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BRP Unveils Race-Inspired Can-Am Maverick X3

BRP unveils race-inspired Can-Am Maverick X3 at Phoenix International Raceway

PHOENIX, ARIZONA–(Marketwired – Nov. 13, 2016)

BRPMaverick
BRPMaverick

BRP (TSX:DOO) unveiled a race-inspired Can-Am Maverick X3 Daytona Package during the Can-Am 500, the NASCAR Sprint Cup race being held at Phoenix International Raceway this week-end. Inspired by race fans, the vehicle combines features leading Maverick X3 performance and design characteristics along with and a distinctly stock-car appearance.

“It’s a privilege to welcome BRP, a world leader in the powersports industry, to Phoenix International Raceway with its strong Can-Am brand,” said Joie Chitwood III, Chief Operating Officer of International Speedway Corporation. “Can-Am has made a solid commitment towards motorsports and the unveiling of the Can-Am Maverick X3 Daytona Package is another evidence of this commitment.”

The defiantly-designed, precise and powerful Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle is built to conquer even the most demanding terrain. With its 154-hp turbocharged inline 3-cylinder Rotax engine and the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds, the vehicle is all about performance, which is something all race fans appreciate.

“With the Can-Am Maverick X3 vehicle, we set a goal to deliver a clear leader in the sport segment, and our teams worked together and produced a bold vehicle with incredible looks, agility and performance,” said José Boisjoli, BRP’s president and CEO. “We believe race fans will enjoy this dedicated Daytona-inspired look.”

BRP’s Can-Am brand will be present on the NASCAR circuit for the next two years through its collaboration with the GoFAS No.32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, in association with the Kappa and Cyclops Gear brands. The agreement provides Can-Am with the opportunity to sponsor 36 races, 13 as primary sponsor.

The agreement includes two race title sponsorships- the Can-Am Duel at Daytona and the Can-Am 500 in Phoenix for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

About BRP
BRP (TSX:DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.8 billion from over 100 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,900 people worldwide.

Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Rotax, Can-Am, Maverick, X3 and the BRP logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway recently completed a $400 million frontstretch renovation project that transformed the “World Center of Racing” into the world’s only motorsports stadium. Improvements included wider, more comfortable seats, five expanded and redesigned entrances, 40 escalators and upgraded amenities throughout the 11 football-field size neighborhoods. The new stadium was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year. Daytona International Speedway is the home of “The Great American Race” – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. New to the calendar for 2016 are the Country 500 music festival on Memorial Day Weekend and the Ferrari World Finals on Dec. 1-4. In addition to at least eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

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

Daytona
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.

Jake Johnson Wins Round Two of DAYTONA Flat Track

Jake Johnson Wins Round Two of Season-Opening AMA Pro Flat Track Race on the DAYTONA Flat Track

FlatTrack
FlatTrack

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Mar. 12, 2016) – Jake Johnson (No. 5 Honda CRF450R) came out on top in a two-lap tussle with Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Yamaha YZ450F) in the opening stages of Friday night’s Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines 25-lap main event at the DAYTONA Flat Track to score his first AMA Pro Flat Track race victory since his 2011 Grand National Championship season.

Johnson led teammate Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (No. 2 Honda CRF450R) across the finish line by 1.851 seconds to give Zanotti Racing a one-two finish in the second and final main event of the season-opening AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader on the quarter-mile DAYTONA track.

Johnson won in GNC1 for the first time since 2011’s season-ending race on the Pomona Half-Mile in California, his fourth victory in that year’s title-winning season.

“It’s been a while since I’ve won a race,” Johnson said. “It’s been since 2011 and oddly enough it was one of the last times that I rode for Zanotti. I kind of had a dry spell but we got back together and we did it again. It’s awesome to go one-two with my teammate. It was nice enough of Kenny to let me have this one. He has had a couple of wins the last couple of years. But it hasn’t sunk in yet for me, it almost feels like my first win. I want to thank everybody that’s stuck behind me the last couple of years. It’s good to win again.”

Coolbeth, who won round two at DAYTONA last year, was happy to share the podium with his teammate this time around in a Zanotti one-two finish.

“I’m super proud,” Coolbeth said. “Dave Zanotti puts his heart and soul into our program and it shows. He’s a hell of a guy and he would do anything for us. It was a good race. I had to work for it. I got a terrible start and we should’ve been right there with Jake. He was probably on cruise control and determined.”

