American Flat Track Announces Roster for 2020 AFT SuperTwins Competition
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 10, 2020) – American Flat Track is pleased to announce its list of teams and riders for the inaugural year of AFT SuperTwins competition.
The most recent evolution in its revitalization of the sport of professional flat track, the AFT SuperTwins class represents a unity of the elite teams and most-skilled athletes who compete at every round of AFT competition.
At every event eighteen of the top riders in the sport will grid up for the AFT SuperTwins Main Event, allowing fans to closely follow their favorite athletes week after week.
The list of teams selected for competition in the 2020 AFT SuperTwins class is as follows:
- BriggsAuto.com Racing – Davis Fisher – #67 Indian FTR750
- Coolbeth-Nila Racing – Sammy Halbert – #69 Indian FTR750
- Estenson Racing – JD Beach – #95 Yamaha MT-07 DT
- Estenson Racing – Kolby Carlile – #36 Yamaha MT-07 DT
- Harley-Davidson / Vance & Hines – Dalton Gauthier – #79 Harley-Davidson XG750R
- Harley-Davidson / Vance & Hines – Jarod Vanderkooi – #20 Harley-Davidson XG750R
- HCRR Racing / Ben Evans Racing – Jay Maloney – #12 Indian FTR750
- HCRR Racing / Ben Evans Racing – Brandon Robinson – #44 Indian FTR750
- Indian Motorcycle – Briar Bauman – #1 Indian FTR750
- Indian Motorcycle – Bronson Bauman – #37 Indian FTR750
- Indian Motorcycle / Rogers Racing – Jared Mees – #9 Indian FTR750
- RJ Performance Racing – Robert Pearson – #27 Indian FTR750
- Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas – Dan Bromley – #62 Indian FTR750
- Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas – Brandon Price – #92 Indian FTR750
- Vance & Hines / Howerton Motorsports – Bryan Smith – #4 Harley-Davidson XG750R
The following teams have been approved as Wildcard Teams for 2020 competition. A limited number of entries remain. For more information on entering as a Wildcard Team, visit www.amaproracing.com.
16. Happy Trail Racing – Jeffrey Carver, Jr. – #23 Indian FTR750
17. Larry Pegram Racing – Larry Pegram – #72 Indian FTR750
18. Rackley Keeran Racing – Andrew Luker – #11 Indian FTR750
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How to Watch:
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More, from a press release issued by Indian Motorcycle:
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE WRECKING CREW RETURNS TO AMERICAN FLAT TRACK IN 2020 WITH SIGHTS SET ON A FOURTH CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
With the Bauman Brothers Intent on Building on the Success of 2019, “the Jammer” Looks to Expand His Legacy & Reclaim the Number One Plate
Minneapolis, MN (January 10, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle Racing today confirmed its return for the 2020 American Flat Track (AFT) season in the series’ newly developed Super Twins class. For the second consecutive season, the Indian Wrecking Crew will feature 2019 Grand National Champion Briar Bauman, brother Bronson Bauman, who finished third overall in 2019, and six-time Grand National Champion Jared “the Jammer” Mees, who finished second overall in 2019. In addition, AFT legend and fan favorite Brad “the Bullet” Baker returns as Technical Advisor and Rider Coach for the Bauman brothers. After capturing the top three spots in the 2019 standings, Indian Motorcycle Racing enters the 2020 series with its sights set on capturing its fourth consecutive Grand National Championship and Manufacturer’s Championship.
“Powered by the momentum of Briar winning his first Grand National Championship, the emergence of Bronson as a legitimate series contender, and Jared’s unparalleled intensity and drive to reclaim the number one plate, we couldn’t be more excited by our prospects for the 2020 series,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “For the fourth straight season, we will have a massive target on our backs with the entire paddock looking to take us down. But we know our three riders and their crews are more than up to the challenge and determined to continue our championship streak for a fourth consecutive season.”
The Bauman brothers will again be backed by the operational and technical expertise of Paul Langley and S&S. The ongoing support from S&S since Indian’s return to the series in 2017 has been instrumental to the capabilities of the Indian FTR750, now a fixture throughout the AFT paddock, and the performance of Indian Motorcycle Racing and its riders. In addition, Dave Zanotti will continue as Crew Chief, with Dustin Say and Clayton Gatewood handling mechanic duties for Briar and Bronson Bauman respectively. Once again, Jared Mees’ operation will be supported by long-time Crew Chief Kenny Tolbert, and mechanics Bubba Bentley and Jimmy Wood. S&S’s Dean Young continues his ongoing role as the Wrecking Crew Team Manager.
2019 saw the Bauman brothers stake their claim as the sport’s most dynamic duo, under the guidance of Crew Chief Dave Zanotti. Briar Bauman asserted his dominance immediately, winning the Daytona TT season opener, and never relenting the rest of the season on the way to his first Grand National Championship. The elder Bauman was a picture of consistency, capturing five victories and earning podium finishes in 17 of 20 events. Meanwhile, 2019 was a season of extremes for Mees, capturing a series-best eight victories, only to come up a mere seven points short of his seventh Grand National Championship. For the younger Bauman, 2019 was a year to establish himself as one of the series’ most intense and exciting competitors, capturing five podiums, including his first career AFT Twins victory at Laconia.
In 2020, in addition to S&S, Indian will benefit significantly from the support of its valued sponsors, including presenting sponsor Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, Parts Ulimited, Drag Specialities, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Alpinestars, J&P Cycles and Bell Helmets.
“Every team in the paddock understands how invaluable the support of sponsors are to the success of a team, and for us, it’s no exception,” said Gray. “You can’t underestimate the advantage it brings to have the resources and support of companies like these that are so heavily invested in our success, and the success and growth of our sport overall.”
For 2020, AFT is introducing new regulations to continue its ongoing effort to create more competitive balance, and once again, these regulations challenge Indian and the FTR750 specifically. The case in point is AFT’s mandate that the Indian FTR750 will have a limit on flywheel mass which can effect power delivery and stability.
“We had a lot of constructive conversations with AFT and certainly understand the motivations behind their decision to regulate our bike in this manner, people want to see more than one brand on the podium, but it can be frustrating to be punished for winning,” said Gray. “Regardless of this, or any other potential obstacle, we come to win, and we have full confidence that in 2020, we will once again do just that.”
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