Vance & Hines Named Presenting Sponsor of AFT Twins class

Vance & Hines named Presenting Sponsor of AFT Twins class in multi-year renewal with American Flat Track

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AFT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2017) – American Flat Track proudly announces a renewed, multi-year partnership with Vance & Hines as the Presenting Sponsor of the premier AFT Twins class. Beginning with the 2017 season, the class, which headlines the re-envisioned series and continues the legacy of the Grand National Championship, will now be known as AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines.

“Vance & Hines’ involvement in American Flat Track racing has been tremendous,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “Their continued support and willingness to help grow this high-intensity sport is greatly appreciated and we look forward to having them return for another season.”

A company born from racing, Vance & Hines grew to be a leader in aftermarket motorcycle parts, from its distinctive V-twin exhaust systems to a wide range of products across the powersports world. The American manufacturer has been involved in a variety of motorcycle racing disciplines, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle, AMA Superbikes, and more recently professional Flat Track racing. In 2014, Vance & Hines became the Presenting Sponsor for the former GNC1 class – now AFT Twins. The company was eager to offer their support of the new, golden era of American Flat Track and is excited to be a part of the sport’s expansion.

“There’s never been a better time to be involved in Flat Track racing,” said Terry Vance, Chairman of Vance & Hines. “The sport is growing rapidly, and more and more you see the youth in America buying all brands of 750cc twin-cylinder motorcycles. At Vance & Hines, we want to be out in front of that movement and, in my opinion, there’s no better place to do that than American Flat Track. We’re proud to return for the third year as the presenting sponsor of AFT’s premier class.”

For more information about Vance & Hines, please visit their website at http://www.vanceandhines.com/.

American Flat Track will kick off the 2017 season during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities on Thursday, March 16 with the all-new DAYTONA TT, built inside the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway. The DAYTONA TT will mark the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing, and the “World Center of Racing” will serve as the first battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. 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 on NBCSN, while FansChoice.tv provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. FansChoice.tv 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.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About Vance & Hines:
Vance & Hines is an American manufacturer of aftermarket motorcycle performance parts with factories in Santa Fe Springs, California and Brownsburg, Indiana. While we are best known for our distinctive exhaust systems for big twin cruisers, you may be surprised to know that we also make a wide range of parts and accessories for nearly every form of vehicle in the powersports world. The company’s founders, Terry Vance and Byron Hines shared a passion for the quarter mile from the early days of motorcycle drag racing. But they also shared a vision of creating a company that would be a pillar of the motorcycle aftermarket, and they used their unrivaled achievements in racing to build a brand that would unmistakably stand for quality and performance. This same formula drives Vance & Hines today, from our continuing involvement in many disciplines of racing to our commitment to making the kinds of products that get people excited about motorcycling. From metal forming to smartphone-driven electronics, we believe pushing the envelope for design and technology is the way forward. At the end of the day, our goal is not just to make an American-made product, but to create products that inspire motorcyclists around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.vanceandhines.com/.

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 http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Dungey Climbs Back on Top in Atlanta

Dungey Climbs Back on Top in Atlanta, While Baggett Earns First-Career Podium Finish

Round 8 – AMA Supercross Championship – February 25, 2017

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RyanDungey

ATLANTA, Ga. – It was a stellar night of racing for the KTM brand as orange riders filled two of the three 450SX podium positions, as well as one step of the 250SX East podium on Saturday night for Round 8 of the AMA Supercross Championship. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey returned to the top of the box with his second victory of the season at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, while Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/WPS/KTM’s Blake Baggett earned his first-career podium in the premier class. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Alex Martin bounced back from a tough season opener last weekend to capture 2nd place in the 250SX East division.

Dungey was seeded into 450SX Heat 1, where he shot off the line aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to lead all seven laps of the heat race. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Trey Canard ran into bad luck early on when he collided with another rider and went down, ultimately finishing outside of a qualifying position.

In 450SX Heat 2, Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/WPS/KTM’s Blake Baggett put himself out front early on where he rode his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to a career-first 450SX heat race win. Musquin got off to a top-five start where he finished 3rd to transfer into the Main Event.

Canard lined up for 450SX Semi 2, where he led from start to finish aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION.