Halbert, who won Thursday night’s opening round of the DAYTONA doubleheader, finished third and took an early season GNC1 championship lead with 40 points, three ahead of Johnson’s 37 points.

“I’m the only guy up here on the podium two days in a row, so stoked with that, and I’ve got to give it up to my whole team,” Halbert said. “Jake and I had a good battle there for a minute. He passed me and I kind of gave it back to him a little bit and he really gave it back to me, so that was cool. I’m sure it made it exciting, I was just doing the best that I could in second there but Kenny was coming and I tried to hold him off but he got me.”

Halbert now rides with No. 69, the number his late brother Jethro Halbert raced in competition. Jethro Halbert, who passed away last August from injuries sustained in a 2014 accident at the Calistoga Half-Mile in California, was remembered by race fans and the AMA Pro Flat Track community in a beachside memorial service in Daytona Beach earlier this week.

“I really didn’t know what to expect with the track today,” Halbert said. “It was so different than yesterday. I didn’t really have a game plan going in like I did last night, but I just did my best to channel my inner Jethro and get calm, and I was stoked to get the 69 up on the box again, so I’m really happy overall.”

In addition to the victory, Johnson swept the majority of the GNC1 main event partner bonus awards. He earned the Öhlins Fastest Lap Award when he made what proved to be the winning pass on Halbert on lap four with a time of 19.285 seconds. He remained up front and, on the 13th lap, took the McElroy Packaging Lucky 13 Award as the race leader at the halfway point.

Thursday’s third-place finisher Brad Baker (No. 6 Honda CRF450R) was fourth on Friday after advancing to the main from the third and final transfer spot in his semi. He started on the last row in 17th but went on to improve 13 positions to capture the MotoBatt Hard Charger Award.

JD Beach (No. 95 Yamaha YZ450F), who posted the fastest GNC1 qualifying time on Friday afternoon, finished fifth in the main.

In the 16-lap GNC2 main event, Dylan Morin (No. 26E Kawasaki KX450F) made the final by winning his semi and then charged from 14th on the grid to his first AMA Pro Flat Track victory. Riding a high line around the DAYTONA Flat Track, Morin passed Justin Jones (No. 19B Honda CRF450) on lap 11 for the lead and took the checkered flag with a 0.612 of a second margin of victory. His charge to the front saw him improve the most race positions to earn the NERGIA Fast Moving Award.

“It’s a dream come true to be standing here on the top of the box,” Morin said. “This is my first win and I am freakin’ pumped. I can’t believe it right now, that semi was pretty rough, and getting up here from the last to win in the main, I just can’t believe I did that.”

Jones earned runner-up honors for the second night in a row while Thursday night’s winner Dalton Gauthier (No. 14A Yamaha YZ450F) also doubled up on GNC2 main podiums at DAYTONA with a third-place showing.

In preliminary race action, Briar Bauman, Coolbeth and Johnson won GNC1 heats while Cory Texter and Jake Constantine split the GNC1 semis.

Gauthier, Jones and Parker Norris won GNC2 heats while Andrew Luker joined Morin in taking the semi victories.

Next up for AMA Pro Flat Track is round three at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) on Saturday, April 9, where the series will make its debut during the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas race weekend.

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro 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 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. 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 AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft/, 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.

Sammy Halbert Wins Round One of Season-Opening AMA Pro Flat Track Race

Sammy Halbert Wins Round One of Season-Opening AMA Pro Flat Track Race on the DAYTONA Flat Track

FlatTrack
FlatTrack

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Mar. 10, 2016) – Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Yamaha YZ450F) passed Jake Johnson (No. 5 Honda CRF450R) for the lead on lap 2 of the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines 25-lap main event Thursday night at the DAYTONA Flat Track and never looked back for a convincing victory in the season-opening race of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season.

Halbert, who earlier in the evening set the GNC1 division’s fastest qualifying time (18.638 seconds) on the quarter-mile course, steadily opened up his lead in the caution-free race. He also posted the fastest lap of the race (19.066 seconds) on lap 2 to take the Öhlins Fastest Lap Award, earned the McElroy Packaging Lucky 13 Award by leading the race at the completion of the 13th lap, and took the checkered flag a race-high 1.382 seconds ahead of runner-up Brandon Robinson (No. 5 Honda CRF450).

