Chad 'The Cali Kid' Cose to Team Up with Engelhart Research & Technology (ERT) to Contest AMA Pro Flat Track Season-Opening
Rounds at the Daytona Short Track
National number 49 Chad Cose of Fremont, CA. will be joining forces with Englehart Research & Technology (ERT) to kick-off the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at rounds 1 & 2 in Daytona Beach, FL. on March 13-14.
Based out of Salem, OH., Englehart Research & Technology is fresh off their 2013 Horizon Award-winning campaign with rider Jeffery Lowery. Team owner Tom Englehart has decided to field two riders to start off the season in Daytona, with veteran rider Cose to team alongside Pro Singles rookie Lowery and both will be aboard ERT-backed Honda CRF450R's. Cose will campaign the Expert Singles Series event while Lowery will be making his Pro debut in the Pro Singles Series class.
"I am really excited to work with ERT as Tom is such a knowledgeable guy and puts 110% into his program," stated Cose when asked about this new venture to kick start the new season. "That really gets me fired up to go out and fight for good results for not only myself but for ERT as well. We have already built a good relationship in the short time we have known one another, and I trust in his judgment and the direction he is going with ideas on bike set up, so it makes it that much easier making the transition from riding my personal bikes to the team bikes. I feel as if I have struggled somewhat the last couple of years trying to manage my own program, but I don't regret the direction I took at all," continued CC49. "I think it has taught me some very valuable lessons and made me stronger as a person as a rider. More than anything I'm ready to get down to Florida and really fight for it this year and be up front where I know I belong and show everyone I'm here to stay."
ERT's Tom Englehart is also looking forward to the season-openers at Daytona and is looking for a strong showing. When asked about his thoughts, Engelhart stated, "After a long, cold winter I am very excited to get the season started. I hope we have built some bikes that are capable of assisting Chad to his best Daytona finish. I would also like to thank Ron Hamp for all his help and guidance during the off season." ERT Racing will kick off their pre-season testing at Savannah, GA. at round 1 of the Steve Nace Racing AMA All-Star Series on March 7th at Oglethorpe Speedway.
Jake Johnson finalizes 2014 Team and Sponsors
Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Inc. (LBM) and Parkinson Brothers Racing (PBR) have combined forces with title sponsorship from Ramspur Winery for the 2014 AMA Pro Racing dirt track season. Two-time Grand National Champion, Jake Johnson will be the sole rider and will have the full resources of the team at his disposal with Brent Armbruster continuing as crew chief.
"Our focus is to make sure that the team has every possible advantage to compete at the front of the pack at each race" stated Ramspur Winery's Nancy Otton. "The stable of motorcycles that the team has assembled to compete this year is impressive including 450 singles, V-twin, L-Twin and parallel- twin cylinder motorcycles" added Terry Otton.
"I joined the team part way through last season and it really feels like home to me" said 2010 and 2011 National Champion, Johnson. "We have a great group of people on the team that are talented, professional and work very well together. The bikes' performed very well and I am confident that they capable of running at the front and winning. I felt very comfortable on the bikes at our last test without the intake restrictors and I am really excited for this season."
"This is the most talented group of like-minded and hard-working crew and sponsors that we have been able to assemble in several years" said David Lloyd. "We are well prepared for the season and look forward to the fast-approaching Daytona Short Track races." added Craig Parkinson.
In addition to Ramspur Winery the team is proud to receive support from Motion Pro, Daniel Kalal, Thom Duma Fine Jewelers and Victory Chevrolet.
"We are proud of both product and financial participation from our sponsors. We are very confident in our ability to finish well in each event with the team and quality sponsors that we have assembled. It is going to be a fun year." reported team co-owner Michael Lloyd.
Product sponsors include K&N Engineering, Vortex, Silkolene, Mr. Sign, Yuasa Battery, BrakeTech, RaceImage, NCR, Saddlemen, RaceTech, Pro 1 Industries, Stauffer Motors, Arai Helmets, Sidi Boots, TLD, Eurosports, Diamond Chain, VMC Racing Frames, CV4, NJK, Works Connection, RHC, Smith, Xceldyne and Scott Powersports.
We are well into 2014 and it's been awhile since my last write up. I was wanting to do one before 2013 was over after the Christmas race at Du Quoin but I ended up getting the flu so bad I didn't get out of bed for four days. I hardly even went downstairs so I didn't give it to the rest of the family. Right after getting over that it was 100% focus on training to get ready for the first test with the new Y.E.S/Monster/Graves Yamaha team. From there it was another indoor race at Du Quoin then finally a weekend off but instead we spent it riding at TJ Burnett's farm. Now in a couple days its back to Du Quoin, before I get to far ahead of myself lets go back to 2013.
What a year 2013 was, it felt like I really came in as a rider since my Pro Singles/SuperSport days. It's no mystery that the last couple years my results haven't been amazing but they have slowly been getting better and better. In 2013 I felt like we did a great job in both Expert Dirt Tracking and Daytona SportBike Road Racing. In Dirt Track with only doing half the races I finished 8th in points and had three podiums at some of the biggest races of the year!!! To add on to that I podium'd in 7 out of 15 Daytona SportBike races, but not only that we never finished outside the top 5. I wouldn't say that's too bad. But there's more, I was honored with the Next Moto Champion "Rider of the Year Award" for me that's awesome. It wasn't just for my racing either, it was for everything I had done all year, from my TV stuff, helping other racers, racing both series, and I guess anything else you want to throw in there.
