Johnny Lewis will ride Latus Motors Racing’s Castrol Triumph during the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track season.
Latus Motors Racing is returning to AMA Pro Flat Track competition by teaming up with the Triumph-powered Bonneville Performance team. Johnny Lewis will ride Latus Motors Racing’s Castrol Triumph entry alongside Mikey Martin, who returns to ride Bonneville Performance’s United States Marine Corps 2nd Battalion 4th Marines Triumph.
Joe Kopp, former AMA Grand National Champion and 13th on the all-time Grand National win list, is Team Manager for the Latus Motors Racing Flat Track program. Bill Gately and his brothers Jim and Steve continue to manage the family owned and operated Bonneville Performance team.
“Latus Motors has been active with AMA Pro Flat Track racing and Joe Kopp for years, and we’re really excited to be back in the field,” said George Latus, owner of Latus Motors Racing. “Bill, his brothers and the Bonneville Performance team have developed an impressive package. We’re looking forward to seeing how Johnny and Joe do at the races.”
Bonneville Performance developed and campaigned the first Triumph-powered AMA Pro Flat Track team in more than 30 years.
“My brothers and I come from a Triumph flat track family, so it was only natural to build a Bonneville-based flat track team,” said Bill Gately of Bonneville Performance. “We’ve come a long way since we started building our engine and chassis from the ground up. We’re thrilled that Mikey’s back with us as a rider, and honored to represent the Marine Corps 2nd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment, one of the most decorated infantry units of the Corps. We are also excited that George is running our bike for his program. This is a special time for our team. With George Latus and Joe Kopp campaigning the Triumphs with us we have just gained another 40+ years of Grand National flat track experience.”
“This is the opportunity that every racer hopes for,” said Johnny Lewis. “The chance to work with Joe Kopp and the level of program that George Latus has put together is incredible. I’m stepping into a program with incredible potential to succeed. The first Grand National race can’t get here soon enough.”
Mikey Martin will pilot the Bonneville Performance United States Marine Corps 2nd Battalion 4th Marines Triumph.
“We had some spectacular races last year, and I’m really glad to be back on the Bonneville Performance Triumph,” said Mikey Martin. “I learned a lot in my first year of Expert class racing, I’ve been training hard, and our bike’s capable of winning. We’re going to put it all together and give the fans some great racing.”
Latus Motors Racing is sponsored by Castrol, Triumph, GE Capital, FreedomRoad Financial, Lucky Brand, as well as Cometic, K&N, Saddlemen, Mad Hatter painting, Motion Pro, Wiseco and The Secrets of Speed.
Johnny Lewis also is sponsored by Arai, AXO, Impulse Graphics, Metro Racing, Smith Optics, Solid Performance, Triple J Racing, and Wallace Trucking.
Bonneville Performance in sponsored by Castrol, US Marine Corps, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines “The Magnificent Bastards” and Triumph Motorcycles as well as Wiseco Pistons, Motion Pro, K&N Filters, Barnett Engineering, Paint by Smokey, Woody Kyle Racing, Eddie Adkins Racing, Safety Kleen, Millennium Technologies, Saddlemen, Mike Cougle, RK, K&N, D&D Exhaust, Crank Works, Kibblewhite, PMP, Pro Plates, Motion Pro, Vortex, EBC, R-3 Pwrspts, R&S, Spider Grips, Web Cams, WC, All Balls, Lightshoe, and NJK.
Mikey Martin is also sponsored by Arai, Alpinestars, Bonneville Performance, BUILT, WKR, Kibblewhite, Spectro Oils, Web Cams, Barnett, All Balls, Wiseco, Applied Coatings, Boyesen, Crank Works, CV4, PMP, Durelle Racing, D&D, EBC, K&N, Lightshoe, WC, Millennium Technologies, Motion Pro, RK, R&S, Andrew Bros, Cougle Bros, Saddlemen, Safety Kleen, SJ Chrome, SJ Steel, Spider Grips, VC Graphix, Acerbis, Morris Racing, John Bevilock, Fredericktown Yamaha Triumph, SM Racing, SDI Insulation and Paint by Smokey.