VETERANS DAY

Nov 11, 2016
  VETERANS DAY

 

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Italian broadcasting powerhouse, Mediaset Premium, acquires America’s Cup rights

Jul 22, 2016

Italian broadcasting powerhouse, Mediaset Premium, acquires America’s Cup rights

Ian Roman

Mediaset Premium, the largest commercial broadcaster in the Italian market, has acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast all racing from the 35th America’s Cup in Italy, across all platforms.

With the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series continuing with events in Portsmouth, UK (July 23-24); Toulon, France (September 10-11) and Fukuoka, Japan (November 19-20), Mediaset Premium will provide live coverage (on its sport channel ‘Premium Sport HD’) and highlight programming on the free to air channel Mediaset Italia 2.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Mediaset Premium to bring racing to our passionate Italian fan-base, who can enjoy the action beginning with this weekend’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth and running all the way through the final match in Bermuda in June 2017,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner of the 35th America’s Cup.

A Mediaset Premium spokesperson commented: “The America’s Cup has become an iconic sport in Italy, dating back to the first Italian challenges in the 1980s. Now, with Italy’s Francesco Bruni helming the Artemis Racing boat this weekend in Portsmouth, we are happy to offer our viewers the opportunity to share in the excitement of the modern America’s Cup.”

Racing this weekend in Portsmouth is on July 23-24, beginning at 1330 local time (GMT+1).

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Kawasaki’s Bryan Smith wins third consecutive Mile in 2016 at Springfield Mile I

May 29, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 29, 2016) – Bryan Smith proved his dominance at the Springfield Mile I on Sunday, taking home his third consecutive Mile victory of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season. This Mile win didn’t come as easily, as the Michigan native had to fight to the finish with a pack of riders every lap, topping second place finisher No. 1 Jared Mees by a margin of 0.119 of a second at the conclusion of the race.

Smith, who pilots the third-generation No. 42 Crosley/Howerton Kawasaki Ninja 650, wrestled tirelessly with Harley-Davidson-mounted riders, Mees, eventual third place finisher No. 6 Brad Baker and No. 2 Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. and was officially scored with leading 16 of the 25-lap Main Event. The win was also Smith’s third consecutive Springfield Mile victory, having won both of last year’s contests at the historic venue.

“It feels pretty awesome,” Smith said. “To have three Miles back-to-back and win them all. I don’t care what kind of track it is, it’s awesome. But to win the Miles that I love, obviously to have three in a row at a historic venue like Springfield, is great. There’s not just one thing that was going through my mind through the last lap. There was a million thoughts of what to do, what not to do, go fast, not too fast, spin the tires, just a million thoughts. I was able to get just enough of a draft off of turn four in that last lap and just barely squeak by Jared.”

Three-time and reigning Grand National Champion Mees expressed his desire to win the coming races over the “Mile Specialist” but shared his appreciation for the bar-to-bar racing that went down during Sunday’s race.

“It’s definitely getting old finishing second on the Miles to the same guy,” Mees said. “But hats off to those guys. They’re working hard and that thing is fast. It’s hard to get it before the finish line but the team is working really hard and we’re trying to find more and more power and reliability. I felt like we had a little bit more than last year but you know, it is Mile racing at its best and a close finish is normal at the Springfield Mile.”

Baker officially led three laps during the Main by using the all-important draft to push past his competitors. The Washington native took home the final spot on the podium.

“It feels really good,” Baker said. “I’ve had the speed the last three races or so but it feels good to be here on the podium. It was a really fun race and the end of the race was an all-out battle.”

Baker’s Factory Harley-Davidson teammate No. 67 Davis Fisher had a lot to prove with the competition debut of the next generation Harley-Davidson XG750R, and the rising star did not disappoint. Fisher experienced a mechanical issue in his Heat race but earned his Main Event starting spot thanks to a photo finish in his Semi race for the final transfer position. After picking off riders throughout the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Main Event, Fisher earned the new machine its first Top 10 result with his eighth place finish.