Halbert saluted the large crowd in attendance with some celebratory “doughnuts” after the finish.

“It’s been way too long and we just got to keep it rolling,” Halbert said. “The boys did a good job getting it hooked up. I am not a guy who usually does doughnuts or knows how but you just got to win Daytona and you learn how instantly. When you win Daytona it just comes naturally, and I am just so happy to get up here on top.”

Halbert’s victory followed podium finishes on the DAYTONA Flat Track in three of the past four years and was his first victory on the GNC1 tour since 2013 on the Stockton Half-Mile in California.

Robinson, who started fifth on the front row just to the right of Halbert, moved up to second in the race’s early laps but was never able to get close enough to attempt a winning pass.

“It’s a great way to start the season,” Robinson said. “It’s exactly what we need. It shows how good we are this year and hopefully we can keep this momentum going.”

Brad Baker (No. 6 Honda CRF450R) finished third after starting in the same position and just on the other side of Halbert on the grid.

“I feel really good,” Baker said. “I have to tell you that it was a tough one tonight, you had to ride really tense with a lot of caution, but I am really happy to be on the podium. It’s a good way to start out the year. It’s a long season and consistency is the key for a championship, and you can never be disappointed with a podium. At DAYTONA this is probably one of my best finishes for the past couple of years.”

Three-time and reigning GNC1 Champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Honda CRF450R) finished fourth while 2014 and 2015 title runner-up Bryan Smith (No. 42 Kawasaki KX450F) completed the top five. Smith, who advanced to the main after winning his semi, improved eight positions after starting 14th to capture the MotoBatt Hard Charger Award.

In the 16-lap GNC2 main event, Dalton Gauthier (No. 14A Yamaha YZ450F) slipped past Jesse Janisch (No. 32L Honda CRF450R) on lap 2 and raced to the victory. He opened up a race-high 1.3-second lead only to see the margin disappear when the race’s second red-flag incident stopped the action on lap 10. Gauthier kept both his composure and the race lead on the restart and went on to take the victory by 0.714 of a second.

“I knew how to get a start in front of these guys,” Gauthier said. “I kept looking at the jumbotron and was seeing that I was pulling away from them and I knew that I was good. I looked back and I knew that I had enough ground to get the win.”

Last year’s DAYTONA Flat Track round two race winner, Justin Jones (No. 19B Honda CRF450), finished second while Hayden Gillim (No. 69C Suzuki RM-Z450) snagged the final podium position in third. Michael Lainhart (No. 17B Honda CRF450R) earned the NERGIA Fast Moving Award by gaining 11 positions to finish 6th in the GNC2 Main.

In preliminary race action, Halbert, Baker and Johnny Lewis won GNC1 heats and Smith and Stevie Bonsey split the GNC1 semis.

Gauthier, Jones and Jamison Minor won GNC2 heats while Tyler Seguin and Tristan Avery were victorious in the semis.

In the Super Hooligans exhibition race, Roland Sands (No. 10 Indian Scout) won in the first appearance of the series at the DAYTONA Flat Track.

A doubleheader event, the AMA Pro Flat Track opener continues tomorrow, Friday, March 11 with round two of the 2016 season on the DAYTONA Flat Track.

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro 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 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. 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 AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft/, 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.

Yamaha Previews Daytona Bike Week Racing Events And Activities

Yamaha Previews Daytona Bike Week Racing Events And Activities

Eslick
Eslick

Cypress, CA – March 4, 2016 – For Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Daytona Bike Week is not only an annual rite of Spring, it’s also an important part of the company’s long-standing heritage of racing success.

In addition to the historic 75th Daytona 200, Yamaha bLU cRU riders will be competing in Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Daytona, as well as several other racing events taking place in and around Daytona. In addition, Yamaha will have product displays and bike demos set up right outside at Daytona International Speedway for Bike Week visitors to enjoy.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Tomorrow, the Daytona Supercross will feature Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Chad Reed, as well as Monster Energy/Autotrader/Yamaha’s Weston Peick and Phil Nicoletti. In 250SX East, two-time AMA 250MX Champion Jeremy Martin and his Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha teammate Aaron Plessinger, along with CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha’s Benny Bloss, will be competing aboard their YZ250Fs.

