Well we just made it back to the mid-west from the long journey out west. It was the first twins Grand National of the year. The many miles of travel to Stockton, Ca. ended up to be worth it as we had some good results on the west coast.
On the way out to Stockton we found out about Chowchilla, CA. running a 3/8's mile on Friday night before the GNC race. Mike King from KDM Forest Products supplied the team with a great running 450 Suzuki so we didn't have to sit out and watch the fun. The bike worked great and I won my heat. After a less than great start in the main, I ended the night second and had a lot of fun. Thanks again for the ride Mike.
Saturday for the GNC in Stockton was a nice warm day and the Weirbach/General Engineering Harley was running spot on. We ended up qualifying 5th which was good enough for the second starting spot in heat two. I got off the line well and battled with last years national champion Jared Mees for the number one spot but had to settle for second. That was good enough for the front row of the main and in the dash for cash which is exactly where we wanted to be. In the main event I got another good start and put the Harley down low on the blue groove, but finally found the line was faster just off the rubber and raced with Jake Johnson and Henry Wiles for most of the race. We ended up 5th which was a great start to our twins season. The new team is jelling well and we have moved up to tie for 7th in the overall points standings. I have to thank everyone for the help this year especially Weirbach Racing and KDM Forest Products for a great first trip out west.
27 Rob Pearson
Brandon Robinson and the TJ Burnett Farms Kawasaki Twins Series team takes a strong 6th-place finish at the Stockton Half-Mile on May 11
Opdyke, IL.- May 17, 2013 - Stockton Half-Mile Report
Round 3 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season is in the record books, and the TJ Burnett Farms Kawasaki team with rider Brandon Robinson pulled-out all the stops to bring home a hard-earned 6th place finish at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds-hosted event on May 11 for the first west coast event of the young season.
After a 5th place finish and a win at the season-opening rounds at the Daytona Short Track events, the first Twins Series event of the year proved to be a struggle that the TJ Burnett Farms team and rider Robinson handled with grace, or maybe that would be grease.
"The team worked really hard to get the bikes sorted out for me for the day," stated Brandon, "as we had a fuel pump go out on us on the back-up bike, and we ended up having to do a lot of work on the 'A' bike to get it right for the National. I really have to thank the team, TJ, James Hart and Billy Gruwell for working so hard to get a set-up that we could use that would work for the track.
"We were kind of awful to start with and it made for a long day, and we got things much better by the time the 25-lap National main came around," continued Brandon.
Asked if he has been out in the fields helping team owner TJ Burnett getting his corn planted this week behind the wheel of one of the Burnett Farms big John Deere tractors, Robinson laughed and said, "I don't think he trusts me that much, unless it's on two wheels!"
"We're all worn out after the long haul back, especially TJ, who did about 90% of the driving. We made it back to southern Illinois (the team's HQ) in about 32-34 hours, but I think TJ is 'jet-lagged' from all the driving-ha!," said Robinson.
"We mistakenly left the fuel pump running in the pit area on one of the bikes for about 15 minutes," according to team owner TJ Burnett, "and that really cost us. James Hart and I were working our tails off to get things set-up for Brandon. Earlier we'd had a slight electrical problem we had to get taken care of (diagnosed as a faulty switch) and then the fuel pump problem. Wow, for awhile I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to get things ready in time.
"I have to hand it to Brandon, though, when it came time to race, he took us from the outhouse to the penthouse. He came off of turn 2 in the National in about 17th place (out of the 18 riders that qualified for the main) and he worked his way up to 6th place after the 25-lap main. He did a heckuva job for us," continued Burnett, "especially as bunched-up as the field got after Jared Mees' near get-off. He did a super job of not crashing the Rogers Racing XR750, and it's something like that that shows you why he's the defending champion.
"We've got all new parts ordered and we'll be ready for Springfield next weekend. It was just an overlooked item on our part with the fuel pump switch. We won't let that happen again," stated Burnett.
"We signed a couple of new sponsors since our last race," stated Robinson. "Next Moto Champion and Matrix Race Products will be coming on board as of Springfield on May 26."