“Davis is doing a great job of developing the new bike and moving forward with it but we know the XR is proven and capable of winning,” Baker continued. “Now we know the XG is capable of getting into the top 10 and now we have to see if it is capable of getting on the podium and winning. Until it gets to that point, I’m going to keep on the old, faithful XR750 that’s been around for 44 years and then eventually going to be jumping onto that thing when it’s ready. I want that bike to get better because if it gets better than the XR that means I’ll have a weapon to try to get on the top spot or the box on these Miles instead of always nipping at the heels of the Kawasaki.”

Smith now leads the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines point standings by 16 points over No. 69 Sammy Halbert, 110-94.

In the GNC2 class, No. 94B Ryan Wells was unrelenting as he duked it out for his first Mile win of the 2016 season with second place finisher No. 99J Kevin Stollings and third place No. 23FJeffery Lowery.

“It’s my first Mile (win) and it’s awesome,” Wells said. “Especially at the Springfield Mile, the biggest Mile you could win, and for it to be a typical Springfield Mile ending, winning by half of a tire, it’s cool. I would have liked to win by more but it’s awesome. I wish I wouldn’t have seen a red flag with two laps to go but it all worked out and I’m happy. I knew I had a fast bike but I was drafting Stollings earlier in the race, and the kid’s real small and lightweight, so I knew if anybody could get by me before the line it would be him. I came out of turn four and I heard somebody; I peeked down underneath my handlebars and I saw the red bike and I knew it was him. I got as small as I could and was watching our front wheels go across the line and I was pretty pumped about it.”

Wells now leads the GNC2 point standings by 18 points over No. 14A Dalton Gauthier, 103-85.

Up next, 20 of the top AMA Pro Flat Track riders head to ESPN’s Summer X Games in Austin, Texas for the Harley-Davidson Flat-Track race on Thursday, June 2 at Circuit of The Americas. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance at http://www.xgames.espn.go.com/xgames or tune in to ESPN on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. PT).

Award Updates
Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines:
  • Harley-Davidson Pole Award: No. 42 Bryan Smith
  • McElroy Packaging Lucky 13 Award Winner: No. 1 Jared Mees
  • MotoBatt Hard Charger Award Winner: No. 67 Davis Fisher
  • Öhlins Fastest Lap Award Winner: No. 73 Doug Lawrence
  • Sunoco “Go The Distance” Award Leader: No. 65 Cory Texter (197.5 miles completed)
GNC2:
  • Larry and Judy McElroy Rookie of the Race Award Winner: No. 99J Kevin Stollings
  • Westside Truck Parts “Just off the Box” Award Winners: No. 27U Jamison Minor (4th), No. 16S Tristan Avery (5th)
  • Sunoco “Go The Distance” Award Leader: No. Dylan Morin (136.75 miles completed)
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.

Photo: AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

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Catch the best sailors in the world racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman

Feb 25, 2016

Catch the best sailors in the world racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman

This is your tune-in guide to live racing and highlight coverage of the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series races in 2016, from Muscat, Oman.

Racing takes place on February 27-28, beginning at 14:00 local time in Oman (GMT+4) and our coverage via broadcast television, online and mobile devices will bring the thrill of America’s Cup racing to over 140 territories around the world.

Emirates Team New Zealand is on top of the leaderboard after three events in 2015, guided by the steady hand of world sailor of the year, Peter Burling, on the helm.

The defending champion, ORACLE TEAM USA, is in second place, which doesn’t sit well with skipper Jimmy Spithill, who is still lamenting lost opportunities in the racing last year.

“The mistakes stay with you because you don’t want to make them again,” he says. “All of us are so competitive, we want to start the year strong. This is an important one.”

In the UK and Ireland, both days of racing will air live on BT Sport: Saturday’s racing is live beginning at 0930 on BT Sport 2; Sunday’s racing is live on BT Sport 1 beginning at 0930. Both BT1 and BT2 Sport will run replays of racing throughout the weekend and week (check local listings).

In New Zealand, the racing will be live on new broadcast partner SKYNZ. Both days are live at 11:00pm on SKY Sport Pop-up Channel 055.

In France, racing is live on Canal+ Sport on both Saturday and Sunday.