450SX Main Event
Dungey put himself into a favorable position off the start as he put his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION out front on the opening lap. Despite brutal track conditions in Atlanta, Dungey was able to maintain a solid pace out front to lead all 24 laps of the Main Event. Dungey’s second victory of the season puts the three-time champion 25 points ahead of his teammate Musquin in the championship standings as the season hits its halfway point.

Dungey: “We changed a few small things with the bike but for me it was nice to just get back to Florida – it was my first full week where I got to kind of chill out so it was nice, that always helps and I got to ride with the guys at the track. Things kind of slowed down a little bit for a change and the changes we made during the week really related to the night and benefited us. It doesn’t always happen like that but like Eli said, the track was gone – it was nasty and rough. It was nice to get out front and open up a little bit of a gap. I saw where Eli was and just tried to manage it, hit my marks and get a win, so it was nice.”

It was a spectacular night for Baggett, who earned his first-career 450SX heat race victory, as well as his first podium appearance in the premier class. With a good choice in gate following a his heat race victory, Baggett got off to a great start inside the top three, where he quickly made the pass for 2nd by lap three. From there, Baggett chased after the leader Dungey for a majority of the race. However, a hard-charging Tomac was able to steal the 2nd place position in the final laps, where Baggett ultimately finished with a solid 3rd place.

Baggett: “We have been plugging away – the whole team – and I’m getting more comfortable on the bike and I’m loving it. We’re getting better and better each weekend and I can’t thank the team and sponsors enough for believing in me and helping me get up here tonight.”

Musquin began the Main Event just outside the top ten after a bad start allowed him to get caught up in heavy traffic on the opening lap, including a chaotic run through the loose sand section. As far back as 13th on lap one, Musquin immediately went to work in climbing his way back to the front. Musquin laid down several fast laps to bring himself back inside the top five, where he ultimately came back to finish 5th in the Main Event.

250SX East Main Event
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith got off to a great start aboard his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, with his teammate Alex Martin close in tow. The two KTM riders set the pace in the opening laps until Zach Osborne inherited the lead on lap six. While battling for the 2nd place position, Smith and Martin came together briefly and Smith dropped back one position to 3rd. Martin took over 2nd and held strong to the end, where he captured a solid 2nd place finish following a tough weekend in Minnesota where he experienced a big crash that left him sidelined for the opening round of the 250SX East Championship.

Martin: “It was pretty cool to start off 1-2 with my teammate Jordon but he made a little mistake on the on-off and I just kind of came around the outside and did the on-off and when we came to the inside we kind of collided there and unfortunately I sent him over. Luckily he kept it on two wheels and I was able to keep it on two wheels and make it up to 2nd.”

Martin added: “I’m not going to lie, that was a tough pill to swallow [last round] especially in front of the hometown crowd to walk back to the pits and know that you basically took a DNF, but on Sunday I woke up and realized we have eight races left and 200 points on the table and I’ve just been feeling way too good during the off season on the bike and getting along with the team and honestly to get 2nd tonight, it feels really good.”

Smith dropped a couple of positions in the second half of the race to ultimately finish 5th for the night, where he sits 3rd in the championship standings after two rounds of racing.

Next Event: Round 9 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – March 4, 2017

450SX Main Event Results
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Eli Tomac
3. Blake Baggett (KTM)
4. Jason Anderson
5. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
6. Cole Seely
7. Chad Reed
8. Justin Brayton
9. Josh Grant
10. Dean Wilson
11. Trey Canard (KTM)

450SX Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey (174)
2. Marvin Musquin (149)
3. Eli Tomac (147)
4. Cole Seely (138)
5. Jason Anderson (121)

250SX East Main Event Results
1. Zach Osborne
2. Alex Martin (KTM)
3. Colt Nichols
4. Joey Savatgy
5. Jordon Smith (KTM)

250SX East Championship Standings
1. Zach Osborne (45)
2. Joey Savatgy (43)
3. Jordon Smith (38)
4. RJ Hampshire (18)
5. Adam Cianciarulo (16)

Dunlop Expands Support of American Flat Track Series

Dunlop expands support of American Flat Track series

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AFT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (Feb. 23, 2017) – Dunlop Motorcycle Tires proudly announces a new level of support for the growing American Flat Track series (AFT). As the Official Motorcycle Tire for the series through 2019, Dunlop is stepping up technical support in the form of additional tire choices, along with a higher level of contingency payouts to the racers.

