Sacramento Mile GNC Expert Twins Podium with Bryan Smith (center) in first, Jake Johnson (left) in second and Jared Mees (right) in third.
Crosley Radio’s Bryan Smith took home the win in the 47th running of the AMA Pro Flat Track Sacramento Mile in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com
and Lucas Oil. Zanotti Racing’s Jake Johnson followed in second just 0.037 seconds behind and Rogers Racing’s Jared Mees rounded out the podium a further 0.068 seconds back.
“I was hoping to just run away from the pack but they wouldn't let me. I was just fast enough but Jake and Jared gave me a great run," Smith said. "Thanks to all of my supporters, I'm so happy to be here. It's always fun to race in front of a sellout crowd, this was awesome."
The three rider battle for the lead was close the entire 25 laps. Johnson started from pole position and quickly moved to the front, but on Lap 6 fell back as Smith overtook him for the lead. Johnson fired back late in the race, but was unable to hold off Smith who won the dash to the checkers.
Werner’s Brandon Robinson took fourth with South East Harley’s “Slammin” Sammy Halbert rounding out the top five. Kiewsow Racing’s Jeffery Carver Jr. finished in sixth, followed by Harley-Davidson’s Brad Baker in seventh.
Smith took the win in last year’s Sacramento Mile, too, while his victory there in 2012 marks his first of the current season. He is currently third in GNC Expert Twins points behind Mees in second and Johnson in first.
In AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles, Shayna Texter took her first win of the season by just 0.037 seconds ahead of Parkinson Brothers Racing’s Stephen Vanderkuur. Montgomeryville Cycle Center’s Jake Shoemaker rounded out the podium. Frankie Morris’ Dominic Colindres finished in fourth and Fun Mart Cycle Center’s Gerit Callies took fifth.
Texter etched her name into the record books as the first female rider ever to win an AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles event at a mile-track. She gained the lead early on and held steady until the final laps of the race, when Vanderkuur and Shoemaker started to press for the front. On Lap 11 she fell off the front but was able to fight her way back to the front in an extremely close finish.
“I was super nervous going in to the race; it was a long race that came down to the last lap,” Texter said. “I grew up with these riders and love competing against them. It just feels like a fairy tale and I can't wait to come back next year.”
Callies remains the class points leader followed by Weirbach Racing’s Ryan Wells in second. Wells came across the finish at Sacramento in sixth. Highs Dairy Stores’ Jason Isennock holds to third overall and Vanderkuur is just one point ahead of Shoemaker in fourth. Texter sits sixth overall in Pro Singles.
AMA Pro Flat Track continues in Castle Rock, Washington on August 4th, 2012.
Sacramento Mile GNC Expert Twins Results 2012:
1. Bryan Smith (Kawasaki)
2. Jake Johnson (Harley-Davidson)
3. Jared Mees (Harley-Davidson)
4. Brandon Robinson (Kawasaki)
5. Sammy Halbert (Harley-Davidson)
6. Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Harley-Davidson)
7. Brad Baker (Harley-Davidson)
8. Robert Pearson (Harley-Davidson)
9. Michael Martin (Triumph)
10. Luke Gough (Kawasaki)
11. Jethro Halbert (Harley-Davidson)
12. Doug Lawrence (Harley-Davidson)
13. Nichole Cheza (Harley-Davidson)
14. Daniel Ingram (Harley-Davidson)
15. Steve Murray (KTM)
Sacramento Mile Pro Singles Results 2012:
1. Shanya Texter (Honda)
2. Stephen Vanderkuur (Honda)
3. Jake Shoemaker (Honda)
4. Dominic Colindres (Honda)
5. Gerit Callies (KTM)
6. Ryan Wells (Honda)
7. Jason Isennock (Honda)
8. James Monaco (Honda)
9. Wyatt McGuire (Yamaha)
10. Ryan Foster (Honda)