Team owner and southern Illinois resident Burnett added, "We're scheduled to meet Next Moto Champion in Springfield next Thursday (May 23). They're helping us out with lettering, graphics and some additions to our tents in the pits. Matrix Race Products has helped us out with some new tool boxes and some race mats for our pit area, which will bring a nice, new shiny look to our pit area."
After returning to the team's base, they went to work unloading all of the bikes and then loading up for this weekend's Steve Nace All-Star round in Little Rock, AR. This weekend's short track at the I-30 Speedway will see Brandon and team mate JD Beach #95 racing together again for the first time since the season openers in Georgia and Florida, but this time on the team's Singles machines, the TJ Burnett Farms/USC/James Hart Racing Kawasaki KX450Fs. Beach will also be contesting round 4 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season at the Springfield Mile I on May 26 on the team's Kawasaki EX650-based Twins mounts.
"We're all ready for Little Rock and it will be good to have JD along again in helping with the set-up on the bikes at Springfield, too, so that should make for a great event," continued Robinson, "we worked well together during the off-season and at the events leading up to Daytona."
"I'd like to see us end up 1-2 at Springfield on Sunday, May 26, but I'm gonna let Brandon and JD work that out, as long as they don't wreck our equipment-ha," stated Burnett in closing.
With Brandon's 6th-place finish on Saturday night, the team still holds the lead in the overall standings of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season with 55 points, seven points over 2nd-place in the championship hunt, Dodge Brothers Racing's Brad Baker (55-48) and Lloyd Brothers Motorsports' Henry Wiles in the 3rd-place spot (47 points) heading into round 4 of the season at the Springfield Mile I event over the Memorial Day Weekend on May 26.
Unfortunately, the Steve Nace All-Star event originally scheduled to run in Little Rock, AR., has been canceled due to rain for this Saturday, May 18, so the team will take a needed rest before Springfield.
Please make sure when you attend any upcoming rounds of the races to come by and meet and greet the team during each event's fan walk, as we want to make sure that we can talk to as many fans as possible to show each and every one what we are doing and how much we appreciate their support of flat track racing.
Stockon, CA winner Sammy halbert is back.
Brad Baker takes a bitter-sweet 2nd in CA. While 2nd is good points and a strong showing in a deep field he once again narrowly
missed that first GNC Expert win.
Rounding out the Twins podium in Stockton was Hammerin' Hank- Henry Wiles.
Wyatt Maguire tops the field in the Pro class in CA
After a long day Ms. Texter stands on the Stockton podium.
Rounding out the Pro podium, Kyle Johnson.
AMA Pro Live to Provide Streaming Video Coverage of 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Events
AMA Pro Racing is pleased to announce that the AMA Pro Live streaming video system will be broadcasting at all AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles events in 2013. AMA Pro Live is a live streaming video system which has been designed to put fans in the director's chair, allowing them to select from a variety of cameras located around the racetrack while monitoring live timing and scoring data and social media feeds. The online system can be accessed through a web browser from any computer, tablet or mobile device by navigating to amaprolive.com.
"This is an exciting step for our sport," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "The ability to live stream our events will help us reach a crucial demographic and provide coverage of the sport globally. We know our fans have wanted the ability to watch our races online. Our staff has worked long and hard on this system and we are proud to be able to provide live streaming to the fans this season."
Initially, AMA Pro Live's implementation at AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles events will consist of two video channels alongside live timing and scoring and social media feeds, providing complete coverage from the first practice until the final checkered flag. The first channel will feature a camera mounted in the P.A. booth overlooking all of the action, and will include an audio feed of Scottie Deubler and Barry Boone providing play-by-play analysis of the racing. The second camera will be located trackside near the start-finish line, giving fans a close-up view of the day's racing activity and allowing them to hear the thunder of the motorcycles as they roar around the track. Additional channels are planned for future events, including a roaming camera in the pits and on-board cameras mounted on the motorcycles.