The 75th Daytona 200
With 22 Yamaha victories in the iconic Daytona 200, Yamaha bLU cRU road racers will be looking to add Daytona 200 victory number 23 to the record books in the 75th running of “The Great American Motorcycle Race.” Leading the charge is two-time and defending Daytona 200 winner Danny Eslick, who will be aboard the #69 TOBC racing/Yamaha YZF-R6.

This year’s Daytona 200 is set to go green on Saturday, March 12, at 1 PM EST.

Off-Road Racing
Yamaha bLU cRU and ATV riders will also be competing at other events during Daytona Bike Week, including the following:

• Saturday (ATV) and Sunday (Motorcycle), March 5 and 6
“The Wild Boar” Grand National Cross Country, Palatka, FL
– N-Fab/AmPro/Yamaha ATV: Walker Fowler and Cole Richardson (YFZ450R) (XC1)
– N-Fab/AmPro/Yamaha Motorcycle: Nick Davis (YZ250FX) (XC2), Grant Baylor and Daniel Milner (YZ450FX) (XC1)
– Raines Riding University/Atlas Yamaha: Austin Lee (YZ250FX) (XC2)

• Sunday and Monday, March 6 and 7
Daytona Amateur Supercross, Daytona International Speedway
– Horton Racing/Yamaha bLU cRU: Brock Papi (YZ125/250F), Bradley Taft and Jake Masterpool (YZ250F/YZ450F)
– Yamaha bLU cRU: Ty Masterpool and Caden Braswell (YZ85)
– Yamaha’s Trackside Support team from Triangle Cycles (Danville, VA) will be on hand to support all Yamaha bLU cRU riders

• Tuesday, March 8
AMA ATV MX, Daytona International Speedway
– Wienen Motorsports/SSI/Maxxis/Yamaha: Chad Wienen (YFZ450R) (Pro)
– Root River/Maxxis/Fox Racing/Yamaha: Thomas Brown (YFZ450R) (Pro)
– Yamaha’s Trackside Support team from Pro Motorsports (Mt. Pleasant, IA) will be on hand to support all Yamaha riders

• Thursday & Friday, March 10 & 11
Daytona Flat Track, Daytona International Speedway
– Sammy Halbert Racing: Sammy Halbert (YZ450F) (GNC1)
– Babe DeMay/Memphis Shades/Yamaha: Dominic Colindres (YZ450F) (GNC1)

See The 2016 Yamaha XSR900, FJR1300ES, FJR1300A, Boats, and WaveRunners
Three of Yamaha’s newest motorcycles will be showcased in the Yamaha Display at Daytona International Speedway. The stunning XSR900 Sport Heritage motorcycle and the updated FJR1300ES and FJR1300E Supersport Touring models will be featured, along with the 60th Anniversary R6, FZ-07, FZ-09, WR450F, YZ450F, as well as a pair of 2016 Yamaha Boats and a dozen new WaveRunners.

The Yamaha Display will be open Friday, March 4 through Friday, March 11 from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday March 12 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Hats, T-shirts, and other Yamaha apparel will be available for purchase from Friday, March 4 through Sunday March 6.

Get Up-Close With The Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker
The stunning, one-of-a-kind DT-07 Flat Track Concept Bike will be on hand for up-close viewing at the Yamaha Display.

Check Out The Yamaha Champion’s Bikes
Jorge Lorenzo’s 2015 MotoGP Championship-Winning YZR-M1, Cameron Beaubier’s MotoAmerica Superbike Championship-Winning YZF-R1, and JD Beach’s MotoAmerica Supersport Championship-Winning R6 will also be showcased at the Yamaha Display.

Take A Ride On A 2016 Yamaha Motorcycle
To demo a 2016 Yamaha YZF-R3, YZF-R6, FZ-07, FZ-09, FJ-09, FJR1300 (2015 Model), Super Ténéré, Bolt, Raider, Stryker, or V Star 1300 Deluxe, go to the Yamaha Display at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, March 4 through Friday, March 11 from 9 AM to 5 PM, or on Saturday, March 12 from 9 to 3 PM. You must be 21 years of age and have a valid motorcycle license (permits are not allowed), a DOT-approved helmet, long pants, enclosed shoes, a shirt, and eye protection to take your ride.