At select rounds for the AFT Twins class, competitors will have the option of choosing between two Dunlop DT3 tire compound tires; this allows racers to match tire setup to specific track conditions on race day, thereby introducing a new level of race craft and competition. The race venues will be announced in advance, and the DT3 options will be offered for trackside sales to AFT Twins teams.

In addition, Dunlop will increase contingency offerings by nearly 300 percent and expand payout to first- through fifth-place finishers in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes. Payout will be $500, $400, $300, $200 and $100 for the respective finishers.

“Dunlop is bringing an expanded degree of support to the AFT series in two important ways,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “This new contingency program benefits a greater number of racers, and the new tire options will bring more excitement to the racing as well. We are proud to have Dunlop as a partner, a company which understands racing and is fully committed to helping us grow the sport.”

“A made-in-America series such as American Flat Track deserves the best made-in-America tires, and that’s what we offer with the Dunlop DT3,” said Mike Buckley, Dunlop Motorcycle’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Dunlop is the only brand developing and manufacturing motorcycle tires in the U.S.A. and the additions to the DT3 offerings, which is manufactured in our Buffalo, N.Y. plant, is a great example of our commitment to help grow and evolve the sport.”

American Flat Track will kick off the 2017 season during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities on Thursday, March 16 with the all-new DAYTONA TT, built inside the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway. The DAYTONA TT will mark the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing, and the “World Center of Racing” will serve as the first battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. 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 on NBCSN, while FansChoice.tv provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. FansChoice.tv 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.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About Dunlop Motorcycle Tires
Dunlop’s commitment to American racing runs deep: In addition to Dunlop’s American Flat Track commitment, Dunlop is the official tire of MotoAmerica road racing, and is the official tire of AMA Monster Energy Supercross.

Dunlop is the largest supplier of original equipment and replacement motorcycle tires in the U.S. and the only manufacturer of motorcycle tires in North America. For more information, visit www.DunlopMotorcycleTires.com.

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 http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

The Revival 140

The Revival 140

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Revival140

A long time client and good friend of the shop had a small mishap on his Confederate Hellcat due to a brake failure. Instead of a simple repair to the dented tank or the scratched engine, he turned to his friends at Revival and asked for some inspired ideas on a possible transformation beyond its factory looks. Of all the projects Revival has undertaken, this was by far the most challenging design-wise. Not necessarily from a technical standpoint, as the original chassis and most of the electrics would remain, but from a purely aesthetic point of view. The challenge lay simply in the fact that the Confederate Hellcat (and all Confederates for that matter) have a very distinct visual design ethos and it isn’t exactly an empty canvas that will easily accept changes. Alan, our founder, obsessed over sketching out many simple drawings, images, shapes, cardboard bucks, and taped line drawings. The final winning design came from a combination of several inputs from the team as always. Built into Revival’s DNA is that a team’s vision and execution is better than any one person’s and there is no better example of that coming true than with this Confederate project. A cohesive design only came together for the project when the group chimed in.
The major restrictions were to keep the frame/engine/suspension untouched mostly original, yet transform the motorcycle into something that properly paid homage to the original. Many might say that a Confederate is enough on its own, but how could Revival NOT take advantage of this damaged machine and take it a few steps further in the styling department?

A hand formed alloy fuel tank was sculpted to fit the Hellcat’s backbone and the new more upright seating position. Then a CNC-machined subframe was fabricated in a similar way that the original was, but in this case it ended up being entirely more organically shaped. With the intention of raising the seat height and hiding the ECU new shapes were totally necessary for the cockpit. Inspired by the original seat, Revival stitched up bespoke leather seat. A hand formed alloy tail section has been fabricated along with a unique fuel tank. Once the fuel tank and tail section were in place, complementary asymmetric panels covering the oil cooler on the left hand side and the air intake on the right hand side were fabricated. The mesh screen was laser cut to match the primary cover screens, as well.

From there, Revival utilized a xenon projector headlight from and Audi S8 and built a hand-formed alloy surround to give the nose more visual interest. The original exhaust was deemed unsightly and simply covered the engine up entirely too much. Therefore a new stainless steel exhaust was built complete with a hand-built 2-into-1 silencer that hangs down and exits beneath the engine towards the ground. The grumble and sound that results is intoxicating. One of the finer touches of the earlier Hellcats was the bellypan/muffler which was removed on later models due to fabrication failures. As an homage to its roots a new hand shaped alloy bellypan has been fabricated to conceal the exhaust and engine underside with hidden exhaust cutouts and mesh air scoop insert that allows for more airflow and a smooth clean appearance.

