During X Games Austin 2014, Harley-Davidson spearheaded an exhibition Flat Track race. Following the race, Harley asked fans to vote if Flat Track should be included in X Games Austin, and the response was overwhelming.Due to this, the first official X Games Flat Track Racing event will occur this year during X Games Austin. Harley obviously has some teams there, and on Thursday, Triumph Motorcycles also confirmed a two-man team.
Triumph says flat-track riders Brandon Robinson and Jake Shoemaker have accepted their invitations to compete at the X Games Flat Track Race, which will be held Thursday, June 4, at Circuit of the Americas.The invite-only event is anticipating 23 riders from AMA Pro Flat Track’s GNC1 class competing for a coveted X Games gold medal. The complete schedule will also see BMX, Skateboarding, Moto X, Truck X and Rally X.“I’m really looking forward to competing in the X Games. It’s huge, not only for the athletes and teams lucky enough to be invited, but for the sport of flat track,” said Brandon Robinson of the #44 Latus Motors Racing / Castrol / Triumph team. “I can’t wait to get out there and contend for a medal.”The X Games will come on the heels of a busy couple weeks for Flat Track teams and riders. Rounds 3 and 4 of the AMA Pro Flat Track are scheduled for the previous two weekends, the Springfield Mile on May 23 and the Sacramento Mile on May 30.“The X Games produces a lot of excitement, and I have high hopes it will do the same with flat track,” said Jake Shoemaker of the #55 Bonneville Performance / Castrol / Triumph team. “It’s a different venue with a different crowd, and the track layout should suit my style. I’m pumped to get out there.”X Games Flat Track is set to air on ESPN at 9pm EDT on Thursday, June 4. Single-event, single day and three-day tickets are available for purchase at www.XGamesAustin.com. ESPN and ABC will televise a combined 20 hours of live X Games competition, which will also be accessible via WatchESPN.com.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.