One would think it would be hard to top all that, but it's possible. Before the year was over I knew Cameron Beaubier was moving up to race Superbikes and I was the lucky one to replace him. Every single team I have rode for has been amazing. But, after racing for 18 years and all the blood, sweat, and tears I've put in and all the help I have had to finally get on the top factory team, it's like a dream come true. The hard work doesn't stop here though, I've got some BIG shoes to fill riding the #6 Yamaha R6 that Cameron has stepped off. Not only that I've got to perform or there is a number of people that would gladly take my spot, but also I'm ready and willing for the change. We did have our first test a couple weeks back and I think it will be a memorable one for myself and the team. After not being on a R6 since September, it's always hard to get that feeling back at first and I definitely didn't do myself any favors. I was the first one on track and was so excited, just trying to work up to speed, not doing anything stupid. Then tragedy struck, I crashed the brand new bike within 10 laps!! I felt like the biggest donkey, I was devastated, but I pushed the bike back and they got right to work. In no time I was back out on track doing laps. By the end of the test I had a nice feeling with the bike and we all seemed to get along well. Garrett Gerloff is going to be fast this year and so is Josh Hayes in Superbike. But one thing that is awesome is being back on the same team as Cameron, we have traveled together, teamed up or raced the same series since we use to race Supermoto.
I will always be a Dirt Tracker at heart and it is hard to walk away from the sport that has gotten me to where I am today. With my new Road Race deal is putting a little dampener on Dirt Tracking but it's not stopping me. As of right now I won't be racing any twins races but all winter thanks to Yamaha, TJ Burnett, and James Hart I have been preparing a 2014 Yamaha 450 racing at every indoor so it's ready for the 450 AMA Pro Nationals and the Steve Nace All Star series. But for my Dirt Track fans it does get better, Van Hammel of Van's Yamaha has got on board with my Dirt Track program to ensure I have the best Yamaha 450's out there when I can get on the bike.
The last thing I'm going to write about in this report is my riding trip last weekend. I don't think there could be a better weekend of riding. It all started at 5:30am Friday to leave and do my UPS deliveries. First stop was dropping my Yamaha 450 motocross bike off at TJ's (2.5hr drive), then to Van's Yamaha to drop off my Yamaha 450 Dirt Tracker (1hr15min drive) to get ready for Savannah, then to James Hart's shop (1hr drive) to put together another 450 motocross bike, and then finally back to TJ's (1hr drive). Not really long drives but the time I was stopped at each place was what added up. It wasn't until about 7:30pm I got to TJ's, ate some dinner, and bench raced in his house for an hour before Frankie Lee (Gillim) and Luke Baird showed up. Our bench racing migrated out to the shop where we pulled my van and FLG's dually into the shop to unload and work on bikes. That's when the fun started, we talked racing for hours, friends saw the shop lights on so stopped by to do some talking, before we knew it was almost 1am.
FLG, Luke, and I went in the house to get some sleep and I guess the bench racing didn't end until 2am. We were up bright and early at 7am to get breakfast at a gas station diner, yes you read that right!! But let me tell you that food was awesome! Riding started at 9 once Chalon Spore and Kolby Carlile showed up. We all left the shop, FLG, Luke, Chalon, Kolby, myself, and Ryan Sledge (TJ's buddy for years and a regular great fan at the race). He was the leader since we had no idea which direction to go in the woods. We didn't make it 20 seconds from the shop before the first crash, going through a ditch Ryan looped it out, he never crashes-but he did. And, he's never going to hear the end of it. After that little hiccup it was off riding. We were gone almost three hours, riding in the woods and building mile long TT tracks in the fields, up until it started raining. After lunch it was still raining so we cleaned out the shop and got pit bike nationals going. We rode all night until Supercross came on then we only rode on commercials.
It was a great night and it just proved I am so blessed to have one of the coolest jobs out there and great family, friends, and supporters around. Next up is Du Quoin this weekend. I should get back on a routine of writing this and hopefully not so long.
CIRCLE BURN CLOTHING CO.
PEORIA, IL. January 27, 2014 - Circle Burn Clothing announced its online store that opened December 2013. CBC will be featuring shirts, hats, and various apparel focused around flattrack motorcycle racing.
The apparel can be found at circleburnclothing.com and is in stock now. A variety of sizes are offered and updated daily.
We wanted to design clothing that was holding true to the flattrack racing roots while offering new modern feel. I always looked around at races and couldn't find any clothing from vendors, basically shirts that I liked or wanted to wear. So I always surfed the internet trying to find a flattrack shirt with very little, if any, luck. So I decided to start designing shirts focusing on the sport that were simple, fresh designs that anybody could wear
We have a variety of designs for men, women, and children with more designs and styles released monthly. You can follow us on facebook.com/circleburnclothing for all the latest news and releases.