AMA Pro Live will be live streaming all rounds on the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles schedule. For those that can't make it to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, Calif. for this weekend's Stockton Half-Mile, this link - amaprolive.com - will grant them direct access to AMA Pro Live and allow them to watch the entire event. Live streaming of practice and qualifying is set to begin Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. PST (12:30 p.m. EST), with opening ceremonies for the main event set to begin at 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. EST).
Johnny Lewis- AMA Pro Flat Track national number 10 is proud to announce the signing of his 2013 personal title sponsor- Keares Renewable Energy / Keares Electrical Contracting, INC
This partnership between Johnny Lewis and Keares is a perfect fit. Keares headquarters is located 2 miles from the soon to be Latus Motors Racing Triumph/ Solid Performance race shop in Downingtown PA, allowing for an unique relationship that is already cross promoting Solar Power/ Renewable Energy, professional racing and Johnny Lewis.
A local project being developed by Keares Renewable Energy located 1 mile from Johnny's home in Coatesville PA has opened opportunities for him to draw more awareness to his program with Triumph Motorcycles and AMA Pro Flat Track Racing within his community. The project can be viewed at www.gogreencsi.com
So it's been awhile since our last race and my last race report. I hope I'm not too rusty at it. We didn't quite do any racing but I have some good stuff to write about. I'm a week late with it but it's still some good stuff. It really all started a few days after we got home from Daytona in March. I was up eating breakfast one morning and on twitter I saw Troy Bayliss had tweeted to me about the race. It was pretty awesome to have a childhood hero tweet to me. I knew he had been doing some dirt track and doing his own races in Australia, so I decided to tweet him back and tell him to come over to the USA and ride some proper dirt track bikes.
After tweeting back and forth a few times I got his email address and really got the ball rolling. There is only so much you can say in a 140 character tweet. Everything seemed like it was falling in place, he was planning on being over here for a Bell Media Day we both were going to be at. We had a big break after Daytona so the weekend was open with no races, my dirt track team had all the bikes ready (the 450s and 650s), Troy wanted to come, and we had tracks, what could go wrong. Then the week of the whole deal it seemed like everything was falling apart, the weather looked horrible for the weekend, tracks started calling back with hidden fees they didn't tell us about before. I was getting very nervous, Troy is one of my hero's and I had never met him before. He was coming so far to ride some dirt track and it was looking like rain and no tracks. I was feeling sick over it but I never gave up and kept trying to find different options. Frankie had the track at the house ready to go, packed tight to shield it from the rain so I was praying it would work.
Friday at 2 I left the house in my van to go pick up Troy from the Nashville airport. I was so nervous, it was weird, I have met many racers and they are just all normal people but I guess since I was picking him up, driving him 2 hours to our house and putting a weekend of riding together for him it was different. Once I had him picked up we drove back to the house, talking about racing and everything, and his son was having his first dirt track race at home. He was missing it but It was cool to hear and see how excited he was about it. Once we got to the house it was about 9 or so and we were up until 11 talking to Kerri and Frankie. The next day it was supposed to rain and we got up at 6 and it was dry, we had our breakfast and got the bikes ready and as soon as the clock turned 8 the bikes started up, and when I say bikes I mean my 450 race bikes that are LOUD. We started spinning laps as people started showing up. FLG, Hayden, Luke, Pat (Bell guy), John (film guy), TJ, and Brandon. They all started getting there one by one.
It was cool watching Troy ride and transform from an Australian dirt track to an American dirt track. He started with leathers and road race boots. Then I got him into a hot shoe, and then later got him to get out of his leathers and in a set of my moto gear. Changed his riding style some, then it started raining. By that time it was only 11 and we had a ton of laps in. We took a break and went and got lunch, finding out Troy loves Mexican food, which is awesome because I could eat it every meal. After we got back it was still raining just a bit so we just sat and waited. TJ, Brandon, Luke, and I did a Nascar pit stop on my 450 and transformed a motocross bike into a dirt track bike since more people were showing up so we had more bikes. Frankie got on the tractor and got the track dialed in yet again and within a few hours of lunch there was about 8 of us spinning laps. Everyone laughing and having fun, it was an amazing time.