To make the motorcycle more comfortable and controllable, a bespoke handlebar clamp was machined to remove the factory clip-on bars and more carefully blend with the Confederate triple clamps. This improves the rider ergonomics greatly and means a day-long ride won’t kill the rider. Revival Cycles’ own push-button alloy housings have been fitted to the handlebars along with alloy push buttons for a simple cockpit that feels and functions as good as it looks. Beringer brake and clutch controls compliments of Confederate round out the controls for incredible braking power.

At the end of the day Revival considers this to be their most challenging design yet and couldn’t be happier with how well it turned out. Revival dubbed this one “The Revival 140” as any motorcycle that weighs less than 500 pounds and has 140 foot pounds of torque DESERVES to be known by that name.

Starting Platform​:
● Manufacturer: Confederate
● Year: 2012
● Model: X132 Hellcat
● Weight (wet): 498 lbs

Revival Cycles Website Parts: ​MotoGadget M-unit

Revival Designed Parts:​ ​Handlebar button housings, handlebar mounting system, Subframe, Gas tank, tail section, headlight surround, oil cooler shroud, air cleaner shroud

Material:​ 3” 120 Wall Hard Steel Backbone; 3” 120 Wall Hard Steel Down Tube; Hand Tig Welded Fabrication

Geometry:​ Wheelbase: 62.5” ; Rake: 23.5 Degrees; Trail: 3.8”

Bodywork:​Hand formed alloy fuel tank, tail section, headlight surround, oil cooler shroud, air intake shroud, belly pan

Suspension:​ Front: Marzocchi RAC 50mm Fork; Rebound and Compression Adjustable for Low and High Speed Actuation

Rear​: Custom Race Tech Coil-Over-Shock; Rebound and Compression Adjustable for Low and High Speed Actuation

Wheels:​ BST Carbon Fiber
● Front: 3.5” x 17”
● Rear: 6”x 17”

Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso
● Front: 120/70 ZR
● Rear: 190/55 ZR

Electrical:​ ​MotoGadget M-unit

Lighting:​ XXXX Projector headlight, LED SuperNova tail lights / brake light, MotoGadget M-Blaze disc bar end turn signals, LED rear turn signals

Ignition System:
● Rick’s ElectroMotorSport CDI w/ adjustable rev limiter
● Dyna coil

Engine:
● X132 Copperhead; 132 cubic inches (2,163 cc); 56° Fuel Injected V-Twin; 4.4” Bore x 4.4” Stroke; One-piece Forged Crank; Journal Bearing Design

Power:
● Torque: 140 Foot Pounds
● Horsepower: 132 BHP
● Exhaust: Revival Cycles fabricated stainless steel 2 into 2 exhaust / muffler
● Unitized case: Machined 6061 Aircraft-Grade Billet Aluminum

Transmission:
● Confederate Patented 5-Speed Close Ratio; Patented Output Shaft Bearing Support System
● Controls:Controls: Mid-Rear
● Handlebars: ​LSL Street Tracker bend
● Seating: Solo Seat
● Seat Height: 31”

Throttle:
● Front Brake Master: Berringer
● Clutch Master: Berringer

Brakes:
● Front: Dual Beringer 4 Piston AEROTEC Radial Calipers; Dual Beringer AERONAL
● Floating Stainless Steel Discs
● Brakes: Rear: Single 2 Piston Brembo Monoblock Caliper; Cross-drilled Brembo Stainless Steel Disc

Instrumentation:​
● Motogadget Precision Analogue Tachometer
● Digital Speed, Status

Additional information available: https://revivalcycles.com

KTM Announces its Red Bull KTM MotoGP Fan Pack

KTM Announces its Red Bull KTM MotoGP Fan Pack for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

KTM North America Inc. introduces a unique experience for road racing fans in the U.S.

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RedBullKTMMotoGPFanPack

MURRIETA, Calif. – Road racing fans from all over the world can experience the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in a unique fashion this April 21-23 as KTM North America, Inc. introduces its Red Bull KTM MOTOGP Fan Pack for the one-and-only U.S. MotoGP stop at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.

