After a six week hiatus, AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles competitors are eager to get to Lima, Ohio for Round 4 action scheduled for June 29, 2013 located at the Allen County Fairgrounds. It is sure to be a thrilling summer of racing this year as the Lima Half-Mile marks the first of ten events scheduled over the next two and a half months.
Dating back to 1984, Lima has long been a favorite venue for both riders and fans and has seen a number of different competitors claim victory. To date, the rider with the most Lima Half-Mile wins is Scott Parker, who earned top honors seven times.
There is nothing in motorsports that matches the spectacle of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles competition. The racing is fast and furious from start to finish. Fans are on the edge of their seats as they watch riders fly around the track, pitching their bikes sideways and sliding through the turns. There is no such thing as pacing in this type of racing as it’s all or nothing; with only one spot at the top of the podium.
Not only does AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles pit rider against rider, but it also pits machine against machine. Harley-Davidson, Honda, Aprilia, BMW, Buell, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha all offer AMA Pro approved models. Since the first Lima Half-Mile back in 1984, this race has been dominated by Harley-Davidson. The only other machine to land on the podium has been a Honda and that only happened twice – once in 1986 with Ronnie Jones and again in 1993 with Ricky Graham. However, this year could be different.
Both the Honda RS750 and the Harley-Davidson XR750 run specially built race engines. The last time a production engine won a half-mile was in 1982 when Scott Pearson took the checkered at Louisville, Kent. aboard a factory Honda NS750. In 2008, Henry Wiles, piloting an Aprilia, came extremely close at Lima. In fact, he led every lap only to be edged out by Joe Kopp at the line. Last year, Wiles was edged out yet again in The Buckeye State. This time it was Sammy Halbert and his Harley Davidson who narrowly got the best of him and his Ducati. One would expect Wiles and his Lloyd Brother Motorsports/Ramspur Winery Harley-Davidson to be more determined than ever as he will be reeling for that number one spot.
The Lima Half-Mile is definitely a race you don’t want to miss. Reserved tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. General Admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Children under six are free. Tickets are available by calling 419-991-1491 or can be purchased at all Lima motorcycle dealers.
For more information, go to www.ohionationalchampionship.net.
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/.