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Joe Kopp Returns to AMA Pro Flat Track with Triumph

Joe Kopp Returns to AMA Pro Flat Track with Triumph
Joe Kopp

AMA Pro Flat Track

This weekend, former AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion and ranking 13th on the all-time Grand National Championship (GNC) wins list, Joe Kopp returns to the sport officially to race the #3 Triumph Bonneville for Latus Motor Racing at the Virginia Mega Mile.

“I have been heavily involved with Triumph for the past year and my return to the Twins class is purely because I believe that our Triumph Bonneville has the capability and performance to land me on the podium this weekend,” said Kopp. “I would not step back on the track if I didn’t fully believe in this bike.”

While back on the track during select practice and qualifying sessions earlier this season, the 45-year old team manager for Shayna Texter #25A Latus Motors / Castrol / Triumph will make his 2014 racing debut on the longest, fastest, deep-cushion oval on the AMA Pro Flat Track circuit. Totaling 1.25 miles around, spectators will watch a fast, aggressive race that will afford racers the opportunity to push their bikes to the limit.

“I chose to come back and race the Mega Mile for two reasons: the long straights will be a blast to ride with all the power the Bonneville produces and the deep cushion surface lends itself more to my style of riding,” said Kopp. “Unlike a clay surface where racers play ‘follow the leader’, the deep cushion allows each rider to control their own destiny and move more around the track. It is going to be a fast and wild weekend.”

Kopp last raced a full season in the GNC Expert Twins circuit in 2010 and will accompany Triumph racers Shanya Texter, #25A Latus Motors / Castrol / Triumph and Mikey Martin, #91 Bonneville Performance / Castrol / Triumph.

Gates open Saturday, August 23, at 9:00 a.m. EST. The first GNC Expert Twins practice session starts at 12:20 p.m. and Opening Ceremonies begin at 3:30 p.m.

To obtain the Virginia Mega Mile schedule, go to Round 13 – Virginia Mega Mile.

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