CBC will be out at many events this year including Daytona, Springfield, Peoria, as well tons of local district events. See you soon.
Solid Performance KTM/ Eye Ball Moto Racing Team to Compete in SMEC
Johnny Lewis to Race SMEC & Host Supermoto Training Schools in 2014
Downingtown, PA (Jan 13th, 2014)- AMA Pro Flat Track Racer Johnny Lewis announces that he will compete in selective Supermoto East Coast "SMEC" events in 2014. Recently announcing his partnership with Project K Racing for the AMA Pro Flat Track Twins championship aboard the KTM USA/GE Capital 990, Lewis will fill in "off" weekends with supermoto racing and host multiple "10 Supermoto Training" schools in conjunction with SMEC this season.
The former Factory Red Bull KTM Supermoto racer, with 8 career podiums including 1 career AMA Pro Supermoto Unlimited race win, still enjoys jumping on a 450 KTM SMR any chance he gets. "Last season I was able to join SMEC at their opening round. I hosted a 15-rider school on Saturday and then competed in & won the Pro Class on Sunday. SMEC put together an amazing series last season from Florida to New York for both pro and amateur riders. They have brought supermoto back to the east coast.", said Lewis.
Lewis is set to return to SMEC this season at their opening round at Virgina International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, VA on April 13th with an all new supermoto race team. Solid Performance KTM & Eyeball Moto will join forces to bring Johnny Lewis the equipment needed to not only compete at selective SMEC rounds, but also host multiple 10 Supermoto Training schools. Lewis will compete on a race-ready KTM 450 SMR prepared by Solid Performance KTM and marketed by Eyeball Moto - a division of the design and advertising studio Eyeball NYC.
Lewis' first 10 Supermoto Training school will take place on Saturday April 12th, the day before the opening round, at the well-known racing facility Virginia International Raceway "VIR". With the support of SMEC, VIR, and Lewis' team, the school will bring other supermoto riders of all skill levels the opportunity to learn from a past AMA Pro Supermoto race winner to develop their own supermoto skills. You can find more information on the 10 Supermoto Training school, including pricing and requirements, at http://www.lewis10.com/10-supermoto-training.
For the 2014 SMEC schedule and event information please visit the Supermoto East Coast website, powered by Eyeball Moto, at www.supermotoec.com. To check out 2013 SMEC race highlight videos and more, visit the SMEC TV page under the Multimedia tab. You can also learn more about Solid-Performance KTM by visiting www.Solid-Performance.com, or stop in at the KTM dealership located at 106 Robbins Rd in Downingtown, PA just 40 miles west of Philadelphia.
Follow Johnny on Instagram and Facebook for all updates on his 2014 racing plans including SMEC races, 10 Supermoto Training, and AMA Pro Flat Track events @johnnylewis10 or by visiting www.lewis10.com
Hey Everyone! First off I hope all of you had a great New Years and have had a great start to the brand new 2014 season. For me 2014 has already shown to be another steady upward climb in progression and success! There have been so many great things happen to me in such a short time that it's almost unreal. From getting my own place and living on my own, to becoming the new Factory Harley Davidson rider, to hooking up with Fun Mart Cycle and Dyno Center riding amazing KTM 450 SX-F's, and then just still realizing that I am the #1 Grand National Flat Track Champion that people refer to as the best flat track racer in the world! Those are just they key points! I have been blessed in so many ways and I am so thankful to be where I am! At 20 years old you can say that I feel like I am on top of the world. Even when I have accomplished all this there is no room for slowing down. I am still getting faster on the bike and I still have many goals I want to reach not only this year but for the rest of career. It has only just begun!
2014 started out last weekend as what will probably go down as one the most memorable events of my whole career. Around early December I was honored to be invited to the Superprestegio Dirt track event put on by RPM Racing with support of Moto GP World Champion Marc Marquez. The race would be held in the amazing Palau Saint Jordi Stadium in the beautiful city of Barcelona Spain. The Superprestegio event was initially held as a road race grand prix back in the 70s-90's that brought out of a bunch of top named World GP riders. The race eventually lost interest in the mid 90's and wasn't revived again until this year when main promoter Jaime Alguersuri and Marq Marquez along with RPM Racing put their heads together and brought the great event back to life. Since a good majority of World GP riders cross train with dirt track nowadays and with the huge history of dirt track riders turned road racers that became world champions it was a perfect time to put on such an event as a dirt track race and make the dirt track presence known again on the world stage.