In Australia, both days of racing will be live on Fox Sports 5 at 21:00.

In Sweden, racing is live on TV4 Play.

In China, racing is on CCTV5+: February 28 at 23:55 and February 29 at 23:00 (Beijing time)

In Bermuda, racing is live on ZFB and via AC+ on the America’s Cup App.

In the United States, racing is live via AC+ on the America’s Cup App and the one-hour highlight program will air on NBCSN on March 12 at 6:00pm EST.

Local fans in 28 territories in the Middle East and North Africa can catch the racing live and in highlight programming on the Orbit Sports Network.

A complete list of international broadcasts of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Bermuda can be found at www.americascup.com/en/where-to-watch.html

Around the world, the Official America’s Cup App will keep this weekend’s racing at your fingertips. Live streaming of all races will be available on mobile devices through the AC+ service within the app. AC+ exclusive coverage features live racing broadcasts, onboard camera views, video extras, replays and behind-the-scenes stories. Live coverage on AC+ is subject to territorial broadcast restrictions.

The Official America’s Cup App is available for Android and iOS devices via Google Play and the Apple iTunes store. The app is free to download and includes highlights, news, results and Virtual Eye race coverage. AC+ is a paid service (US$7.99 for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman – or $24.99 for a season pass for all 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series evens) for live streaming video (subject to territorial restrictions) and enhanced features.

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Encuentro de automovilismo que girará en torno al concepto de los modelos deportivos y las nuevas tecnologías

Jul 10, 2015

Encuentro de automovilismo que girará en torno al concepto de los modelos deportivos y las nuevas tecnologías
Se realizó un concurso para autos de colección en las categorías de carreras, americano y resto del mundo

MÉXICO, Distrito Federal.- El presidente de la Federación Internacional de Automovilismo, Jean Todt, inauguró este miércoles el FIA Motorex México, evento por y para profesionales del deporte motor abierto a los aficionados en el que se presentarán los avances más recientes en torno a los temas de seguridad, innovación y medio ambiente.

“Estoy muy contento de estar aquí después del Congreso Americano y del inicio de la FIA Sports Conference. Es sorprendente ver todo el entusiasmo y la pasión que existe en México por el deporte motor y ha sido un privilegio compartir con ustedes estos días”, comentó Todt en el marco de la ceremonia protocolaria de corte de listón. “Gracias a todos aquellos visitantes que han llegado a este maravilloso país para disfrutar de estos eventos”, agregó.

Al hacer uso de la palabra, el ingeniero José Abed, vicepresidente de la FIA, le dio la bienvenida a los asistentes, en espera de que la experiencia del Motorex México les resulte inolvidable.

“Deseamos que este evento sea todo un éxito, estamos muy contentos por tener a tan distinguidos invitados en este maravilloso lugar, sin duda serán unos días fantásticos para todos los aficionados a los autos”, adelantó Abed.

El FIA Motorex México es un evento de y para profesionales del automovilismo, en el cual los aficionados tendrán la oportunidad de estar en contacto directo con grandes personalidades del deporte motor, quienes dictarán conferencias y realizarán diversas actividades.

En esta oportunidad, FIA Motorex México contará con la presencia de marcas de automóviles líderes y el evento será el mejor lugar para percibir oportunidades de negocios, aumentar los conocimientos y desarrollar las competiciones deportivas.

Con respecto al concurso para autos de colección, el ganador fue Hubert Narr con los Mercedes Benz 300D 1939 (resto del mundo) y 300 SL 1955 (carreras), mientras que Alfredo Velásquez ganó con el Ford Thunderbird 1957 (americano).

El FIA Motorex México estará abierto al público en general a partir del este jueves y hasta el domingo 12 de julio en el Centro Banamex.

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“El regreso de la Fórmula 1 demuestra el dinamismo”

Jul 10, 2015

Mexico, D.F 

Nota del 7 de julio del 2105

El presidente de la Federación Internacional de Automovilismo, Jean Todt, calificó a México como un país dinámico en el deporte motor, ya que la suma de esfuerzos realizados en años recientes lo tienen ahora en el centro de atención a nivel internacional. 

