After recently wrapping up the Grand National Expert Singles championship at the Peoria TT last weekend, Eatonville, Washington’s Brad Baker has his sights set on a clean sweep of the Grand National Expert Twins title, as well as the coveted overall Grand National Championship as he currently holds a lead in both respective categories. Baker has been on the attack right from the get-go this season and the 20-year-old seemingly has no ceiling in regards to his pure talent and ability. The former Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award winner will be looking to add to his already impressive stat sheet this weekend when he rolls out his Dodge Bros Racing Harley-Davidson.
Graham, Washington product and last year’s Indy Mile winner Sammy Halbert (Southeast Harley-Davidson/Harley-Davidson) hasn’t had the kind of season he’s envisioned so far in 2013. Halbert came off a knee injury just in time to win Round 3 at the Stockton Half-Mile and it looked like he had hit his stride perfectly. Unfortunately for Halbert, he has yet to find the podium since that win and he’s coming off of a very troubling weekend at Peoria where he crashed in the evening’s first qualifier and was unable to continue racing. Halbert currently sits eighth in the overall Grand National Championship point standings and will look to get back on track this weekend.
Any mention of a mile-long dirt track race involving motorcycles wouldn’t be relevant if Flint, Michigan’s Bryan Smith’s (Crosley Radio/Kawasaki) named wasn’t involved in discussions regarding possible candidates to claim victory. Smith has been the most consistent rider on mile-long circuits in recent AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles history and is currently one-for-one this year as he earned a main event win at the Sacramento Mile. Smith looked to be on his way to another dominating victory at the Indy Mile last year but a bike malfunction late in the race prevented him from doing so. Look for Smith to be searching for redemption this weekend as he tries to better his current third position in the overall Grand National Championship point standings.
AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles
Mead, Washington’s Wyatt Maguire (Kirkland Racing/Yamaha) and Albion, New York’s Ryan Wells (Waters Auto Body/Honda) are currently dead even in the points. Both riders are locked in at 93 points and the two have seen better days than their last visit to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, both finishing outside the top five here a year ago.
Undoubtedly the hottest AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles rider coming into Round 8 is San Martin, California native and last weekend’s Peoria TT winner Rodney Spencer Jr. (Mack Daddy Racing/Honda). Spencer’s huge win lifted him to third in the point standings and is primed to make a title run.
Davison, Michigan rider and defending AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles champion Stephen Vanderkuur (Parkinson Brothers Racing/Honda) comes into the weekend as last year’s Indy Mile victor and will need another similar performance this time around if he plans on keeping his 2013 title hopes alive. Vanderkuur currently sits fifth in the points and is running out of events to make up the ground needed if he plans on repeating with another championship.
Willow Street, Pennsylvania’s Shayna Texter (Crosley Radio/Honda) enters the weekend seventh in the points but, like her teammate Bryan Smith, has been known to excel on mile-long tracks as she also won the Sacramento Mile in AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles competition this year. Look for Texter to put in a solid performance this weekend.
How to Catch the Action
Round 8 of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is set to commence this Saturday, August 17, 2013 with practice and qualifying beginning at 3:00 local time. For tickets and more information regarding the event, please visit http://www.familyevents.com/event/264.
AMA Pro Racing will be live streaming multiple channels of behind-the-scenes video of the weekend’s activities alongside Live Timing & Scoring on the AMA Pro Live streaming video website (http://www.amaprolive.com/ft/). AMA Pro Live puts fans in the director’s chair, allowing them to choose from a variety of viewpoints.
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.