taking a strong win in the Dash for cash was an epic first AMA Checkered flag for Indian Motorcycle since the early 1950’s. With our performance this weekend, and the announcement of the new riders, we are showing our commitment to both the sport and the history and future of Indian Motorcycle.”

Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

ABOUT POLARIS® INDUSTRIES

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence globally in adjacent markets with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com

U.S. KTM RC Cup Finale

U.S.KTM RC Cup Finale – New Jersey Motorsports Park

Intense highlights from the MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup finale that produced a first-time champion in New Jersey.

The 2016 KTM RC Cup Championship was a head-to-head battle between Brandon Paasch and Anthony Mazziotto III as they pushed their KTM RC CUP RACEBIKES to the limit all season long. With high stakes on the line, both riders gave it their all at the championship finale, where only one rider emerged victorious. Check out the intense racing action that culminated at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

For more information on the KTM RC Cup, please visit www.ktmrccup.com.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Eager To Continue Action In Aragón

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Eager To Continue Action In Aragón

After the Grand Prix at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, where both Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo landed on the podium, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team heads to Aragón for one last European round before the three overseas races. The teammates are keen on another chance to fight at the front of the field at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón this weekend.

Alcaniz (Spain), 21st September 2016

After securing a double podium at Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s second home Grand Prix at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli nearly two weeks ago, the team shapes up for the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón. The fourteenth Grand Prix of the season at the MotorLand Aragón circuit holds a special significance as it‘s not just a home race for Lorenzo but the team‘s title sponsor, Movistar, has also taken title sponsorship of the Aragón round for a third year in succession.

After a strong race at his home Grand Prix where he secured second place, Rossi aims for another top result in Aragón, where he secured a podium finish in 2013 and 2015 with two third places. Over the last four races, he has been gradually reducing the margin to the championship leader to 43 points in the overall standings. This weekend the nine-time World Champion aims to hit the ground running on Friday, as he looks forward to another exciting battle with the frontrunners.

Teammate Lorenzo also arrives in Aragón with high hopes to continue the momentum of the last round at his penultimate home race of the season. His third place finish at the last round in Misano keeps the Mallorcan in third place in the championship, 18 points behind his teammate. He is eager to add another podium result to his tally at the MotorLand Aragón circuit, scoring two consecutive wins over the last two years, two second places in 2012 and 2013, and a third place podium finish in 2011.

The MotorLand Aragón circuit was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2010 and was given the IRTA Best Grand Prix of the Year award that same year. Situated near the town of Alcañiz in Northern Spain, the track is only a few hours drive from Barcelona and draws thousands of fans. The fast and challenging 5.1 km long circuit, with ten left and seven right corners and a 968 m longest straight, has one of the most spectacular elevation changes of the season and multiple flowing corners, making finding the right set-up vital.

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“We arrive in Aragón feeling positive that we can make this a great weekend. We go from our team and Valentino‘s home Grand Prix to the home race of Jorge and our title sponsor Movistar, so it will be another very special event that we are looking forward to. Our riders both like the Aragón circuit and the team‘s work ethic is as high as ever, so we feel confident that we can be ready for another close battle.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“Even though I wanted to win in Misano, I can say that it was a good race anyway. In all the next races we will do our best to get always the best result, just like we did in Misano. The only thing that interests me now is to do good races. In Aragón we will have to work well from day one, as we have been doing this entire season. This circuit has fast corners and hard braking, so it will be important to have a good bike, with a perfect set-up. I really like the track and, even if it is not one of my favourites, we will try to do our best.”

JORGE LORENZO

“Despite the high expectations in Misano, we finally could come back to the podium after some bad races. In Misano we worked really well throughout the weekend but ultimately Dani and Vale were faster than us. At least we got another podium and we found the line regarding the setting with the bike. Now it‘s time to go to Aragón. This track never suits our bike perfectly but over the last years we were able to win several times so you never know, especially this season with the new tyres everything is challenging and tricky. I‘m eager to fight on home soil and I will try to taste victory again.”

Kacy Martinez Clinches AMA National Enduro Series Championship

Kacy Martinez Clinches AMA National Enduro Series Championship at Penultimate Round

Round 8 – AMA National Enduro Series – September 18, 2016

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PARK HILLS, Mo. – It was a solid day for KTM racers at the Lead Belt National Enduro for Round 8 of the AMA National Enduro Series. FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Kacy Martinez wrapped up the Women’s A/B Championship one round early with a class win, while her Pro Class teammate Russell Bobbitt earned 2nd overall to carry his championship points lead into the final round of racing. SRT/KTM rider Steward Baylor Jr. earned his second Pro Class victory, where he moved into 2nd place in the championship standings.

Held in Park Hills, Missouri, the penultimate round saw ideal track conditions after almost two days of rainfall leading up to Sunday’s racing. Most of the course soaked up the much-needed rain but a few mudholes still lingered throughout the woods on race day.

Steward Baylor came out swinging to capture the test-one victory aboard his KTM 450 XC-F. From there, the South Carolina native didn’t miss a beat as he went on to capture three additional test-wins and two 2nd place finishes throughout the six-test competition.

Bobbitt got off to a slow start, where he finished 4th place on the opening test. Bobbitt continued to improve with each test as he powered his KTM 250 XC-F into 3rd place for the next three sections. On test four, the four-time AMA National Enduro Champion captured his first win of the day after overcoming a small crash on the waterfall crossing. Bobbitt was able to capture a close 2nd-place finish on the sixth and final test, which ultimately gave him 2nd overall for the day.

Bobbitt: “I’m feeling alright about 2nd place today. Obviously I would like to be in the center of the box but I’m heading into the final round with the points lead and I’m looking forward to a good race in Tulsa!”

Bobbitt holds a 19-point lead over S. Baylor in the Pro Class Championship Standings as the series heads into its final round in October.

SRT/KTM rider Cory Buttrick earned a top-five overall finish after a consistent string of top-five finishes, including a 3rd place finish in the final test of the day.

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kacy Martinez clinched the 2016 AMA National Enduro Championship after securing her 5th victory of the season in the Women’s A/B Class. Martinez led her class the entire day while maintaining an impressive position inside the top 50 overall out of over 400 riders.

Martinez: “I couldn’t be happier about winning this championship! I would like to thank the entire KTM crew for all their support and hard work, and for believing in me. I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to this point and I’m so thankful for everyone that has supported me along the way.”

Next Event: October 23, 2016 – Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Overall Results
Steward Baylor Jr. – KTM
Russell Bobbitt – KTM
Josh Strang
Grant Baylor
Cory Buttrick – KTM
Nick Fahringer
Ryder Lafferty
Dylan MacRitchie
Nathan Federer
Drew Higgins – KTM

Women’s A/B Results
Kacy Martinez – KTM
Jamie Wells
Sarah Baldwin
Destiny Slawson – KTM
Kristina Zmuda – KTM
Danielle Slawson – KTM
Dawn Silvia
Megan Kennon – KTM
Tayler Bonecutter
Lauren Stretz – KTM

Overall Championship Standings
Russell Bobbitt – 199
Steward Baylor Jr. – 182
Grant Baylor – 171
Josh Strang – 139
Jesse Groemm – 109

Women’s A/B Championship Standings
Kacy Martinez – 200
Shawn Davidson – 156
Ashlee Applewhite – 124