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Apr 24, 2019

American Flat Track: Even More From The Texas Half-Mile

Shayna Texter (52) on her Red Bull KTM.

SHAYNA TEXTER MAKES HISTORY FOR RED BULL KTM WITH BREAKTHROUGH VICTORY AT TEXAS HALF-MILE

Round 3 - American Flat Track Championship

FORT WORTH, Texas – It was a breakthrough weekend for the brand-new Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Flat Track Team as rider Shayna Texter earned her first AFT Singles Main Event victory of the season – the team’s first-ever – on Saturday at the Texas Half-Mile for Round 3 of the 2019 American Flat Track Championship. Her teammate, Dan Bromley, battled his way to a top-ten finish with ninth overall for the night.

Texter started off the day on a positive note, qualifying second overall amidst a stacked field. In Heat #2, Texter powered her KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to a second-place start, where she battled hard and ultimately made her move into the lead to capture the heat race win. She kept the momentum flowing as she led all eight laps of the Semi to put herself on pole position heading into the evening’s Main Event.

Texter got off to a sixth-place start in the Main Event and quickly worked her way up to the lead by lap six. From there, she maintained a steady pace out front to lead her competition for a total of nine laps to capture a massive win in Texas. After three rounds, Texter now sits sixth overall in the AFT Singles Championship standings.

Shayna Texter: “The bike handled awesome and we had really good grip all day. I don’t want to say it was an easier day as far as set-ups and everything go, but it was definitely an easier day for me compared to Atlanta. It was awesome to get Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s first win and hats off to all of our partners, I’m super happy to be able to get it done here in Texas and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year – it moved us up to sixth in the championship standings so we’ll just keep working and plugging away.”

Coming off two consecutive podium finishes in rounds one and two, 2018 AFT Singles Champion Dan Bromley struggled to find his typical stride throughout the day on Saturday. Bromley lined up in Heat #1, where he rounded the opening lap in a top-ten position aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. He worked his way up to eighth and finished strong in that position. In the Semi, Bromley got off to a seventh-place start and he battled his way to a fifth-place finish to secure a second row start for the Main Event. Bromley once again put himself into a top-ten position off the start, settling into seventh on the opening lap. He battled just outside the top-five for the first five laps but he dropped a few positions back to ninth after taking a higher line than before, which allowed riders to get by him on the inside. From there, Bromley attempted to climb his way through the pack but he ran out of time in the 15-lap Main Event, where he ultimately secured a top-ten finish with ninth overall.

Dan Bromley: “The day started out a little shaky but we made some suspension changes that made me feel more comfortable right away. In the Main, I had a good start and was around fifth for the first few laps but I was riding a higher line and a few riders got under me and I lost some positions. By the end of the race I was riding in ninth and just couldn’t make up ground to move forward. Overall, I am happy to come away with a top-ten finish and I’m excited to race at a new venue and a TT this upcoming weekend in Arizona.”

Next Race: April 27, 2019 – Arizona Super TT – Chandler, Arizona


AFT Singles Main Event

1. Shayna Texter, KTM

2. Mikey Rush, Honda

3. James Ott, Honda

4. Morgen Mischler, KTM

OTHER KTM

8. Tristan Avery, KTM

9. Dan Bromley, KTM


AFT Singles Point Standings

1. Dalton Gauthier, 45 points

2. Mikey Rush, 48

3. Jesse Janisch, 47

4. Dan Bromley, 44

5. Morgan Mischler, 40

6. Shayna Texter, 35

OTHER KTM

9. Tristan Avery, 11

20. Ryan Sipes, 9




More, from a press release issued by Estenson Racing:

Carlile Scores Podium Finish in AFT Production Twins Debut


(Above) Kolby Carlile (136).

FORT WORTH, TX. – Kolby Carlile made a podium appearance for the Estenson Racing Twins team in the first AFT Production Twins race of 2019 at Saturday’s Texas Half-Mile. His teammates JD Beach and Jake Johnson, who both compete in American Flat Track’s premier class, continued to make progress on the newly developed Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT, scoring a top-10 finish in AFT Twins.

Carlile stayed consistent all day in the all-new AFT Production Twins class. He qualified third, finished third in his Semi and ultimately third in the Main, with a charge forward to the end. Although the 2017 AFT Singles Champion was aiming for more, it was a step forward in the development of the new bike.

That progress forward was felt by Carlile’s teammates in the AFT Twins class. While there’s still work to be done, both Johnson and Beach felt the team was making the right steps forward. Johnson got the holeshot in his Semi, but conditions on the latter half of the track were a challenge and the two-time Grand National Champion finished sixth. Beach got a decent start in his Semi, as well, but also crossed the line in sixth. In the Main, Beach got off to a flying start from the second row of the grid to fifth. The conditions were tough, and Beach and his teammate Johnson crossed the line, ninth and 10th, respectively.

The Estenson Racing squad heads west to their home race in Chandler, Arizona, next Saturday, April 27, for the first running of the Super TT.

Jake Johnson -- AFT Twins #5:

“We just needed shorter races. All kidding aside, our starts were good, but we just struggled. I felt good. Where the track was smooth, we were good, but getting through the bumps in turns three and four, that’s one of the things that kind of killed me all night.

“After Atlanta, it’s an improvement. Still not where I want to be or where I think we should be, but we’ve just got to keep working. We’ll get there, just need to sort a few things out. I think we have an idea of what we need to do. Keep testing, keep trying, and keep inching forward.”

JD Beach -- AFT Twins #95:

“I think it was a good night. We made the Main, so that was good. Our start was good, as well. I think it helped to get up with the guys up front and see what their bikes were doing compared with ours. I definitely saw some stuff. It’s a new bike. We’re making improvements. They’re small, but they’re there. We’ll just keep working on it.”