The Red Bull KTM MOTOGP Fan Pack gives orange bleeders a unique opportunity to watch the world’s best road racers in true READY TO RACE style! The KTM MotoGP team will make its U.S. debut with the incredible KTM RC16, marking the first time for KTM to be represented in all three MotoGP classes in North America. To gain exclusive access to the event and behind-the-scenes action, KTM is offering fans in the U.S., Mexico and Canada an experience of a lifetime with the Red Bull KTM MOTOGP Fan Pack!

RED BULL KTM MOTOGP FAN PACK INCLUDES

  • Weekend Admission (Friday – Sunday)
  • KTM Grandstand Seating (Turn 15)
  • Red Bull KTM Backpack
  • Red Bull KTM T-Shirt
  • Red Bull KTM Hat
  • Red Bull Drink
  • Red Bull KTM Lanyard
  • Cost: $300 per package

Tickets are available now! Please note, ticket and seat assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis and availability is limited. Participants will pick up their pack, which includes their admission ticket(s), on-site at the event. For more information on the Red Bull KTM MotoGP Fan Pack or to secure your spot, please visit www.ktm.com/us/news/usa/2017-red-bull-ktm-motogp-fan-pack/.

Bonnier Motorcycle Group Assumes Operation of EnduroCross Series

Bonnier Motorcycle Group Assumes Operation of EnduroCross Series
Great growth opportunity for the popular indoor off-road race series

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ColtonHaaker

IRVINE, CALIF. (February 21, 2017) – Effective today, Bonnier Motorcycle Group, owners of popular motorcycle media properties, including Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Dirt Rider and Hot Bike, has agreed to terms to take over ownership of the popular EnduroCross indoor off-road race series from TEN: The Enthusiast Network (TEN). The AMA-sanctioned series is known for exciting action that brings all of the elements of extreme off-road motorcycle racing indoors. EnduroCross allows the top off-road motorcycle racers in the world to showcase their talents in front of thousands of race fans that can enjoy the action from the comfort of an arena seat.

“We see tremendous growth potential for the EnduroCross series,” stated Corey Eastman, Director of Consumer Engagement at Bonnier Motorcycle Group. “Off-roading is a foundational part of motorcycling in the United States and EnduroCross is the only form of indoor racing that puts all of the skill and excitement of off-roading in an easy to watch format.”

Longtime Director of EnduroCross Sales and Marketing, Lance Bryson, will be joining the Bonnier team to continue his role.

“I have worked on the EnduroCross series for more than ten years now and it is an amazing show that allows the riders, motorcycle manufacturers and aftermarket accessory companies to showcase their skills and products,” Bryson stated. “Joining the Bonnier team will help increase the awareness and growth of EnduroCross. To add EnduroCross to their already existing portfolio and leverage the strength of DIRT RIDER is huge and will showcase the synergy between all their properties.”

Also, part of the acquisition, Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross, the US Open of Supercross, two-wheel sports organizer for X Games, MiniMotoSX, Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro and trusted advisor on events around the globe, will also be joining the Bonnier team.

“The enthusiasm of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group team will be a great catalyst for the growth of EnduroCross,” stated Peronnard. “I’m extremely excited to be part of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group!”

The Bonnier Motorcycle Group Consumer Engagement division produces several consumer programs, each with a focus on giving participants the opportunity for a great riding experience, all presented by GEICO Motorcycle. These experiences include: The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, HighPipe, Track Day Shootout, Adventure Rally Series and Hot Bike Tour. The EnduroCross series adds a dirt-bike racing element to Bonnier’s event portfolio.

“EnduroCross is a perfect fit for Bonnier and its stable of motorcycle-focused media assets,” said Norb Garrett, Executive Vice President and General Manager of TEN’s Sports and Entertainment Group. “We’re happy that the series will continue to grow under Bonnier’s stewardship as we continue to focus on digital transformation around our core brands.”

2017 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Las Vegas, NV         August 19
Reno, NV                   September 23
Denver, CO               September 30
Everett, WA              October 14
Phoenix, AZ              October 28
Boise, ID                    November 4
Ontario, CA               November 18

About TEN: The Enthusiast Network: TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier transmedia network of enthusiast brands, such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, and GRINDTV. With more than 60 websites, 50 publications, 50 annual events, the Motor Trend OnDemand subscription video-on-demand service, as well as the world’s largest automotive and action/adventure sports media platforms, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit enthusiastnetwork.com.