Wield The Yamaha Revstar Guitars
Yamaha’s brand-new lineup of Revstar solid-body electric guitars will be featured at the Yamaha Display. The Revstar guitar line draws from the legendary, 50-year history of Yamaha guitars, while also getting color/design cues and inspiration from the 60-year heritage of Yamaha Motor Company, Ltd.

Enter For A Chance To Win A Street-Legal 2016 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R3
The limited-edition 2016 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R3 sportbike–featuring custom paint, Ohlins rear shock and Andreani front fork kit, frame sliders, adjustable rearsets, swingarm spools, fender eliminator kit, and Dunlop Sportmax Alpha tires–will be at the Yamaha Display, and you can enter online to win it at http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com/R3Sweepstakes

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing

Also, check out “YamahaMotorUSA” on your favorite social media site.

Kenny Coolbeth Jr. Dominates at DAYTONA Flat Track, Wins

Kenny Coolbeth Jr. Dominates at DAYTONA Flat Track, Wins
Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Main Event

Coolbeth
Coolbeth

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 13, 2015) – Kenny Coolbeth Jr. took home his first AMA Pro Flat Track victory in 2015 to close out Friday night’s Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines main event, which was sponsored by Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson, at DAYTONA Flat Track.

Coolbeth flat out dominated the competition on Friday night, which was Round 2 of the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule, as he lapped several riders on his way to a 6.474-second victory aboard his No. 2 Zanotti Racing Honda. The 38-year-old has won in Daytona the last two seasons, and his four-second rout of the field in 2014 was nearly identical to his convincing victory Friday night.

“Oh man, these guys… all these guys in red and black shirts are simply amazing,” said Coolbeth describing his Zanotti Racing team members. “This is truly an amazing feeling that I have right now and I can’t thank my team enough for helping me get to where I am today.”

Starting from second on the grid, Coolbeth fought hard during the race’s first lap to get himself into position to make a move on the leader, Brandon Robinson. Then it happened, on turn four of the second lap, Coolbeth got inside of Robinson and passed him. From that point on, the race was a clinic by the Connecticut native. Coolbeth extended his lead to a full two seconds within the race’s next five laps, and eventually opened up more than a six-second lead by lap 25.

Despite forfeiting the lead to Coolbeth early on, Robinson, mounted on his No. 44 T.J. Burnett Farms Honda, was able to secure a second-place finish after fending off a charging Sammy Halbert in the race’s final laps. Robinson rode to impressive fourth and second place finishes to start the season and 2015 could very well be his breakout year.

Halbert found himself in the thick of things when it mattered most, and the bulldog of a rider closed out the podium with a third place finish aboard his No. 7 Fredericktown Yamaha.

The battle for fourth and fifth place was a tight one, as less than a half-second separated Henry Wiles, riding the No. 17 Zanotti Racing Honda, Briar Bauman on his No. 14 Hart Racing Honda and Jeffrey Carver Jr., mounted on his No. 23 Don’s Kawasaki. In the end, it was Wiles and Bauman who came through to earn fourth and fifth place, respectively. Carver settled for sixth.

Defending Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines champion and Thursday night’s runner-up, Jared Mees, finished 11th on Friday night aboard his No. 1 Montgomeryville Cycle Center Honda.

Coolbeth leaves Daytona with a six-point lead over Robinson in points.

GNC2

Justin Jones took home the first AMA Pro Flat Track GNC2 victory of and his career on Friday night, and he did so in dominating fashion. The RLJ Racing/Honda mounted Jones got the holeshot on the first lap of the main event and he never looked back from there, earning the win by a whopping 2.695 seconds on his No. 19B.

“I just focused on getting a good start and thankfully I was able to get a really good one,” said Jones. “I got the holeshot and I just tried to pick up smooth, consistent laps and that’s what I did. I’m speechless right now and I can’t thank everyone behind me enough.”

Davis Fisher, aboard his No. 67M Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda, seemed just as comfortable in second place for the majority of the GNC2 main event as Jones did in first. Though Fisher was never a threat to Jones for the lead, he crossed the finish line over three seconds faster than third place finisher and class rookie Dalton Gauthier. Gauthier competed aboard his No. 14A Scott Powersports Yamaha.