After a long day of riding we all went and had a great dinner and had a blast, telling and hearing all kinds of stories. It was just one of those weekends that you'll never forget. Sunday morning Kerri and I got up and made a big breakfast for everyone and we watched the World SuperBike races live on TV. There was a crappy wet cloud cover all day so the track never dried out. I think it was ok though because he got a lot of laps in Saturday, so we decided to go on a nice long pedal. It was Brandon's first time riding so we took him on a 40mile ride. He rode like a champ and finished strong.
The next day it was an early start (3am) for Troy, Hayden, and I because we were heading West to Chuckwalla for the Bell Media Day put on by Cycle World. It was so cool traveling with Troy, we had some long flights and he was sitting in a middle seat, he's a 3x WSBK champ and a MotoGP winner and it was no big deal to him. Once in California we went to KTM, which was really interesting and getting to catch up with some people I hadn't seen in awhile. We went and ate and saw Nico Izzi and Josh Hansen then headed to Chuckwalla.
We had a full day riding bone stock street bikes. Just riding them as hard as possible. It was a ton of fun, no lap times, nothing new to test, just seeing who could wheelie and slide longer basically. Along with Hayden, Troy, and I; Josh Herrin and Jake Gagne were there. It's amazing how different it is hanging with everyone away from a race weekend. The entire Bell people where there, along with the Cycle World group. It was just a great time.
After the day we headed back to Orange County to fly home Wednesday morning. It was such a fun few days. I can't thank Bell and Troy enough; Bell really had a big part of putting this all together. There are so many stories there's no way I could fit it all in one report. I won't forget this weekend.
This past weekend was May 5th, that's Ethan's day being 6 years since he passed. We all stayed home and had a great group of people over all weekend and had a lot of fun. We all really miss him still but it's so nice to see so many people remembering him and celebrating the time we had with him.
Now the race season is starting finally. We are going to be racing every weekend almost until the end of October. Be ready for a lot of race reports, they will be shorter because I won't have to cover two months. Thanks for reading and supporting my racing, hope to see you all at the track.
AMA Pro Racing to Launch New AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Class for Pro Licensed Riders
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 12, 2013) - AMA Pro Racing officials announced today a new class for AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles aimed at developing the up-and-coming riders in the J&P Cycles Pro Singles division. The new class, titled Basic Twins, will provide a stepping stone for Pro licensed riders, allowing them to showcase their talents on twin-cylinder machines as they make the transition to the Grand National Championship.
"This is an important step in building up our young talent and creating a healthy environment for the future of the sport," said Dan Johnsen, Director of AMA Pro Flat Track. "Allowing our Pro licensed riders to show their skills and talents, while gaining experience on the twins, eases their transition as they move through the ranks of AMA Pro Flat Track on their way to becoming the stars of tomorrow."
The new Basic Twins class is a re-envisioning of the Basic Expert Twins division that ran as part of the series during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The same engines approved for competition in the Grand National Expert Twins class will be eligible in the Basic Twins class, but with varying levels of modification required in order for them to fit within a reduced performance envelope.
The class is scheduled to debut during the fall running of the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds as a non-points-paying exhibition race, and beginning with the 2014 season, the Basic Twins will be featured in place of the J&P Cycles Pro Singles class at select half-miles and miles. As part of the transition, the J&P Cycles Pro Singles race at the upcoming spring running of the Springfield Mile will also be contested as a non-points-paying exhibition race.
The next stop for the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles season is the Stockton Half-Mile at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, Calif. For tickets and information, please visit www.stockton99.com.
IMDA presents RIDE Academy Springfield TT & Short Track
RIDE Academy/ IMDA/ AMA Pro Racing host Legends Race at Springfield Mile
RIDE Academy is excited to announce that with the support from IMDA (Illinois Motorcycle Dealer Association) there will be a two day RIDE Academy school on the Springfield TT and Short Track leading into the All Star, AMA Pro Flat Track, and 2013 Amateur National week of racing. "Bringing RIDE Academy to these fairgrounds with so much racing going on following our two days of training is going to be incredible, the progression of the riders throughout the week of racing is going to be amazing to see, said Ride Academy's marketing manager/ instructor Johnny Lewis.