About Bonnier Corporation: Bonnier Corporation is one of the largest special-interest publishing groups in the United States, with more than 30 multichannel brands extending into all platforms including magazines, digital media, books, events and product licensing. Bonnier Corp.’s brands include Popular Science, Saveur, Field & Stream, Popular Photography, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Cycle World, Working Mother and Outdoor Life. Bonnier Corp. is owned by Sweden-based Bonnier AB, a multichannel media conglomerate operating in 15 countries.

Spanish Flat Trackers to go Head-to-Head With Stars of AFT

Spanish Flat Trackers to go head-to-head with stars of American Flat Track at DAYTONA TT
Cardús, Serra team up with Baker, Mees for Operation Daytona

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AFT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2017) – On March 16, American Flat Track (AFT) will unveil its re-envisioning of America’s original extreme sport as the series kicks off the 2017 season with the inaugural DAYTONA TT. Most of the attention will be attracted to the sport’s premier AFT Twins class, a continuation of the historic Grand National Championship, as it enters its 64th consecutive year of competition. Spain, however, will turn its eyes to the AFT Singles class as two of the top riders from the inaugural Spanish Flat Track Championship (RFME Flat Track Cup) – reigning Champion Ferrán Cardús and runner-up Franc Serra – will make their American Flat Track debut at the “World Center of Racing.”

The DAYTONA TT will be held under the bright lights inside Daytona International Speedway during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities. The event will mark the first time that the series has raced a TT track on twin-cylinder motorcycles in 20 years and the first time that factory efforts from Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle have competed head-to-head since 1953.

As part of AFT´s program to increase international awareness and support of the most American form of professional motorcycle racing, the organizers of the American Flat Track championship have invited Cardús and Serra, and provided them with competitive machines and support to go up against the best Flat Track riders in the world.

Many of the rules in the Spanish Flat Track Championship are modeled after the American Flat Track rulebook, but the Spaniards will have to battle jetlag while adapting to new motorcycles and crew members. To get up to speed quickly, the stars from Spain have aligned with two Grand National Champions for the event. Cardús has teamed up with Brad Baker for the event, while Serra will ride the Honda CRF450F piloted by Jared Mees to a second-place finish at last year’s Peoria TT. The two AFT rivals, now part of the Indian Wrecking Crew, are each stepping up to mentor the top young Spaniards.

Baker has worked with Cardús since the American´s first appearance in Spain at the Superprestigio of Barcelona in December of 2014. The 2013 Grand National Champion has stepped up to help Cardús not just for Daytona, but the first three rounds of the Championship.

“I started working with Ferrán because I saw his potential. In the last couple of years, the Spanish riders have really improved,” Baker said. “I am getting behind Cardús, pulling a team together for him and putting him on one of my bikes at Daytona, Georgia and Charlotte.”

As for Cardús, it’s a dream come true for the road racer turned flat tracker to go up against the sport’s best in American Flat Track.

“From the first time I saw Brad ride here, I realized just how much I had to learn,” Cardús said. “For me it is a dream come true. It´s a big opportunity for me to evolve as a rider because here, there are a few fast riders but in AFT I know everyone will be tough to beat. It will be a big challenge to ride those opening rounds. I´ve been riding Flat Track only two years. The new National series gave me a chance to step up and ride on bigger tracks. Flat Track has come a long way in a short time and I hope it just keeps getting better.”

While Mees hasn’t built the same relationship as Baker and Cardús, the three-time Grand National Champion looks forward to helping Serra.

“The kid seems to have great talent,” Mees said. “Also, I feel it’s nice to give back as every time I went to Spain and raced the RPM Superprestigio I was treated first-class. I’m excited to have him ride my bike.”

Serra is looking forward to the opportunity to make his debut in American Flat Track so he can raise his level in Flat Track to try and take home the Spanish No. 1 plate in 2017.

“I am very happy to have been invited to Daytona and grateful to the promoters of AFT and of the Spanish Championship for making this happen,” Serra said. “I would also like to thank Bell Helmets for their support. I really didn’t expect it. I´m not kidding myself about the level of racing that I´ll encounter in Daytona. I’ve been watching videos of last year’s races and studying the top guys. I’m going to learn and also to show, the best I can, the level of Spanish Flat Track. My goal is to give it all I’ve got, learn what I can, and then come back and fight for the Spanish number-one plate in 2017.”