Last night’s GNC2 main event winner, Andrew Luker, followed up his Round 1 win with a fourth place Round 2 finish on Friday night aboard his No. 11Z Clayton Williams Racing Honda. Luker leads in points after two rounds by one over Jones.

After winning at Daytona a year ago, Brandon Wilhelm finished fifth to round out the top five while riding his No. 24J Wilhelm Racing Honda.

Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Top 5

1. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (Honda)

2. Brandon Robinson (Honda)

3. Sammy Halbert (Yamaha)

4. Henry Wiles (Honda)

5. Briar Bauman (Honda)

Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Top 5 in points

1. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. 41

2. Brandon Robinson 35

3. Sammy Halbert 29

4. Jared Mees 27

5. Robert Pearson 26

GNC2 Top 5

1. Justin Jones (Honda)

2. Davis Fisher (Honda)

3. Dalton Gauthier (Yamaha)

4. Andrew Luker (Honda)

5. Brandon Wilhelm (Honda)

GNC2 Top 5 in points

1. Andrew Luker 39

2. Justin Jones 38

3. Dalton Gauthier 28

4. Davis Fisher 25

5. Brandon Wilhelm 24

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The stars of the series will visit Springfield, Ill. for the first Springfield Mile scheduled for May 24, 2015. Fans can get their tickets at http://www.illinoismda.com/. The entire event can also be viewed LIVE at www.FansChoice.tv.

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

2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Season Set to Kick off at Daytona

2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season set to kick off at DAYTONA Flat Track

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 9, 2015) – The wait is over.

The much-anticipated 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season will kick off at DAYTONA Flat Track March 12 and 13 and fans not in attendance can catch all the action from the quarter-mile limestone track situated just outside Daytona International Speedway’s west banking live, in high definition and free of charge at FansChoice.tv.

Between the elite GNC1 class, featuring the best dirt track racers in the world, and the GNC2 class, reserved for the nation’s top up-and-coming riders, roughly 100 riders have pre-entered the event.

On-track action begins both days with practice sessions at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT). The pre-race show is slated for 6:15 p.m. ET (3:15 p.m PT) to 7:15 p.m. ET (4:15 p.m. PT) and opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT). The GNC2 main is set for a 9:40 p.m. ET (6:40 p.m. PT) start with the Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson GNC1 main slated to see the green flag at 10:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. PT).

Every session from the “World Center of Racing” will be streamed live for fans around the world at FansChoice.tv.

Jared Mees will begin his GNC1 title defense, sporting the No. 1 plate for the third time in his career, but he’ll be facing off against the likes of Bryan Smith – last year’s runner-up for the GNC1 title – Brad Baker, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., Jake Johnson and the rest of the star-studded field.

In 2014, Briar Bauman and Coolbeth kicked their seasons off on the right note. Bauman took the first checkered flag on opening night with Coolbeth putting on a clinic in Round 2 to earn the victory.

In the GNC2 class, Ryan Wells and Brandon Wilhelm left Daytona Beach with victories to start the season.

Kyle Johnson, the 2014 GNC2 champion, and Jarod Vanderkooi, winner of four GNC2 races last year, highlight a rookie class moving up the elite ranks to challenge Mees, Smith, Johnson and the others.

The GNC1 lineup is full of potential winners. Sammy Halbert, Johnny Lewis, Mikey Rush and Brandon Robinson have all won main events at DAYTONA Flat Track since the new circuit debuted in 2010, and none can be counted out in 2015.

DAYTONA Flat Track will also play host to, for the first time in AMA Pro Flat Track in history, a brother and sister racing with National Numbers. Shayna Texter will debut her new No. 52 and join her brother, Cory Texter, owner of No. 65.

Baker, the 2013 Grand National Champion, will be back in the saddle after suffering a shoulder injury at the Superprestigio exhibition race in Barcelona, Spain, in December. His status has been the subject of speculation recently, but the Factory Harley-Davidson rider has confirmed he’ll be in the field Thursday.

Jared Mees’ wife, Nichole Mees, will not be in the field at Daytona, but plans to run other races in 2015, which she said will be her final season.

The GNC2 ranks will see a number of new faces, but Wells returns as a major threat to take the victory, as does 2014 GNC2 runner-up Davis Fisher, who ended last year with a pair of victories.