“El regreso de la Fórmula 1 demuestra el dinamismo que tiene el automovilismo en México, bajo el liderazgo de José Abed ha habido un desarrollo muy fuerte en este deporte. Ahora cuentan con pilotos y sólidos socios financieros de la industria mexicana como Carlos Slim”, comentó Todt. “La Fórmula 1 sigue siendo el pináculo de las carreras de autos, nos sentimos muy contentos por el regreso de la categoría al Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez y seguiremos participando en su desarrollo”. 

En conferencia de prensa, Todt ratificó el compromiso que mantiene la FIA para reducir el número de accidentes viales alrededor del mundo. “Tiene que ver con educación, cumplimiento de la ley, infraestructura en los caminos y vehículos, si nos podemos enfocar en estas cuatro áreas, podríamos mitigar considerablemente las cifras de muertes en los próximos años y es lo que queremos hacer”, explicó el dirigente de origen francés. 

Con relación al presente de la Fórmula 1, Jean adelantó que en un entorno de crisis económica global como la que se vive en la actualidad, se deben buscar soluciones para evolucionar sin perder la esencia del deporte motor. 

 

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Jean Todt inaugura Semana Mundial del Automovilismo

Jul 6, 2015

Jean Todt inaugura Semana Mundial del Automovilismo

El presidente de la FIA abrió los trabajos del XVII Congreso Americano Este martes ofrecerá conferencia de prensa

El presidente de la FIA abrió los trabajos del XVII Congreso Americano Este martes ofrecerá conferencia de prensa

MÉXICO, Distrito Federal.- El presidente de la Federación Internacional de Automovilismo, Jean Todt, inauguró este lunes los trabajos del XVII Congreso Americano, con lo que inició la Semana Mundial del Automovilismo, evento sin precedentes en la historia del deporte motor.

La presencia del titular de la FIA en México viene acompañada del nombramiento que Todt recibió hace unas semanas como embajador ante la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) para la seguridad vial, tema prioritario en su agenda de eventos alrededor del mundo.

“Cada día muere gente a causa de accidentes en las calles y es algo que necesitamos combatir. Poco a poco estamos creando un sólido liderazgo rumbo un proyecto ambicioso a nivel global en torno a la seguridad vial”, adelantó Todt. “Esta es una gran oportunidad y privilegio de compartir los avances que hemos obtenido en los meses recientes, no solo en el Congreso Americano, también en la FIA Sports Conference”, agregó.

Por su parte, Jorge Abed, secretario general de la Organización Mexicana del Deporte Automovilistico Internacional (OMDAI), dio la bienvenida a los integrantes del Congreso Americano. “Es un placer y un honor contar con la presencia de todos ustedes, en especial con nuestro presidente Jean Todt, para inaugurar esta gran Semana del Automovilismo que es histórica para todos nosotros”, afirmó.

Asimismo, Jorge Tomasi, presidente de la región IV de la FIA, dio a conocer los objetivos del Congreso Americano. “Queremos fortalecer las sinergias entre las áreas pilares de la FIA en cuestión de movilidad, será una gran oportunidad de intercambio de buenas prácticas entre los diferentes clubes de automóviles de la zona y conocer nuevas opciones de negocio”, comentó. “Debemos reforzar las políticas públicas y adquirir más compromisos de los gobiernos para un tema medular como lo es la seguridad vial”.

La primera jornada del Congreso Americano cuenta con ponentes como Andrew McKellar, secretario general de Movilidad de la FIA; Lorrie Walker, asesora para la seguridad infantil en la organización Safe Kids Worldwide; Rita Cuypers, directora de alianzas en la Fundación FIA y Fernando Gutiérrez, secretario general FIA Americas y Director NACAM, entre otros expertos.

Para el segundo día de actividades en el Congreso Americano, habrá ponencias del Consejo Nacional para la Prevención de Accidentes (CONAPRA), el Observatorio Iberoamericano de Seguridad Vial (OISEVI) y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID).