Kolby Carlile – AFT Twins #136:

“That was probably the least happy I’ve been with a podium just because I went in with the mindset that I was going to win. I want to win, and nothing would have been okay with me unless I won. That’s the mindset you got to have. This isn’t the premier class. This is a stepping-stone. I’m here to win races and the championship. At the same time, it’s a long season. We learned a lot. I’m racing against guys with a bit more experience than I do, so I need to be happy with how it started. A podium’s a great start. It’s good to get some recognition for the team and build from there.”

Catch the race on NBCSN, April 28 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Stay up to date with Estenson Racing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



More, from a press release issued by Indian Motorcycle:

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RACING’S FTR750 SECURES SECOND CONSECUTIVE PODIUM SWEEP

Defending Champion Jared Mees Secures First Victory of the Season; Fellow Wrecking Crew Rider Briar Bauman & Indian Motorcycle Privateer Brandon Robinson Finish Second and Third at Texas Half-Mile


(Above) Jared Mees (1) and Briar Bauman (14).

FORT WORTH, TX. – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, continued its torrid start to the season, as the FTR750 secured its second podium sweep of the season at the Texas Half-Mile. Back-to-back reigning Grand National Champion Jared Mees collected his first win of the 2019 season, while Wrecking Crew teammate Briar Bauman finished second, and Indian Motorcycle Privateer Brandon Robinson (Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) rounded out the podium with a third-place finish.

Mees and Bauman separated themselves from the field almost immediately at the start of the race. The two teammates spent the majority of the race jockeying for position atop the leaderboard. After a series of lead changes throughout the early stages, Mees managed to create some separation from Bauman in lap 22 and did not relinquish his lead again. With his first victory of the season, Mees was able to move himself up to third on the championship leaderboard.

“We are thrilled to see Jared get his first win of the season and make up some ground to stay near the top of the leaderboard,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “If this race was any indication, this is going to be an exciting season to watch Jared and Briar push each other to new heights the rest of the year.”

Mees’ victory snaps a seven-race winless streak and moves him into second on the all-time win list for Half-Miles. For Bauman, the second-place finish continues a strong start to the season that has seen him reach the podium in all three races, including a victory at the Daytona TT. His impressive start has him atop the leaderboard with 62 points followed by Robinson and Mees with 53 and 47 points respectively. Fellow Wrecking Crew Rider Bronson Bauman currently finds himself in eleventh with 24 total points.

The season continues on April 27 with Arizona Super TT in Chandler, Arizona. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information Indian Motorcycle Racing’s sponsors, visit their websites: Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, S&S Cycle, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets and J&P Cycles.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.



More, from a press release issued by RideHVMC Freeman Kawasaki:

Ossining, NY - Rispoli Shows Progress After 5th Place Qualifying and 7th Place Finish In Texas AFT Singles Main Event


(Above) James Rispoli (71).

The RideHVMC Freeman Kawasaki racing team with support from KC74 Tracking is happy to have secured our first ever top ten finish in American Flat Track thanks to our rider James Rispoli and crew chief RJ Overholt.

With roughly just .2 of a second separating the top 12, James showed speed from the beginning of the day throughout. Ultimately James was able to qualify 5th overall and bring home a 7th place finish during the main event in an extremely tight field.It’s evident that the changes made in the time between Atlanta and Texas made a big difference and we are excited to see what this weekend’s Arizona Super TT brings. With James’ road racing pedigree you can be sure to see him as a front runner come this Saturday.

James commented “I am stoked with the results from Texas. Our goal was to be at the front of the pack and to be competitive. We were top 5 all day and felt we had a real shot at a podium but unfortunately my Achilles heel were my starts. It took me a little too long to get back up to the front and that hurt us. Overall we are very happy with the race and look forward to continuing to progress with each round. Thanks to everyone for the support”.

The RideHVMC Freeman Racing team continues to actively seek support to complete a full season of the American Flat Track series. To learn more about partnership opportunities please contact us via info@ridehvmc.com. You can stay up to date with Corey and James on their social media channels via: @corey23alexander and @jamesrispoli.

RideHVMC Freeman Racing thanks it’s current partners: Hudson Valley Motorcycles, KC74 Tracking, RAR Racing, Kawasaki USA, Akrapovic Exhaust Systems, Maxima Racing Oils, Defy All Odds Apparel, JJD Corp, Motion Pro, Superlite Sprockets, Mika Metals, JP43 Training, MotoAnatomy, Arai Helmets, FTA Embroidery, Team Four3 Performance Lab, Limited Decal, Flex Racing, Gemini Technologies, Beta Tools, Hinson Clutches, RK Chains, Acerbis Plastics, Techmount Accessory Mounting Systems, Ohlins USA, Saddlemen Seats, and Galfer Brakes.

About Hudson Valley Motorcycles

Hudson Valley Motorcycles is a family owned and operated motorcycle dealership that has been serving New York's Hudson Valley and Westchester County as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New England with Kawasaki, Ducati, Scrambler Ducati, Suzuki, Energica and ATV, motorcycle or UTV Sales, Parts, and Service for over 50 years. For more info visit hudsonvalleymotorcycles.com, call (914)-762-2722 or follow @hvmotorcycles on social media.

About RideHVMC

RideHVMC is a northeast based premier track experience provider offering high quality motorcycle track-days with limited spots and a safe, confidence inspiring riding environment. New for 2019, RideHVMC now offers personal riding instruction in association with JP43 Training. Visit ridehvmc.com to signup or to inquire about personal instruction at a track near you or follow @ridehvmc on social media.

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