The event involved riders such as the Moto GP, Moto 2, Moto 3 world champions, Kenny Noyes and handful of other Gp riders along with other riders from all over the world that compete in all sorts of different racing disciplines. Kenny is the son of Dennis Noyes who promoted the first ever dirt track race in Spain with Jaime Alguersuri years ago. He started off his career as a dirt tracker in the states and now lives in Barcelona as a world gp rider. The race program was a pretty interesting format. There were three classes, The GP class, the open class and the Junior class. The gp class involved all the Gp road race riders, the open class involved at the DT riders and other discipline riders such as myself and the junior class was for young riders that all rode Kawasaki 140's supplied by the Noyes Dirt track Camp. The way the program worked was you had to make it through several rounds of qualifying, heat races, and finish inside the top three in your class to earn a transfer spot to the super final race which would decide who was the fastest rider of the night. Would it be a GP Rider or an Open rider? As to be expected I pretty much laid the hammer to the competition in the open class the whole night. I set fast time in every session, got every hole shot and won by a huge margin in both heat races and the open main event. I knew this would not be my toughest race of the night though. Marq Marquez is an amazing rider and was the only rider close to my lap times the whole night. He won every time he was on the track except once and would be the rider to line up right next to me in the super final. It had shaped up to be the perfect showdown! Who was better, the GP World Champ or the Flat Track World Champ? It was pretty much a picture perfect race, we were side by side from the moment the gate dropped and swapping the lead several times. To tell everyone the truth I was holding back about 90%. My lap times were about a half a second faster during the earlier races but I wanted to make it a "Super" final, not a blow out. Marc was doing everything he could to keep me behind him, running me wide several times and pushing really hard. Finally the laps were winding down and I had to make a move to get by him and not let him run me wide again. I squared him up coming off of turn 4 and got the drive on him going into turn 1. Unfortunately, I was charging in hard and he did not want to let me by and tried to shut the door. There was hard contact between his handle bar and my knee and it took his front end out from under him and he hit the ground hard! That was not my intentions at all, it upset me a lot that our battle ended like that but like they say, when you mess with the bull you get the horns! I rode the last two laps out and did a nice American stand up wheelie past the checkered. I was really happy that no one was upset after the race and even Marc told me it was not completely all my fault, it was just a racing incident.
The Trip was an outright amazing experience! I can't thank Mark Gardiner, Dennis Noyes, Jaime Alguersuri, RPM Racing, and Marc Marquez enough for getting me over there and making the event possible! Also a huge thanks to KTM of Spain and KTM Racing for supplying me with an excellent motorcycle. I am really happy with my move to KTM and I think we have just started to turn some heads. I can't wait for Daytona to show case my FMC Dyno Center KTM 450! I never thought I would get shown so much respect from so many people in a foreign country. Motorcycles are a way of life to many in Europe, they almost treated me better over there then they do over here! In total there was about 8,000 fans in the stands, 122 journalist at the event, 3 television crews, and around 150,000 people in the United States watched the live feed on cycleworld.com! By far the most exposure I have ever got and the whole sport of dirt track has received in a long time!! I have a tremendous amount of respect for Marc and some of the other GP riders! They are great dirt trackers for the little amount of time they have done it. Flat track has been on a pretty good comeback here in the states and I believe this event will boost its momentum big time.
Thank you to the rest of my 2014 sponsors and all of my fans.. I can't wait to get this season into full swing!!
This winter we have been working on several issues that we were dealt last season with our 450 powerplant. We chose to have Junior Jackson at FMC Dyno center build our CRF450 engine and work the bugs out and give us a rocket. Junior builds amazing power out of these little single cylinders. We spent a saturday at FMC's dyno with Junior and initial pulls on the dyno was producing very imprssive numbers but we quickly discovered our air intake system was to restrictive and we decided to halt any further testing until we improved the air intake system. We currently are designing a new system and will get back to the dyno in a week or two. Did I mention Junior and FMC are 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track #1 plate holder Brad Bakers singles title sponsor and building his 450,s for 2014 as well.
Springfield weekend 2013 we debuted our Kawasaki 650r twin in the Basic Twins class with a impressive 6th place on saturday and a 8th place on sunday. Impressive to me as we had the only bone stock twin racing that weekend, "Itchy" put his skills to work and made up for our lack of power. We have been discussing for some time now what and who to have work our power plant over for the twin and decide to go outside of the box and try and give RRCF an edge and use a builder not involved in AMA Pro Flat Track but experienced in building these type of engines and someone who we would be their main focus, not a builder spreading his love thru out the paddock giving his best secrets to his favorites. We chose a company on the east coast who has been involved for sometime now with Superbike racing and who have won national championships and have several podium finishes under their belt. We will be releasing their name soon, things get a little top secret at times around here!
After several conversations and alot of thought "Itchy" has decided to move up to an Expert rider at somepoint early in the 2014 season before the first twins race. We know it will be a whole new ball game and we will have to work even harder but we are confident with his ability as a rider, our new engine programs and our hard work and determination this will be a good move for us. Also with the format and payout that the AMA is running it does not pay for us to stay back another season. "Itchy" was able to cut his teeth and run some provisional expert races in 2013 and get some experience under his belt and besides if you know "Itchy" he's a go getter and doesnt let much stand in his way on the track.
s there really an off season? I think not! Me and "Itchy" have spent countless hours building a new resume for 2014 and contacting and e-mailing potential sponsors and supporters. Thinking of new and exciting ways to make a noticeable presence known on and off the track. Really working to come up with new avenues to be the best we can be with what we have to work with and be able to offer our supporters and sponsors the best representation availabe!