Between both classes, a total of six full-time road racers are also scheduled to race at DAYTONA Flat Track. JD Beach will run in the GNC1 class with Hayden Gillim, Jake Lewis, Shane Narbonne, Miles Thornton and Nick McFadden set to race in GNC2.

The entry list also has plenty of international flair with Doug Lawrence and Michael LaBella representing Canada in the GNC1 ranks and Italian Vittorio Marzotto and England’s Alan Birtwistle racing in GNC2.

In total, five manufacturers, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha, will be represented between both classes.

For tickets and more information, please visit: http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Tickets-Events/Events/2015/DAYTONA-Flat-Track/DAYTONA-Flat-Track.aspx

For more information on Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson, sponsors of the GNC1 main events at DAYTONA Flat Track, and a full list of Bike Week events at the dealership, visit: http://www.brucerossmeyer.com

How to Watch:
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2015. Log on and tune in at http://www.fanschoice.tv/watch-live/ama/flat-track.

About AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro Flat Track is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country’s finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.

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.

74th Daytona 200 Set for March 2015

74th Daytona 200 Set for Saturday, March 14

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 74th DAYTONA 200, which will showcase the return of the AMA Pro SuperBike class to America’s most historic motorcycle race, will be held on Saturday, March 14. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m.

Earlier this year, AMA Pro Racing announced that its premier AMA Pro SuperBike class will return to the DAYTONA 200 in 2015. The season-opening event will be a 69-lap race contested on Daytona International Speedway’s 2.91-mile short course.

Since 2005, the smaller-displacement motorcycles of Formula Xtreme and GoPro Daytona SportBike have been showcased in the prestigious event. With the 2015 return of the AMA Pro SuperBikes, the top teams and riders will again headline the historic event.

“The DAYTONA 200 has a long and storied history on both the sands of Daytona Beach and on the high banks of the Speedway,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We’re looking forward to witnessing a new chapter in the event’s history as the powerful SuperBikes from AMA’s premier class return to compete in motorcycle’s most historic and demanding race.”

In addition to the Daytona 200, the Speedway will host a full complement of AMA Pro Road Racing classes March 12-14 with the GoPro Daytona SportBike and the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. The AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader is scheduled for March 12-13.

The roots of the DAYTONA 200 can be traced back to the sands of Daytona Beach with Ed Kretz Sr. winning the inaugural event back in 1937 aboard an Indian. The DAYTONA 200 moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961 and is the only endurance race on the AMA Pro schedule.

Triumph rider Danny Eslick dominated the 2014 edition of the DAYTONA 200. Eslick became the first rider to win the DAYTONA 200 aboard a Triumph since the late Gary Nixon in 1967 and joined a long list of motorcycle legends that have conquered the grueling race including Scott Russell, Miguel Duhamel, Mat Mladin, Kenny Roberts and Dick Klamforth.

Kicking off DAYTONA 200 Week on Saturday night, March 7 will be the prestigious Daytona Supercross- the only AMA Supercross event in Florida in 2015. The tough and challenging course will once again be designed by Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael.

Following the Daytona Supercross will be the sixth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross on Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9 where amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross.

Tickets for all motorcycle racing events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

About AMA Pro Road Racing:

AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.

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.

AMA Pro Flat Track Rounds 1 & 2 Daytona Recap

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AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Rounds 1 & 2 Recap DAYTONA Flat Track

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 20, 2014) – From heartbreak to heroics, there was no shortage of drama when AMA Pro Flat Track kicked off its 2014 season last weekend with its season opening rounds at DAYTONA Flat Track in Daytona Beach, Fla. on March 13-14, 2014. Both rounds proved to be a thrilling couple days of nonstop motorcycle racing action between some of the world’s most prominent dirt track riders.

Salinas, California’s Briar Bauman’s Round 1 effort was the one he’ll want to remember most as he (Rod Lake Racing/Honda) took home the first Grand National main event victory of the young 2014 season. Bauman did so by almost a full two seconds over second place finisher and Graham, Wash. product Sammy Halbert (Vans Yamaha/Fredericktown Yamaha/Yamaha). As flawless as Bauman was in Round 1, his Round 2 performance was the exact opposite, as he finished 15th in the season’s second Grand National main event of the year. However, at just 18-years-old, Bauman should and will be considered a threat to take it the distance on any given weekend.