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Watch the New Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Trailer Now

Apr 17, 2015
EA, DICE and Lucasfilm Invite You to Immerse Yourself in Your Star Wars™ Battle

Fantasies, Watch the New Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Trailer Now

 

Pre-Order Star Wars Battlefront and Be Among the First Players to Experience a Pivotal

Battle Preceding Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™*

 

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. April 17, 2015 –  DICE™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, and Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars™ Battlefront™ will be released beginning November 17, 2015 in North America (November 19 in Europe) as the first full-length trailer for this highly anticipated title premiered to thousands of fans at Star Wars™ Celebration. Combining an unprecedented collaboration with Lucasfilm and the award-winning Frostbite™ game engine, Star Wars Battlefront will deliver an incredibly authentic and immersive interactive entertainment experience featuring photorealistic visuals and epic action in iconic Star Wars™ locations. See how this comes to life in-engine by experiencing the newest trailer for Star Wars Battlefront at http://starwars.ea.com/battlefront.

 

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“Like so many others around the world, everyone at DICE is a tremendous fan of the Star Wars universe,” said Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, Senior Producer of Star Wars Battlefront. “To be working on a Star Wars project and knowing we are helping to represent the universe we love to our generation and a legion of new Star Wars fans is truly an honor. Thanks to the access and knowledge shared with us by Lucasfilm, and the passion and talent of our team, we plan to deliver an amazing game that puts you right in the middle of the Star Wars battles you always imagined playing.”

 

Star Wars Battlefront will allow fans to live out a wide range of heroic moments and intense battle fantasies of their own – firing blasters, riding speeder bikes and snow speeders, commanding AT-ATs and piloting TIE fighters and the Millennium Falcon. These battles will take place on some of the most iconic planets in the Star Wars universe, including Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and the previously unexplored planet, Sullust. Gamers will be able to play as some of the most memorable characters in the original trilogy such as Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Star Wars Battlefront will feature a wide range of modes tailored for different types of battles, from larger 40-person competitive multiplayer to crafted missions that are played solo, with a friend via split-screen offline or co-operatively online.

 

Fans who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront will be among the first players to experience the Battle of Jakku*, the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet on the Outer Rim. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku shown in Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™. Players who pre-order Star Wars Battlefront can fight the battle one-week early starting on December 1, 2015. All other players will get access to this free content on December 8, 2015.

 

Star Wars Battlefront will be available in North America on November 17 and starting November 19 in Europe for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One™, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and on Origin™ for PC. To join the Star Wars Battlefront conversation please visit www.facebook.com/EAStarWars, follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/EAStarWars or sign up for the official EA Star Wars newsletter at http://starwars.ea.com/newsletter. Press assets for Star Wars Battlefront are available at http://info.ea.com.

 

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AMA Pro Flat Track riders to be featured in Summer X Games 2015 in Austin, Texas

Apr 17, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 16, 2015) – This summer’s forecast just got a little bit warmer for 23 of AMA Pro Flat Track’s top Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines riders.

It was recently announced that, for the first time, flat track racing will be included at X Games Austin 2015, joining a diverse sports lineup featuring the world’s top action sports athletes competing for X Games medals and prize money in BMX, Moto X, Truck X, Skateboard and Rally. X Games Austin 2015 will take place from June 4-7 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

 

The exiting X Games action will come on the heels of Rounds 3 and 4 of the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule, with the Springfield Mile set for May 24 and the Sacramento Mile slated for May 30.

 

The 23 athletes invited to compete in the X Games are all full-time riders in AMA Pro Flat Track, the top flat track racing series in the world, in the premier Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class. The list is comprised of: Jared Mees, Brad Baker, Kenny Coolbeth, Sammy Halbert, Henry Wiles, Bryan Smith, Jake Johnson, Brandon Robinson, Jeffrey Carver, Doug Lawrence, Mikey Rush, Mikey Martin, Shayna Texter, Cory Texter, Briar Bauman, JD Beach, Stevie Bonsey, Michael Kirkness, Johnny Lewis, Wyatt Maguire, Nichole Mees, Robert Pearson and Jake Shoemaker.

 

“This is major for our sport,” said Jeffrey Carver, winner of seven AMA Pro Flat Track main events across both GNC1 and GNC2. “When I first heard the news that I was going to be invited to compete in the X Games, I was pumped and instantly thought how cool it would be to win a gold medal. A lot of my friends are really stoked about this and I think it’s going to show everyone around the world what we have to offer.”

