American motorcycle racing roots come to life with a resurgence in Flat Track racing
Have you watched any of the NBCSN coverage of American Flat Track Racing? Close racing, new bikes and TV coverage are bringing a new life to our homegrown sport.
Flat tracking history dates back further than any other form of motorcycle racing in America. Long before pavement and double jumps, riders clad only in leathers and a sweatshirt were taking their bikes to the local oval track to challenge each other. Only the dangerous spectacle of board track racing was more popular in the early days of motorcycling.
Since 1970, flat track racing has been synonymous with the Harley XR750. For a few years Yamaha and Triumph remained competitive, but soon fell by the way side. In the ‘80s Honda jumped in with the factory RS750, famously ridden by Ricky Graham and Bubba Shobert. Yet as competition came and went, the venerable Harley remained.
2017 saw two gigantic changes to the flat track paddock. First was the arrival of Indian motorcycles with a ringer factory squad aboard the all new FTR750. Next was the move by the Harley factory to the first all new platform in nearly half a century, the XG750R.
This has turned everything upside down. Indian and their new “wrecking crew” is winning everything, already securing the manufacturers championship. Riders Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker top the championship standings.
But the Harley development is coming along and no doubt they will soon be back in the mix. There are Japanese bikes in the action too. Kawasaki and Yamaha are both competitive. So no matter who you root for, there is something to be excited about.
In the single cylinder support class, there is 95lbs of dynamo called Shayna Texter to marvel at. The diminutive racer may be overshadowed in stature, but not in speed or competitive spirit. She throws her Honda CRF450 into the corner giving no quarter to rivals. Shayna is leading the very competitive class in points.
With a regular TV schedule, it is easy to follow the action. The broadcast crew is the ever enthusiastic Jason Weigandt and his partner for color commentary, journeyman racer Larry Pegram. So check out the link for broadcast times, next up should be Thursday September 7th, 10 pm EST on NBCSN. Click Here…