As for Halbert, his second and fourth place finishes to begin 2014 were very impressive as the 26-year-old appears to be hitting his stride early on this season.

“It was a great race,” said Halbert speaking about his runner-up finish following the first main event. “I have to give it up to Briar (Bauman); he rode great the entire race. I thought I had something for him in the middle of the race when I kind of closed on him a bit but it was a tough track and I lost some time.”

After claiming his first Grand National main event victory at Daytona a year ago, Oxford, Pennsylvania’s Brandon Robinson (USC Kawasaki/Kawasaki) made another impressive showing in 2014, landing inside the top-five in both main events. Robinson earned a third place Round 1 finish and came all the way back from the fourth row in Round 2 to come away with a fifth place performance.

“I was extremely happy to come from a long ways back and earn my first podium of the season,” said Robinson speaking about his race one main event performance. “I kept pushing and pushing and finally got into good position where I could solidify a third place finish. My team and I worked very hard this offseason and this is a great way to start the season.”

Morris, Connecticut’s Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. (Zanotti Racing/Honda) earned a strong Round 2 main event win despite his forgettable 17th place Round 2 main event finish. After losing the Factory Harley-Davidson ride in the offseason, Coolbeth, Jr. was quickly scooped up by Zanotti Racing and the two look to make up quite the tandem heading into future 2014 race weekends.

“I’ve wanted this win for a long time and it feels amazing to finally get it,” said Coolbeth, Jr. following his Round 2 main event victory. “My new team and I have been working hard all winter and I’m very excited for things to come this season and seasons beyond.”

Coatesville, Penn. product and 2011 Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (Ramspur Winery/Honda) looked very average during the first round, posting mediocre practice and qualifying times and coming in 10th in the main event. However, Johnson got his bike in gear for round two, as he won the Dash for Cash and finished second in the night’s main event and boosted his position in the points all the way up to fifth before exiting Daytona.

“I was feeling a little rough during round one,” said Johnson. “I’m glad I was able to recover like I did for round two with second and a Dash for Cash victory. It feels good to be right in the hunt now and I’m ready to make a run at this thing.”

Winn, Michigan’s Henry Wiles (Don’s Kawasaki/Kawasaki) earned back-to-back sixth place finishes to begin the season in Daytona. Though his results were far from spectacular, Wiles can’t be too bummed about starting off the season in the top-ten in points.

One of the biggest storylines and set of unfortunate circumstances that stemmed from last weekend’s opening rounds at DAYTONA Flat Track was defending Grand National Champion Brad Baker and his inability to find the top-ten in either of the season’s first two main events. Baker was disqualified after a Round 1 incident in the pits involving him and his team’s misuse of his motorcycle in Thursday night’s final. As if the DNF wasn’t a bad enough beginning to the season for the current No. 1 plate holder, Baker then went on to finish 11th in Friday night’s main event to set him all the way back to 16th in the overall championship points race. Following the conclusion of Round 2, it was safe to say the Dryad, Wash. product and defending title-holder couldn’t get out of Daytona fast enough. However, Baker’s nightmarish start to the 2014 season is realistically only a minor setback for him as there are still 14 rounds remaining, 12 of which he will compete aboard the heavily sought-after Factory Harley-Davidson XR750.

Next Up

The stars of AMA Pro Flat Track will head to Springfield, Ill. for the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on May 25, 2014.

How to Watch

FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series.

About AMA Pro Flat Track

AMA Pro Flat Track is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country’s finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.

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.

RoadRace Factory – 2014 Daytona 200 Video Race Recap

RoadRace Factory – 2014 Daytona 200 Race Recap – Jake Gagne

“The beginning of the race was kind of a mess out there, there was a giant pack of guys, we knew there would be. My goal was to just do my own thing and stay out of trouble really. Then it just started dwindling down to just a few guys. After the second pit stop, to kind of settled down and I was struggling in the infield sections to just hang on for all those laps.   I don’t think the Daytona 200 is an endurance race anymore; it’s a 57 lap sprint! The pit stops were awesome and Scotty and Danny built me a real fast bike. I kinda went off in the first part of the International Horseshoe and had to use the old horseshoe. That’s where I lost the chance to catch Danny and just worked to bring it home. Thanks to everyone one the team for their effort and support.” – Jake