The AMA Pro Grand National Championship Experts will bring out their thundering twin-cylinder machines for the first time this season and fans will have ample opportunity to witness the true power that they are capable of producing. This year will mark the first time in AMA Pro history that the series will race the Stockton Half-Mile.
Oxford, Pennsylvania product Brandon Robinson (TJ Burnett Farms, USC Racing/Kawasaki KX450F) and Gilroy, California’s Mikey Rush (Machete Energy/Honda CRF450R) both came away with surprising victories at the DAYTONA Flat Track when the 2013 season commenced with Rounds 1 and 2 this past March. The wins happened to be the first for both Robinson and Rush at the Grand National Championship Expert level and both look to build off their momentum with performances similar to those at Daytona.
Defending Grand National Champion and Clio, Michigan native Jared Mees (Montgomeryville Cycle/Honda CRF450R) finds himself in sixth place in the point standings going into Round 3 at Stockton after uncharacteristically finishing 15th in Race 2 at Daytona. However, Mees is widely considered a favorite this weekend as he has proven that his biggest strengths typically lie on the soil of half-mile tracks.
After competing on Italian branded motorcycles for the last seven years, Winn, Michigan’s Henry Wiles (Lloyd Brothers Motorsports) will race a brand new Brent Armbruster-built Harley-Davidson XR 750 for the first time in his illustrious career this weekend at Stockton.
Another well-known AMA Pro racer making recent headlines is Sammy Halbert. The Graham, Wash. product tore his ACL back in February and was unable to perform in the season’s opening rounds at Daytona. It has been confirmed though that Halbert’s knee is healed and ready to go for Stockton and, after finishing second in the Grand National Championship in 2012, there’s little reason to believe Halbert doesn’t have what it takes to make up the ground lost by missing rounds one and two.
Practice for the Stockton Half-Mile will begin running at 3:30 p.m. local time, with opening ceremonies set to commence at 7:00 p.m. Fans that are unable to attend the race at Stockton are in luck as the AMA Pro Live streaming video cameras will be turned on and streaming all day long. One camera will be mounted at the start-finish line with the other camera giving fans a birds-eye-view from the P.A. booth along with an audio feed of official series announcers Scottie Deubler and Barry Boone. AMA Pro Live can be accessed through a web browser from any computer, tablet or mobile device by navigating to www.amaprolive.com.
Riders, both Experts and Pro Singles, will all be gunning for the opportunity to win their respective races in hopes of recording the first ever victory at the facility. California is known for putting on exceptional AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles events and this particular weekend should be no exception. For tickets and more information on the Stockton Half-Mile, please visit www.showclix.com/events/17007.
About AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles:
AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2013 schedule consists of rounds on the country’s finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft/.
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.