The RIDE Academy Springfield on May 22nd/ 23rd will provide everyone the opportunity to learn on the beautifully prepared IMDA Short Track and TT that will not only be raced on by the All Star Pros but also amateur and vintage riders all week to the crown 2013 champions. "The history at this facility and race tracks is mind blowing if you think about it, from amateur national championships, crowning of Horizon Award winners to the history of professional racing on all three Springfield race tracks (ST, TT, Mile) and to be here at Springfield with RIDE ACADEMY is a dream come true and brings us one step closer to changing the world of flat track , stated RIDE Academy's founder Mike Hacker.
Starting off the week of racing will be the Springfield short track hosted by RIDE Academy with Mike Hacker, Kenny Coolbeth, and Johnny Lewis. Progressing into the Springfield TT the second day bringing the students knowledge they then can take to the week of racing ahead to have a successful Springfield experience.
RIDE Academy is passionate about the safety and future of the riders, that's why RIDE Academy is also hosting a mile preparation class before the start of the 2013 Amateur Nationals at no charge and open to everyone. Location, date, and time will be announced leading up to the week of racing at Springfield. RIDE Academy's marketing manager Johnny Lewis will also be hanging out all week for the 2013 Amateur Nationals to provide support to all of our RIDE Academy riders.
Sign up is open for the Springfield RIDE Academy Short Track & TT, visit www.rideacademy.com to sign up. For the first time RIDE Academy is offering one day sign up for either day for $300 or both days for $500. Dates May 22nd Short Track /May 23rd TT
Oxford, PA. - April 11, 2013 - Brandon Robinson and the T.J. Burnett Farms/USC/Hart Racing Kawasaki team have had a dream start to their first season of racing together. After joining forces during the off-season late last year, the Pennsylvania resident and the 'little team that could' participated in some of the Steve Nace Racing Indoor Flat Track Series events held in the confines of the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, IL.in hopes of getting ready for the 2013 season ahead of them. Little did they know what kind of a break-out start to the season they would have.
Heading south for the season-opening rounds of the Steve Nace Racing All-Star AMA National Flat Track Series presented by Golden Tyre in preparation for the eight-month grind that is the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season, Brandon had never even had a chance to sit on the team's Kawasaki 650R-based Twins Series efforts.
"Yeah, we just started testing the Tuesday before the Savannah round, which was the first time I had got a chance to ride the bikes," stated BRob44, "and they were very similar to the Werner-Springsteen mounts I rode last year, in terms of chassis set-up. The team is working on the Scott Powersports chassis' that they started with, and I was able to get some seat time in on the newer C&J-framed bikes that we hope to have ready in time for the mile events on the Grand National schedule.
"JD Beach (Robinson's team mate when JD is not fulfilling his obligations in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Series) came in on Thursday and helped us out, and we were able to kind of work off one another in getting them right for each of our styles of riding. We'd spent quite a bit of time on the 450s racing in Du Quoin during the winter break, so we tried to concentrate on the twins for the long season ahead."
Those testing sessions worked out pretty well, because when the dust had settled at Savannah and the next event two days later in Volusia, Brandon had already pocketed three of the four wins in the first two Twins and Singles events on the SNR schedule, with a 2nd-place finish in the Twins race at Volusia topping off the team's first two major events together.
Qualifying for round 1 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season went well for the team's first Grand National race together. Brandon put his Kawasaki 450 in the 4th-place spot for the March 14 event
"We made a few changes but didn't have to do too much in order to get the Singles bikes set-up for the race," continued Robinson, "and we started in the 2nd-place spot in the first heat race, which we were able to win over 2-Time Singles Series Champion Henry Wiles."
After finishing 6th in the Dash, the team felt like they were ready for the first 25-lap National main of the season, where they came away with a 5th-place finish behind winner Mikey Rush, Brad Baker, 2012 AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees and Wiles.
"We're all a pretty laid back bunch on the team, so working together has been good for everyone. But we still had one more night to go before the long break before Stockton in May," stated Robinson, "and we moved up a spot in qualifying on night two by taking the 3rd-place qualifying position."
