Brad Baker and Bryan Smith are among the top AMA Pro Flat Track riders that AMA Pro Racing is honoring in 2013.
Following the conclusion of the AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles season finale at the LA County Fairplex in Pomona Calif., a year-end celebration was held on victory podium and streamed live as awards and accolades were distributed to the sport’s top performers from 2013.
For their integral part in the success of the 2013 season, the AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles community would like to extend many thanks to all of the sponsors that supported these important year-end awards.
AMA Pro Grand National Championship
Brad Baker (Dodge Bros Racing) claimed his first ever overall Grand National Championship and it took a brilliant final-round effort to do it. Baker’s two wins and seven total podiums were enough to edge out a worthy opponent in Bryan Smith (Crosley Radio) by 17 points in the overall standings. The Dryad, Wash. product was recognized for his astonishing achievements this season and was awarded $13,000 and the coveted Grand National Championship No. 1 plate for winning the title.
The following awards were given out on behalf of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles to the outstanding participants in AMA Pro Grand National Championship competition:
1. Brad Baker – $13,000
2. Bryan Smith – $7,000
3. Brandon Robinson – $4,000
4. Jared Mees – $3,000
5. Henry Wiles – $2,000
6. Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. – $1,000
AMA Pro Grand National Expert Twins Championship
Bryan Smith won two mile-long races in 2013 on the back of his powerful Kawasaki and earned his second consecutive AMA Pro Grand National Expert Twins Championship. Smith’s two victories and six podiums lifted him over Brad Baker in Expert Twins competition by 11 points in the standings, adding heat to an already scorching hot rivalry between the two superstars.
AMA Pro Grand National Expert Singles Championship
Brad Baker became a force on the AMA Pro circuit this season as he not only claimed the overall Grand National Championship but also wrapped up the 2013 AMA Pro Grand National Expert Singles Championship as well early on after edging out Henry Wiles by just two points in the standings. Baker’s consistency on his 450cc Specialty Fabrication Inc. Honda and KTM this season led to three second-place finishes and his first ever championship of any kind at the elite expert level.
AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles Championship
Wyatt Maguire (Kirkland Racing) and Ryan Wells (Waters Auto Body) found themselves in a tight-fight against each other all season and it was only fitting that the AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles Championship came down to a single marker separating the two to decide the winner. Maguire edged out Wells 137-136 in the points to claim his first ever championship to earn the No. 1 plate in J&P Cycles Pro Singles competition for the 2014 season.
The following awards were given out on behalf of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles to the outstanding participants in AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles competition.
1. Wyatt Maguire – $10,000
2. Ryan Wells – $5,000
3. Stephen Vanderkuur – $4,000
4. Shayna Texter – $3,000
5. Kyle Johnson – $2,000
6. Rodney Spencer, Jr. – $1,000
Additional Sponsor Awards
The Sunoco Go the Distance Award went to the top-four riders that completed the furthest distance in their respective classes in 2013.
Grand National Championship
1. Jeffrey Carver, Jr. (417.55 miles) – $4,000
2. Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. (412.6 miles) – $3,000
3. Bryan Smith (411.6 miles) – $2,000
4. Brad Baker (408.8 miles) – $1,000
J&P Cycles Pro Singles
1. Dominic Colindres (229.45 miles) – $2,000
2. Ryan Wells (227.75 miles) – $1,500
3. Wyatt Maguire (224.5 miles) – $1,000
4. Hunter Taylor (221.75 miles) – $500
The Cortech Performance Edge Award went to the Grand National Championship rider who posted the highest number of “fastest lap of the race” in event finals during the 2013 season.
Winner – Brad Baker (5) – $1,000
The Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award went to the eligible rookie rider who earned the most points in Grand National Championship competition this season.
Winner – Jacob Shoemaker (66 points) – $5,000
The MotoBatt Hard Charger Award, worth $250, went to the rider who improved the most positions from each weekend’s main events.
1. Matt Weidman – Daytona Flat Track I
2. Mikey Rush – Daytona Flat Track Daytona II
3. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. – Stockton Half-Mile
4. Henry Wiles – Hagerstown Half-Mile
5. Jake Johnson – Sacramento Mile
6. Henry Wiles – Castle Rock TT
7. Henry Wiles – Peoria TT
8. Jake Johnson – Indy Mile
9. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. – Virginia Mega Mile
10. Bryan Smith – Springfield Mile I
11. JD Beach – Springfield Mile II
12. Johnny Lewis – Flat Track Finals
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. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing and 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 dirt track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.