 

Being able to showcase their talents, and the sport they love, to a new audience is very appealing for the invited riders.

“I think it can catch the eye of the younger crowd, said Stevie Bonsey. “We just have to get them there and catch their interest. As the riders, we need to make it look professional and make sure it’s as on point as it can be.”

 

Many athletes are excited to compete for something a little different, a coveted X Games medal.

 

“I’m really excited to race in the X Games,” said Sammy Halbert. “I usually do well at new tracks, so I’m feeling like I have a great chance of leaving Austin with a medal.”

 

As if a gold medal and over a million watching eyes from all points on the globe aren’t enough incentive for the 23 AMA Pro Flat Track riders to be great in Austin, a brand-new Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle will be granted to the first-place finisher on behalf of Harley-Davidson.


ESPN and ABC will televise a combined 20 hours of live X Games Austin competition, which will also be accessible via WatchESPN. Additional coverage of sports and music will be carried on ESPN3 as well as the latest coverage across ESPN digital platforms, including XGames.com, X Games app and X Games pages across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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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Bonsey Takes Thursday’s Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Main Event Victory at DAYTONA Flat Track

Mar 13, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2015) – Stevie Bonsey was flawless from start to finish on Thursday night during the AMA Pro Flat Track season-opener at DAYTONA Flat Track.

Bonsey was mounted on the only Suzuki in the Honda-stacked Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines main event, which was sponsored by Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson. He earned the coveted Round 1 victory by a mere .123 seconds on his No. 80 machine over a charging Jared Mees, who was sporting the No 1 plate for the first time this season.

 

The battle between Bonsey and Mees, riding a Montgomeryville Cycle Honda, was so close from start to finish, that the two touched tires on multiple occasions throughout the duration of the race. The win is Bonsey’s first at DAYTONA Flat Track and his third career victory. Taking the checkered flag gives the 25-year-old Salinas, Calif., product hope for a breakout season in 2015.

 

“I’m on top of the world right now,” said Bonsey. “It’s been a real struggle to get here but the hard work has finally paid off and I couldn’t be standing where I am right now without everyone that’s helped me along the way. It’s been a long deal to get ready for this season and it’s starting to pay off. I’m hungry now and these guys are tough. They are consistent at all … tracks and that’s what I’m trying to work on myself. I’m good on these short tracks but I need to work on my mile skills. Thank you to all the fans for coming out and supporting.”

Kenny Coolbeth rounded out the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines podium, taking third on his No. 2 Zanotti Racing Honda. Brandon Robinson (No. 44 T.J. Burnett Farms Honda) and Robert Pearson (No. 27 R&R Racing Yamaha) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

 

Earlier in the night, Coolbeth beat out Pearson to win the Dash for Cash.

GNC2

 

A star was born on Thursday night in AMA Pro Flat Track’s GNC2 class, as 17-year-old Andrew Luker got the holeshot on lap one of the main event and went flag-to-flag from there, earning his first GNC2 victory in just his second race ever competing in the series.

“It feels amazing to be on top of this podium,” said Luker. “I tried to get a good start from the outside and I was able to do that. I just put my head down once I got the lead and just kept charging. I have to thank my sponsors and my mom and dad, they are always working on the bikes and getting them better. I want to also say a special thanks to my great grandmother who is watching right now.”

Starting in second, Luker, on his No. 11Z Clayton Williams Racing Honda, beat pole-sitter Bronson Bauman to the edge on the race’s first turn. Refusing to look back and give another inch for the remainder of the race, Luker crossed the finish line first 16 laps later.

 

John Vanderlaan eventually worked up to second place on his No. 12Y Southland Racing Honda, and Dan Bromley rounded out the podium in third aboard his No. 54A Bromley Brothers KTM

Friday’s Round 2 of the AMA Pro Flat Track season kicks off from DAYTONA Flat Track at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT). Fans can tune in and watch live at FansChoice.tv.

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

 

Source and Photo: www.amaproracing.com.

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