Oxford, PA (01/07/2014)
- Coming off a career best season in 2013, Brandon Robinson returns to the AMA Pro Flat Track series with a similar but slightly different program for 2014. Robinson will be on Kawasaki 650's and Kawasaki 450's again next season tuned by James Hart with support from USC Racing, Hot-Shot Motorworks and James Stevens Racing.
Last season Robinson turned many heads as he finished 3rd in series points and claimed three victories during the season. His wins came at the prestigious events Daytona Short Track and back-to-back Springfield Miles in the fall. He scored additional podiums at the Sacramento Mile, Colonial Downs Mile, and the Indy Mile. Robinson looks to improve on his success from 2013 and keep the momentum going into 2014 will a solid team built around him this off-season.
"Excited would be an understatement. The 2013 season was amazing and I can't thank my sponsors and team enough for helping me accomplish so much and getting one step closer to my dream of being Grand National Champion," said Robinson. "We have been really busy during the off-season getting the bikes ready for 2014. I didn't think we could improve on what we learned last year, but I was wrong and I can't wait to get these USC Kawasaki's on the race track and compete again."
The efforts will be strongly backed by USC Racing. USC Racing is owned and operated by Gerry Booher, a former Grand National racer. USC Racing has been a fixture on the Grand National Flat Track scene since 1969. USC has sponsored legends such as Ricky Graham, Terry Poovey, Bryan Bigelow and Kevin Varnes in past seasons.
James Hart Racing will return as Brandon's mechanic for the 2014 season. James Hart Racing is owned by James Hart who has been involved in GNC Racing since 1988. Hart is a former GNC racer who carried National #81 and was very successful throughout his career. James will also assisted by his father Roy Hart who was a very competitive racer in his own right. With James and Roy combined together they are very knowledgeable in race bike setup and reading the racetrack conditions to make necessary changes for a winning performance. Notable riders James has wrenched for in the past include Johnny Murphree, A.J. Eslick, Robbie Pearson, J.D. Beach, and Brandon Robinson.
Hot-Shot Motorworks is a key component to the a promising 2014 season. The company is owned by Dan Thompson and is an engine design and development company that has designed many products for Hi-Performance Street and Racing motorcycle engines throughout their 40 years of existence. Dan Thompson has built and tuned for many notable racers throughout the AMA GNC Series since 1977. After leaving the GNC Series in 1996 to concentrate on other engine development programs, Dan has decided to return to the GNC scene for the 2014 season to build a Kawasaki engine program for USC Racing, James Hart Racing and James Stevens Racing. Hot-Shot Motorworks has already designed many performance products for the Kawasaki engine that has allowed significant gains in engine performance from the team's successful 2013 season.
James Stevens Racing has been a strong supporter and sponsor of USC Racing, James Hart Racing and Hot-Shot Motorworks for many years and will again be involved with support for the 2014 GNC Series. James has had helped many notable riders over the years including Jeffrey Carver, Kevin Atherton, Tripp Nobles, David Estok, Michael Barnes and Robbie Pearson to name a few.
The AMA Pro Flat Track season kicks off March 13th and March 14th in Daytona Beach, FL. Robinson and his team will also compete in the AMA All-Star Series during bike week at Ogelthorpe Speedway in Savannah, GA on March 7th and Volusia Speedway in Barberville, FL on March 9th.
Coatesville, PA ( Dec. 23rd 2013)- With a new year and a new season just around the corner, the Waters Autobody/Project K Racing team supported by KTM & GE Capital announces their partnership with National #10 Johnny Lewis. Lewis, a former Factory KTM Supermoto racer with 8 career podiums and a win in the AMA Pro Supermoto Unlimited class, has joined the Leo Vince supported team on the KTM powered 990 V-twin for the AMA Pro Flat Track Twins Championship in 2014. Lewis has opted to not re-sign with the Latus Motors Racing Triumph program for a second season, where the season's best result came at Virgina's Colonial Downs Mega Mile with a second place Dash for Cash finish and an 8th place finish in the main event after coasting to the finish line with engine issues. The 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Daytona winner is excited to help Project K Racing owner Dave Waters further develop the KTM 990 and hopes to bring it to the next step with a first-ever podium finish in the AMA Pro Flat Track Twins Championship next season.
"For me it's really exciting to be back on the KTM brand. From riding supermoto for KTM at the beginning of my racing career, to now riding one in the AMA Pro Flat Track Singles and Twins Championships. KTM has always been special to me. I love the bikes, the brand, and the image KTM represents. I want to bring KTM their first AMA Pro Flat Track Twins podium in the history of the sport", stated Lewis.
The Saddlemen Performance/Silkolene/K&N supported Project K Racing team, owned and managed by Dave & Rhonda Waters, stated, "When we heard Johnny Lewis wasn't returning to the Triumph team we discussed the possibility of him riding for us this year. We felt that his natural talent and experience would be just what our team was looking for in 2014. The fact that he is riding a KTM in the Expert Singles division, along with his teammate Ryan Wells in the Pro Singles division, makes him a great spokesperson for KTM. Johnny has a great marketing approach that we know will benefit our current strategy. We think with what Johnny brings to the table, this will be a win-win for our program."
