2008 AMA Pro Flat Track Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Matt Weidman looks over his notes during the break in the on-track action at round 11 of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season at the I-96 Speedway Half-Mile in Lake Odessa, MI. on July 23. Matt's Dad, Guy, takes a breather in between the team's #20 White's Harley-Davidson/SNIP/Shoei/Silkolene-sponsored XR750s.
With Mom (Rachel) and Dad having retired from the long and hard grind of the circuit at the end of the 2011 season, Matt will be going it alone without the long-time help of his family and faithful at-the-track supporters for the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track season. After finishing in the highest spot in his four year career with an 8th-place finish in the overall season standings, Matt has steadily improved over the course of his young career in every season of competition. During the 2010 season, Matt finally got that long-awaited and hard-fought podium with a 3rd-place finish at the Lima Half-Mile in late June, bettering his finish at the same track by coming home 2nd behind winner Sammy Halbert in the 2011 season.
Matt started off the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season with a career-equal 2nd-place finish at the season-opening round at Daytona back in March, finishing a close runner-up to first-time winner Johnny Lewis. Proving that he has had it in him from the day he first turned Pro, in round 2 the next evening at Daytona Matt finally nailed that elusive first-time win in front of a big crowd at the World Center of Speed.
With rounds 3 & 4 scheduled for this weekend (May 26-27) at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Matt just made the official announcement that he won't be completely alone in his quest to win the AMA Grand National Championship, by announcing he will be sponsored for the remainder of the season by DFW Honda in the Singles Series events and will that he also will be teaming up full-time with GCR to ride their H-D XR750s in the 11 Twins Series events.
This is great news for the New York State resident, who is one of the hardest working and most approachable people in The Rolling Thunder Show. Congrats to Matt and we can't wait to see him twist it up at the Springfield TT and Springfield Mile I rounds over the Memorial Day weekend coming up.
You can read the full press releases below thanks to Matt, DFW Honda and Greg Crow Racing!