2013 AMA Pro Flat Track RacingSaturday night’s AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship Main Event at Stockton Half-Mile in Daytona displayed an old-fashioned dogfight between Sammy Halbert (Graham, Wash.) and Brad Baker.
Two of the sport’s finest riders went neck and neck for the majority of the race and it was South East Harley’s Halbert who pulled away with five laps remaining to clinch his first victory of the young season.Sammy Halbert says: “It was just an awesome race. Coming off my knee surgery, it’s been a long road of rehab. I’m still not quite 100% healthy but my bike certainly was 100% perfect tonight. I want to say thanks to the California crowd who came out and supported me. It’s always fun racing in this state. My team and I really got a good win here and it’s definitely something to build off of.”After having missed the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles season opening rounds at Daytona back in March due to a knee surgery, Halbert needed a strong performance tonight to help himself make up ground in the point standings.Starting from pole position, Halbert got the holeshot and the lead but found himself handlebar-to-handlebar with Dodge Bros Racing Harley’s Baker almost immediately. After flip-flopping leads seemingly almost every other lap, it was Halbert who managed to break loose on the 20th lap and open up his biggest lead of the night, and eventually winning by almost a full second over Baker.So far in 2013, Baker is no stranger to finishing in second place, as the Dryad, Wash. product has been runner-up in all three main events this season.The most shocking and disappointing headline of the night was Jared Mees (Clio, Mich.) and his 16th place finish in the main event. After claiming victory in Heat 2 as well as the Dash for Cash, Mees skidded off the groove early on and found himself in dead last for the majority of the race. The defending Grand National Champion surely had his hopes set a lot higher and will have to rebound in two weeks when the series heads to Springfield, Illi. for the Springfield Mile.Henry Wiles (Winn, Mich.) started third on the grid and that’s exactly where he would finish to secure the final spot on the podium. Jake Johnson (Coatesville, NJ) and Robert Pearson (Chillicothe, Ill.) would go on to round out the top five.AMA Pro Grand National Championship Overall Point Standings: 1st – Brandon Robinson 2nd – Brad Baker 3rd – Henry Wiles 4th – Jake Johnson 5th – Mikey RushAMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro SinglesWyatt Maguire ripped the lead from Shayna Texter (Willow Street, Penn.) early on and went on to clinch his first career main event victory. Maguire, a Mead, Wash. product, looked sharper than ever Saturday night as he put himself in a completely different area code than his competitors for the majority of the race, winning by more than four full seconds.Wyatt Maguire says: “It was definitely tough getting through the field but we ended up changing gears and it helped a lot. It feels incredible to pull off my first ever victory here in Stockton. I need to thank my family and all of my sponsors, without them I would never have the opportunity to experience something like this. I also want to thank the crowd for coming out; it’s truly a pleasure racing so close to my hometown.”Though Texter saw her early lead diminish to Maguire early on, the female phenomenon wouldn’t go on to surrender any more ground as she cruised to an impressive second place finish. After a strong 2012 campaign and a very solid start to this season, it’s evident that Texter has more than what it takes to hang with the guys in the male-dominated sport.Perhaps one of the biggest headlines regarding the J&P Cycles Pro Singles Main Event was the strong performance of Kyle Johnson. The Twin Lakes, Mich. product put himself on the map during Round 1 at Daytona with a surprising win and followed that performance up with a third place finish at the Stockton Half-Mile here tonight, proving he’s here to stay and should be considered a top contender in the already talent-heavy class. Rodney Spencer Jr. (San Martin, Calif.) and Cole Frederickson rounded out the top five as their efforts were valiant but simply not enough to overtake Johnson for the final podium spot.AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles Point Standings: 1st – Kyle Johnson 2nd – Wyatt Maguire 3rd – Ryan Wells 4th – Rodney Spencer Jr. 5th – Jake ConstantineNext up, the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles head to Springfield, Illi. for the legendary Springfield Mile on May 26. Please visit illinoismda.com for tickets and more information.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.