Robinson started the third heat race on the pole, and ended up taking the win over Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. and Jethro Halbert, which again saw #44 with a slot in the Dash for Cash, where the former 2008 Expert Twins Champion improved his first round result with a 2nd-place behind 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Saddlemen Rookie of the Year, Brad Baker. But the 25-lap National was still ahead.
With round 2 ready to commence, Brandon started the night in the second position, alongside Baker (due to Baker's faster heat win earlier in the evening) and Wiles, Bryan Smith, Coolbeth and Mees filling out the front row. Coolbeth led at the start, but by lap 2 Robinson put the inside move on The King of Cool and went on to lead the rest of the main to earn his first-ever AMA Grand National Championship main event win.
Asked if he'd come down from his cloud yet, Robinson said, "Yeah, some, but we've all been so busy since that it still seems like it was just yesterday." After working his way back from career-ending injuries suffered at the 2009 Indy Mile, the youngster with the Pennsylvania-wide grin had finally taken his big win in front of a packed crowd at Daytona.
"I feel very fortunate to have landed with such a great group of guys. T.J. (team owner T.J. Burnett). James (crew chief James Hart) and Billy (team wrench Billy Gruwell) have been super to work with, and to come away four wins in seven races is a testament to the work they have put in on getting us ready for this year," exclaimed Brandon, "and I'm just thrilled to be able to get such a great start to the season with and for them. And to get that first National win was a dream come true."
"Things started coming together for us early last season," stated team owner Burnett. "James and I have been friends since we were kids, and he was having some financial trouble keeping things going. That's where I came in with some assistance to get the team through the end of the season and beyond. Last year we had several riders on the bikes (most notably Beach, when not contesting the AMA Pro Road Racing rounds), and then to get Brandon on-board really was the glue that bonded us over the off-season and into the beginning of '13. We've had help from Jimmy Wood/Southland Suspension in getting the forks and the chassis' set-up, especially with the air forks on the '13 model bikes" which are a work in progress. To get that first win under our belt was a big step!"
With Daytona in the rear view mirrors and now just over 30 days until round 3 of the season at the Stockton Half-Mile, the team is doing everything except resting on it's laurels. Robinson has made a couple of trips to the team's headquarters in southern Illinois while working on getting the chassis' fine-tuned for the long stretch ahead.
"We're planning a full slate to the year, of course we're doing all of the Nationals and going to try to do the majority of the All-Star races, as well. Next up is Stockton, and then in between there and the Springfield Mile I, we're going to hit the Little Rock event on the All-Star schedule," Robinson stated, "in order to get things a little bit more dialed in for the summer stretch run of the schedule.
"I was at T.J.'s last week then made the trip back home for a photo shoot with Next Moto Champion magazine (where he will be featured on the cover of the May 2013 issue), and the rest of the time I have just been training and working out trying to get myself set for the rest of the year ahead."
With the next race scheduled for May 11 at the Stockton Half-Mile at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, the time is getting nearer for the team and the season to get going full-steam ahead. And if anyone thinks that resting on their Daytona laurels is an option, then they don't know how busy and focused this great bunch is.
Be sure to take the time to come and visit the team at the AMA Grand Nationals and the Steve Nace All-Star events as they rip and roar their way across the nation in search of what surely will be another big win. Each and every round of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season will host a fan walk for the fans to come take part in meeting the teams and the riders, and Brandon Robinson and the T.J. Burnett Farms/USC/Hart Racing Kawasaki team are looking forward to sharing their time and great fortunes with every one of those fans.
For Briar Bauman, rider for the Babe DeMay Motorsports/Yamaha Motor Company/Memphis Shades racing team, it has been a relaxing couple of weeks since leaving sunny Daytona Beach Florida. While many local racing seasons have not taken off yet, the young Californian has been able to spend a little time relaxing after some tough luck in the opening two rounds of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship presented by J&P Cycles.