Serra’s sponsor, Bell Helmets, has also expressed excitement in his journey to the states and partnership with Bell athlete Mees.

“We’re honored to take part and help out Franc on his journey to the DAYTONA TT,” said Christopher Killen, Marketing Manager of Bell Helmets. “Mees has been an incredible ambassador and Champion for Bell Helmets. When we heard that he was to team up and provide Serra with his battle-tested Honda CRF450R, we knew that this opportunity could not be passed up. At the end of the day, we’re fans of Flat Track racing at heart and feel this endeavor is good for the sport on a domestic and global level.”

Similarly, both Championships look forward to the racing exchange program.

“American Flat Track enters a new era in 2017,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “It seems fitting that we celebrate our very American heritage by extending invitations to compete to international riders who have fallen under the spell of our great sport.”

Iana Petrova-Noyes, CEO of On Track Motorsports, promoters of the RFME Copa de Flat Track echoed the sentiment of seeing professional Flat Track grow on a national and international level.

“We believe in the talent of our riders and the objective of our Championship is to see our riders succeed as true professionals,” said Petrova-Noyes. “For us, AFT is the MotoGP of Flat Track. Now, thanks to AFT, two of our best young flat trackers will have a unique chance to experience a U.S. National on the biggest stage in the world, Daytona. We call this adventure ‘Operation Daytona.'”

American Flat Track will kick off the 2017 season during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities on Thursday, March 16 with the all-new DAYTONA TT, built inside the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway. The DAYTONA TT will mark the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing, and the “World Center of Racing” will serve as the first battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. 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 on NBCSN, while FansChoice.tv provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. FansChoice.tv 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.nbcsports.com/ and 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 http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Sunoco and AFT Sign Multi-Year Renewal

Sunoco and American Flat Track sign multi-year renewal starting in 2017
Sunoco named Official Fuel of American Flat Track for ninth consecutive season

SunocoAFT
SunocoAFT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2017) – American Flat Track and Sunoco are proud to announce a renewed multi-year partnership in 2017 naming Sunoco as the Official Fuel of American Flat Track. Sunoco has had a long-standing relationship with American Flat Track and will continue to support the sport with the Sunoco Go the Distance Award, which will be presented to athletes in both AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes.

Returning for a ninth consecutive season as the Official Fuel, Sunoco Supreme 112 will be the exclusive fuel used in American Flat Track competition for 2017. The quality and consistency of Sunoco Supreme 112 fuels the intense competition amongst the best Flat Track racers on the globe week in and week out.

“Sunoco continues to support the sport of Pro Flat Track racing and we are very grateful for their partnership,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The Sunoco brand is regarded as the choice fuel for racing and we are delighted for them to renew their commitment as we launch the new American Flat Track series in 2017.”

The Sunoco Go the Distance Award will be presented to the top three finishers in both AFT Twins and AFT Singles classes who have accrued the most mileage during competition sessions over the course of the 2017 season. The awards will be distributed at the year-end banquet.

“There is no better place to demonstrate the performance quality of Sunoco fuels than on the race track,” said Fred McConnell, Sunoco Director of Fuels Marketing. “Sunoco has been fueling victories with American Flat Track for many years, and we are proud to continue this partnership.”

For more information about Sunoco, please visit their website at https://www.sunoco.com/.

American Flat Track will kick off the 2017 season during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities on Thursday, March 16 with the all-new DAYTONA TT, built inside the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway. The DAYTONA TT will mark the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing, and the “World Center of Racing” will serve as the first battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. 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 on NBCSN, while FansChoice.tv provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. FansChoice.tv 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.nbcsports.com/ and 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 http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Zero Motorcycles Names Samuel Paschecl as CEO

ZERO MOTORCYCLES NAMES SAMUEL PASCHEL AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

— A leader in enthusiast consumer and tech businesses takes the helm —

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Zero

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (February 21, 2017) – Zero Motorcycles, the fast-growing global leader in electric motorcycles, today named Samuel Paschel as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Paschel comes to Zero with over 20 years of leadership and business experience in enthusiast consumer and tech businesses, including Skullcandy, Burton Snowboards and Giro Sports Design.  In his most recent role as Chief Commercial Officer for Skullcandy, he drove product innovation, marketing and commercial activities and was responsible for the P&L performance of several brands in the Skullcandy portfolio.  Prior to Skullcandy, during his tenures at Burton and Giro, he held management and leadership positions in marketing, engineering, product development, various division P&L responsibilities and general management roles.  He is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a BS in engineering and an enthusiastic motorcycle owner, rider and amateur mechanic.

