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.