Though he is a fierce competitor on the track, he is just like any teenager who enjoys time with his friends. The only difference is most of his friends are some of the fastest motorcycle racers in the world! In his own words, here is what Briar has been up to. "I was ready to get away from the moon-like track in Daytona after the luck I had there this year. Instead of heading straight home to California, I was able to head North up the East Coast to spend some time with the Texter's, Cory and Shayna, two time Grand National Champion Jake Johnson and his wife Jodi, as well as former Daytona Short Track winner and current Factory Triumph rider Johnny Lewis and his wife Alysha. Though we are all racers, we were able to do a lot of things that kept my mind off of the two wheel game. They took me Go-Karting, where they cheated with all of their local knowledge of the track and we shredded a knobby or two on a couple of their local motocross tracks. The biggest thing for me was getting to experience real snow for the first time! It was funny, after the tough winter that they have had, they were not too excited, and I was outside running around in it, just loving it! All good things have to come to an end though, and as with any job, you can't be on vacation all year long, so it was time to head home to California."
Once back in his home state with his family, Briar got back to work quickly, catching up on all of the school work that he missed while away at the track and on the East Coast. "It was great to be home and to top it all off, my younger brother Bronson had the van loaded up when I got there so we could head to the local motocross track to show off our air wheelies and panic revs. It's always a great day when you get to spend time at the motocross track goofing off with your little brother." stated Briar. Two wheels and things that go fast aren't Briar's only hobby though, as the very next day the family spent time getting their fishing boat ready for some time getting their lines wet on the water. "While it was great being out on the water with my family and best friend Austin, I pretty much proved to everybody that I was there only for moral support and maybe to help with the dip net here and there. They caught twice the fish that I did! The main thing though was just being able to relax and talk about things other than racing for a change; it really helped put things in perspective. I am just about caught up with all of my school work now and last weekend I enjoyed an amazing Easter holiday with my family. I'm getting really close to graduating High School and man that cannot come soon enough!"
Being at home in his warmer climate, Briar is back on the pedals, doing his favorite type of training, cycling, both on the road and off. You can be rest assured that he and his brother Bronson are beating up some mini bikes around their house also. Briar is getting geared up for round 3 of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Presented By J&P Cycles in nearby Stockton California on May 11th as the entire Babe DeMay Motorsports squad works at a feverish pace to put the final touches on their new Yamaha twin based equipment so the team can begin testing with Briar to make sure they have a race winning combination for round 3 of the series, but the first round for the twin cylindered machines. Look for more updates as the team wraps up the final preparations on the bikes and they start the testing process!
The Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend will again feature the all-out competition of AMA Pro Flat Track on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2013 INDY MILE AMA PRO FLAT TRACK GRAND NATIONAL AT INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS ON AUGUST 17, 2013
(Indianapolis) The Indy Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Motorcycle race returns to the legendary Indy Mile dirt track at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 17, 2013. The Indy Mile will again be held as a part of the Indiana State Fair as well as a featured event of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend. Tickets for the race, which is considered the "Crown Jewel" of AMA Pro Racing's oldest and most tradition-rich professional racing series go on sale Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at www.IndyMile.com, any Ticketmaster location, or www.Ticketmaster.com. Reserved Grandstand ticket locations are priced at $31 and $36 in advance and include Indiana State Fair Admission and facility fees. Convenience fees may apply.
Last year's huge crowds witnessed another legendary race with Sammy Halbert battling out a victory by the narrow margin of .027 of a second, making another "Indy Mile Moment" adding to the legendary lore of the Indy Mile. 2013 will again plan to deliver another night of sliding, drafting, handlebar-to-handlebar duels, 140 mph straightaway speeds and no-holds barred close finishes.
The Indy Mile will be held from 2:00pm to 10:00pm on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Gates open at 2:00pm. Practice and qualifying will be from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. There will be a rider autograph session in the cold pit area from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Opening ceremonies will commence at 7:00pm followed by heat races at 7:30pm and the National Final at 9:30pm.
The latest information on the Indy Mile Pro Flat Track Grand National as well as schedule of events and past event double dvd sets may be found at www.IndyMile.com, or by calling (317) 236-6518.