“The entire board is delighted that Sam is taking the helm of Zero Motorcycles,” said Philippe Amouyal, Managing Director of The Invus Group, LLC, the investment group that has fueled the growth of Zero Motorcycles with its strong financial backing. “Sam is an inspirational leader with deep understanding of enthusiast consumers, passion sports, product innovation, technology, marketing and channels.  His leadership and management acumen will help Zero’s experienced management team further accelerate the industry transformation it is leading.  Zero has embodied the appeal and thrill of electric motorcycles and Sam will lead the company to amaze and delight an ever-growing family of riders.”

“I’m deeply impressed with the level of engagement and skill of the Zero team and I’m excited and honored to come on board as the new CEO of Zero Motorcycles,” said Sam Paschel.  “Throughout my career, I’ve worked in categories and with brands that inspire great loyalty and have been part of organizations that led movements and engaged with vibrant subcultures and communities. At Zero Motorcycles we have the opportunity to tap into the deep passions that are part of both the EV movement and the powersports community to build a remarkable brand. I’m confident with the team in place at Zero and the support of Invus that we can use our leadership position in electric motorcycles and drivetrains to not only build an amazing business, but to fundamentally transform transportation.”

About Zero Motorcycles Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing innovative electric motorcycles to market with exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development in the design and execution of products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to remain the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.
Every Zero motorcycle is designed and built in California.

Become a fan of Zero Motorcycles on Facebook, follow Zero Motorcycles on Twitter @ZeroMC and Instagram @ZeroMotorcycles, and find us on YouTube at www.youtube.com/zeromotorcycles.

For more information on Zero Motorcycles or to learn more about its complete motorcycle line, including the Zero S, Zero SR, Zero DS, Zero DSR, Zero FX, and Zero FXS motorcycles, visit www.zeromotorcycles.com.

Joey Savatgy Keeps Win Streak Alive in Minneapolis

Joey Savatgy Keeps Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Win Streak Alive in Minneapolis

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JoeySavatgy

Minneapolis (February 18, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy kept a personal and team win streak alive as he claimed the first victory of the 2017 Eastern Regional 250SX Championship inside U.S. Bank Stadium. While Savatgy extended the Pro Circuit win streak to five, he also continued his win streak started at the final race in Las Vegas last season. Teammate Adam Cianciarulo overcame a tough start to finish fifth.

Savatgy was just edged out for the top spot in qualifying, but had no problem claiming his first heat race win of the season. In the main event, Savatgy got a great start and settled in behind the leader on the opening laps. Just before halfway, he was able to get by the leader and bring home another win for the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team.

“It was a tight track that was a bit tricky,” said Savatgy. “I just tried to stay close to the leader and was able to get around him. We have some stuff we can work on this week and I’m really looking forward to the race this weekend in Atlanta.”

In his first supercross race back since 2014, Cianciarulo was ready to shake off the cobwebs and prove his speed on the track. He qualified fourth overall and finished just behind his teammate in the heat race for second. Once the main event kicked off, Cianciarulo had a bit of work to do after a mid-pack start but he was up to the challenge and made passes all the way up fifth.

“I think I rode pretty tight since it has been a few years I’ve been behind a supercross starting gate,” said Cianciarulo. “I think my confidence is there and happy that we got some good points out of my first race back as we head to Atlanta.”

To find out more about Pro Circuit products, visit www.procircuit.com. Don’t forget to follow the Pro Circuit race team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the handle @pcraceteam.

250SX Class Main Event Results
Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
Jordon Smith (KTM)
Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
RJ Hampshire (Honda)
Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)
Luke Renzland (Yamaha)
Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
Colt Nichols (Yamaha)

About Pro Circuit
Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages and everything in between.

Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline “We Race.” Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 29 AMA championships and more than 250 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.