Last weekend’s opening rounds at DAYTONA Flat Track in Daytona Beach, Fla. saw two riders each claim their first career wins at the professional level. Albion, New York’s Ryan Wells (KTM/KTM) earned the Round 1 main event victory while Aurora, Indiana’s Brandon Wilhelm (Wilhelm Racing/Honda) took home the second major checkered flag of the weekend.
The win had to be extra sweet for Wells, who came up just short of the AMA Pro Singles Championship last season, losing out to Wyatt Maguire by a single point in the standings. Picture that; Wells almost won the title outright in 2013 without even posting a single victory all season long. Now with already one win under his belt to begin the 2014 season and former arch-rival Maguire having graduated to the Grand National ranks this year, the door is wide open for Wells as he appears to be the clear-cut favorite to claim the coveted AMA Pro Singles Championship at season’s end.
Holley, New York’s Justin Jones (Jones Racing/Honda) quietly had a strong opening weekend at Daytona. The second-year rider found himself on the podium following both main events as he finished second in the first one and third in the second one.
When asked about his career-best second-place performance, Jones stated “I just thought about trying to get a solid start to the race. I was able to get a pretty decent start and even though I wasn’t able to catch Ryan (Wells) I still managed to ride my own race and slide into that second position where I finished.”
Warren, Oregon’s Davis Fisher (TJ Burnett Farms/Honda) followed his ninth place Round 1 main event finish up with an impressive Round 2 runner-up performance in Friday night’s finale. In just his first professional season, Fisher will leave Daytona in fourth place in the points.
San Martin, California’s Rodney Spencer Jr.’s (GP Sports/Honda) fourth and ninth place finishes to begin the season at Daytona will put him at fifth in the AMA Pro Singles championship point standings.
Simi Valley, California’s Dylan Morin (Kawasaki of Simi Valley/Kawasaki) turned the fastest qualifying lap during Round 1 and finished 12th and 6th in the main events and leaves Daytona with a ninth place position in the points in just his second year as a pro.
The stars of AMA Pro Flat Track will head to Springfield, Ill. for the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on May 25, 2014.
How to Watch
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing events in 2014. The site will also provide coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series.
About AMA Pro Flat Track
AMA Pro Flat Track 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 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country’s finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, 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.