Motorcycle Types Cruiser Pomona: AMA Flat Track Finals Preview

Pomona: AMA Flat Track Finals Preview

2011 AMA Flat Track

On October 15, when the Harley-Davidson Insurance AMA Pro Flat Track Finals get underway at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., it will mark the return of the famed Pomona Half-Mile.

With just one race remaining, this year’s championship will all come down to the AMA Pro Flat Track Finals and lies between three riders. A total of 29 points will be on the line and everything will boil down to this final race.

Currently leading the point chase by four points is reigning GNC champion Jake Johnson of Franklinville, N.J. Competing since 2002, Johnson captured the Grand National Singles crown in 2006 and 2008. An extremely consistent rider, Johnson, who has three wins to his credit this season, knows what it takes to win as is evidenced by winning at Calistoga last weekend on his Schaeffer’s H-D/Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson. Filled with determination and ready to go, Johnson is definitely looking to take the coveted crown for the second year in a row.

Sitting in second place, just four points behind, is No. 9, Jared Mees. Competing on the Grand National trail since 2003, Mees hails from Honey Brook, Pa. Ending the season in third last year, Mees is determined to put the Number 1 plate on his Rogers Lake/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson. So far this year, he has taken five wins and is hoping to make the Pomona Half Mile number six.

Last, but definitely not least, is No. 7 Sammy Halbert of Graham, Wash. The 2009 GNC Champion, Halbert is in the fourth year of heading his own team. Sitting eight points out of the lead, he knows what he has to do to put his Kings Kustoms/LZ Racing/KK MC Supply Harley-Davidson in the number one spot. With four wins to his credit so far this season, he will be giving it his all to get ahead of Johnson and Mees.

But these are only the top three. Right behind them is a full field of top riders who all want the honor of taking the victory at Pomona.

The AMA Pro Flat Track Finals will be Chris Carr’s last point’s race and he wants nothing more to go out in a blaze of glory. He has won at Pomona before and knows that he has to do to do it again. He took second at both the Sacramento Mile and the Springfield Mile. Now he wants a first at Pomona.

The action is going to be some of the best every seen in Southern California and this is a definitely a race not to be missed.

Practice begins at 3 p.m. (PDT) and opening ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. A special autograph session will take place from 5:15 p.m to 6:15 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling 888-718-4253 or at Tickets are as low as $39. Buy now and save.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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