Lewis, who hails from Pennsylvania, will line up for the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Expert Singles Championship rounds on a Solid Performance KTM 450 SXF. "Solid Performance KTM is a new KTM dealership located 5 miles from my house that is supporting my AMA Pro Flat Track Singles program. I actually work at the dealership, so my connection with the brand goes that much further", says Lewis. March 14th & 15th marks the opening round for the AMA Pro Flat Track Series. Johnny Lewis and his wife Alysha are expecting the arrival of their first child with a due date of March 1st. This may make the Lewis' attendance in Daytona questionable. "I'm so thankful to have a team and supporters behind me that support my decision to wait to commit to the opening rounds of the series. Our decision will of course be based on the well-being of my wife Alysha and soon-to-be newborn baby boy. Family comes first for me and the team understands that." says Lewis.
The first AMA Pro Flat Track Twins Championship round is scheduled at the legendary Springfield Mile on May 25th. Visit www.amaproracing.com/ft. for more details on the event, including tickets sales and event schedule. The Waters Autobody/Project K Racing KTM powered 990 V-twin is supported by KTM North America, GE Capital, D&D Power Sports, Boughner Racing, Motion Pro, K&N Filters, Saddlemen, Vortex, Silkolene Oils, RLJ Race Engines, Evans Coolant, Durelle Racing, Rekluse Clutches, Spider Grips, RK/Excel, Penske Shocks, Leo Vince, Lightshoe, Hollink Motor Sports, PG Graphics, Pro Plates, The Fast and Dirty, Sudco Carbs, Mr Sign, Galfer Brakes, and Steve Fortunato.
Stay tuned by visiting www.ProjectKRacing.com and www.Lewis10.com for future team updates, including pictures and videos of the 2014 program. Look forward to some new riding videos like "Mind Party with Johnny Lewis" coming up at a later date as well. Follow along with Johnny Lewis' personal social networking sites: Instagram- johnnylewis10, Facebook- johnnylewis10, Youtube- johnnylewis10.
Team Owners: Dave & Rhonda Waters
Waters Autobody/Project K Racing LLC
Kiesow Racing, Jeffrey Carver jr. - End of Year 2013 The 2013 racing season has come to a close for the Kiesow/Carver team with Jeffrey Carver Jr. finishing ninth in Grand National points and winning the Sunoco "Go the Distance award". Jeffrey and the Kiesow/MDR Racing Machines completed 417 miles for the season, five miles ahead of second place Kenny Coolbeth, with Bryan Smith third and Brad Baker fourth. Jeffrey finished every heat, dash, semi, and main event that he started for the entire season.
The last part of our season started with five mile events almost back to back which took us from Richmond Virginia to Santa Rosa, California. Quite a difference from the first part of the season with all of the rainouts. To run the next five miles we would need our best equipment and complete tear downs of two engines with only eight days to get the job done.
With some last minute engine scrambling we had two XR 750's ready for Indy. We struggled with horsepower and barely missed the main by inches. Tommra had the main event provisional card in the AMA hands immediately but Jake Johnson had beat her to it to get the last spot. This will be the only main event we miss all year.
Next Saturday was the big mile and 1/4 in Richmond, Virginia so we needed all the HP we could get. Both engines where torn apart an set up for more acceleration off the corners and all the power we could get. It proved to be a tough day for he Harley's as the Kawasaki's where running away from us. We were one of four Harley teams to finish the main event and happy for a fourth in the heat and 13th in the main and two intact engines.
Next we had five days to get ready for back to back Springfield miles. We changed some carburation and timing to find the power needed to be competitive at the fastest dirt mile in the world. Temps where in the upper 90's and engines where expiring everywhere. We where lucky to get thru another day and finished 10th directly to the main. The Kawasaki's got 1,2,3 both days. AMA has removed the restricters from the Harley's for next year but too late to help today.
Three weeks later we are headed to California for our third time this season. Santa Rosa is another big mile, and a soft cushion surface that turned very rough. Some ocean mist came in and changed a frightening track to a dangerous one. The AMA was forced to call the race complete and everyone who qualified for the main got one point.
Oct 12, 2013 was Pomona, California, the last race of the year We were hoping for a good result and a chance to move up in the points. Jeffrey qualified sixth in the last session and was fifth in the heat. He was running up front in the semi when he caught his foot in a hole and pulled an already injured tendon. He was in a lot of pain but hung on to finish and transfer to the main. Jeffrey rode the 25 laps of the main very carefully and finished 12th.
Jeffrey will be competing in 2014 Season on a full time base and is hoping for a top finish and a new ride. Kiesow racing is stepping back and sitting out for a while. They had done this out of passion for the sport but that doesn't pay the bills. Jeffrey is currently accepting all kinds of support and would like to thank all of his sponsors through out his career.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 3, 2013)- AMA Pro Racing is pleased to announce the complete AMA Pro Flat Track schedule for the upcoming 2014 season; an agenda that includes 16 rounds featuring non-stop entertainment and thrilling motorcycle racing action from the AMA Pro Grand National Championship (GNC) and AMA Pro Singles classes
"We're excited to be announcing the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule today," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "AMA Pro Flat Track is America's original extreme sport, and we're looking forward to watching our riders thrill crowds across the country during another action-packed season of racing in 2014."
Of the 16 races scheduled as part of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track calendar, the GNC Expert Singles will compete at four of the rounds, broken down into two Short Tracks and two TTs, while the thundering GNC Expert Twins will contest the remaining 12 rounds, consisting of six Half-Mile and six Mile tracks. Fans can also expect to watch the sport's finest up-and-coming talent battle for fame and glory in Pro Singles races at the majority of the events.
On March 13 and 14, 2014, DAYTONA Flat Track will once again play host to the AMA Pro Flat Track opener as the series kicks off the 2014 season with a doubleheader on the quarter-mile lime rock track located just outside Daytona International Speedway's west banking. At the 2013 season opener in Daytona Beach, Fla., fans witnessed four riders claim their first career victories at the professional level in dramatic fashion.
Next up, the series will make its first annual stop in Springfield, Ill. for the Springfield Mile on May 25, 2014 and will return again to the legendary venue on August 31, 2014 for the second go-around. Last season, Brandon Robinson made his money at Springfield, earning two convincing victories in a crucial late-season doubleheader weekend.
The series will head to Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa on June 15, 2014 for Round 4. Kenny Coolbeth earned a split-second victory at the Knoxville Half-Mile in 2012 over then defending champion Jake Johnson. After taking a break from the Marion County venue in 2013, the series is scheduled to return to Knoxville Raceway in 2014 to run in conjunction with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and provide the same exhilarating action that it does everywhere else.
Round 5 of AMA Pro Flat Track will take place at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio for the Lima Half-Mile on June 28, 2014. Dating back to 1984, AMA Pro Flat Track has made the trek to Lima to take on the pea-gravel circuit and the 2014 event should be another weekend filled with exciting racing.
It wouldn't be a normal 4th of July weekend without AMA Pro Flat Track racing in Hagerstown, Md. The series is set to roll out the thundering twin-cylinder motorcycles on July 5, 2014 at Hagerstown Speedway for the Hagerstown Half-Mile. Eventual 2013 Grand National Champion Brad Baker earned his first win at the GNC Expert level at Hagerstown last season and will look to have similar success following America's Independence Day in 2014.
The first west coast tour begins on July 19, 2014 with a Half-Mile event at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. The venue will serve as the first time that AMA Pro Flat Track tires will have touched this particular soil and the event will be hosted by a new promoter.
On July 26, 2014, the series will make its second west coast appearance at the famous Sacramento Mile in Sacramento, Calif. Last season, Bryan Smith recorded his first of two wins on the year at the Cal Expo and the Flint, Mich. product will look to continue his success on mile- long tracks when the series returns to Sacramento in 2014.
The first TT event will take place at Castle Rock Race Park in Castle Rock, Wash. for the Castle Rock TT on August 2, 2014. Jeffrey Carver recorded his lone win of the season last year in AMA Pro Expert Singles competition as he crossed the stripe a little over a second ahead of second-place finisher and 2012 Grand National Champion Jared Mees.
Next up, the series heads to Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D. for the Sturgis Half-Mile on August 5, 2014, run in conjunction with the largest annual bike rally in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will flock to the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the timing couldn't be any better with the Grand National Championship coming to town in the midst of all the excitement.
The Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind., returns to the 2014 schedule on August 8, 2014 and the event will once again coincide with both the Indiana State Fair and MotoGP's state-side return for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Next up is the second and final TT of the season, and the granddaddy of them all, scheduled for August 17, 2014 at Peoria Race Park in Peoria, Ill. Henry Wiles has owned the Peoria TT for nearly an entire decade and he will look to collect his 10th win at the Midwest venue next season. The Peoria TT has been a staple on the Grand National circuit since 1947 and still packs the hillsides with spectators eager to watch the high-flying singles takes to the track.
After a successful inauguration to the Grand National scene last season, Colonial Downs will host Round 13 of the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule on August 23, 2014. The 1.25 mile-long circuit, located in New Kent, Va., measures in as the largest track on the schedule and will surely provide for some thrilling racing action.
Following the second Springfield Mile event on Labor Day weekend, the season wraps up with two final bouts on the west coast with the Santa Rosa Mile in Santa Rosa, Calif. on September 28, 2014 and the Flat Track Season Finale on October 11, 2014 at the LA County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. These two races proved to be critical at the tail-end of last season, as Brad Baker, Bryan Smith and Brandon Robinson were neck-and-neck going down the homestretch of 2013. In the end it was Baker who sealed the final victory at Pomona to cap off an amazing season and capture the coveted No. 1 plate.
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.
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RIDE Academy Returns to Florida Winter 2014
First Stop for the 2014 RIDE Tour
(Dec 4, 2013) - Just a day after the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship Series releases it's 2014 schedule with the opening rounds in Daytona Florida March 13th & 14th, RIDE Academy releases the first stop on their 2014 RIDE Tour also in Florida. Kicking off the 2014 tour, RIDE Academy has planned a two training class in Ocala, Florida at the Marion County Speedway on February 1st and 2nd. This will mark the second RIDE Academy training class at this facility, providing techniques and education to many of the Southern Dirt Track Association racers as well as surrounding racers under the Florida sunshine. RIDE Academy's founder Mike Hacker, has decided to take this training class to the next level, the talent of the SDTA racers allows RIDE Academy to offer a "Race Bike" training class where riders will be educated and trained to develop new riding techniques on their personal race bikes. RIDE Academy's instructor Johnny Lewis stated. " I also feel this is the next step for racers to really develop themselves and their machines to perform at their best, we educate not only the racers but the crew members of the racers ( parents/ mechanics) at RIDE Academy because it's about building a whole package, developing a program that works and allows for success on the race track".
Passionate about progression, RIDE has designed a program that works in repetition, allowing a rider/ racer to progress is what makes champions. RIDE believes they have a formula that will lead many riders to success. RIDE is here to extend our combined knowledge to fellow riders so that they can become the best they can be in a far less amount of time that it has taken each and everyone of our instructors. To reach excellence you must be determined and willing to have an open mind to take advice and instruction. "We instruct on the the importance of maintaining the right body position, utilizing each control on your motorcycle, and using proper techniques to ensure you will be the most successful motorcycle rider or racer you can be", says Mike Hacker former national number 67. Programming the mind to be in the correct body position at all times is one of Mike Hackers main goals. Even before the riders start to perform the drills on track, RIDE Academy riders get one on one instructing on the RIDE Academy CRF80 and CRF450 simulators. Mike Hacker teamed up with Rick from Greater Works to develop a simulator the best fitted the need of the RIDE Academy crew to instructor all riders on the proper body position. Founder of Greater Works Rick stated, " To have the opportunity to work with the RIDE Academy crew of Mike Hacker, Johnny Lewis, and Kenny Coolbeth has been an honor for Greater Works and the students that I have help me engineer and produce these simulators. Our students enjoy the concept of the simulators, understanding balance of the rider on the motorcycle and how the bikes reacts to weight transfer, its fascinating!"
The crew will include three time AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth, National number 10 Johnny Lewis who has AMA Pro wins in both AMA Supermoto and AMA Flat Track, Mike Hacker former National number 67 with multiple AMA Pro Grand National wins, 2011 Grand national Champion Jared Mees National # 9, "Young Gun" Ryan Wells number 94B who missed out on the 2013 AMA Pro Singles Championship by 1 point and Cody Johncox 96B who has impressive AMA Pro Single wins that include Springfield Mile and Virginia Mega Mile. The two days will run on both Marion County Speedways short track and T.T race tracks, both used by SDTA. Class will kick off with a brief morning introduction followed by "Tech Inspection" where the RIDE crew looks over each and every motorcycle/rider to provide pre- class tips they see that could better the riders success throughout the 2 day training class. Be sure to bring the necessary tools and products such as fuel to get you through 2 days of training. RIDE will be on hand to help with mechanical issues within reason as they want to make sure all riders stay on track throughout the weekend. RIDE won't make you do a mud drill on your race bike so we don't intend to get your bikes any dirtier then a normal race weekend. RIDE and the SDTA crew will be providing lunch both days for the riders with additional meal tickets available for crew members including family and friends.
As RIDE strides to provide the best to their students, building a stronger training program each year, they also stride to keep the
cost as affordable as they can. The two day "Race Bike" training class is $500 and is now accepting credit card for deposits. By visiting
www.RIDEAcademy.com and clicking the "Sign up Now!) tab, filling out & sending in the "RIDE Student Entry Form" als well as sending in the $200 deposit
by either check or credit card you can hold your spot for this date. 2013 RIDE Academy "Sold Out" within a week, so make sure to get your entry in as
soon as possible. Here is the 2013 RIDE Academy Ocala video-
For questions, comments, concerns email on out contact page www.rideacademy.com/#!contact-us To sign up with credit card call Mike
Hacker at 804- 586-6117, to sign up by check make checks payable to "RIDE Academy" and send to the address below:
19203 Temple Ave.
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
An email will be sent out two weeks prior with training class start and end times for both days Feb. 1st & 2nd to allow riders and
crew members to plan accordingly. In the meantime visit our Facebook page for any news and updates we may post
Kenny Coolbeth joins forces with Zanotti Racing to go after the 2014 GNC Expert Championship. Dave Atherton will build the motors and provide lead mechanic duties at the track. Kenny will be riding XR750's from the Zanotti Racing collection and CRF450s with support from Chaplin Honda. Kenny recently visited Dave Atherton's shop in Michigan and had this to say "I am really excited about riding for Dave Zanotti with Dave Atherton spinning the wrenches, I am sure we will have the best equipment out there and I am looking forward to winning races and have fun doing it, I want to thank Dave Zanotti for beleaving in me and I can't wait until Daytona".
The 3-time GNC Champion is healthy and mentally focused on a fresh start for the 2014 season. The Twins will be tuned out of the Atherton Racing shop in Michigan and the Singles will be tuned by Zanotti Racing in California .
The team is actively looking for additional sponsors, please contact Shawn McNary firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.